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Can You Make a Profit With Your Move?

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Moving, without a doubt, can be one of the biggest nuisances we have to endure in life.  And let’s be honest, even when your good friends bail on lending a hand, you can’t really blame them. But what if you could make a profit with each move you make? It is possible if you dedicate a small fraction of your time. Here are a few ways you can try.

Sell your Empty Boxes

You know after that big move, you’re left with a plethora of empty boxes? Well rather than just throw them out or toss them in a corner of the basement, why not sell them? With the wonderful world of technology, you have so much opportunity available at your fingertips.

So jump online to Craigslist, or whatever local buy and sell site you prefer. If anyone has moved before, they know just how much it can cost to fork out for new moving boxes from a store. If you can’t get any bites, try dedicated sites such as BoxCycle where you can get anywhere from 50 cents to $2 per box.

Sell Furniture

With furniture, rather than tossing it onto the curb, take a little extra time to snap a few photos and put it online as well. If you’re finding that you aren’t getting any responses, try listing them on Krrb or Chairish – these sites are specifically designed for that purpose.

Failing that, consignment stores will list your furniture for you, pricing them for approximately 30% of the original cost and giving you about half of that if it sells. But the benefit is that they can target a more filtered audience, with more potential bites. The disadvantage is that if your furniture doesn’t sell within a month, the price will continue to drop.

Old Electronics and Tools

If you have a bunch of old electronics, cell phones, or power tools wasting space in box, you can potentially gain a few extra dollars for them. For any old cellphones that are still working, look for an ecoATM in your area. Like an ATM machine, it will spit you out some cash on the spot once it has analyzed the model. Alternatively, you can try sites such as Gazelle or uSell.

For any old power tools, your best bet for getting rid of them is through eBay. Take a look on the site to see what other people have generally listed them for and follow suit.

Moving is painful enough, so why not try to make a little profit from it? Use these tips to find ways that you can easily make some extra cash with your move.

Are you planning a move in Ottawa? First Rate Movers are the local movers you can trust. Give us a call at 613-260-0505 or 1-844-260-0505 or fill out our Ottawa Moving Estimate Request Form.

Holding a Successful Yard Sale

A yard sale sign on a tree

As you prepare to move and start packing things up into boxes, you’ve probably noticed there are many items that you don’t want or need to bring to your new home in Ottawa. Rather than chucking objects to the curb, a yard sale is a great way to rid yourself of all the items you don’t want, and make some money at the same time.

First Rate Movers has put together a few tips and tricks to help you hold a successful yard sale:

Timing is Everything

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to own things that I don’t need anymore. If I could, I would hold a yard sale weekly, but that’s not very practical. Here in Ottawa, you can’t exactly hold a yard sale when there’s a ten-foot snow pile on your front lawn. Spring/early summer is the perfect time to hold a yard sale, so now is the time to plan and organize so you’re ready to go in a few weekends.

Plan in Advance

Choose a weekend in April, May, or June. Try not to overlap with other big yard sales or events – for example, if you live in Kanata, you don’t want to hold your sale at the same time as the Great Glebe Garage Sale! With the date circled on the calendar, you’ll have lots of time to gather things. Make sure your items are in good condition and clean/repair them as needed to maximize sale value. Store your items in water-tight containers safe from water, snow, and rodents.


Advertise clever. An ad at the supermarket is classic but this is a digital age so don’t forget Facebook, Craigslist, Kijiji, and Twitter. You can even live-tweet your garage sale to attract extra eyes, or how about streaming your garage sale on Periscope? The possibilities are needless.

Setting Prices

Decide and set prices at least two weeks well in advance. Keep track of the entire stock, you want to be in full control.  If you really want to move these items, consider listing the more desirable ones on Kijiji/Craiglist as well. If you have junk that isn’t worth much, now is your chance to have it someone haul it away for free in the hopes of scoring a prize.

Stock Up on Change!

Even though we live in a plastic world, you’re going to need cash. Head down to your local bank branch a few days before the sale and stock up on $10s, $5s, and loonies/toonies. Make the sale easy on you (and your shoppers) by keeping the transactions to round numbers.

Clean the Yard

Make sure your lawn is freshly mowed, the driveway is swept, and that your garbage bins are tucked away from sight. Don’t deter any potential customers with a messy yard.

Yard Sale Signs

Place big, colourful yard sale signs around the neighbourhood. If you live on a quiet street with little foot traffic, you’ll want to place signs on the main road directing people toward your sale.

Lock Your Home

You don’t want any sneaky visitors creeping in your garage or even using your bathroom while you are distracted with a customer. Lock your doors unless you want your home to be open season.

First Rate Movers has been providing expert advice to Ottawa homeowners since 2003. If you need professional moving from Ottawa’s best movers, give us a call at 613-260-0505 or fill out an Ottawa Moving Estimate Request Form.

Downsize Your Move – How to Move into Smaller Spaces

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Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. A lot of times, we rent or buy properties that can be a little too spacious for our needs. While it’s always nice to have a little extra room to move around in, it’s not always as wallet-friendly as renting out a space that’s just right for your needs. Or perhaps you lived in a great house but circumstances (children going to school, divorce, death of a spouse) necessitate a change.

Moving your stuff from your big space to your new smaller one might seem like a pretty hefty challenge. How can you be sure that all your belongings and furniture will fit comfortably in a smaller space? It is possible with the right know-how, so here are four essential tips when it comes to downsizing your move.

Make Sure to Measure

One of the biggest mistakes people make when moving into smaller spaces is that they fail to take measurements of their furniture and the place they intend to move into. Without a clear-cut idea of how much floor area you actually have, you might find yourself struggling to fit your queen-size bed into such a small studio apartment. Make sure to take accurate measurements before you start moving things in so you can plot your floor plan beforehand.

Big Things First

If you start to fill in your space with small things like end tables, shoe racks, or appliances, you might find yourself struggling to manoeuvre yourself around with the bigger stuff. Because smaller items are easier to move around, it is ideal to put in all the big things first so you can have bigger room to push them around.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Items

Because you’re moving into a smaller space, it might be a good idea to do a little spring cleaning along the way. While you pack your stuff, try to get rid of all the things that you haven’t used in a long time and the things you no longer intend to use at all. Not only will this save you more space, it’s also a great way to make an extra buck.

Take Things Apart

Before you put things into your new humble home, it’s a good idea to first take things apart. Remove the legs off of tables or sofas, deconstruct your desk, or fold up any seats that can be folded up. This makes it easier to carry items into a room without having to worry about nicking the paint on the walls or making any dents in the paint.

For more advice about downsizing, First Rate Movers is here to help. With 6000+ happy customers and a 99% referral rate, ask anyone about the best moving company in Ottawa and our name will be top of the list.

How to Pare Down When Moving

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If you’ve ever had to move before (and the odds are pretty good that you have, at least a handful of times), you know exactly how exhausting and stressful this process can be.

The average person is going to move anywhere between 6 and 15 times throughout their lives, and that means hauling a lot of stuff around from one location to the next. Importantly, a lot of us choose to bring things that we probably don’t need with us along for the move every single time, saying that “next time” will be the time that we eventually either leave it behind or toss it out.

Next time never really seems to come along, does it?

If you’re having a difficult time trying to pare down when moving, and can use a little bit of help, hopefully the inside information below will give you the boost you need to streamline things considerably.

It’s all about breaking your things down into three little categories.


The first category is going to include absolutely EVERYTHING that you know you 100% need to move from one place to the next.

This includes all of your furniture that you’d like to keep, all of the appliances that you’d like to have at the new place, and all of your “essential” possessions – your clothes, your technology, your gizmos and your gadgets, your photo albums etc.

These are the things that you did simply never want to be without.


The second category is going to include everything that you’d ideally like to move if you have the room, if you have the space, and if you are going to have a difficult time replacing it later down the line. A lot of us choose to move a bunch of stuff that we could effortlessly replace and next to no cost later down the line, if we needed to replace it in the first place. Instead of going that route, have a garage sale to sell these things off, give them away to charity or friends and family in need, and see if life is okay without them. If it is, fantastic – if it isn’t, replace it.


Finally we come to the third category, all of the stuff that you are either going to want to leave behind for the new people or throw away before you close things out. The odds are pretty good that you have a lot of this stuff lying around (and have likely dragged it with you at least a couple of times), and you know EXACTLY what it is. We’re talking about your DVD collection you haven’t touched in 8 years, old shoes that don’t fit anymore, your Alexei Kovalev Sens jersey that sits dusty in the closet.

Throw it out. You’ll be better off.

Call First Rate Movers for all your moving needs in Ottawa. Our experienced and friendly team of professional movers will safely bring everything you need to the new location, and nothing you don’t.

How to Handle the Stress of Moving

A couple wears moving boxes on their heads with unhappy faces drawn on.

Moving to a new house is an exciting time, but it can be stressful. The opportunity to start fresh and really put your personal style into a new house is exhilarating. However, as always the good comes with the bad. Starting fresh means a lot of hard work, hours of packing, sorting, transporting, unpacking and stress, oh the stress. Moving does not have to leave you tearing your hair out, you just need to learn how to cope with it and make use of the helpful moving services in Ottawa that are available to you.

Don’t take it all on yourself

Many people are dissuaded from using moving and removal companies because they are worried about the safety of their personal possessions or they are worried about the cost. However, these worries are unfounded. Moving companies in Ottawa like First Rate Movers are experts at making the process as smooth as possible. It’s what we do every single day of the week! When it comes to the cost, if you choose to go it alone, you will have to hire your own moving van, find someone to drive it and also rope in family and friends to help load and unload. Aside from the cost of the van and supplies, it’s highly likely that the pizzas will be on you! Take some of the stress out of moving by handing all the heavy lifting over to a professional moving company.

Take some time off

In this busy society that we now live in, people often try and take on too much in one go. Only giving yourself one day to make the move, and trying to fit in all of your sorting and packing after work, is going to leave you feeling like a tightly wound ball of stress. Help yourself and your family out by taking a few days off work to really get everything organized. If you’re busy and that’s just not possible, professional movers will handle it all so you can sit back and relax.

Get rid of the clutter

There is no doubt that you have built up a collection of possessions that is far bigger than you realize over the years. Moving home is the time to get rid of all the extra baggage so you can really start fresh. Be brutal and sort all unwanted items into sell, donate, and chuck piles. Not only will you be able to clear some of the clutter, but you can do your bit for charity and make a bit of extra cash on the side.

With these three tips in mind, you’ll be able to ease the stress of moving and make a happy transition to your new home.


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