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5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for a Move

5 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for a Move

Anticipating and preparing to relocate can have a significant impact on your family– especially when kids are involved. Moving with children can be challenging, stressful, and chaotic with so much change going on. Having to leave behind a familiar environment, along with family and friends, isn’t easy when you’re little. It can be scary for children to understand. Luckily, there are some strategies and helpful ways to prepare your kids for a move and make the process go as seamless as possible. Here they are:

Pack While Your Toddler Is Sleeping

If you have young toddlers, getting the spare time and free hands to pack everything up isn’t always a simple task. That’s why it’s best to wait until you’ve put them down for a nap to tackle those boxes. Trying to juggle everything at once will just leave you feeling more exhausted with little done to prepare you for the big moving day.

Let Them Express Their Concerns

Leaving their home, neighbourhood, and friends behind is a big deal for kids. During these big life changes, they need to be comforted, reassured, and feel like they’re being heard. So, give them the time to express themselves and share what they’re feeling. And when they ask questions about the move, be honest with them.

Show Them Their New Neighbourhood

To get your kids excited about their new home, take a drive to show them what their new neighbourhood will look like. This will let them see all of the benefits of moving so they can dissipate those fears and get excited instead.

Let Them Get Involved

If the kids want to help out, let them. Giving them liberties with certain decisions can also be beneficial for settling their feelings of uneasiness. Tell them they can choose the colour of paint for their new bedroom, determine what toys can come with them, and get them involved with the packing if they ask.

Continue With Your Regular Routine

Whether it’s pizza Sundays or game night on Fridays, try and stick with as many of your regular routines as possible. This will add some stable familiarity during this hectic phase.

Trust Ottawa’s First Rate Movers to make your move a seamless and hassle-free process. Contact us today to get a quote and book your date!

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Doing a Fall Cleaning

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Doing a Fall Cleaning

The freshness of fall time is in the air which means it’s time to put away the summer gear, get out the knitted scarves, and start preparing your home for the winter months ahead. Not sure if it’s really worth your time and effort to do so? Taking time now to properly store away items, secure outdoor furniture, and ensure walkways are hazard-free can help keep your home safe and protected from the elements. That’s why we always recommend doing a fall cleaning each year. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few good reasons to consider rolling up your sleeves this season.

Closing Up the House

Once the cooler mornings arrive, it’s a good idea to start closing up shop – at home. Remove any air conditioner units from the windows and replace the window panes. This is also a good time to inspect your windows for any damaged weatherstripping. Ensure that any drafty windows or doors are air-tight by reapplying caulking or weatherstripping to create an air-tight seal and keep those cold drafts at bay.

Allergy Sufferers

When the house is sealed up with the heat blaring, dust, dirt, and pet dander can quickly impact the quality of air inside and trigger allergy symptoms. Cleaning out the air ducts, vents and giving the home a thorough cleaning after the active summer, can help to reduce dust and other air pollutants at home while improving your overall comfort.

Good Time for Inspection

The intense hot summers can also wreak havoc on your home’s exterior surfaces which is why it’s a good time to take a look around the home for any signs of damage. Look for any areas that could use repairs, such as broken steps or interlock, damaged eavestrough, or missing shingles along the roof. Noticing problems such as these during the fall can prevent homeowners from spending more time and money dealing with them after the winter weather once they’ve potentially worsened.

Protect Outdoor Items by Storing Away

The snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures can also damage and rust garden equipment and furniture that’s left outside. Placing your equipment in the garage and tarping vulnerable items like the barbeque can keep them protected from the weather and in good condition to use once the springtime returns.

Keep Walkways Safe

When there are noticeable areas of damage along the walkways surrounding your home – missing, chipped, or wobbly interlock stone, for example – this should be repaired as soon as possible. Once the ground gets dusted in snow and ice, you could be left with a hazardous walkway if it’s already unsteadied. This is especially true for elderly family members who may visit during the holidays. You want to ensure they’re as safe as possible during those dark and icy winter nights.

You’ve Just Moved

If you’ve just moved into a new home this season, take advantage of the pleasant in-between weather and give your new space a deep cleaning to really make it feel like yours. It’s also an ideal time to purge since the holidays are just around the corner.

When you need a reliable and professional moving company in Ottawa to help make your transition a smooth one, give us a call at First Rate Movers. We deliver the dedicated top-quality moving services you’re looking for!

3 Ways To Make Moving Easier With Seniors

3 Ways To Make Moving Easier With Seniors

When you’re moving with seniors, the whole process can require a lot of time and energy that can be taxing on your ageing loved one. Fortunately, there are ways to make moving easier with seniors. Here are a few suggestions.

Pack for Them

Packing can be extremely overwhelming and challenging for seniors, especially considering how physically demanding it can be. All of that bending, lifting, carrying, and placing items into boxes can be very straining and even dangerous, especially if they have mobility issues, arthritis, replaced hips, or a bad back.  One way to make moving easier and safer for seniors is to pack for them. If you don’t have the time or energy, you can hire a moving company to do all the wrapping and packing instead. They’ll even provide the specialty boxes to professionally wrap all the fragile and delicate items.

Arrange an Unpacking Service

One of the most exhausting aspects of a move is taking care of the unpacking process. For seniors, this can be a very intimidating and daunting task. So it’s important to arrange for someone to help them unpack too. If a close friend or relative isn’t up to the task, our movers can also take care of this as long as you arrange it in advance. They’ll move all the boxes to the appropriate rooms and unpack the belongings so that your loved one can sit back and relax.  

Organize Storage Space

After living in the same home for years, it’s likely that there will be a number of items that won’t be able to come along. If your loved one is attached to some of these items like their fine china, antiques, and family heirlooms, you should consider organizing some storage space.

Our moving company offers storage space at the most competitive rates. We’ll even provide you with 10-days of short-term free storage, or if you are arranging long-term storage, we can store your belongings up to 90 days at discounted rates. That way your loved one won’t have to part with all their “keepsakes” as they will be stored safely away until you are ready to decide what to do with them.

At First Rate Movers, we understand how taxing a move can be on seniors. That’s why we offer ways to make moving easier. When you hire us, we’ll provide you with friendly, professional, and affordable service for your loved one. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you with your next move.  

The Holidays: The Season You’ll Discover If You Have Enough Living Space

The Holidays: The Season You’ll Discover if You Have Enough Living Space

If it’s your turn to play host this holiday season, squeezing your friends and family in your home can create a very noticeable reminder that it might be time to upgrade your living space. Scrambling to move furniture around to make room for your guests is a hassle that shouldn’t be necessary each and every time. So if you’ve finally decided to play host for Christmas dinner, this might just be the season that you’ll discover if you have enough living space to accommodate the lifestyle you enjoy.

Here are a few tell-tale signs to watch out for that are shouting for you to finally make a move.

Your Bedroom Becomes Storage Central

Moving furniture around is one thing, but if you have to physically remove and tuck it away in your bedroom or other spare room when your family is coming over, this is a pretty significant amount of effort to endure for hosting a get-together. If this is a scenario that you frequently face, it’s a tell-tale sign that you’ve simply outgrown your current living space.

You Can’t Accommodate A Dinner Table

Do you have to resort to buffet style with guests and family eating dinner on their knees? This may have been doable when you first moved into your place, but eventually, you reach a point where the discomfort of your current space simply outweighs the idea of finally making a move. Imagine being able to fit and accommodate your entire family around a single table and finally feeling like you’re mastering ‘adulting’!

Your Entranceway Gets Buried In Coats

Does your entranceway or a portion of your living space get buried in winter gear as your guests arrive? Imagine being able to tuck every coat, hat, and scarf neatly away in available closet space. Well, you don’t have to! Biting the bullet and finally committing to moving means you can increase your storage capacity and free up even more space for your friends and family to move around.

Too Many Cooks In A Tiny Kitchen

When your friends and family start to gather around your tiny kitchen space inevitably, are you internally wishing they’d just mingle elsewhere to free up some much-needed elbow room to cook? When overcrowding in the kitchen really just equates to one or two extra people, it’s time to take a good look at your living space and ask yourself whether it’s really worth sticking with it.

During the holiday season, it’s a time when you’ll truly discover if you have enough living space, whether you want to face reality or not. So do yourself a favour and listen to those voices of frustration that arise each time you’re playing host at home. If they’re telling you it’s time to move, it might be worthwhile to listen.

When you’re ready to make a move during winter, or any time of the year, First Rate Movers can help make the process smooth and easy. Contact us when you’re ready to finally upgrade your living space to something that’s more conducive to your needs.

Saying Goodbye to Your Family Home

Saying Goodbye to Your Family Home

Downsizing has become a very common and necessary step these days as our parents grow older and the house that once served well for the family has now become more cumbersome to maintain. Living in a home for years and then having to part with it can be an extremely difficult moment to face when moving day finally arrives, but it’s important to help your parents remember that all of those fond and sentimental memories will be going along with them.

When it comes to saying goodbye to your family home, packing up and moving, here are some ways to help ease this transition – for you or your parents – to get excited for a new chapter.


Create Documented Memories You Can Look Back On

Whether it’s a scrapbook, random sentimental items, or a video series of your favourite home movies, having some form of documented memories is a great way to really capture those moments that were made in your family home. You can sift through old photographs and put together that photo album you’ve been meaning to do for so long. It’s the perfect way to bring along the best moments and keep them close to you no matter where you’re moving.


Throw A Big Goodbye Bash

What better way to say goodbye than by celebrating all of the wonderful moments in your family home, while embracing the new chapter of your life? Throwing a big bash in your home to say farewell to it and your neighbours is one of the best ways to part. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy; you can fire up the barbeque, send out a BYOB invitation and get everyone to bring along a dish. Going out with a bang is always the best way!


Focus On Your New Move And All Of The Benefits

Feeling sad is perfectly normal when undergoing a move like this, but just keep focus on the reasons why this was initiated in the first place. Think about all of the benefits about moving to your new home – no more lawn maintenance, no more shovelling through endless piles of snow, no more empty rooms to dust or waste electricity on. Plus, you’ll get to be closer to great amenities and friends.

Keep your mind focused on the exciting moments that lay ahead and you’ll breeze through this emotional process.

Saying goodbye to your family home is something that is never easy for anyone, but by keeping some documented memories that you can look back on and by focusing on all of the exciting ones that have yet to be made, you can get through it and start looking forward to the future.

Want to make sure your belongings are in good hands during your move? Get in touch with our expert moving crews today!

5 Signs It’s Time to Move

5 signs its time to move

No one enjoys the idea of moving and having to endure all of that packing, organizing, reorganizing, bending, and lifting. It’s exhausting just to think about! But, sometimes there are enough factors in life that can make that process seem well worth it. When you reach a point when you feel like it’s time for a change, there’s simply no other option than to plow on through. But how do you really know if it’s the right decision or not?

If you can relate to these five signs, then you should feel confident that it’s time.


First things first – affordability! Is money a factor? Can you afford to stay where you are? If you are struggling to get by living where you are, or if the monthly rent or property taxes just keep rising as you keep swimming in debt, well, moving somewhere that doesn’t force you to work overtime can be well worth any moving hardships!

Desperate Need of More Space

We all want a roomier abode. But when you desperately need more space, such as when a new addition to the family is expected, then it becomes a serious priority that can’t be ignored. If you are struggling to maintain sanity in the space you currently reside in, it won’t do you any favours if you stay.

Empty Nesters

If you’re at a stage in life when the kids have all grown up and you and your spouse have now been left with empty rooms, it might make more sense to consider downsizing. There’s no point on dishing out expenses for a home that is much larger than you need. Downsizing can make your life much easier while saving you money too.

Grueling Work Commute

If your commute to and from work is taking up a huge chunk of your day, it might really be worth considering moving to a location where you can eliminate that. Having to cram on public transit or crawl through traffic after a long day at work can really affect your mood and anxiety. When it begins to wear on you, avoiding or minimizing that commute can often be reason enough!

Change of Neighbourhood

Whether you feel as though you’ve outgrown your current neighbourhood, or you want the kids to attend a school in another area, it’s important to live in a community that suits your lifestyle. If your neighbourhood no longer serves you well, find one that does.

Sometimes, life highlights so many signs that may often go unnoticed until we really stop to consider our current situation. And when it comes to moving, if you feel as though you can relate to any of these factors, it might just be time to recognize the signs that are telling you it’s time to make a move.

When you’re ready to move, you don’t have to do it alone. Call First Rate Movers for professional moving services including local moving, local long-distance, consolidated moves, piano moving, and furniture moving.

Helping the Kids Adjust to Your New Home

Helping the kids adjust to your new home

Making a big move is a hard process and change for anyone to endure. But when it comes to the kids, having to uproot them from their familiar surroundings and friends can be an even bigger challenge to overcome. Between making new friends and getting used to their new environment, it can be a difficult and scary adjustment to make. You can help your kids settle into their new home with a few of these helpful tips.

Prepare Them for the Move

Many parenting experts always say that preparation is key for everything – especially when it comes to a big move. At least a month or so prior to your moving date, tell your children about the move so that they can have time to process the information. Make sure that you explain the changes the will take place, but also what will stay the same – such as how they still get to keep their toys! If you can, take some time before the move to bring your kids to the new area and home, and show them around while highlighting all of the great features about the home and neighbourhood.

Maintain Familiar Routines

Sometimes, the upheaval of familiar routines can really through a chaotic kink in the mix of life. So while everything else is changing, the one thing that can really help to comfort your children is trying to maintain as much of their familiar routines as possible.

Use Technology to Connect with Friends

One of the best features about living in the age of technology is how easy it is to stay connected with friends and distant loved ones. So you can use it to your advantage by helping your kids connect with friends from school and any relatives that they might be missing.

Meet the Neighbours and Get Social

When you move into your new neighbourhood, it’s important to really encourage your children to get out and make news friends and stay social. This is one of the essential ways to break through those emotions of anger and sadness. Meet the neighbours, get them out and socializing with other kids, sign them up for a sports class or something that they will enjoy while making new friends.

Uprooting your life and readjusting to a new environment is a stressful and frightening experience, especially for children. Getting used to their new reality takes time. But with a few strategic ways, you can help them to settle in and make them feel at home in no time.

Planning an Ottawa move? Call First Rate Movers or compare us against the competition – you won’t be disappointed. We offer full-service moving in Ottawa and to and from the Greater Ottawa area.

Welcome to Ottawa!

A view of Ottawa's parliament buildings and canal

New to Ottawa? Well prep yourself, because Canada’s capital city has something for everyone to enjoy. It’s a place that is encompassed by natural beauty, and the people here know how to embrace it. It’s a city full of life, with an emphasis on family living, education, outdoor adventure, and of course, convenience and entertainment. Step inside one of Canada’s best cities and you won’t want to leave. Welcome to Ottawa!

Ottawa, Ontario: Canada’s Capital

Although Ottawa is the fourth-largest city in Canada, many residents have flocked here for its small town vibe that makes it a great place for families. In comparison to its neighbouring cities, it is much quieter, safer and family-oriented – but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s no fun. Communities like Westboro, the Glebe, and Old Ottawa South have a tight knit vibe in the heart of the city, while suburban communities like Barrhaven, Kanata, and Orleans are great places to raise a family.

Recreation & Scenery

Ottawa stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River and is roughly divided into east and west by the paths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal. With an abundance of natural settings, recreation is a large part of life here. From hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, along with some of the country’s best ski slopes nearby– this city is your outdoor oasis in summer and winter alike.

Education & Culture

But nature aside, this metropolis is both enriching and diverse. It is home to both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa – two renowned schools with global reputations. It also houses some of the best museums in Canada, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (set to re-open in 2017). The Canadian Museum of History lies directly across the river in Gatineau, Quebec.

Shopping & Transportation

This city has all the conveniences and amenities you need, without the overwhelming big city vibe. Take for example the Rideau Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in Canada with designer names like Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Nordstrom, and not one but two Starbucks. Additionally, there are great transportation systems. The OC Transpo bus system is robust and construction is well underway on the Light Rail Rapid Transit which is will transform transportation in the main corridor. VIA Rail connects you to other parts of the country in no time, such as Montreal and Toronto, while MacDonald-Cartier International Airport lies in the south end of the city and can take you anywhere in the world.

Living in Ottawa

Ottawa is renowned as being a safe and friendly city where families can feel at ease. It’s also a place where the federal government of Canada feels proud to call home. The small town vibe mixed with the variety of recreations, great urban amenities, and conveniences is what make this city an ideal place to call home.

Being home to some of the best educational facilities, museums, and cultural hotspots in the country are what make life in this city an overall enriching experience. But who are we to really tell you. Come and see for yourself. But be prepared – like so many others, you just might not want to leave.

Do you need moving services for your move to Ottawa? We can help – just give us a call at 613-260-0505 or 1-844-260-0505 or request an estimate.

On behalf of the entire First Rate Movers family, welcome to Ottawa!

Helping Your Pet Adjust to Your New Home

A dog and family

Tips to Help Your Pet Adjust

Moving is stressful on every member of your family, even our furry little honorary family members! To prevent undue discomfort to your pets during the moving process, it is important to make sure that you do everything in your power to make the job as simple, straightforward, and streamlined as possible – and make them feel comfortable in the process.

Here is a quick guide to ensure a smooth transition and happy pets on moving day!

Bring your pet to your new home as early and as often as possible before move-in day

Help your pet get acclimated to your new home by bringing them over to your new place as early and as often as possible before you actually make the move in order to get them used to their new surroundings.

There will still be an inevitable “break in” period where your pet will be exploring and discovering their new surroundings for themselves, but introducing them to the new space progressively over a spread out period of time is going to cut down significantly on the stress and anxiety that they may feel.

Create a unique space for your pet that is all their own

If you have a pet that is prone to anxiety, try to dedicate a space in your home that they can feel is their own. It doesn’t have to be a large space, even a small nook would do, but just somewhere that they can keep all of their favourite toys, and perhaps a blanket, etc.

Be there for your pets, especially during the first few nights

The odds are that your pets are going to have their toughest time in your new home during the first few nights. This is when you need to make sure that you are extra sensitive to their emotions. It can be really easy to get caught up in moving tasks and unpacking, but don’t forget to show your pet the love and attention they deserve, especially while they are adjusting!

Your pet is going to lean on you as the “pack leader” to get them through rough times when they are feeling scared and stressed out. If your pet is not having a smooth transition, make sure to give him or her a lot of playful, fun attention and a cozy, safe place to sleep.

Looking for a reliable and professional moving company in Ottawa? Contact First Rate Movers today!

Getting To Know Your Neighbourhood

A family takes a walk through a park

There are many things you will not know about your new neighbourhood until you are a fellow resident. While reviewing your potential property and seeing the property of your neighbours can give you some idea during the house hunting process, it is ultimately a flip of the coin what the neighbourhood will be like. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving from Kanata to Orleans or from Vancouver to Ottawa…reaching out and getting to know your neighbourhood may be challenging. Sometimes even moving just a few blocks away can feel like a whole new world. Let’s take a moment to review why you should reach out to your neighbours, as well as ways to go about doing it.

Why Reach Out To Neighbours At All?

Your neighbours are your safety net. They are the first line of defense against things like a break in. They do this by watching your property and identifying/reporting people who don’t belong. Consider the role you’ve played in your previous neighbourhood. Would you call the police if your neighbour’s house was being robbed? Absolutely. The same is true for your new neighbourhood. By building up a strong relationship with those living around you, you can have a peace of mind. Neighbours can become friends for life, mentors to your children, and harbours in a storm.

How Can I Get To Know My Neighbourhood?

You can do research online. Consider looking at crime statistics reported by the police as well as information on your block that may exist in older newspaper clippings and releases. You can also walk the neighbourhood yourself and see what the other properties are like. You can learn a lot without ever stepping foot on their property. You can see what exterior work has to be done, what houses are for sale on the street or may be in disrepair. Walk to the nearest commercial strip. Dine at the Italian restaurant around the corner. Watch the RedBlacks game at the local pub. Pick up fresh bread from the bakery down the street. Jog through the park or bring the kids to play at the local soccer field. Live and breathe your community.

More often than not, neighbours will introduce themselves when you move in. Whether it is when your moving trucks arrives or in the days after, make the most out of these interactions. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at first, and scheduling to meet for lunch or to see the house at a later date is a great way to begin building those connections with your neighbourhood. If no one comes to your door, then consider reaching out yourself. Go to the houses around you in the afternoon or on the weekend and introduce yourself to the other houses.

While you are getting to know your neighbourhood, make the moving process itself a non-issue by hiring a professional moving company in Ottawa to handle to process. It will make you getting to know your neighbourhood far easier and less stressful. First Rate Movers is the first choice among moving companies in Ottawa, so give us a call!


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