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Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Ottawa Move

Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Ottawa Move

If you’re planning to relocate in the near future, chances are you may be starting to feel those flutters of stress that often come along with this process. But even though moving is a relatively big undertaking, with a little prep and organization ahead of time, you can eliminate your stress for a completely hassle-free move. Here’s everything you need to prepare for your Ottawa move so you can be well prepared for the big day:

Step 1 – Early Prep and Dejunking

The sooner you can jump on the preparation process, the easier it will be for you since you can gradually scratch off one or two things on your to-do list every day. This early prep stage should include:

  • Dejunking your home, room by room– discard, recycle or donate anything you haven’t used in the past year or will never realistically use again. 
  • Create a master checklist to keep on track and organized. 
  • Take inventory of the items that will be coming to your new home so you can book the appropriate movers and trucks. Specifically, list out your large appliances and furniture to get a proper estimate once you book.
  • Notify your employer to take the time off that’s needed. 
  • Make a plan for your kids or pets so they won’t be in the way.

Step 2 – Book Your Movers

Once you have an idea of all the belongings you’ll be taking with you, it’s time to book your movers. When you’re doing your research, here are some key points to look out for the ensure you’re choosing a good, reputable company:

  • Look at their ratings from previous clients on Google and especially on the BBB
  • Get a comprehensive estimate that includes the estimated cost, minimum charge, insurance coverage details, and make sure that the estimate includes the list that it is based on. If the estimate does not include the list, it means nothing.
  • Ask what insurance coverage is included and ask for proof of insurance. Any legitimate company should be able to provide a Certificate of insurance on request.
  • Ask if the movers are bonded and WSIB covered.
  • Check to see if they are certified by the Canadian Association of Movers
  • Once you’re comfortable with the selected movers, lock in your date.

Step 3 – Supplies and Packing

  • Order necessary supplies, including boxes, a tape gun, tape, markers, bubble wrap, blankets, and a dolly.
  • Pick up cleaning supplies – perform a deep clean before leaving and unpacking in the new home.
  • Start packing up your home, leaving only the essentials on hand until the move. 
  • Take note of delicate or fragile items and prep them for the move. Keep electronics together with taped up wires. Take pictures to remember how to hook up properly.
  • Carefully store away important documents and files so you can take them with you in your vehicle.

Step 4 – Switch Over Home Services to Your New Address

Don’t forget to cancel/change home services such as:

  • Cable, internet, TV, phone
  • Utility provider
  • Gym membership
  • Address for the bank, credit cards, driver’s license etc.

Moving Day!

Once the day finally rolls around, pack up and seal any remaining boxes. Clear the hallways and stairways in preparation for the movers. Have some water and snacks on hand to keep hydrated and fueled up too. 

First Rate Movers is here when you need professional movers that you can depend on. Our moving crews have been impressing clients since 2003 and have rightly earned our reputation as Ottawa’s best moving company. Get in touch with us today to book your move or to learn more.


Need to Make your Move During the Winter?

Need to Make your Move During the Winter?

When you need to move, you often don’t get to pick the time of year or the type of weather conditions that you’re faced with. Sometimes you get rain, other times snow, and sometimes a mixture of everything all at once. That’s why you should always contact a professional moving service when you need to move – especially during the winter. An expert moving company is trained to safely combat all the extreme weather conditions to ensure you have a successful move. If you’ve been contemplating doing a winter move yourself, read this article first, as we point out some of the ways professional movers can help save you time, money, and aggravation.

Protecting Your Belongings

The extreme weather can easily end up damaging your possessions if you’re not extra careful. Boxes can get wet from the weather, the temperature can cause your glassware to crack and break, and slippery pathways can place you and your belongings in harm’s way. So if you’re not familiar with how to properly pack and store your boxes to avoid damage in the winter, contact a moving service that knows how to take care of your belongings in these wintry conditions properly.

Safely Packing The Truck

The last thing you need is a slip and fall when you’re carrying a box full of heavy and expensive items. Not everyone has the right boots or gloves needed for moving in icy conditions. A professional is well equipped as they do this every day. Plus, they have insurance that will cover them and your belongings in case an accident happens.

Timing It Right

It gets dark much earlier in the winter. And if you don’t time your move right you could end up doing some of it in the freezing cold dark, doubling your chances of an accident. Moving companies take the timing and conditions into consideration. They are also properly trained so if items do need to be transported in the dark; they will have the expertise and skills to execute it safely.

Driving In The Snow

Moving trucks are nothing like your car or rental vehicle that you’re not entirely comfortable driving car. Professional movers are experienced in handling the conditions of the road and driving a large truck to transport your belongings safely. If you’re using your regular car to transport items, or if you’re renting out a truck, the snowy and icy conditions – along with inexperience – can become a hazard.

When you need to make your move during the winter, you don’t have to try and tackle it alone. Call us at First Rate Movers – we have the expertise and experience to get your belongings safely to your new location at the best rate possible.


Why Ottawa is the Best City to Live

View of Parliament Hill at sunset

 

For those of you who have called Ottawa home for many years, it’s plain to see why Ottawa is a desirable city to live in. And for those contemplating making the move to the nation’s capital, the experience is almost guaranteed to be great. The late summer and early fall can guarantee a surge in moving trucks, particularly near any college or university campus as students flock to their new dwellings eager to start their year. Ottawa has so much to offer residents of all ages, here are a few reasons why Ottawa is the greatest city to live.

 

Job Opportunities

Ottawa is known as a government town, meaning there are a plethora of government jobs just waiting for the right candidate. In addition to the wealth of governmental employment opportunities there is also a wide range of tech based jobs that are always looking to welcome new talent. Ottawa has been labelled the tech hub of Canada and that is a well substantiated claim. Job opportunities are ripe in Ottawa for those who are willing.

 

Universities and Colleges

Ottawa is home to many different post-secondary education facilities which gives students diversity in their education options. Carleton University and University of Ottawa are both world renowned universities where students can expect to receive a top-notch education from esteemed professionals. There are also a number of colleges scattered around Ottawa, the largest being Algonquin College. Algonquin offers practical programs from Office Administration to the trades and has long since had a strong history of job placement for its graduates. There are also a number of technical colleges located around the city that offer specialized training in a smaller number of programs. Ottawa is definitely a student’s market for education.

 

Sports Teams

Ottawa is fortunate to have a number of local sports teams for its residents to come out and support. There is the Ottawa Fury FC for soccer fans, the Ottawa Redblacks for football fans and, of course, the Ottawa Senators for hockey fans. Spring, summer, winter, or fall there is always a sport available for sports fans to enjoy.

 

Incredible Sights

Being the nation’s capital city there are bound to be some beautiful and historic sites to see. These sights are not simply for tourist’s enjoyment! Many locals are seen jogging around Parliament Hill, biking along the beautiful Rideau Canal, paddling along the Ottawa River or taking a hike through Gatineau Hills. There is no shortage of natural beauty in this great city, which is why so many people are proud to call it home.

If you are planning to call Ottawa your home and need movers to get you there, contact First Rate Movers to help you move into this magnificent city. We provide moving services throughout the Ottawa area, including Nepean, Kanata, Barrhaven, and Orleans!

 


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!


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