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Move Now Before the Spring Rush

Move Now Before the Spring Rush

If you have the luxury of choosing your moving date, we recommend you move now before the spring rush. Yes, that’s right! We believe moving in the winter is much better than moving once the weather heats up. Here are five reasons why a winter move is the best time to pack up and go.

Miss The End of Term Rush

In Ottawa, the college and university students normally finish their last exams by April. If they’re not staying in their current rental or in the dorms, they will be moving.  Considering there are over 50,000 students at Carlton and University of Ottawa alone, you may want to try to plan your move ahead of the spring rush.

Avoid The Busiest Time For Sales

As soon as the weather warms up, the “For Sale” signs start popping up all over. People start listing their homes, and potential buyers start their feverish hunt. In some markets, those homes will close fast, especially if the market is hot. In other cases, people will have dragged out their closings dates over the winter to avoid having to move in the colder weather, which means many of those closings will happen in the springtime. If you wait to move when everyone else does, you may not get the price and dates you desire.

Receive Better Rates

With fewer people moving in the winter, you are often likely to find a better rate from your local moving company. Many companies offer discounts or promotions for moving in the off-season. You can really take advantage of some amazing savings this time of year.

Get More Help

You can get as much help as you need in the winter. With more moving staff available, you might be able to get the help of three movers instead of two. And if you need help packing or unpacking there will likely be extra staff on hand to help, which isn’t always the case come springtime.

Dates Can Be Flexible

When moving during the “off-season,” you can be more flexible with your moving dates and times. There should be more availability, which means you can pick the schedule you want without having to rush.

Avoid all the competition and move now before the spring rush. Our team at First Rate Movers are ready to accommodate your winter move. We have all the equipment, materials, and staff needed to ensure that you have a safe, reliable and affordable moving process. Call us today for more details!

What’s a Consolidated Move?

What’s a Consolidated Move?

Professional moving services can be expensive, especially for long distance or inter-city relocations. When moving to another city or province, the largest part of the cost is usually travel-related. The moving company has to pay the crew to drive between locations, and cover expenses such as fuel, meals, hotel, and other costs associated with out-of-town moves. Whether charging the customer by weight, by the hour, or by flat rate, these addional costs are going to be incorporated into the price. However, there is way that customer’s can save substantial money on long distance moves if they can be flexible on timing. If you’re willing to share the truck with another person moving to the same area, some of the travel costs can be deferred to that customer.

To find out more read on, as we outline how a consolidated move works to save you money.

What’s A Consolidated Move?

A consolidated move is when the moving company places the belongings of more than one customer on the truck. By sharing the cost of travel expenses with another customer who is heading in the same direction as your new location, you can gain considerable savings on your travel expense.

How Does It Work?

When the moving company charges a flat fee for travel time, it’s based on the distance and estimated time that the move will take. The cost isn’t likely to change unless the location changes. So if there is another moving customer going in the same direction, the moving company can offer a better rate because they can save time, fuel, and labour costs by making both moves with the same truck and staff in one trip instead of in two.

Are There Conditions?

You can request a consolidated move from a moving company but there first needs to be another customer who is leaving from your area or heading along the same route in order for it to work. This can often require flexibility on the datre or time in order to line up with the other move. It will also depend on the number of items you have to move and whether it will fit on the truck with the other person’s cargo.

What Are The Other Benefits?

By sharing a move, not only are you saving money, but you’re also helping someone else take advantage of the cost savings, fuel savings, and time savings.

A consolidated move also helps the environment. By reducing the drive times, you can lower your ecological footprint and do a little good for the environment by saving on emissions.

When you don’t have a lot of stuff to move and need a professional moving company to transport your belongings, consider using our consolidated move option. At First Rate Movers, we put our customers first and will try our best to find an option that is best suited to your needs and budget.

The Keys to Moving a Piano Safely

The Keys to Moving a Piano Safely

Your piano is a timeless keepsake. So of course, it has to be included in your move. But moving your piano can be quite a challenging mission. After all, it is a heavy and bulky beast. But there are ways to get it safely moved from point A to point B without damaging it or yourself.

Here are the keys to moving a piano safely!

Know The Weight

Some pianos are considerably heavy and they can all range differently in weight. A grand piano, for instance, can weigh more than 1000 pounds alone! And moving the piano will require a lot of tipping and adjusting to make it fit around corners and through doorways. So make sure you research the weight so you can get the necessary number of people to help you. If the weight is more than your helpers can handle, you should call a moving company for assistance to ensure that no one gets hurt.

Plan The Path

Prior to moving, you’ll need to measure the dimensions of the piano and any doorways it will have to pass through. This includes the width and height of each door to ensure it’ll fit when you place it on its side. When the path is set, do a full walk around of both your old and new home to look for any objects that might be in the way. Removing obstacles in advance will help to prevent any tripping hazards during the move.

Secure The Parts

All parts need to be secured before moving a piano safely. The lid of the piano should be locked tight, and if there are any parts that need to be disassembled, you should remove them now and wrap them in towels so they won’t be damaged during transportation.

Use Blanket And Cords To Steady It

Once the piano is lifted and balanced on the dolly, you will then need to steady it. Throw blankets over top of the piano to protect the finish and then tie it down with some jumper cables or cords, so it doesn’t shift when moving.

Slide The Piano, Don’t Push

You should have at least one person at each end, along with another in the middle for added support when moving the piano safely. The team will work together to slide the dolly slowly across the floor. The piano should never be pushed from the back as the piano can be forced off the dolly.

Use A Teetering Motion For Steps

If you have stairs to navigate, you should always use two people at the front of the piano and two in the back for support. The back movers will need to push down on the piano to raise the front wheels. Then roll carefully until the front wheels clear the step and gently push the backend up until the front wheels come to rest safely on the next step. This teetering motion should be continued carefully and slowly to ensure the piano doesn’t lose control or tip to the side.

Guide The Piano On & Off The Truck

When loading and unloading the moving truck, you will need people to push, stabilize, and to guide the piano, so it doesn’t fall over the sides.

As you can see, moving a piano safely takes more skill than you may have thought. And large pianos also require a little extra care. So it’s best to leave it to the professional piano movers to ensure your piano gets out of your home, onto the truck and safely into your new home without damage.

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.

Preparing Household Appliances for a Move

Preparing Household Appliances for a Move

When it comes to packing for a move, the last items that normally get packed are your appliances. Since these are not only the most used, but also usually the most expensive items you will be moving, you want to ensure they are well protected during transportation. You also want to avoid any mold or mildew build up that commonly occurs when appliances are not properly drained or cleaned out before being packed up. So, before moving day arrives, plan accordingly and follow these quick tips on how to prepare your household appliances for the move.


The week before the move you should stop using the dishwasher and cut the electricity source to the machine. This will allow you time to drain the hoses, clean it out, and allow it to completely dry out. Once it has dried, you should wrap the hoses in packing paper and place them inside the dishwasher. Your moving company can then help you with the necessary wrapping, packing and securing of your dishwasher.

Fridge and Freezer

The fridge and freezer will first need to be unplugged and disconnected from the water line. Once unplugged, the machine will need to be cleaned, defrosted, and dried out before getting ready for the move. The loose parts inside should also be cleaned, wrapped, and packed in a container or box. Proceed to vacuum out the condenser or compressor parts, along with emptying the water reservoir and cleaning out the evaporator pan.

Your professional mover can help you determine if anything further will need to be bolted down or secured before moving. Once moved into your new home leave the fridge unplugged for at least six hours before installing to avoid damaging the compressor.


Your oven comes with lots of removable parts. Remove and clean these parts and then wrap and pack them securely into a box. If you own an electric range, you only need to unplug the machine before packing. If you own a gas range, it will need to be disconnected from the gas line and capped properly by a service technician. To set up the oven at your new home you will also need a service technician. Ensure to schedule these before the moving date and also for when you arrive at your new destination.

Washing Machine

Just like with your dishwasher, your washing machine will need to be cleaned and dried thoroughly before packing. You will need to unplug the machine and turn off the water valve before dismantling. Drain the hoses and remove, wrap, and place them inside the washing machine. To prevent swaying during the move that can damage the machine, read the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to properly secure the tub portion inside. Your moving coordinator can help you with these details if you need assistance.


If you own an electrical dryer, first ensure that the lint screen is cleaned out and then unplug the machine before wrapping and packing. For a gas dryer, the gas line will need to be disconnected and capped – this can only be done by a professional technician and not by the moving crew. Your moving coordinator can help with any arrangements that you need to make.

Talk to our moving professionals at First Rate Movers about the best practices for moving appliances. They will help ensure that your appliances are properly stowed to prevent damage during the moving process.

Helping Your Teen Move into a Dorm

Helping Your Teen Move into a Dorm

Getting ready to move your teen into their new school dorm? If so, make sure you know about these helpful tips that can make the moving process a whole lot easier for everyone.

Review the Registration Information

Most residences will have set times and drop off locations for moving in. Make sure to read up on all the paperwork so you have a clear idea on where you will need to unload and register your teen. The forms will also indicate everything they will need to bring for the registration – photo requirements, student numbers, health information, etc. The more you know in advance, the easier the process will be.

Keep it Simple

Not all college brochures display the dorm room sizes accurately, so try not to let your teen overpack. Also, check with the school beforehand on what is provided regarding furniture and bedding to avoid packing items that are already supplied. Bringing only the essentials and a couple of treasured items is best for the first move. You can always make a separate trip in the future or mail them items once they have settled in and have a better idea of what they need.

Sort Boxes

Don’t let your teen just stuff things into boxes. Help them sort their boxes out well – school supplies, utensils/appliances, clothing, electronics, and food/snacks, for example. This will help make the unpacking process much easier, giving you more precious one-on-one time before you leave. To make it easier for transporting and carrying, avoid using garbage bags or large boxes. Instead, opt for storage bins that can be easily lifted, transported, and stored away for future use (you know they’ll be needed again).  

Also, write the name of your teen, the dorm name, and the room number on the bins/boxes. Many residences will have assistants to help move boxes into the dorms for you, so this will help avoid any mix-up.

Pack a Toolkit

You may need some tools on hand to make some minor adjustments, like hanging shelves, curtains, or figuring out how to put together that IKEA dresser when you arrive. Pack a well-stocked toolkit to take along with you, and don’t forget to pack a grounded extension chord as many schools don’t provide them for you, which can be very helpful for your teen.

Leave a Little Emergency Cash

Just in case you forget something important, like the bedding or towels, leave your teen a little money so they can buy any of the necessities they need on campus.

Hire a Mover

No matter how hard you try to fit all of your teen’s belongings into your car, it might just not work out. Instead, hire a moving company or rent a moving van for the day. This way your car will stay in mint condition, and you can easily transport all their belongings in one, easy trip.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack the Kleenex. Move-in day usually stirs up lots of emotions, as you’re leaving your teen to start their new college adventure. For all your moving needs, contact First Rate Movers – it’s the company that you can rely on to help make your move a breeze.

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!

How to Prep Your Teen for University Move-in Day

How to Prep Your Teen for University Move-in Day

When the day finally arrives to send your not-so-little kid off to university, be prepared for a hectic and potentially overwhelming day. Aside from the emotional rollercoaster and chaos, moving day usually occurs during the summertime, which means you should be mindful of the heat to keep from over-exerting yourself. It’s important to be as calm as you can to help your teen transition as easily as possible to campus life and their newfound freedom. After all, they’ll definitely be feeling the stress and nerves throughout the entire moving process, too.

To help you and your teen cope with all of the woes during the big move, here are some tips to help prep your teen for university move-in day.


Pre-Move-In Day

Before the big day arrives, there are some things to have nailed down to help make it run as smoothly as possible:


Purchase The Dorm Life Essentials

Dorm life is a completely new phase for your teen, so help them cover the basic necessities with a list to have ready for moving day. These types of items include bed sheets, storage containers, desk organizers and more.

For a more thorough list of ideas, Bed, Bath & Beyond has put together a handy list to help:


Dish Out Expectations And The Plan For Moving Day

Of course, your teen will need help transporting items and unloading their stuff into their dorm. Beyond that, it’s important to know when it’s time to let them take care of the rest. Talk to them about expectations for you and your help. If they want you to stay and assist with unpacking, that’s great. If they want you to leave the unpacking to them, take the hint and say goodbye. If you’re eager to meet and connect with the roommate before leaving, tell them ahead of time.

Always discuss the game plan and what they feel comfortable with since it is a pretty big moment in life for them.


Be Practical About What Can And Cannot Fit

Your teen may have seen pictures or have an idea of dorm room size from TV shows, but in reality, you only truly appreciate the tiny size when you’re desperately trying to squeeze all of your furniture in. Dorm rooms are sometimes puzzles, so you’ve got to be very selective about what stays. Help your teen by keeping them in reality with the size of the dorm and assisting them in ways to utilize the space most effectively. IKEA has some great space-saving designs to look at for inspiration and ideas to implement for dorm-style living spaces.

With all of the nervous jitters, excitement and emotions tossed into moving day, your teen is going to need all the help you can give. Just be sure that you’re not dishing out too much love when they’re eager for you to leave. Go over the game plan ahead of time to be ready and prepped for the big day.

Want to make sure your belongings are in good hands during your teen’s move into university? Get in touch with our expert moving crews to help with the process!

4 Unpacking Tips

Young couple unpacking their belongings in their new home

Moving can be challenging in many ways, but with a little organization, certain parts of it can be quite smooth and even exciting! Moving into a new home provides you with the opportunity to start over with your organization systems and purge those items that you don’t really need. Here are some unpacking tips that are sure to make your moving transition as smooth and easy as possible.




Organize Boxes on Move-In Day

Whether you have a moving company lugging your boxes into your new place or you are doing it yourself, be certain to direct where specific boxes are to be set down. A benefit of hiring movers is that they will put all of your boxes go in the rooms you wish them to be in which will make unpacking so much more organized. This step goes back to the initial packing phase where you hopefully remembered to properly label your boxes.


Build Essential Furniture First

Although you may have the desire to set up your kitchen just the way you like it, it’s important to think ahead. You will need somewhere to sit down and take a break, maybe have a snack, and you will need somewhere to sleep. Make setting up your bed a priority for unpacking, including sheets blankets and pillows, while you still have energy. Meticulously folding your shirts and pants can come later, but having a place to sleep should be your first task.


Take Help if It’s Offered

Some people are more particular about their unpacking rituals than others, but the fact still remains that moving is chaos no matter how you approach it. If you are offered help with your unpacking then it’s wise to accept it. Even if you relocate everything that your helpers unpack, at least the stuff is out of the box and the box is broken down and set aside. You will have plenty of time to set up your cupboards and shelves just the way you want them once everything is out of boxes, but in the early stages eliminating the clutter of moving materials should be your number one goal.


Unpack Certain Essentials Before the Real Unpacking Journey Begins

No one wants to be stranded in a bathroom with no soap or worse, no toilet paper. If you don’t know where your bathroom supplies ended up in the mess of boxes labelled “bathroom,” be proactive and buy a pack of toilet paper and a new soap dispenser to have available for both yourself and whoever else you have at your place on moving day.

Moving is an adventure, and how you choose to approach your adventure will dictate how fun or miserable your experience is! Try to have fun with your unpacking experience and relish the fact that you are finally in your new home.


Help Your Parents Move by Hiring Ottawa Movers


As your parents age, it becomes increasingly challenging for them to pack up and move all their belongings on their own. Plus, as part of running a family, they probably have collected a large quantity of items over the years, which can be incredibly overwhelming to organize. With your busy schedule, you may not have the time you need to support them as much as you would like. So why not make everyone’s life easier and hire Ottawa movers?

They have the expertise and services to tackle every type of move. Here we explore all the ways Ottawa movers can help your parents move go both smooth and effortless as possible.

Customized Service

When it comes to your parents, they will need lots of support and hands-on service from a reputable mover. At First Rate Movers, we understand that each family’s needs are different and each move is unique. That is why they offer customized service to help you get the best service for your family’s needs.

Packing Services

Your parents won’t have to lift a finger. First Rate Movers offer various packing services for moves within Ottawa, from partial packing, full packing, crating services, unpacking, and special packing designed for high-end art and other delicate belongings.

Storage Potential

Sometimes you need to store your items if your closing date doesn’t match with your move date. First Rate Movers offers short-term storage options, so your belongings aren’t left out in the cold.

Safety-Conscious Environment

Safety is your biggest concerns when it comes to moving your parents. And Ottawa Movers places safety at the top of their priority list. All precautions are taken during the move to ensure your items are carefully transported from point A to B. Plus, all of our employees are insured by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.

Reliable Experts with A+ Rating

First Rate Movers are a Certified Canadian Mover with the Canadian Association of Movers and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We also have 23 years of direct moving experience to execute a flawless move. You can rest assured your parents are in good hands.

Why not do your entire family a favour and contact First Rate Movers to help your parents with their move? We can take care of all of the planning, packing, and unpacking while keeping your parents and their belongings safe and in pristine condition.


Move Now Before the Spring Rush
Move Now Before the Spring Rush

If you have the luxury of choosing your moving date, we recommend you move now before the spring rush. Yes, that’s right! We believe moving in the winter is much better than moving once the weather heats up. Here are five reasons why a winter move is the best time to pack up and go. Read More…

What’s a Consolidated Move?
What’s a Consolidated Move?

Professional moving services can be expensive, especially for long distance or inter-city relocations. When moving to another city or province, the largest part of the cost is usually travel-related. The moving company has to pay the crew to drive between locations, and cover expenses such as fuel, meals, hotel, and other costs associated with out-of-town Read More…


Move Now Before the Spring Rush
Move Now Before the Spring Rush

If you have the luxury of choosing your moving date, we recommend you move now before the spring rush. Yes, that’s right! We believe moving in the winter is much better than moving once the weather heats up. Here are five reasons why a winter move is the best time to pack up and go. Read More…

What’s a Consolidated Move?
What’s a Consolidated Move?

Professional moving services can be expensive, especially for long distance or inter-city relocations. When moving to another city or province, the largest part of the cost is usually travel-related. The moving company has to pay the crew to drive between locations, and cover expenses such as fuel, meals, hotel, and other costs associated with out-of-town Read More…

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