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What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto

What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto

Are you planning a move from Ottawa to the Greater Toronto Area? Did you know that you can save big when you coordinate your move through First Rate movers? Find out more below!

 

Classification

 

Moving from Ottawa to Toronto is not considered a ‘local’ move but rather a long distance move. Pricing for these moves is based on an hourly rate for loading and offloading, as well as a flat rate charge for the overall travel time. Our team at First Rate Movers considers the travel charge to be based on the distance between both locations, and will also depend on the size of the crew and truck that’s required to complete the move. The charge will also cover the fuel expenses, and any hotel stays or meals for the crew.

 

Timing

 

We frequently make consolidated trips to Toronto and the GTA. Give us a call to arrange an estimate, and we’ll help you properly schedule the timing of your move, so it is convenient for you. That way, if you are moving from Ottawa to Toronto, you can plan to be there close the time when your belongings arrive also.

 

Consolidated Trips

 

If you have a smaller move, then you can save money by participating in a consolidated move. This allows us to move your belongings with another person’s who is also going in the same direction. You can save up to 30% by sharing travel costs. Clients with larger moves can also save if we can coordinate a move that returns to Ottawa from Toronto on the same day. So being flexible can really pay off!

 

Types of Trucks

 

First Rate Movers have two truck options for moving: our 20’ moving truck is perfect for smaller homes or apartments. If you need something larger, we also have 26’ moving trucks with plenty of room to get all your belongings to Toronto in one trip.  If you need something in-between or have large items like furniture, we also have 16’ and 24’ trucks. Once you know exactly what you are bringing, let us know and we will help you select the right truck size for your needs.

Real Insurance Coverage

 

At First Rate Movers, all full-service moves include $1,000,000 of full replacement value insurance, floor protection, clean moving blankets, premium bed bags, and free use of wardrobe boxes. Moving cities is no easy feat but once you have insurance and your belongings packed up, you are already halfway done!  

 

To learn more about our Ottawa to Toronto moving services, request or quote or contact us today! We are here to help.

 


4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving

4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving

If you’re getting ready to pack and move to a new property, make sure that you leave some time to prepare your appliances. If you forget to take the appropriate steps to securely prep them, you could be left with damaged items once you get them into your new home. Here, we’ll show you exactly what you need to do to ensure they arrive safe and sound when preparing your appliances for moving.

Refrigerator

To get your fridge ready to haul away, unplug it approximately two days before your moving date. Then disconnect the power chord and water lines and start to remove everything inside. Give the machine a good wash and then dry it out as best as possible. Check the water reservoir and evaporator pan and empty if necessary. Once completely dry, vacuum out any leftover debris as well as the condenser and filter at the back of the appliance. Safely pack or wrap up the drawers, and you’re ready to go. Your mover can help you determine if you need to have the fridge bolted down during your move.  

Dishwasher

About a week before you move, you should run your last cycle in the dishwasher. After the cycle is complete and the machine has cooled, clean the catcher, wipe down the machine, and let it completely dry out. Once all the moisture has evaporated, disconnect and drain the hoses, wrap, and store them back inside the dishwasher. Depending on the type of racks you have, you may be able to tape these down, otherwise, remove and pack for transit.

The Stove and Oven

Gas stoves will need to have a certified technician disconnect the lines to prevent a gas leak from occurring. When this has been completed, you can then start to remove all the parts inside. If you own an electric model, you will first need to disconnect the power chord before removing the parts. With an oven-specific cleaner, give a thorough clean and then pack all the parts securely in a box. If you own a gas oven, be sure to arrange for a service technician to come to your new home to connect the gas lines back up for you.

Washing Machine

First things first, disconnect the power chord and then drain the hoses. Wipe down the inside and outside of the washer and allow it to dry. Then wrap the end of the hoses with a towel and place inside the washer. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly secure the tub during transit. If you no longer possess the instructions, talk to your move coordinator who can assist you.

Dryer

Clean out the lint screen and wipe down the inside of the dryer. You may want to use a vacuum if there’s a significant amount of lint on the inside. Then disconnect the power chord if you own an electric model. For a gas dryer, you’ll need to arrange for a licensed technician to disconnect and reconnect the lines.

Your appliances are often the last thing you pack. So, it’s important to give yourself enough time to do it right. Be sure to plan accordingly and talk to your move coordinator at First Rate Movers. Our team of professionals are here to help your move go as smoothly as possible.


Reasons Why Moving in the Fall is a Good Idea

Reasons Why Moving in the Fall is a Good Idea

Sometimes, you don’t have the liberty of choosing your moving date — especially if you find your dream home with a 30-day closing date. But if you’re given the option to choose, we recommend that you consider relocating in the fall. There are plenty of perks that come along with this time of year. Let’s dig a little deeper into why moving in the fall is a good idea.

The Weather is Ideal

Fall often has the most pleasant weather for moving. The days are often mild enough, so you don’t have to worry about having freezing cold hands or slippery surfaces. There’s also no intense heat or humidity to worry about. This perfect medium allows for the most pleasant moving experience by far. You will get the best work out of the moving crew at this time of year and therefore more for your money.

Kids are in School

Your older teenagers can make great helpers (sometimes), but your younger children can often unintentionally get in the way during a move. Thankfully, during the fall season, the kids are in school which means you don’t have to worry about planning for keeping them occupied throughout the process.

Less Competition Equals Better Pricing

Spring and summer are generally the busiest months out of the year when it comes to moving. Moving companies often charge premium rates during the summer months. In the Fall, you are more likely to pay regular rates or maybe even a discounted rate. If you’re looking to get a better price, this is a good time to do it.

You Can Save on Other Costs

During the high season, consumer goods are also priced at a premium. Paint, carpet, lawn furniture, and more household materials all come at a cost during the spring and summer. If you move in the fall, you can actually save money if you need to purchase these things, as many of these items go on sale during this time of year. Coordinating your move with the end of year sales can save you a lot of money all around.

Moving in the fall is really a win-win situation. But regardless of the time of year that you need to move, you’ll always receive professional, friendly, reliable, and timely service from our team at First Rate Movers.  


Consolidated Moves Between Cities Can Save You Money

Consolidated Moves Between Cities Can Save You Money

Looking for a way to save on your long distance moving costs? You should consider a consolidated move. If you’ve never heard of this option before it’s because many moving companies keep this option secret unless you ask. Why? Because they have no problem filling half a truck and charging you full price. At First Rate Movers, we offer the option of consolidated moving to our customers. To learn how consolidated moves between cities can save you money, read on!

Save When You Share

A consolidated move combines two or more moves into one full shipment. It’s the perfect option for students and those with smaller moves. When moving from Ottawa to a location along the 401 corridor, we can coordinate your move as part of a shared (consolidated) trip. That means that you share the truck space and a portion of the cost with another party. When you share, you save!

Save When You’re Flexible

Not everyone can pick their move date, but when you do have the option of being flexible, you can save hundreds of dollars in moving fees. By aligning your move with another move going to or returning from your destination city, you can share the most expensive part of the move (the travel costs) with another party. For example, you can save up to $600 off the travel charge when booking a consolidated move from Ottawa to the Toronto. To find out how you can save on your inter-city move, call First Rate Movers today.

Don’t spend money on truck space you don’t need. Instead, put that hard-earned money back in your pocket and save by using our consolidated moving option. By choosing First Rate Movers, your personal belongings will get where they need to be quickly, securely, and affordably — just like it should be. To save on your next move, contact us to get a free estimate today!


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.  


How to Pack Electronics Properly

how to pack electronics properly

When it’s time to start packing for your move, it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to plan accordingly. If you just throw things into boxes, you’re sure to find a number of belongings damaged upon arrival at your new place. And, some of the most common items that end up sustaining damage during a move are electronics.

Considering these are often our favourite toys, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to pack these items away securely.  If you’re not sure how to pack electronics properly, follow this quick guide to ensure they reach your new home safely and in perfect working condition.

Back Up Your Files

If you pack your belongings correctly, you shouldn’t have to worry about any damage during transit, but you should always be prepared nonetheless. By backing up your computers onto an external hard drive or to a cloud, you can quickly obtain your files in case your device doesn’t start properly.

Dismantle Your Devices

If you’re not sure how to properly dismantle your electronic device, check the manufacturer’s guide that came with the product, or check online. You should also take some pictures of how the cords were connected correctly to help you easily set it back up after you move.

Secure Small Parts

Nothing is worse than losing the screws, wires or other items that belong to your devices. So make sure that any small cords, screws, nuts or pieces are placed in a small bag and securely taped and labelled. If you’re dealing with a printer, make sure that the ink cartridges are removed and stored adequately before packing the materials.

Wrap the Screen

The screen is the most delicate part of any electronic. To ensure it’s protected during transport, tape a cloth layer to the screen and wrap it with bubble wrap. As a word of caution, never use a rough surface like cardboard directly on the screen as it can scratch the surface.

Gently Pack Materials

Packing in the original boxes and Styrofoam is best, but if you don’t have these around, then you can use a thick cardboard box and bubble wrap or packing paper instead. Just remember to avoid using any packing materials that could conduct electricity, and only use “anti-static” materials. And if you have any moving blankets, be sure to use these to add an extra layer of protection.

Label All Boxes

Once you’ve sealed the box, make sure to label the outside. Also add the name of the room where the box should go — once it has been moved into your new home, this will help save you time and effort.

When you’re not sure how to pack electronics properly, call us at First Rate Movers. We’ll make sure that all your personal belongings and favourite items are carefully packed, stored, and moved in one piece.


How to Organize Your Belongings Before Packing

how to organize your belongings before packing

Unless it’s in regards to a vacation, the word “packing” usually comes as an unwelcome reminder. But when faced with the reality of a move, procrastination is never a good idea. So, where do you start and how can you organize your belongings before packing? Here are some easy steps to follow.

Get Out Your Calendar

Once you’ve confirmed your move, it’s time to get your calendar out to help organize your life a little, so you’re not stressed out last minute. Your moving date may seem far away, but it can creep up really fast, especially when you already have a hectic schedule. So, figure out how much time you have and go through the days to plan out your packing projects. This will help you stay organized and on track when you’re struggling to figure out what to do next.

Get Cracking Early

We all love to procrastinate in life, but pushing off your packing is just a recipe for disaster when the moving date arrives. So get cracking as early as you can. The more time you have to sort through your belongings, the easier your moving day will be.

Get Some Help

If you’re really struggling to organize through your stuff, ask for help! If you have a friend or family member or even a roommate with a kind enough heart to lend a helping hand, offer a consolation prize (like pizza and beer) in exchange for some assistance.

Declutter Your Junk

As you sort through your belongings, don’t forget to declutter as well. This is the perfect opportunity to discard all of the junk and excess that’s just been cluttering up your home. This is also where your friend or roommate can help when you’re struggling to figure out what should be tossed out, kept or donated.

Get Your Supplies

Once your junk has been decluttered, you should pick up the moving supplies that you’ll need. Boxes, packing tape, markers, and packing paper are some of the essentials that you should pick up once you’re ready to start placing your items in boxes.

Organize with Your New Place in Mind

As you pack up your stuff, make sure that you organize your packing according to what makes sense for your new place, not your current one. If your new home has a different setup, then it might not make sense to pack by room. Spend a moment or two thinking about your new layout and how to organize your packing to make it easier once you arrive and have to face the unpacking process.

At First Rate Movers, we can handle all of you moving related needs, including packing and unpacking! Call us today for a quote or to learn more about our moving services.


5 Ways to Deal With Packing Stress

5 ways to deal with packing stress

Enduring the moving process is something that most people dread. Having to pack up your entire life and haul it to your new home can be quite the process. But with a good head start and some strategic organizing, you can make that process much more comfortable on yourself when the day finally rolls around. And when the idea of packing really makes you want to cry, hiring a moving company can alleviate that stress altogether! To help you master the art of moving day, here are a few helpful ways to deal with packing stress and all of the commotion that can come along with the big move.

Make a Plan

It can be easy enough to avoid and procrastinate getting started with your packing process, but the sooner you can get started, the better. So get a jump-start as soon as you set your moving date by creating a plan. Grab a piece of paper and pen and write down your to-do list of what you need to get done and dusted before the big day. It’s always helpful to have a list available to keep you on track when you’re feeling overwhelmed and flustered and don’t know where to start.

Declutter

One of the first items on that to-do list should be dejunking your home. There is never a better time to sort through all of your belongings (since you have to anyway) and finally donate or get rid of what you will never use again. Start off with one room at a time and create an area where you can place items that are designated for ‘Out.’

Pick Up Supplies

Once you have the excess clutter out of the way, you’ll have less to pack and haul and more room to organize your stuff. Head down to your nearest home supply store and pick up your moving essentials, including an assortment of moving boxes, bubble wrap and newspapers, packing tape, and a good permanent marker for labelling. Again, the earlier you can get on this, the easier it will be to deal with packing stress.

Organize Items By Room

When it’s time to start placing stuff into boxes, try to keep your boxes organized by room.  So if you’re focusing on the bathroom, keep these items together, dispersing by weight and labelling them well to make unpacking a breeze. Since you’ll be starting this well in advance of your moving date, make sure that you keep your everyday essentials to the side and organized so you can just toss them into a box the night before your move.

Hire a Packing Service

If all of this sounds great, but you’re still feeling overwhelmed trying to find the time to pack while juggling your hectic schedule, then leave it to the professionals! Hiring a reputable moving and packing service like First Rate Movers can literally take the stress out of the equation and handle it all for you.

When you need a reputable moving and packing service that you can count on, give us a call at First Rate Movers. We are one of Ottawa’s most respected moving services, thanks to our attention to detail, our professionalism, and our level of customer service. Contact us today to learn how we can help you deal with packing stress and any of your moving-related needs.


What Should I Do Directly Following My Move?

What should I do directly following my move?

Once all of your stuff has been hauled over to your new place, you may find yourself unsure of what to do next. That’s why it’s always helpful to have a plan so you know exactly what essentials should be tackled and what should be left for the following few days after. So when you find yourself asking “What should I do directly following my move?” here are a few key steps to remember.

Take a Breather

First and foremost — take a break! You’ve been working hard and getting things organized so take some time to sit down, recuperate, and maybe eat a snack and rehydrate before moving on to your next steps. That way you can rest a little and regain some energy to tackle those boxes.

Organize boxes

Once you feel refreshed and ready to get back to it, start by organizing your boxes according to each room. And, thanks to your handy labelling on each box, you’ll be able to simply glance at them and determine what should be placed where. This will make the unpacking process much easier for you.

Dress Furniture

Most moving companies will place your furniture where you’d like it to go, so you generally will not need to do anything else following the move. Instead, consider getting things right back to the way you like them. Dig out your throw pillows, blankets, and accents to make things feel a bit more like home.

Set Up Your Bed

Since you probably have been up and at it since the early morning, the only other thing you should really do directly following the move is to set up your bed. Set up the mattress and throw on some clean sheets so when your exhausted body is ready for some serious snoozing, you’ll have your bed ready and waiting.

Relax and Leave it to the Pros!

You read that correctly! You can just sit back and relax while we take care of the unloading process for you! At First Rate Movers, our professional and experienced team can handle all of your moving-related needs.

So when you prefer to make your moving process as simple as possible, allow us to help! Contact us today to learn more about our rates and services that can help make your life a whole lot easier during your big move.


There are Items You Shouldn’t Pack!

there are items you shouldn't pack

When you’re getting ready to move, you should be aware of the items that you shouldn’t pack if you have a moving company transport your belongings. Many household items that may seem harmless can easily lead to dangerous situations under the right conditions. And, while it may be hard to part with some items, these rules are created for everyone’s safety and to also protect your belongings. To get a better idea of what you should leave behind, here are a few of the items that are on the ‘what not to pack’ list.

Hazardous Materials

Packing any hazardous materials can be dangerous. Anything that is considered to be flammable, corrosive or explosive should stay behind to prevent any potential injuries from occurring. Items such as fertilizer and pesticides, cleaning solvents, gasoline, pool chemicals, motor oil, paint and paint thinners, propane tanks, and kerosene are common items that moving companies will not allow.

Liquids

There are a number of items that you may be surprised to see on the list. Liquid detergent, soaps, and nail polish, for instance, are often banned from being packed onto the moving truck. Many of these substances are dangerous when exposed to high temperatures and can also ruin your belongings if they tip over or spill. We suggest leaving these items with family or friends.

Perishables

Although not hazardous, moving companies rarely transport things that may spoil in a long-distance move. This may seem like a big inconvenience at first, but this rule can help protect your belongings from rodents and insects when in transit or storage. Items to exclude are frozen and refrigerated foods, produce, open food containers, and plants. If your move, however, is planned to be delivered and complete on the same day, some companies may allow perishables that are adequately packaged to be transported.

Personal Items

With everyone’s best interests at heart, moving companies prefer not to transfer personal and sentimental items that are both confidential and difficult to replace. This would include things like your valuable jewellery, family photographs, titles and wills, and any private documentation like your medical records or tax returns. Everyone, including the moving company, will be much happier if these items are kept safe and in your control during the move.

If you’re not certain if something is allowed to be transported, it’s always best to ask. At First Rate Movers, we always ensure that our clients are provided with a detailed list well ahead of time. That way you have all the information you need before you start packing. It’s our goal to make your move stress free and as efficient as possible. Check out our site to learn more about our services and why we’re the top moving company in Ottawa!


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What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto
What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto

Are you planning a move from Ottawa to the Greater Toronto Area? Did you know that you can save big when you coordinate your move through First Rate movers? Find out more below!   Classification   Moving from Ottawa to Toronto is not considered a ‘local’ move but rather a long distance move. Pricing for Read More…

4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving
4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving

If you’re getting ready to pack and move to a new property, make sure that you leave some time to prepare your appliances. If you forget to take the appropriate steps to securely prep them, you could be left with damaged items once you get them into your new home. Here, we’ll show you exactly Read More…

MOVING TIPS  |  DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM!


What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto
What to Know About Moving from Ottawa to Toronto

Are you planning a move from Ottawa to the Greater Toronto Area? Did you know that you can save big when you coordinate your move through First Rate movers? Find out more below!   Classification   Moving from Ottawa to Toronto is not considered a ‘local’ move but rather a long distance move. Pricing for Read More…

4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving
4 Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for Moving

If you’re getting ready to pack and move to a new property, make sure that you leave some time to prepare your appliances. If you forget to take the appropriate steps to securely prep them, you could be left with damaged items once you get them into your new home. Here, we’ll show you exactly Read More…

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