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When to Start Preparing for Moving Day

When to Start Preparing for Moving Day

Do you know how long it takes to prep for a move? The average residential move requires a month or two of planning to get everything ready for moving day. If you’re not sure when to start preparing, use this basic guide to help create your checklist and a hassle-free move.

Four to Eight Weeks Out

First things first, start by creating an inventory list of all your belongings. Mark each down as either an item to be moved or one that will be sold, given away or recycled. Then it’s time to contact a moving company to request an estimate. The inventory list will help determine the volume of the load and the rate, as well as keep you organized when it’s time to start packing. Another task that should be started well in advance is registering your children for their new school. It could take some time to arrange for all the documentation and to get everything set up, so the sooner you start, the better.

Three to Four Weeks Out

Pick up the packing supplies that you may need in advance, especially if you have a large load to pack. Starting your packing early will ensure you have plenty of time and enough supplies to get through all of the rooms in your home before the moving date.

Two Weeks Before the Move

If you’re moving a small load, you can usually start packing about two weeks out. This is also a great time to contact the utility companies, your bank, insurance companies, and subscription services to register your new address. If you’re moving out of town and are planning to say goodbye to friends or relatives in the area, meeting up a few weeks before the move will ensure that you don’t forget to say goodbye. Another task you don’t want to forget about is junk removal. Since these services often book up well in advance, it’s important to call a junk removal services company a couple of weeks out to arrange for a date that works for both of you.

The Last Week

It’s time to get down to business. Confirm the moving schedule with your moving company and make sure the snow removal or temporary parking permits are arranged for moving day. Double-check that you haven’t packed anything that is on the “restricted” list and confirms that you have arranged for the utilities to transfer over on your moving date, especially the heat and hydro. If you have any gas appliances, it’s imperative to arrange for these to be properly disconnected on or before moving day.

The Last Two Days

It’s go-time! Finish up any of the remaining packing and clean all the empty rooms. Go through every room and cupboard thoroughly to ensure you haven’t missed anything you plan to bring. Pay attention to items that are out of sight like your ceiling fans, specialty lighting, garage stored tools, and supplies. 

If you need a moving company you can count on, contact us at First Rate Movers to book in your date today.


Everything You Need to Know Before Packing Up Your Kitchen

Everything You Need to Know Before Packing Up Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the most challenging and time-consuming room of your home to pack up. To ensure it gets done on time and everything remains in one piece, here’s everything you need to know before packing up your kitchen. 

Separate the Essentials

Any items you’ll need right up until moving day should be set aside in one location. That way you won’t accidentally pack away all your dishes or food items that you’ll need by mistake. 

Throw Out Items You Never Use

If you haven’t used items in a couple of years, now’s the time to throw them out or donate them to someone who can use them. The less clutter you bring with you to your new home, the better.

Don’t Rush

Kitchenware can take longer to pack because much of it is breakable. You’re also likely to have more kitchen items than you think, so give yourself enough time to pack up and avoid rushing that could result in damaged items. 

Pack Plates on the Ends

The best way is to pack plates is on their ends vertically. Each plate should also be wrapped with a sheet of paper and tightly packed up against each other to fill the box. 

Stand Glasses Up

Glasses are not strong enough to be stored on their side so always stack the glasses standing up. They should always be individually wrapped to prevent damage. 

Keep Silverware in the Utensil Tray

It’s much easier to keep all your silverware together in the utensil tray. All you need to do is add some paper in each section or bubble wrap and tape it tight.  

Individually Wrap Pots and Pans

Pans will take up less room if you pack them vertically like the plates. Pots can also be placed into each other and packed as is. 

Put Tupperware on Top

Plastic containers are very light and can easily be stacked and taped together. Since they are lightweight you can put them in any boxes that have extra space. Simply use bubble wrap or a towel between the Tupperware and other items to prevent movement. 

Small Appliances Go in Big Boxes

Blenders, crockpots, and other small appliances can be packed in larger boxes. Each should be individually wrapped with paper and taped to avoid scratches and damage.

Large Appliances Should Be Prepared Ahead of Time

Don’t forget about your large appliances! Some items like your fridge and gas appliances will need to be uninstalled a couple of days in advance. Always read the manual before starting, and if you’re not sure about something ask your moving rep.

Need a moving company that can help answer all your questions and ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible? Call us at First Rate Movers. We are Ottawa’s number one choice.


5 Things to Do to Prepare for a Winter Move

5 Things to Do to Prepare for a Winter Move

Enduring a move is often stressful enough, no matter the time of year. But when you throw snow, icy roadways, and bitter cold temperatures on top of that, it can make the process even more grueling and even dangerous. Here are the top 5 things to do to prepare for a winter move so you can take on those winter challenges with ease.

Start Packing Early

Packing up is something most of us like to procrastinate with. It’s not fun and it’s often the last thing you want to tackle after a busy workday. But the sooner you get started, the easier it will be once your official move out date arrives. Starting early means you can focus on packing up one small area at a time and gradually chip away at it. Since winter can make things a little more complicated with the weather, this will also give you time to ensure your items are wrapped up properly to keep them safe from the cold and snow.

Get Your Homes Prepped

With winter comes messy and unpredictable weather. So before the moveout morning rolls around, keep your eyes on the forecast. It’s important to create a safe environment before the movers arrive. Shovel any of your walkways and throw down some salt if need be. Make sure that there is no clutter in the entranceway and hallways (winter boots, etc).

Hire a Reputable Moving Team

Since winter moves can be much more challenging than other seasons, you should always choose a professional, reputable company that knows how to handle the winter and your belongings with ease. Don’t leave your items in the hands of amateurs, especially during this time of year.

Be Flexible with Time

To prepare for a winter move, you should also be more flexible with travel times. Snow and ice can delay the arrival of the movers to your old and new home. Give yourself plenty of extra time to compensate. It’s also wise to stay in contact with the movers and any landlords who will be reserving an elevator or parking.

First Rate Movers has you covered for all of your moving-related needs. Our professional and experienced team knows how to handle the winter elements along with any challenges to make sure your move is as simple as can be. Give us a call today to book your date or learn more!


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!


5 Ways to Prevent Physical Injuries During a Move

5 Ways to Prevent Physical Injuries During a Move

Moving your entire life’s belongings is no easy feat – even if you’re in great shape. With so many big, heavy and bulky items to maneuver around tight corners, down the stairs and safely into the truck, it can easily lead to sudden injuries. To prevent a sprained ankle or serious trip and fall, here are some helpful ways to prevent physical injuries during a move.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

There are some activities and tasks that can easily be filed under the DIY category, but moving your entire household shouldn’t be one of them. This is one of those life events where it’s always worth it to bring in the pros – after all, it’s what they do best! A professional moving company is trained and experienced at handling bulky, heavy items, and using the proper techniques and footing to ensure the process runs smoothly and safely. They also have insurance if something does happen.

Don’t Overpack Boxes

It can be tempting to fill boxes to the brim, but this can be one of the easiest ways to provoke injuries. If you’re left with half-empty boxes that are already feeling heavy, add lighter belongings instead, like towels or clothing to utilize that space without increasing the weight load. A good standard weight to aim for is about 20 to 25 pounds per box. 

Make Sure Walkways are Clear

It’s important to eliminate any potential tripping hazards since it’s not easy to see the ground when you’re carrying boxes or furniture. So ensure that all pathways in your home and around the truck are cleared of any obstacles, including snow, tree trimmings, garbage cans or toys.

Use the Proper Lifting Technique

Learn from the pros on how to employ the proper techniques when lifting boxes. Always lift with your legs in a steady motion, bend at the knees and keep your back straight without twisting or jerking the body abruptly. 

Take Time to Stretch and Hydrate

Many of us tend to underestimate the amount of physical work it takes to move. Before jumping into the process, take time to stretch. This will help loosen and warm up your muscles to prevent spasms and injuries. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated, especially during those summer moves!

Are you moving this season in Ottawa? Save yourself the hassle and leave it to our professional moving team! At First Rate Movers, you can count on us to take care of your entire move with exceptional care and dedication to delivering your belongings safely. Get in touch today to get a quote and lock in your date! 


6 Best Ways to Pack for a Move

6 Best Ways to Pack for a Move

It doesn’t matter how organized you are in life – when it comes to moving, chaos can easily ensure if you decide to leave packing to the last minute. To avoid common pitfalls and headaches on moving day, learn some of the best ways to pack for a move with our top tips from the experts below.

Start Now

Ask any moving expert, and they’ll tell you that time is the secret ingredient to avoiding stress and chaos on the day of your big move. And the more time you have – the better. We recommend starting at least three months before your official moving date so you can slowly get organized, chip away at your to-do list, and have everything packed and ready to go for your next chapter.

Get Rid of Clutter

Moving is also an ideal time to reassess your belongings and toss out what you no longer need. Starting early gives you enough time to sort and assess your stuff while packing. Anything that you haven’t worn, seen or used in the past two years, get rid of. Keep a box or large bag handy, so you can put in anything you wish to donate, sell or throw away. This will also make moving day go much faster with fewer items to transport!

Don’t Cheap Out On Boxes

Sure, you could stroll over to your neighbourhood grocery or liquor store to snag some free boxes, but they are seldom the right size. Standard moving boxes are always recommended since they are designed for this exact purpose and are much more durable. Proper moving boxes are standard in size which makes packing the moving truck easier and more efficient. Consider that every dollar spent on a proper moving box is likely to save you $4-$5 in labour. They are not so much an expense as an investment.

Pack By Room

Always pack up your belongings one room at a time and keep those similar items together. This makes the unpacking process so much easier when the movers can place down each box in the right room, so you don’t have to reshuffle everything afterward. 

Use Lighter Items to Fill Boxes

Though we suggest keeping similar items together, this isn’t always feasible with heavier things, like pots, pans, and other dishware. To disperse the weight of each box, combine a few lighter items with heavier ones. For example, add towels, accessories, or lighter blankets on top of pots and pans to fill up the remainder of the box without making it extra heavy for the movers to lift and carry.

Label As You Go

Remember to keep a marker handy as you pack up each box. Then clearly label the boxes according to which room the contents came from and what they contain.  Make sure your writing is big, clear and legible. It can make things easier to mark the contents on the sides of the boxes as well so that you know what is in them when they are stacked on top of each other. Don’t forget to mark off ones that are fragile so the movers can easily identify which ones require extra care.

Prefer to have someone else do some or all of the packing for you? At First Rate Movers, our team is here to help! Whether you need to move your entire household or just a few pieces of furniture relocated, our full-service moving company is your best choice for moving help in Ottawa. You can count on our professional and reliable team to handle your belongings with the utmost care. Get in touch today to get a quote and lock in your date!


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!


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