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How to Avoid Moving-Related Stress

How to Avoid Moving-Related Stress

You don’t have to let the thoughts of your moving day stress you out. With a little planning and preparation, you can have everything organized and sorted for a simple, hassle-free move that goes smoothly. To guide you in preparing for the move, here are some tips to consider when you want to avoid moving-related stress.

Start Now

The best way to avoid moving-related stress is by starting early. It’s the most important step for ensuring everything gets done on time without feeling like you have a mound of tasks to do. Starting now will let you slowly chip away at your to-do list one step at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. So start today by going over your to-do list and committing to knocking off one or a few tasks every day.

Book Your Movers as Soon as Possible

One of the first tasks to cross off your to-do list should be booking (in) your preferred moving company. You can start by doing a little research online and asking around for recommendations from friends and family. Once you’ve found a reputable moving company with good references, give them a call to discuss your moving needs, obtain a detailed quote, and lock in your date once you’re satisfied with the estimate and details. Doing this now will eliminate any risk of not being able to book the date that you need to move once the season gets busier.

Ask for Help

Packing up and moving all of your belongings isn’t a simple task. Even if you’re moving from a small apartment, there’s still a surprising amount of work involved. That’s why we always recommend asking for help. Whether it’s a family member or a few good friends, offer some pizza and beverages in exchange for an afternoon of help. It’ll make the process much quicker and easier when you have an extra set of hands to assist you.

First Rate Movers offers professional and reliable services for all of your moving needs throughout Ottawa. Our experienced team is trained to handle every move with respect and care to ensure your belongings arrive at your new destination safely. We’re proud to be locally owned and operated, serving residents throughout eastern Ontario since 2003. Get the quality moving services you can count on. Contact us today for a quote!

What to Include in Your Moving Essentials Box

What to Include in Your Moving Essentials Box

There’s nothing worse than arriving in your new home, finally getting everything unpacked, sitting down, and then realizing you have no idea where anything is. This is the hard reality for most movers on day one. Fortunately, you can avoid this by packing an essentials box ahead of time.  Here we’ll outline everything that should go inside this box that you’ll likely need.

Garbage Bags

A box of garbage bags can come in mighty handy when you do your final clean up at your old home and start unpacking at your new one. You can bet there will be a lot of paper, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to clean up.

Cleaning Materials

Even if your new home has been cleaned, you might need some materials on hand to wipe things down before you start using them, like the cupboards and bathroom fixtures. A bottle of all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, kitchen and bathroom cleaner, and sponges should be kept in your essentials box to use.


All your grooming and (hygiene) personal care items should also go into your essentials box. This will include toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shampoo, conditioner, cleansers, and moisturizers.

Bed Sheets, Comforters, and Towels

After a hard day’s work of moving, you’ll definitely want to take a soothing shower. Though you’ve already packed up your personal care products, you’ll also need a towel to dry off. So be sure to add a few of these to your essentials box. Also, don’t forget to pack your bedding – bed sheets, pillowcases, and comforters.


You should never pack away any medications that you take on a daily basis – these should always be kept on you in a purse or travel case. However, you might want to add a few extras in your essentials box to have on hand just in case, like pain relievers, disinfectant, petroleum jelly as well as bandages, gauze pads and adhesive tape. If you have a First Aid Kit – even better. Just add it in the box.

Closing Up

Once you’re done packing up your essentials, don’t forget to label the boxes clearly and use a different colour marker to easily distinguish them from the rest.

We hope these tips will help make your move go a little more smoothly. Want even more convenience during your moving process? Contact us at First Rate Movers and we’ll pack, unpack, and put away your items for you. Reach out today to find out what we offer and what we can do to make your life a little easier during your move.

5 Tasks That Should Wait to be Done on Moving Day

5 Tasks That Should Wait to be Done on Moving Day

Do you have everything ready for moving day? There’s a lot to prepare, and it’s imperative to have everything ready to go for an easy, smooth process. But not everything can be done before the movers arrive. There are some important tasks that should wait to be done on moving day. To ensure you’re prepared, here are 5 tasks to remember for your move out date.

Packing Your Car

Any valuable and irreplaceable items like expensive jewelry, your passports, laptop, and liquor should be transported with you in your car. And while it may seem like a good idea to put these in your vehicle the night before, it’s best to wait until you are ready to leave to ensure these items are safe from theft.

Throwing Out All of Your Food and Disposables

Moving day can be rather hectic, so it’s best to keep some food on hand to get you through the day. Muffins, dried snacks, or pre-packed sandwiches will help keep you fueled. You’ll also need plenty of water on moving day, so don’t forget to leave out a few glasses or a reusable water bottle to keep on hand.

Checking Appliances

Before you leave, don’t forget to check inside all of the appliances that you’re leaving behind. There could be some clothes left in the washer/dryer or dishes in the dishwasher that need to be packed up and brought along.

The Walkthrough

A final walkthrough is a must. Even if a room has been cleaned out earlier in the day, it’s important to check each room to ensure nothing gets left behind.

The Final Clean

Don’t forget to keep some of your cleaning supplies available – broom, all-purpose cleaner, rags – as you’ll need to do a final sweep and clean once each room is cleared out. If there’s a ton of cleaning to be done, it might be a good idea to hire a cleaning company who can come in after and give it a deep clean.

Looking for a hassle-free move? At First Rate Movers, you’ll get a moving checklist with detailed information to help you prepare for your move. Our friendly and professional team will also make sure you know exactly what you need to do on moving day. Contact us today to get a free estimate for your local or international move.

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!

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!

Everything You Need to Know about Packing a Dining Room

Everything You Need to Know about Packing a Dining Room

When moving to a new place, packing up your things can be one of the most stressful things to do. It should be done carefully and well ahead of time to prevent anything from getting damaged. And when it comes to spaces like the dining room, it can be quite tricky to pack since the items need to be thoroughly protected to avoid breakage. If you’re stressing about how to pack up your table, chairs, and dinnerware properly – don’t be! Here’s everything you need to know about packing up a dining room.

The Most Breakable Things Go First

Secure the most breakable and fragile things like glassware, china, chandeliers, and other similar items first. Keep these delicate pieces together and make sure to use either bubble wrap or thick paper to wrap everything thoroughly before placing them in a box. And don’t forget to clearly mark the boxes as ‘fragile’ so movers will know to treat them with extra care.

Packing Silver and Flatware

To protect your silverware and flatware, do not wrap your silverware in plastic as it traps moisture against the metal causing oxidization. If your silverware is already stored in a special felt-lined box, it will be secure and protected. For further protection, or if the box does not fully stay closed, wrap it in paper and tape once around to keep it closed so the latch will not open. It is not recommended to seal or plastic wrap a silverware box since that can also trap moisture in and even ruin the leather case! Make sure you care appropriately for your silverware box since they are often valuable, especially for moving.

What To Do With Rugs

Not sure what to do with your rugs? Just roll them up and place a piece of tape on to keep them together. If you’re concerned about your rugs being marked or stained by dirt or snow during transit, we recommend wrapping them with plastic wrap to safeguard them from any messy weather. And remember, area rugs should be loaded last but unloaded first so the furniture can be placed on them when unpacking.

How To Pack Glassware

The most important tip is to wrap everything that’s fragile carefully — especially any glassware. The larger items should go first with the smaller ones placed on top. There shouldn’t be any space left inside the box, so fill up any bare areas with crumpled paper or tissue.

How To Prepare Furniture For The Big Move

For closets and cabinets, don’t forget to secure the drawers to prevent them from opening while in transit. If it’s possible, remove any table legs so they can all be packed up easily in the truck. Every screw, nut, and bolt should be stored in a plastic bag and labelled so they’re kept intact and can be found easily when you need them again.

Properly packing everything that you own can be quite overwhelming, but with the right tips and research, it can be simple and hassle-free. The key is to be organized and systematic when packing fragile items, so your belongings arrive safe and unharmed in your new home. For all of your moving related needs, trust the professionals at First Rate Movers. Our team of top-notch movers can take care of everything – even packing your dining room. Get in touch today!

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.


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.  


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.


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.

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.  


5 Tips for Moving Over the Holidays
5 Tips for Moving Over the Holidays

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Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Ottawa Move

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5 Tips for Moving Over the Holidays

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