We can’t always anticipate or control when we need to make a move, and sometimes it can happen during the most inconvenient times, like the holidays! If you’re stuck moving this Christmas season, don’t stress. We have some handy tips for moving over the holidays to help you sail through it like a pro. Block Read More…
Moving can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Here are just 5 ways a moving company will take the stress out of your move.
Moving Large, Bulky Items So You Don’t Have To
Have you ever tried to lift a big screen TV, sofa or piano? It’s not an easy task, even with a few friends by your side. Large and heavy items can be dangerous to move without the right equipment and training. If dropped or mishandled, these items can damage your flooring, the item itself, and even others. A professional moving company will have all the right equipment and lifting techniques to move any large items safely so you don’t have to risk it.
Packing and Unpacking for You
Packing and unpacking can be more stressful than the actual move itself. To make matters worse, poor packing is the number one cause of broken items. Fortunately, full-service movers can pack and unpack for you. They are trained to pack the right way and can do it in a fraction of the time.
Safely Transporting the Items
Not all of us are cut out for driving a large moving van. They are long, tall, wide, and filled with thousands of pounds of your belongings – what could possibly go wrong? In Canada, there are hundreds of rental truck accidents every year caused by people who are not skilled enough to drive these vehicles. If you want your items to arrive safely in one piece, your best bet is to hire a moving company with professionally trained drivers with the right licenses for the truck size.
Moving can take weeks to plan and months to prepare, and once the moving day arrives, you’re on the clock to get everything done on time. It’s not only stressful to properly plan and execute a move, but it’s also costly if things don’t go as planned. Save yourself the hassle and let the moving company plan everything for you.
If you want to have an easy, hassle-free move, contact us at First Rate Movers!
Most people believe that moving insurance will cover all damages that may occur during a move. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Some items won’t be covered if the moving company doesn’t carry enough insurance. To ensure you hire a company that has the proper protections in place to safeguard your belongings, learn everything you need to know about moving insurance right here.
What’s Required by Law?
According to the law, Ontario movers must carry a minimum liability of loss or damage insurance for $0.60/lb per item. This “Basic” or “Released Value Insurance” will rarely provide enough coverage for anything of value. For example, this would mean a $3000 leather couch might be valued at $120 if it weighs 200 pounds. Given that most companies have a deductible of between $200 and $500 to make a claim, you will rarely see a dime of this type of coverage unless the entire shipment is lost. This type of insurance coverage is not for protecting household goods during transport. It is just the bare minimum under the Transport Act for any company shipping anything under contract. For example, Canada Post must insure your mail for $0.60 per pound. Most movers offering anything more than basic coverage, will offer “protection” (fake insurance). A very few of the higher end moving companies will off actual replacement value insurance (the best coverage available). Read more about the different types of insurance coverage.
What Items Are Typically Covered?
With most moving companies, damage will only be covered for items that were packed/unpacked and/or wrapped/unwrapped by the moving company. The reason for this is that the company must be able to assess the condition of the items before moving it. If the customer packs items into a box or wraps a piece of furniture, there is no way for the moving company to verify that those contents were in good condition or even existent prior to being moved.
What Does Fully Insured Mean?
The term “fully insured” means that the moving company has vehicle insurance, liability insurance, and basic cargo insurance required by law. While it sounds good, it actually means very little for the customer as their belongings are essentially uninsured against damage unless the moving company specifically states otherwise.
Won’t My Homeowners Policy Cover Damages?
You should never assume that your homeowner’s policy will cover damages to your property or belongings during the move. In most cases, the loss needs to be related to a peril that is listed in your policy, such as theft. In order for damages during a move to be covered under a homeowners insurance policy, the home owner often has to request and pay for a “goods in transit” rider. In either case, it’s important to find out what is covered and what the coverage limits and deductibles for each include. If the limits are low and the deductibles are high, you might have to pay out of pocket for any damaged items. Also consider that, your premiums may increase if you make claims through your own insurance. For this reason, it is always best to choose movers who include “replacement value” insurance in their rates.
Are There Additional Insurance Options?
If the company only covers the minimum and you would like more coverage for your valuables, you’ll need to ask your insurance company to purchase additional coverage for you. However, some companies already offer better coverage options. Here at First Rate Movers, for instance, we offer Full Replacement Value Insurance included in our rates, which is the most comprehensive insurance that is limited only by the maximum dollar value of the policy – giving you complete protection.
What Should I Ask Before Hiring A Mover?
You should never assume that a moving company has the proper insurance coverage in place. Some companies are not “fully insured” and most of the ones that are will only cover the bare minimum amount which is useless for any valuable items. You should always ask the movers what their insurance policy covers specifically and only agree to ones that offer replacement value insurance (not “protection”).
At First Rate Movers, we include $1,000,000 of full value insurance in our rates for all full-service moves. Only companies that are 100% confident in their employees can afford to offer this type of coverage as it makes them liable for far more than most movers. Our employees are also bonded and insured through WSIB to provide you with the ultimate protection during your move. Contact us today!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
At First Rate Movers, we have maintained the reputation as one of Ottawa’s most trusted moving companies for years, which is why we are proud of our 5-star average rating on Google Reviews. Why do we have such a high score? Here we’ll show you a few reasons why Ottawans choose our reliable team over others!
We are Reliable
At First Rate Movers, we receive great reviews because we take our job seriously. From start to finish, we make sure that every detail is carefully planned and that the move is done right. You can rely on us to move your belongings safely, professionally, and on time. And when you work with our team, you’ll always get the best in customer service from each and every one of our staff members. Whether you have concerns, questions, or need advice, our team is here to help.
We Have All the Equipment
You can rest easy knowing that our crew comes fully prepared for your move. We have all the equipment and tools needed to get the job done right and to properly protect your items. From bed bags, couch wraps, moving blankets and floor runners, we take extra precautions when it comes to safely transporting your valuables from A to B.
We Never Charge Hidden Fees
We continue to receive positive feedback from our clients because we never charge our customers with any additional fees that they are not already aware of. At First Rate Movers, we believe in being fully transparent with all our clients and provide the lowest rates whenever possible.
We Provide Exceptional Insurance
We also ensure that there’s a full replacement value insurance included in our rates for all full-service moves. You get $250,000 worth of real coverage directly through the insurance company, so you never have to worry in case something is unexpectedly damaged. Plus, all of our employees are bonded and insured with a $2,000,000 liability to protect our staff and clients.
We Take Pride in Our Work
Our movers take pride in the work they do. They are professional, polite, personable, and efficient. This makes all the difference when it comes to our customer service and how your belongings are handled. When you hire our team, you’re employing the best crew in town. All of our employees are full-time dedicated moving professionals with years of experience in the industry.
When you’re ready to experience exceptional moving service and dedicated customer support, contact us at First Rate Movers. We have served over 9,000 happy customers in the Ottawa area and have a 99% referral rate to date. Click here to see what our clients are really saying and to book your next move with us.
When faced with choosing between professional movers and amateur movers, the price really shouldn’t be the primary factor. This is especially true if you’re doing a large move, cross-border relocation, or need special assistance. A professional mover provides all the services you could possibly need, including protective measures to keep your belongings safe. They also have the experience and expertise that will ensure your move goes smoothly. To find out why we recommend hiring a pro, check out these 5 things that professional movers do differently than amateurs.
Pack and Unpack For You
If the price looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Amateurs charge low rates because they only focus on three activities – putting your boxes in the truck, driving to your new place, and then dropping them off. There is little regard for keeping your belongings safe or sorting them according to what rooms they should be placed in. Getting the job done as quickly as possible is usually the main objective.
Professional movers, on the other hand, have an entirely different approach and an actual formula for each and every move. They’ll take their time to ensure your belongings are packed properly in the boxes, stored and transported safely in the truck, and will organize the boxes in the appropriate rooms. And if you need help packing or unpacking, they can take care of that too.
Use Detailed Checklists and Programs
When you hire a professional, you’re also be acquiring an organized move coordinator. They’ll use checklists and other strategies to make sure your move is perfectly planned from beginning to end. And if you arrange for packing services, you’ll notice how neatly organized and categorized every item is. Amateurs don’t usually use checklists or have coordinators.
Professional movers also have a number of storage options available for you. That way if you have to move out before you move in, you have somewhere to safely store your belongings. They have exclusive contracts with the most reliable and trusted storage companies, so you get the best price and security. Amateurs rarely have any option regarding storage services.
Provide Special Services
Have a grand piano that needs to get moved? Good luck having an amateur move it! You’d have to call a specialty service, which could cost you an arm and a leg. With an expert moving company, they’ll have all the special tools to move your valuables and fragile belongings safely and affordably.
Insure Your Belongings
Professional movers also follow strict industry standards. This includes insuring their employees and offering comprehensive insurance for your belongings. So if anything happens to break during the move, you will get a return for your loss. With an amateur company, most of their employees are part-time and contracted. Their insurance rarely covers all their employees, and the plans they offer are not usually from respected insurance providers nor do they cover everything that could go wrong.
A professional mover has your best interests in mind and can provide everything you need to ensure your belongings are safely transported and dealt with as you wish. Don’t get stuck with second-class service. Contact us at First Rate Movers today.
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.