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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!




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.


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.


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.  

Why Do We Have a 5-star Rating on Google Reviews?

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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.

5 Things That Professional Movers do Different than Amateurs

5 Things That Professional Movers do Different than Amateurs

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.

Storage Options

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.

What’s a Consolidated Move?

What’s a Consolidated Move?

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

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

What’s A Consolidated Move?

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

How Does It Work?

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

Are There Conditions?

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

What Are The Other Benefits?

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

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

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

When it’s Best to Hire Movers

When it’s Best to Hire Movers

There’s so much involved in moving a home. The sorting, the packing, the de-junking and of course, the big move itself – it’s the type of DIY project that we’d much rather avoid. Hiring movers can ease that burden and alleviate so much of the aggravation and stress involved. And if there are certain circumstances involved, it can even be a safer option to avoid injury.

So when it is best to hire movers? Here are a few circumstances to consider avoiding a DIY move.

Old Age

Moving out a lifetime’s worth of stuff can be exhausting even for the most well-abled bodies. But for seniors, and those entering old age, it can provide an added danger to the moving process. Bending and lifting boxes and manoeuvring large, bulky items down flights of stairs can make for a very precarious and unsafe situation. And sometimes, that risk simply isn’t worth it. Get the helping hands of movers to do all of the heavy lifting for you.


Pregnancy is another circumstance where hiring movers is always highly recommended. The pressure and stress that comes with any move is often enough to endure. But the amount of physical exertion often required when moving items from your home to a truck can place an unnecessary amount of pressure on anyone – especially for expectant mothers.


As a single person, you may think your move will be a simple one that you can do alone, but once you begin to pack up all your stuff, it doesn’t take long to realize just how much even a single person living in an apartment can accumulate. It’s a lot for anyone to take on themselves, especially since you may not have those extra set of hands to help you. Handling a move is something that no individual person should attempt or endure solo.

Large Family

If you have a large family, that should be reason enough for a DIY move to never even cross your mind. When you’re not used to the amount of bending and lifting that’s required when moving, taking on your entire family move can be too much to handle.

Professional movers are well trained and use to the amount of exertion that’s required during a move. So don’t put yourself or your loved ones under pressure by taking on a move alone. Contact us today so we can take care of the heavy lifting for you. Get your Ottawa moving estimate now!

Benefits Of Having Movers For A Winter Move

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Winter is an unpredictable time of the year when it comes to the weather. You never really know what you’re going to get or when. One day it could be above zero and 3 hours later turn to sheets of freezing rain. The next day, you could be waking up to 5 feet of snow – it all can change in an instant. When you combine the unpredictable weather factor with moving, it can equate to one big stressful endeavour. But, of course, you can eliminate all of that hassle by hiring Ottawa movers to take care of the move for you. Here’s why:

Experience with Footing on Icy Surfaces

When you hire movers to take care of the lifting, you’re employing their expertise for how exactly to lift and maneuver your delicate furniture and giant couch without causing damage to the items, or themselves. Winter weather can bring along snow and icy footpaths, as us Canadians are all too familiar with. And no matter how hard you try to avoid them, it can take a certain level of experience and skill in utilizing proper footing and lifting techniques to ensure that there isn’t any damage to anyone or anything.

Experience with Packing for Extreme Cold

Packing in the wintertime requires some extra care when bundling up any items that can be potentially damaged in extremely cold weather. Professional movers are trained and know what items to be cautious of and how to properly wrap and pack them to ensure they arrive at your new home safe and sound.

Experience with Driving on Slippery Roads

Whether your new destination is close by or far away, a professional moving company is well trained in driving techniques that are necessary when operating large trucks. They are familiar with operating the vehicle in all weather conditions, including slippery roads. So you can feel rest assured that your belongings will arrive intact and unharmed.

Taking on the winter weather during a move can not only be overwhelming, but also dangerous if you are unprepared and aren’t use to driving a large vehicle in slippery or snowy conditions. When it comes to the safety of you and your belongings, it’s simply not worth the risk.

So if you’ve got a move scheduled for this winter, don’t leave it up to fate to deliver decent conditions for a smooth move. Hire professionals to provide you with that confidence and peace of mind.

Planning a winter move in Ottawa? Get an estimate from First Rate Movers today!

How to Protect Yourself from Moving Scams

How to protect yourself from moving scams

Relocating to a new home can place a great deal of pressure and stress on anyone making that big decision. Between the worry of damaged items to packing and sorting through a life’s worth of stuff, the last thing anyone one wants to have to endure is a moving scam.  But as we become wrapped up in the whirlwind of the moving process, it’s one of those things that sometimes we just can’t see coming.

So before you embark on your big move, here are some ways in which you can protect you and your valuables from moving scams.

Ask Around for Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Of course, before signing with any moving company, you need to do your homework ahead of that decision. But the reality is that although you have the ability to hop online and sift through company reviews, those reviews aren’t always as genuine as they appear. It’s not unheard of for companies to have employees or other related individuals that are connected to their company write gleaming reviews about it. It’s a deceiving, dishonest tactic, but sadly many companies are willing to stoop to that level to try and secure your service.

Ask around with your neighbours, family, friends, and co-workers for word-of-mouth recommendations.

Low Estimates, Given Over the Phone

If you’ve received an estimate by a company that seems to be surprisingly low compared to other estimates that you’ve been given, chances are that it’s too good to be true. This is one of the ways in which scammers can hook you into signing for their services, while dishing out some very different prices that become pinned on other “unforeseen factors” that hike up that cost significantly.

While you can request an estimate online, over the phone, or in-person, be cautious about any estimate that seems too good to be true or isn’t based on specific factors. A proper moving estimate will account for your furniture, appliances, boxes, specialty items etc. in great detail (moving a small children’s bed is very different from moving a king-size canopy bed).

Large Advance Deposits

If a company requires you to provide any large deposits of cash in advance, you can bet that this is a scam. A good, reputable company will never demand this. Some reputable companies will require some form of deposit to secure the moving date, but this should not be close to the final price.

Thoroughly Read Over All Documentation

When you’re in the throes of moving, it’s always a chaotic, hectic time. And many scammers will take advantage of this fact. So always be alert and thorough, especially before signing any documentation. Some scammers may often leave forms within those documents blank or unsigned.

Stay on top of your moving process by asking around for personal recommendations for reputable companies like First Rate Movers. Follow these essential tips, and always be thorough about receiving contract details and any documentation in order to minimize your chances of being scammed.

What are the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers?

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The moving industry has undergone some criticism over the years in regards to maintaining proper industry standards. For these reasons, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Industry Canada formed a multi-stakeholder group comprised of moving industry professionals to develop this list of Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers. It’s also comprised of a checklist for consumers to follow. The goal and hope for this is to remove any the adverse reputations among this industry and instead, raise the standards to create and ensure that professional, ethical companies take the reins and set the standard higher.

Here are some of the points that the Good Practice Guidelines entail for Canadian movers.

  • The movers’ rights and responsibilities, along with mover liabilities, limitations, and associated costs, must all be clearly stated and outlined in written format.
  • Written estimates must be provided, detailing costs for all services with company letterhead and business contact information. It should also include details about the amount of boxes, size and values, cost per hour or flat rate, along with timing and payment methods. Both company and customer should sign these documents.
  • The customer who is present during loading and unloading should sign the detailed inventory list. All goods should be tagged and prepared prior to shipment for long distant moves.
  • Clean facilities and equipment should be provided.
  • Customers should be given written details regarding date of delivery, customer service particulars, terms and amount of payment owing.
  • When a damage claim or delay claim is submitted, a response must be provided within 30 days upon receiving it stipulating an offer or status update.
  • The company must abide by the terms that were outlined in the estimate and comply with all applicable laws.
  • Customers must be kept informed about any delays and information regarding service disruptions. Contact information must be made available also.
  • Attempts to resolve any disputes must be carried out in a professional, promptly and fair manner regarding any damages, errors during shipment, or any other complaints. Movers should refer to the Consumer Complaints Management: a Guide for Canadian Business, on how to determine what constitutes as a fair dispute.
  • Any external parties employed by the company must also adhere to these standards.

So if you are in the process of setting up your move, do your research before deciding what moving company you should go with.

First Rate Movers ensures commitment and high-quality standards are provided so that each customer can feel confident that their cargo and their rights are in good hands. Contact us today to inquire about your move so you can put your mind at ease.


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