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…
First Rate Movers schedules weekly trips to the greater Toronto area. These include destinations in Mississauga, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and many other locations. We also deliver to Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering and other towns along the 401 corridor to Toronto.
If you are planning to move from Toronto to Ottawa or anywhere in the GTA to Ottawa, you can realize substantial savings by co-ordinating your move through First Rate Movers on a truck returning from one of these trips. This is referred to as a “back-haul” and typically allows us to offer similar savings to those that a consumer would gain by taking part in a consolidated move. Unlike a consolidated move, however, the return trips are usually only comprised of one shipment. This means your belongings are the only delivery on the truck. This also means that your delivery will be made the same or next day which can often be an important factor.
The cost of a long distance move within Ontario is broken into two parts:
- An hourly rate for labour to load and unload the truck
- A flat rate travel charge to cover all or a portion of travel-related expenses.
Expenses include wages for driving time, fuel, kilometers, food and lodging for the crew, and any other necessary services
The savings realized by taking part in a “back-haul” are the result of a reduction in travel charges. This is due to other parties, moving to Toronto, absorbing a large portion of the travel costs. For an average trip to Toronto, the travel charges would usually be around $1600 depending on the size of the truck involved. On a return trip aligned with a scheduled delivery to Toronto, a moving customer could expect as much as 40% off of the regular travel charge. This can result in substantial savings.
A small two bedroom apartment usually takes around 5 hours of labour to load to and from the moving truck. At an average rate of $120 per hour, $600 would be the labor portion of the moving cost. This size move would fit in the 20′ truck for which the travel charge would normally be around $1600 or so. On a regular move then, this customer could expect to pay $2200 to move their 2-bedroom apartment. However, the customer is flexible on the moving date and books a crew to move them from Toronto to Ottawa on a return trip. The travel charge is reduced by almost 40% which saves them $600 off the total cost of the move. They end up paying $1600 instead of $2200 to move their two bedroom apartment.