Can’t Move It? Then Store It!

One thing that we learn about ourselves when moving is how much stuff we really have. Christmas gifts, birthday presents, vacation souvenirs, impulse buys – it all accumulates and we don’t notice until it is time to pack it all up and then carry it somewhere else. But, taking everything when you move is not always an immediate option so, what do you do? Store it!

There are many different reasons why you might find yourself in need of some storage services while moving. Some people are not even aware of how much stuff they have in their possession. When things are spread over the house and stored in off-to-the-side places (basements, garages, attics), it is easy to lose track. Then, after everything is gathered together, they realize that they may have a volume problem. Relocating is a stressful and busy time; putting some of your items into storage will cut down on the volume that needs to be brought to the new home and ease some of that stress. Space may also be an issue in the new home. If your new home is slightly smaller or has less room to store items, a storage space can solve that problem. Storing your items will also give you time if you want to re-imagine your living space and need a holding place until it is finished. Finally, some people look at moving as an opportunity to de-clutter, but they need time to go through everything to decide what they want to sell, keep, or throw away. A storage space is perfect for that.
If you are going to use storage, do it the right way. You don’t want to leave your belongs in some random leaky garage that belongs to your friend’s uncle. Here are a few tips to remember when looking for a good storage spot:

  • Go Professional
    • Some of your friends may offer to keep your belongings in their spaces at a “great” price. Avoid it. What happens if your items are damaged? Will they compensate you? What if you have a fall out? It is always best to avoid mixing business and friendship. A professional storage facility will have the knowledge, responsibility, and background to keep your items safe. Many moving companies will also provide storage services. Always ask.
  • Get Insurance
    • A good storage facility is usually safe and will protect your items from damage and theft. Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to protect yourself with insurance.
  • Organize
    • You will make your life much easier if you take the time to sort through your items before you store them and categorize them. Labels can be your best friend in a storage space. You will be happy you did so when you need to find something.
  • Protect Your Belongings
    • A good storage facility will offer some degree of protection. You should still make the effort to wrap and protect your items in strong containers and bags. These small steps will protect them from moisture and dust.

Make your move as painless as possible by using good, reputable movers. Best Canadian Movers is a family owned and operated moving company that services Toronto, Burlington, and the GTA. We have over two decades of experience in moving and storing items. Our storage services can handle commercial and residential storage needs on either a short or long term basis. We offer reasonable prices and promotions. Contact us to find out how we can handle your moving and storing needs.

Moving an Office – The Ins and Outs

We will all face a residential move a few times in our lives. To be precise, the average person will move 11 times in their life time, but that is just moving houses. What about when your office moves? Most people do not think about it, but you should, especially if you are a business owner. You always want to be fully prepared and have the best professionals available to you when you are moving an office. So, let’s talk about some of the things you should expect:

The Easy Stuff
Let’s get this part out of the way first. There are a few things you won’t have to worry about when moving offices. The first one is the labour supply. Everyone knows what a hassle it can be to get people to help you move. You have to promise food, drink, favours… and that still doesn’t often work. Luckily, at the office, you will already have a pool of people who are already being paid to help you. Organize them weeks before the move and have teams who will be responsible for packing, setting up infrastructure, and arranging the new office floor plan. The other thing you don’t have to worry about? Professional movers! At Best Canadian Movers we offer experience and know-how in office relocations.

The Hard Stuff
Now, let’s talk about the harder stuff when it comes to office moving. How much will it cost you? Get an estimate; the best movers will give you a free one. Don’t forget that the move will likely cause a shut down in business. When calculating how long you will need to be closed, it is always better to overestimate than underestimate. It is best to open earlier than expected, rather than later. Finally, packing an office can be a lot more troublesome than a house. Get the professionals to do it! Let Best Canadian Movers pack for you!

Don’t Forget
Here are a few things that you want to remember as well:

  • Have a plan of how you want the new office to look before the furniture arrives,
  • Make a checklist of all the items being moved; task someone with being in charge of the checklist,
  • There will be some unforeseen start-up costs when you relocate; budget for them, and
  • Take the move as an opportunity to downsize some of the items you may have accumulated at the old office

Moving offices can be a hassle but it doesn’t have to be. Planning and selecting a quality moving company will make the switch much smoother. Best Canadian Movers is a family-owned and operated moving company that serves Toronto and the entire GTA. For over two decades, we have built a strong reputation with our customer service and professionalism. Please contact us for more details on how we can make your move the best one possible.

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1 http://www.census.gov/hhes/migration/about/cal-mig-exp.html

Tips to Make Moving In and Unpacking Easy

A lot of attention gets paid to the moving out and packing process when you move.  You research moving companies that service where you live in the greater Toronto area, select the best movers that fit your needs, book your moving date and then start figuring out the best way to pack all your items. But what happens once the boxes are packed and the moving company has loaded every last item into the truck?

Having a plan for moving in and unpacking is also really important.  Moving can be an emotional experience and you want to focus on keeping things stress free and easy once the moving company has deposited the last box in your new space.

Best Canadian Movers offers our best tips to help moving in and unpacking a happy time:

  • Pack a weekender bag containing essentials – pajamas, toothbrush, two changes of clothes, electronic devices and chargers, all personal documents, etc. Do this for each member of the family (including pets – bowls, leashes, a few toys) so that you don’t stress about finding what you immediately need right off the bat.
  • Pack items you will need first in clear bins so you can find them easily and unpack them first. Cleaning supplies and essential items like tools to open all your boxes, hand soap, paper towel, toilet paper and garbage bags should be included.
  • If you can, show up to your new place early and clean (at least the kitchen and bathrooms) or have cleaners go in before moving day.
  • Take a photo of your electronics before you disassemble and pack everything so that you know how everything was hooked up. This will make unpacking and moving in electronics a quick and less painful process! But you might want to wait to hook up the television until most boxes are unpacked or it may only serve as a distraction during your work!
  • If possible, order groceries using a delivery service to be delivered late in the day on the day you are moving in and unpacking. Not having to go to the grocery store will take one big thing off your to do list and make sure that there are drinks and food for you and anyone helping you unpack.
  • A top priority should be to unpack and set up your sleeping areas with fresh, clean sheets. You will want to fall into bed after a very busy day and won’t want to be setting up your bed at ten o’clock at night! Use clear plastic bags for each set of fresh linens so you can easily know what set goes with what bed.
  • Unpack the kitchen after tending to the beds. A majority of your boxes will be kitchen related so it will make you feel like you are making progress and you will have space to eat!
  • Flatten and break down boxes as you go. This will help ensure you don’t miss anything when unpacking and helps to clear space.

Settling into a new space can be overwhelming, but we know that these tips will help. Best Canadian Movers is a family owned and operated moving company committed to providing affordable moving service in Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville and the rest of the GTA. Contact us today for your free moving quote.