Moving Yourself? Better Safe Than Sorry!

“Hey…I can do my own moving. No problem! What’s the worst that could happen?” Well, a strained back, slipped disc, broken fingers, pulled ligaments, and assorted bumps and bruises to start. Moving requires the constant lifting and carrying off heavy objects for an extended period of time. This is the very definition of the word. The description of moving should be enough to tell you that there is some inherent danger involved in the practice. Lifting objects that are too heavy; slippery floors; precarious trips down the stairs; hazardous items; increasing fatigue; poorly packed items falling over in trucks; there are an infinite number of ways to be injured while moving. But, year after year, people try and save a few bucks with do-it-yourself moving. If you insist on moving yourself, at least be careful.

Fragile & Dangerous- Moving Kitchenware

When packing for a move, you need to give special consideration to two kinds of items: breakables and hazardous things. Can you guess which room in your house is going to give the most trouble when moving? The kitchen! To start, a fully-stocked kitchen is going to be full of hundreds of items that need to be packed individually and carefully. It is no problem to throw armfuls of clothes in a suitcase at a time; books can be tossed in boxes without worry of serious damage. Just try doing that with your grandmother’s China bowls. Aside from the sheer quantity of items, many kitchen items are breakable and need to be handled with care. On the other hand, poorly packed kitchen knives can be dangerous during a move.

Leave No Mess Behind – Why Leaving Your Old House in Good Shape Matters to You

Moving – there is always SO MUCH to worry about. Is everything packed properly? Will the movers be on time? Will the new place be ready? Where will the children stay during the move? Are we forgetting anything? At least you don’t have to worry about the state of the house that you are LEAVING behind? After all, that is the problem of the new owners, right? Wrong! How you leave your previous home is very important. Important enough to have possible financial and legal ramifications that can come back to haunt you like a ghost. Let’s talk about how to leave a house after you leave and why you should do so.

Check your purchase agreement again. You may find that you are obligated to clean up the home before you completely leave. Failing to do so could lead to a lawsuit or other issues. While it is unlikely that you would find yourself in court for failing to sweep up, why take that chance? Many home purchasers will expect the home to be “broom clean” when they take possession of a property. “Broom clean” simply means that the home has been cleared of all belongings and garbage and that the floors have been swept (or carpets have been vacuumed). Doing this simple task will fulfill your end of most purchase agreements. It is always a good idea to maintain a decent relationship with the new owners of your previous home. Maybe packages meant for your family will still be delivered to your old home; or perhaps you forgot something in the basement or garage. The new owners will be more inclined to help out if they are happy with the condition of the home when you left it. Finally, leaving a home in a clean state after moving is common decency. Nobody wants to go through all the trouble of packing and moving only to find a big mess once they get to their final destination. A little effort will go a long way.

So, what do you have to do to leave a home in “broom clean” condition? As it turns out, not a lot! It does not have to be a roof-to-basement scrub-down; just the basics:

  • Clear the entire house (including walls) of all personal property. If they didn’t buy it, don’t leave it!
  • Take out all the garbage.
  • Vacuum the floors and carpets.
  • Scrub the tubs, sinks, and bathrooms.
  • Wipe down the cabinets, cupboards and counters (watch for errant food particles).
  • Clean all the appliances that come with the house.

Understandably, you may not be in the mood to do any cleaning after a tough day of moving. Consider hiring a cleaning company to do it for you. Your moving company should be able to recommend one.

Looking for more tips and help with your move? Talk to us at Best Canadian Movers. With over 20 years of providing moving and storage services in Burlington and Toronto, Best Canadian Movers will help you with your moving and storage needs for every step of the way. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured, you will always feel that you property is being treated with the respect it deserves. Take a look around at our site for our services, testimonials, and some helpful moving tips Contact us today!

Best Canadian Movers is a fully licensed, bonded and insured moving company and our staff is well trained in the art of moving and to be tentative to your needs. Our fleet of moving trucks undergo inspection prior to every move and we not only meet, but exceed all necessary insurance requirements.

Moving Homes – A Child’s Perspective

Moving homes is a stressful time for all of us. The whole process of seeking and purchasing a home is mentally draining enough but, actually relocating from one home to another is a tribulation. From packing your valuables to loading a truck to creating a new floor plan, there are so many things to worry about. Setting up life in a new city is also challenging when you have to worry about new schools and a new routine. It can all be very daunting but, in the end, you will survive; we are adults and can handle this kind of challenge. But, how about the children? Are they emotionally equipped for a move? In the chaos of moving, we often forget how a relocation may be impacting the lives of our children. Still developing as people, a simple house move can be more disruptive and traumatic to children than we realize. Luckily, you can be there to help guide them through this new experience in their lives by addressing their needs.

So, what are some of the things that children will be facing during a big move (depending on their age)?

  • Pre-schoolers: They will usually be very curious and interested in the whole process. Being different and unusual, they will have a lot of questions about the move and why things are happening. They understand the move, but will not necessarily comprehend the implications. Pre-schoolers usually have fewer attachments and connections to the previous home, so they are not usually upset to be leaving. There may be some anxiety once they settle into the new home. Young children love to be involved in things, so give them a task that is appropriate to their abilities such as packing a small box of their favourite toys or organizing their clothing by colour. If possible, bring them to the new house before you move so it will be familiar to them when the day arrives.
  • School-aged children: They will offer more of a challenge when moving homes. They understand the implications and the reasons, but may not entirely accept them. They may act out in aggressive and passive-aggressive ways. The biggest concern that children at this age will have is changing schools. Most of their social network will be attached to their school. Changing will likely mean having to adopt a new group of friends, which is not always easy. To ease them into the change, bring your child to the school before the actual move so they can get a feel of the physical property and sense of the atmosphere of the school. There is debate on whether it is better to change schools in the middle of the year or over the summer. If it is an option, see what your child would prefer.
  • Teenagers: They will usually be the strongest opponents of the move, especially if they need to change schools. Friends and social groups are often the most important things to a teenager. The loss of this and the possibility of having to start over can cause them to flat-out rebel against you. The best thing you can do in this case is to listen to their concerns and try to address them. Treat them like an adult whose opinion counts. They will still be upset, but may at least feel better.

In between packing and working with your children, you will have a lot on your plate. Make sure to hire a good moving services company to make your life easier. At Best Canadian Movers, we offer over two decades of professional and courteous service in Ontario. Contact us today. You handle your family; we will handle the move.

Moving in the Summer – How to Do It Right

It makes sense that summer is one of the more popular times to move in Canada. The kids are out of school; the home buyer’s market heats up with the weather; there is no snow or ice to contend with; and being in the outdoors is pleasant when the temperature is averaging 24 degrees. However, moving in the summer can still be fraught with pitfalls if you do not take it seriously. You still have to consider the heat, dehydration, and your valuables. Hiring a solid moving company is always a good start. Follow our tips and your summer move can be exactly what you want it to be!

Beat the Heat

The summer heat is going to be your biggest challenge. The temperatures can soar over 30 degrees on a hot day; with the humidity, any physical activity is going to be hard. Dress appropriately (shorts and t-shirts are fine, but no sandals); don’t overexert yourself; take breaks in the shade or cool areas. Become familiar with the symptoms of heat stroke and keep an eye on others. Consider starting your move early in the morning before the temperature begins to rise.

Drink Water

This tip is important enough to get its own entry. The importance of hydrating cannot be overstated. Have plenty of cold water on hand and always be sure to keep drinking during the move. Stick with water. Juice, pop, coffee, and alcohol will not hydrate you; in fact, they can have the opposite effect. Don’t forget water for your movers, too.

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute, call a moving company months before the move and start making a plan. There are many arrangements and things that will need to be considered. The earlier you start, the more prepared you will be when unexpected things pop up.

Sensitive Items

Watch out for some of your more heat-sensitive goods. Electronics, paintings, books, and pictures should not be left in direct sunlight or in hot places. When planning ahead, consider some of your more heat-sensitive belongings. Don’t forget your pets! They don’t like the heat either.

Hire Professionals

Moving houses is a tough job, especially in the summer. If things don’t go right, it can be a frustrating and an expensive ordeal. Why not leave it to the professionals? With Best Canadian Movers, you will get a team of experienced professional movers who will treat you and your belongings with respect and courtesy. With over two decades of experience, Best Canadian Movers has seen it all from the hottest summer days to the most frigid winter ones. We are a fully licensed, bonded and an insured moving company. Contact us for any of your moving needs.

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.

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.