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Some Tips for Moving your Pets to or from Toronto ON

Moving with pets to or from Toronto, ON can disturb your moving plans, as you can imagine.

While we all become consumed with the usual chores of wrapping and packing our belongings, and organizing a workable moving schedule, a similar level of preparation is needed to move a pet from its familiar surrounds to a new home.

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There are specific considerations to keep in mind when moving with pets, to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada.

Some Tips for Moving With Pets

Pets don’t like change. In fact, almost every kind of animal has a fear of new surroundings, and it causes them anxiety. For this reason alone, taking a proactive approach and properly preparing your pet for the move is important.

Here are some of the main issues that you should address.

  1. Prepare the Paperwork – This is particularly important when your residential move takes you to a new province in Canada or to a new country. Of course, you should always have your pet’s license, medical records and any other documents in proper order anyway. But be sure to check them and update if necessary before the move.If your dog is due for a rabies shot, get it done. And don’t forget to check the specific legal issues for the province, territory or country you are moving to. Overseas moves will require a Pet Passport for the animal, and there are set immigration laws when bringing animals into the US.
  2. Purchase a Suitable Pet Carrier – It makes sense when traveling long distances by public transport (train or plane) to put your dog, cat or other small animal into a pet carrier.But there is sometimes a temptation to ignore such things when traveling in your family car. That could be a big mistake, with animals often getting restless and distressed during long journeys. The distraction they might cause if free to move around your vehicle could be dangerous. So we recommend placing your pet in a suitably sized carrier. Pet carriers must be large enough for the animal to comfortably lie down, turn around and stand in its natural position.
  3. Prepare Your Pet – When moving with pets, it’s a good idea to prepare them for the ordeal by giving them a bit of practice. Generally speaking, if an animal is not used to travelling in an automobile, then they are likely to get very distressed.So, in the run up to your move, put your cat, puppy or hamster in its carrier and drive them around. You can pair it with family days to the local park, or to the mountains or local forests, but the important thing is that you show your pet that everything is okay.If your pet is to travel by plane or train, then consider that they will be stuck in their carrier for several hours from departure to arrival, with the carrier picked up and moved around by strangers. So, try to make their carrier cozy, with their favourite toys and matted with their favourite blanket or pillow to keep them as comfortable as possible.
  4. Show Them Love – Sometimes making a long journey in good time is the priority. In such cases, we can keep our stops to a minimum – but spare a thought for the animal you are bringing with you.Bring some food and water especially for them, and make regular stops where they can get out and stretch their legs. The recommended frequency is once every 2 hours or so. If you are sending your pet via train or an airline, chances are they will be traveling as cargo (though small animals may be permitted to travel with you). Make sure your pet is properly fed and watered before departure and attach a small, accessible water-bottle so your pet can drink when necessary.
  5. Hire Professional Pet Movers – Finally, you may want to take the hassle out of the whole situation and hire professionals to move your pet for you. This can cost a bit but the investment is worth it if for nothing more than the peace of mind that you’ll have. Check out Worldwide Animal Travel for more details on their services.

 

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

Options for Moving a Car for a Long Distance Move from Toronto ON

If you are moving locally in Toronto, ON, moving your car won’t be an issue. But when it comes to long distance moving across Canada, the situation is different.

While a local or short distance move in Toronto, ON presents a no-brainer ‘drive-it-yourself’ solution, a move that takes you hundreds or thousands of miles away is a bit more complicated.

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We’ve prepared a list of options below to help you move your car.

  1. Drive it Yourself –For most people, this is exactly how they do it, combining a move across country with a fun road trip. It’s perfect when your new home is not very far away and you can make the journey in a day or two. But moving across Canada can take several days, and you may not have the time to do it. So, think twice about the pros and cons.
  2. Turn to a Driveaway Service –It’s arguably the least commonly considered option, but it is a practical one. You give your car to a driveaway service, tell them where and when you want it delivered, and they match it with an individual looking for transportation to the same city. And your vehicle will be covered by the company’s insurance, with drivers leaving a fairly heavy deposit as well as ID, so you’ve got a good margin of safety built-in.
  3. Let Your Toronto Moving Company Move It –This depends on the size of your car, but you may be able to load your car onto the moving truck you’re already using. It’s a viable option when you need more than one truck, with the second not completely full. Just keep in mind the costs as your long distance moving service is charged by weight and distance, rather than by the hour. Ask your moving coordinator how they can assist you.
  4. Hire a Professional Vehicle Moving Company –There are car shippers around that will load your vehicle on a carrier, along with several others, and drive them to your new city. In some cases, they load it onto a freight train, minimizing the time needed. Obviously, moving your car this way is going to cost you more, but there are some pros:
    • You car is covered by the transportation company’s insurance, at least while in transit (check the particulars first)
    • You can rest easy your car will be delivered without a scratch
    • Your car’s mileage doesn’t increase
    • Wear and tear is avoided

If you do choose this option, get a quote and check the details before committing yourself. They will need to know the drop-off point, but not all will deliver to your door.

  1. Don’t Move It, Just Sell It –Finally, you could also just sell your car instead of moving it with you. Bear in mind that not all provinces in Canada share the same vehicle emissions testing laws, so a vehicle that’s deemed be fine in New Brunswick might not be okay in British Columbia. The same issues need to be considered when moving to the US, making selling up and buying a new car a logical decision. Check out the different laws in the AAA/CAA website.

 

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

Tips to Downsize from a House to a Condo in Toronto ON

Are you thinking about moving from a house to a condo in Toronto, ON or any other city in Canada? Well, even after adding up all the condo fees, you’ll probably come out ahead financially due to savings on utilities, property taxes and other maintenance costs.

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Here are some tips to consider to make the process of your residential move in Toronto easier:

  1. Start with a List – Make a list of all the belongings that you can’t live without, i.e.: bed, couch, side table, lamps, TV etc. This will make parting with the other items easier and will help with the purge. You probably have doubles of most things hiding in the basement like DVD player, TV, couches.
  2. Fit to Measure – Will your furniture fit in your new place? Make sure to get a copy of the floor plan and take measurements of your furniture in advance. What fits in your home now might be an eyesore in your new unit.
  3. Declutter – This will be a fairly time consuming project, and an emotional one at that. Don’t overwhelm yourself and plan a few months in advance. Choose a room per day/week and make it your priority to go through every nook and cranny. Don’t forget the attic and the basement.
  4. Purge – How much should you purge? If you use it regularly then it is a keeper. Ask yourself these questions as you go through the process:
  • Do I really need this?
  • Is this sentimental to me?
  • How many of these do I have?
  • Have I used/worn this in the past six months or a year?
  • Am I keeping this for someone else?

Give yourself a quota – you’re allowed to keep only so many sentimental items, the rest must be donated or given away. This forces you to be more disciplined when going through your belongings and puts a limit on how fast you accumulate “stuff” over the long term.

5. Recycle, Sell or Donate – Don’t throw your belongings away, think about the environment and what you will be saving from our dumps.

Clothing, books, sheets and blankets are always accepted at most Shelters or Good Will. Furniture, tools or accessories are accepted at most Habitat Centers.The garage will have lots that you can purge. Garden tools, ladder, lawn mower, rakes, and shovels can be sold or donated. Make separate boxes for Recycle, Sell and Donate, you might be surprised how much you can clear out.

6. Storage Space –  After packing it all up, you realize you still have more than you thought. It isn’t easy to let go of sentimental items and memories that are attached to them. You might want to consider renting a Toronto storage unit. Whether is it short or long-term, think of a storage unit in Toronto as a temporary off site extension of your home.

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a free moving quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

Moving Tips & Tricks from the Pros

32851342_sPlanning your next move can be stressful and costly, but there are a few good ways you can simplify the experience by being proactive. Here are some of the top moving tips and tricks recommended by moving professionals who have seen it all:

  1. Schedule Ahead – Once you have set your moving date, don’t hesitate before booking your movers and reserving trucks. Waiting until the last minute will cost you more and you may have limited options for trucks and trailers.
  2. Prepare Appliances – Appliances are one of the hardest parts of any move due to their size, weight and unwieldy nature. Before your movers arrive, make sure that your fridge and freezer have been thawed out and emptied. Tape together any drawer, doors or other detachable pieces.
  3. Keep Your Valuables Separate – Nothing is more stressful than arriving at your destination and not being able to remember which box or boxes became home to your jewelry and important paperwork. Pull these items out and keep them with you to keep them from getting lost.
  4. Keep Your Pets Safe – Moving isn’t just stressful for you; it can have a profound effect on your pets as well. Before the movers arrive make sure your pets are secured out of the way where they won’t get stepped on or escape. This is one of the most important moving tips and tricks according to the pros.
  5. Don’t Move Unwanted Items – If you know you are going to be moving, it is a perfect time to start cleaning out attics, closets and garages. Hold a yard sale or call your local thrift shop to make a donation. Moving unwanted items can add to your total time unnecessarily.
  6. Stay Organized – Labeling your boxes and totes by room will help you know what’s what when it comes to unpacking. However, it is also important for you to separate items that are to be shipped or going in a separate vehicle, so that the movers know what to take and what to leave.
  7. Watch Out for Liquids and Chemicals – In most cases hazardous chemicals should not be shipped at all, but even shampoo and hand soap can cause a disaster, if a box is damaged and a leak occurs. Save yourself the trouble by disposing as much of your chemicals as you can beforehand.
  8. Leave Plenty of Space – Your moving team is made up of expert packers and movers. They will look around at your furniture and boxes to determine the best way to load your items into the truck. You need to leave them enough space to maneuver in your house while they are doing this, so make sure to push your boxes against the walls and not leave things in the middle of the floor.

These moving tips and tricks will help you make a smooth transition into your new home. Planning ahead and working to keep things organized will help your movers get in and out without stumbling in cluttered rooms or tripping over dogs. Having all of your appliances and furniture secured and clean ahead of time will make the process easier on everyone.

To learn more about professional moving services and to get a quote for your next move, contact Tender Touch Moving. Call us at 1-877-836-3378 or visit us online.

What are furniture moving straps?

31010164_sMoving isn’t easy. It can be a time consuming, stressful process. Regardless of how difficult it is, it’s still a necessity. Whether you are relocating yourself or just want to get rid of some heavy furniture, you need to invest in tools that will help make your moving process easier. One of the best solutions is a set of furniture moving straps.

What are furniture moving straps?

Furniture moving straps are straps that run underneath a piece of furniture and attach to your body. They are used to aid in the carrying of heavy furniture.

Why do I need furniture moving straps?

A set of furniture moving straps is more than an interesting looking novelty. It leverages the power of the naturally strong structure that is the human body. No matter how little strength you have, the moving straps will allow you to carry hundreds of pounds with ease. They are designed for multi-person lifting, so you would still need a partner to move your heavy furniture around.

How do I use furniture moving straps?

Now that you know why you need moving straps to help you with your move, you’re probably considering investing in some. In order to make the investment worthwhile though, you’ve got to know how to use them in the first place. Here are some simple and easy to follow instructions for using your furniture moving straps:

Always clear a path before you start

No matter how great moving straps are at helping you lug heavy objects around, it won’t help you if there’s something blocking your path. Not only will this hinder your progress, but it is potentially dangerous, especially with your body being tied in by the moving straps.

Make sure that everything can fit

You don’t want to spend the time strapping yourself and your partner in and hauling that big piece of furniture across the room, only to discover that you have no clue how to squeeze it through an opening. Avoid this by carefully measuring everything. This will help you determine the position in which you should lift your heavy furniture.

Carefully read your moving straps’ instructions

Before you strap yourself in, make sure that you know how to. Each set of moving straps will come with a set of instructions that you should carefully read — and follow — in order to ensure the safety and efficiency of your move.

Run the moving straps under the furniture

If your furniture has feet holding it up like a typical couch, then you will be able to easily run your moving straps under it. Always make sure that your straps are centered; for the best leverage and safety, place the straps near the outside edge of the furniture. If your heavy furniture sits flat on the floor, then you and your partner may need to tilt it long enough to slide the straps underneath it.

Work with — not against — your partner

It’s critical that you and your partner are continuously in sync as you move the furniture around. Take small steps and verbally communicate every step of the way.

Still treat your heavy furniture like it is heavy

Although your furniture moving straps will increase your carrying capacity exponentially, that big piece of furniture is still big. It should be treated as such. To avoid injuries, keep your back straight, bend your knees and move slowly.

Make your move easier

Although moving isn’t an easy process, you can make it a lot easier with the right tools. Furniture moving straps, for example, will simplify moving heavy objects or contact Tender Touch Moving & Storage to arrange for professional movers to move your heavy furniture.

6 Tips for Moving Out

28218941_sWhether you are moving across the city or to the other side of the country, moving is a project that involves a lot of detail work. If you want the process to go smoothly, it pays to make some decisions up front. Here are some tips for moving out that can help you get started:

Rent a Van or Hire Professionals?

Start your preparation by deciding whether you want to rent a van and get some friends to help you move, or hire professional movers. While it’s great to have people who want to help, it’s always good to consider professionals.

With the right mover, the odds of something being damaged or broken are reduced considerably. You’ll also have protection in the event something is damaged. That is not the case however if you rent a van and enlist friends to help you out. Of all the tips for moving out, seriously thinking about hiring professionals is one of the most important.

Creating a Budget

Just like any other task you undertake, it pays to project the cost of your move. With pen and paper at hand, mentally walk through the process of preparing for the event. Some of the tasks you need to manage will cost nothing, like arranging for your mail to be forwarded. Others, such as hiring movers or at least a van, will involve a cost.

Your goal is to come up with figures for each line item that is reasonable and also allows you a little wiggle room for unanticipated expenses. In the best case scenario, you will be able to manage the entire cost without having to empty your bank account.

Securing the Right Materials

Before you can get into the packing, there’s the need to find boxes, crates, tape, and filler material. There is the option of running all over town looking for free boxes and fillers, but that takes a lot of time. In addition, finding boxes that are sturdy enough is harder than you think.

Purchasing all your packing materials from a professional mover is one of the more practical tips for moving out. The quality will be there, and you’ll save time and gasoline.

Getting Help with the Packing

You may be envisioning some late nights packing boxes. Instead of being worn out at work for several days in a row, consider hiring professional packers. A team can come in and pack one or all of the rooms for you. Remember to pack an overnight bag with the essentials you’ll need and set it to the side.

Labeling the Boxes

Label each box, so you know what is inside. Take things one step further and designate which room the box needs to go to when it arrives at the new place. To simplify things, color code each box using stickers for each room. Once you get to the new place, place a sticker of the same color over each door. As the movers bring in the boxes, they’ll know exactly where each one goes.

Designing a Floor Plan

Decide in advance where each of the larger furniture pieces need to go. Do this for everything, from the living room sofa to the bedroom dresser. As the movers bring each piece into the home, it goes to the designated spot. That’ll make setting up your new place much easier.

Moving in the near future? It is never too early to get started. Start the planning by contacting Tender Touch Moving & Storage for a free estimate!

How to Reduce the Stress of Downsizing for Seniors

Getting older sometimes means moving to a smaller home or into an assisted living facility. With either option, seniors will need to decide what they want to bring along 33420969_sand what should be sold or given to loved ones; however this can be a difficult period of time. Fortunately, there is quite a bit, that family and other loved ones can do to help with the downsizing for seniors.

Going Through Photographs

Photos are one of the more difficult things to deal with. Some of them can go, but others will need to be given to others. This part of downsizing for seniors involves sitting down and going through each photo album and considering every framed photograph. Make it a bit of a game by deciding where those pictures will go in the new place. As they begin to visualize themselves in the new spot, the idea of moving will seem less intimidating.

Remember there are services that can scan the photos and create digital copies. If a senior is comfortable with computers, it will be easy enough to save all the photographs on a disk or two. That means nothing is lost in the downsizing, even if most of the hard copies are given to relatives.

Tackling the Papers

It’s easy to accumulate documents of all types. Instead of trying to deal with all of them at one time, break the process of downsizing into increments. Today, help go through everything that is in the desk. Tomorrow, take time to check out any boxes of papers in the attic. Always allow time for a senior to look over each document, reminisce a little about what it means, and then decide if it should be kept or if it can be shredded.

Tagging the Furniture

If possible, take the senior to check out the new living space. While there, talk about which pieces of furniture will fit into each area and where. This often has the effect of ensuring the senior feels in charge of the move. Being able to get an idea of what pieces will fit into the space and make a happy home will also ease the process of tagging things to give away or sell.

Make It a Family Affair

Once the sorting is done and everything is tagged to keep or to give away, have the family come by for one last family meal. The food can be catered, with the senior only doing as much or as little cooking as desired. That may mean leaving the main part of the meal to others while the senior prepares a dessert that is a family favorite. At the end of the dinner, the senior can present each of the family members with some of the things he or she wishes to pass on.

Talking About the Move

Throughout the process of preparing for the move, expect the senior to feel a little down. Even when it is clear the move is for the best, it is still hard to give up what was home for so many years. Consider the idea of arranging for the senior to speak with clergy or a counselor about the move. If necessary, arrange for transportation, to and from the counseling sessions. The ability to articulate those feelings and examine them will go a long way toward making the move easier.

Contact Tender Touch Moving & Storage and our team of professional movers will be on hand to lend whatever support is needed.

Our Ultimate Moving Into Your First Home Checklist

Moving into your first home can be one of the most exciting adventures you will ever experience, however, it can also be a bit intimidating. With so many things to do and so much to remember, a lot of individuals get caught up in dealing with the l26189827_sarger tasks involved with their move and either forget about or don’t realize the importance of smaller details. That’s why the creation of a first home checklist can be essential in order to ensure a successful move.

First Home Checklist

  • Locks: One of the most important things you should do once you have access to your new home is change the locks. Remember to change ALL of the locks on entry doors, including front, back and side doors. You never know who might have a key to the old locks.
  • Essentials: Pack a separate box with essential items that you might need right away and mark it accordingly. It’s not unusual to misplace items like scissors, can openers, light bulbs, batteries, basic tools, toilet paper and cleaning products, and then discover that they are needed on moving day. You might consider including hygiene items and cups, plastic utensils and paper plates to make things easier as well.
  • Packing Supplies: Don’t wait until the last minute to gather packing supplies. Many moving companies supply boxes, packing tape and packing paper at a reasonable cost. If you are short on funds, you might consider checking with local stores for extra boxes to help cut costs. Keep in mind, you can never have too many boxes.
  • Utilities and Services: Arrange for services to be turned on at your new address. Remember things like gas and electric, water and sewer, cable and internet, and delivery services.
  • Safety: Install or inspect fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for functionality. Purchase fire extinguishers and place them throughout your home accordingly. Remember to install safety covers on open electrical outlets and don’t forget about child safety locks for cabinets to keep the little ones safe.
  • Mail: Be sure to change your mailing address with your local postal service to avoid missing important notices or bills. Additionally, it is a good idea to call any lenders, magazine subscriptions, insurance companies and anyone else who sends you mail and notify them of your move as well.
  • Moving Team: If you plan to hire professional movers to help complete your move, do so at least a month in advance. Always remember to call and verify your plans a week prior to your move to ensure that there is no confusion. Always be sure to hire a reputable moving team and avoid fly by night businesses.
  • Contact Numbers: Make sure to keep contact numbers for utility companies and other service providers readily available just in case something goes wrong.
  • Moving Folder: Many individuals have found it helpful to create a moving folder to keep important items like their first home checklist, contact numbers and item inventories safe and easy to access.
  • First Aid Kit: Be prepared for little mishaps with a first aid kit. Include items like bandages, medical tape, first aid cream, peroxide, aspirin or other pain killers, hot or cold packs and wraps for sprains. Also include the telephone number and address of the nearest emergency medical facility.

Contact Tender Touch Moving for more information about preparing for your upcoming move or to arrange for moving supplies or professional moving services.

 

Need Help Moving? 5 Reasons to Call Tender Touch

Moving to a new home or office can be a stressful event, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re planning a move, let Tender Touch Moving & Storage take some of the stress off your hands. Here are five reasons you should call Tender Touch when you need help moving.

Your time is precious

There’s always something that needs to be done while you’re in the middle of a move, whether it’s a trip to the store for last minute cleaning supplies for your new home or setting up the utilities in your name before you move in. It’s can be hard to juggle ‘doing it all’ in the middle of a move, but with Tender Touch, you don’t have to. With moving services that include packing your belongings to supplying packing boxes, Tender Touch allows you to take the extra time to organize your move to ensure it’s a stress-free one.

Protection for your personal items47710640_s

Do you know the best way to pack your antiques and collectibles to keep them safe during a move? Tender Touch employees do, and they also know how to keep your everyday necessities safe. Whether you need help moving a heavy antique dresser or a box filled with delicate china, the professional movers at Tender Touch will make sure your precious personal items make it to the new location in perfect condition.

In addition to carefully wrapping heavy furniture items to protect them while they’re being moved, Tender Touch movers also make sure to protect your home from damages by placing protective padding on the floors. Nothing is overlooked when it comes to keeping your property and belongings safe during the move.

If you have a few items that you absolutely want to pack by yourself, like favourite toys for the kids or necessities to see you through the drive to your new place, Tender Touch is happy to deliver a few extra boxes right to your door to make it as easy as possible for you to pack.

Less physical strain on you

If you aren’t used to packing, lifting and loading heavy boxes and furniture, trying to move by yourself can be tiring and straining on your body. Tender Touch movers are trained in proper lifting and carrying techniques, so they know how to avoid injuries during a move.

 

 

Only pay for the time it takes to move

For local moves, less than an hour drive from your old home to the new one, you only pay for the time the movers are working on your move. If the move takes less time than anticipated, you save money.

Flexibility and customization

If you need help packing your belongings but not actual transportation services, you can get the help you need with Tender Touch. Because you choose the services that you want, you can fully customize your moving experience to better meet your needs during your move. Moving services shouldn’t be ‘one size fits all’, so get the right help for your needs from a reliable moving company.

When you need help moving, whether you’re going across town or a long distance move across country or out of country, contact Tender Touch Moving & Storage. They’ll take the stress out of the move and give you peace of mind knowing your personal belongings are in the right hands.

Moving From a House to an Apartment: How to Have a Seamless Transition

Downsizing, and getting ready to move from a house to an apartment in Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada? There are lots of advantages to doing so. Having a smaller living space (and fewer possessions) means that you’ll be spending less time cleaning. You won’t have yard work to do and can leave maintenance worries to your landlord. In addition, having a smaller space means that your utility bills will also be smaller.

The task of downsizing in preparation for moving from a house to an apartment can seem daunting, however. Here are seven steps to a seamless transition:

Seven steps to make moving from a house to an apartment (nearly) painless

  1. Clear out any clutter32851342_s

You’ll be “downsizing” your possessions in preparation for moving from a house to an apartment, and you’ll give yourself a huge boost just by clearing out the clutter first.

  1. Organize

Organize your possessions. As you do so, keep three baskets nearby; one is for possessions you’ll simply toss, one is for possessions you think you can sell, and one is for possessions you’ll donate. (The possessions you intend to keep can simply be placed in their current “homes” for now.)

  1. Sort (again)

It’s especially helpful to do the sorting process several times. What you can’t imagine giving away or selling on your first pass through will often be easy to let go of by the second or third time you sort through possessions.

  1. Take an inventory of everything you plan to take with you

As you continue sorting, you’ll begin to see clearly which possessions are important to you. Take an inventory of everything you plan to take with you as you’re moving from a house to an apartment.

  1. Measure

Measure both the rooms in your new apartment and the furniture you plan to take with you. Sketch a layout for each of the rooms so that you’ll know your furniture will fit.

This will also help you figure out how much room you’ll have in comparison to your house. If your new apartment, for example, has one-third the floor space of your house, you’ll know that you’ll need to pare down furnishings to fit. Similarly, apartment storage, closet space, etc., should be measured and compared to the storage in your current house.

  1. Pare down possessions once more if needed

Now that you know what your apartment will hold, do one final run-through and pare down possessions to what will realistically fit in your new space if you need to. Revise your inventory as necessary.

It’s worth noting that you can rent Toronto storage if needed. Storing seasonal items like holiday decorations elsewhere, for example, frees up valuable space for the items you need on a daily basis.

  1. Leave the actual packing and moving to someone else

Perhaps the most stressful part of moving is the actual packing and moving. So why put yourself through it? If you’re well organized beforehand, with a neat inventory that clearly lists everything you’ll be taking with you, it’s a simple matter to let professionals do everything for you. (And no need to hunt for boxes and packing materials, or scramble for truck rental. Everything can be provided for you.)

When you arrive at your new home

When you arrive at your new home, your careful planning will pay off. You’ll have a place for everything, and everything in its place, in no time. Enjoy your new home!

 

Moving? We’re here to help! Tender Touch Moving & Storage offers a full range of packing, moving, shipping, and storage services in Toronto, ON and across Canada. Contact us today to ask a question, or to get a free estimate for your upcoming move.

 

7 Things You Need to Know about Moving Furniture Across Canada

When you’re moving furniture across Canada, it’s not just a matter of popping items into a van or your vehicle and carting your belongings to the other side of town. Start preparations as early as possible, make lists and keep calm. Use these seven tips to get you on your way.35794687_s

  1. Decide When to Move

If you have some leeway as to when you’re moving across Canada, choose your relocation time carefully. Best times to move:

  • First two weeks of June, July or August
  • First three weeks of every other month
  • Mid-week

Often these are the times when moving companies are not too rushed, and vans and equipment are readily available.

  1. Get an Estimate

Generally, moving companies draw up an estimate according to the weight of your shipment and the length of the journey. You may decide to share a van with another customer, which cuts the cost but takes longer, or prefer to have the exclusive use of one van. Make sure that costs for packing materials and storage, if you need it, are also factored in when you request an estimate for moving furniture across Canada.

  1. Make Lists

Whether you’re a list-maker or not, this is the one time you need to be methodical and write down your reminders. A check list is an indispensable tool when you’re moving furniture across Canada, and you can use it in conjunction with a print or digital diary so you don’t forget when to do what.

  1. Arrange Utilities

Find out about disconnection of services at your existing home; utility companies always require a notice period so don’t leave this until the last minute. You’ll have to pay deposits for connection of services at your new abode; find out amounts and payment methods.

  1. Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Remember that the more you take to your new home, the higher the cost. A long-distance move is the ideal opportunity to throw out, sell or give to charity any items that you no longer need. Designate a couple of places around your home for donation piles where the family can put things they don’t want; make a trip (or two) to your nearest charity shop once the sort-outs have ended. A garage sale is another good way to pass on unwanted items.

  1. What Not To Take

There are certain items that moving companies won’t transport for you due to the danger involved. They are:

  • Propane tanks that are used for barbecues and camping.
  • Flammable or corrosive substances like gasoline, oil, diesel, paint thinners and battery acid.
  • Paint and varnish, whether liquid or spray.
  • Aerosols, including paint, air fresheners and cleaners.
  1. Pack Your Pets

Well, not literally. Again, the key for moving with pets is preparation. Check with your vet if any health certificates are needed and speak about tranquilizers (for your pet, not you). Depending on how far across Canada you’re moving and the size of your pet, decide if the animal is going to travel with you in your car or make the journey by plane. You may need a crate, so get your pet used to being contained. When travelling with your pet, be sure to book into pet-friendly accommodation for your stopovers, and have plenty of water for your pet in the car.

Moving furniture across Canada may involve a journey of thousands of kilometres, and once you’ve done your prep work and packed up, enjoy the exciting trip. For more information about moving across country, contact Tender Touch today, either through our website or on our toll-free number 1-877-836-3378.

 

Moving Apps to Keep you Organized

 

Whether you’re moving a few streets away in Toronto, ON or across Canada, there are lots of details to manage. Being organized can reduce stress and help make everything go smoothly. One of the easiest ways to keep on top of all the details is to use one of the many Smartphone moving apps. Whether you need to organize everything about your move or just your boxes, these moving apps can help.

Why use apps specifically for moving?

Of course you can use general list making or productivity apps such as Wunderlist, ToDoist, or Evernote to organize your moving tasks. And that may work fine if you already use them or just like to make lists. But moving apps focus on tasks specific to moving and makes them easier. Some of these apps also streamline the process by keeping everything having to do with your move in one place.

Tips and organization

These apps can answer your questions, help you organize your stuff, and create lists.

Moving Tips – Is this your first big move? Do you need packing advice? Want to know what questions to ask your Toronto moving company? Whatever questions you have about moving, you can probably find the answers here, in one convenient spot.

Moving Organizer Lite – Not looking forward to finding your work clothes, favorite artwork or blender after your move? Don’t worry! Use this app to add pictures of your boxes, name them and specify their contents. This could be really useful if unpacking will be an ongoing process or you need to leave some items in a storage unit.

Moving Van – Another app to help organize your boxes, specify their contents and make sure they all end up where they should be. It offers data export which could be useful if you had to make an insurance claim.

Moving Planner – Like to-do lists but don’t have time to make one? Moving Planner’s home moving check list comes pre-populated with over 210 common items. You can create unlimited lists for any part of your move and download additional templates if you don’t want to make the lists yourself. Features like quick add, notes, color coding, sorting, exporting to an external device, and printing make this app extremely useful for organizing all the details.

These moving apps can really help, but the best thing you can do to make your move easier is to hire a great moving company. Tender Touch Moving & Storage offers a variety of services to make your residential, commercial, local, or long distance move as easy as possible. Contact us today for more information about our moving services and to get a free estimate.

How to Unpack After Moving

How to unpack after moving

Figuring out how to unpack after moving to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada can be a big job. Where will it all go? When will you have time to get it done? Moving disrupts your normal routine and the sooner you can get at least the important stuff unpacked, the sooner you’ll feel like life is getting back to normal. If you’re not looking forward to this part of the process, these tips for how to unpack after moving should get you going in the right direction.

Plan ahead of time

While you’re packing remember that eventually you will have to unpack it. Thinking ahead can save you work later.

Move clothes on hangers – Use wardrobe boxes with a bar inside for hanging clothes. You could also separate your hanging clothes into groups of 10 or less, use a twist tie or rubber band to hold the hangers together and cover with a drawstring garbage bag. You can then fold them into boxes, stack them or hang them during transport.

Items used together should be packed together – For example, if you need a plate, you’ll need silverware to go with it, so pack those items together.

Don’t pack it if you don’t have to – Some items can be moved without having to pack every detail. A small desk with one small drawer and a few office supplies won’t be significantly heavier with the full drawer left in. Just make sure everything can be secured well enough to prevent spills and breakage.

Use technology to stay organized – A smartphone app that keeps track of the location and contents of your boxes to make unpacking easier and more efficient.

Make adjustments to compensate for unpacking time – Eat on paper plates or order take out for a day or two to give yourself time to find things.

Unpack the important items first

If you have lots of furniture to assemble, have a big move or a family, unpacking everything all at once may be impractical or even impossible. Don’t stress out. When deciding how to unpack after moving concentrate on the most important items first. The following works in most situations.

Bring in cleaning supplies – Even if you’re not cleaning the entire place, you will want at least some basic supplies available to handle any mishaps or clean certain areas before you put your stuff away.

Unpack the bathrooms and kitchen first – During the day, you or family members will need to use the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, some plates, silverware and glasses should be unpacked first or have one box with disposables for immediate use. The bathrooms will immediately need toilet paper, soap, and a towel or roll of paper towels. Important personal care items should also be included. Some examples are bandages, emergency medication, and shower supplies.

Assemble beds and put sheets on them – You won’t want to do this at the end of a long day. Do kids’ beds first.

Other tips

Get rid of empty boxes – Have an out of the way place for boxes until you can take them to the recycle bin. You’ll have more room to walk and work.

Put things where they belong – Put items in drawers, cabinets or on shelves as you unpack. It restores order faster.

If you don’t want to worry about how to unpack after moving, hiring Toronto movers that offer packing services is a great option. Tender Touch Moving & Storage can make your local or long distance move go smoothly from start to finish. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get a free Toronto moving quote.

 

4 Tips for Settling In when Moving to a New Town

Moving to a new town

Moving to a new town gives you the opportunity to meet fresh challenges and learn how to adapt to different surroundings. It’s not always easy, and these tips for settling in may give you some ideas.

  1. Explore Your New Town

Although you will have done some research about your new town, once your move is over, begin to explore. Check out the places you’ll need to frequent most, such as:

  • Schools or colleges. Find the best routes from your home to school, check whether there are public transport options and what the traffic is like at peak times. Use a GPS, check out online maps and walk or drive the route.
  • Exercise venues. You may enjoy going to the gym, walking or running. Find the gym nearest your home or work, discover walking and jogging trails at local parks and see if your town has a public swimming pool. Read online reviews about these places, and go to see for yourself where they are and what they’re like.
  • Eating places. You may be a food connoisseur who likes fine dining, a person who likes diner-style meals or a coffee-house fan. Whatever your preference, see what’s on offer in your new town, check reviews and sample the fare. When you’re in the process of moving to a new town, you’ll be only too happy to go out for a few meals and not have to cook at home.
  1. Join Groups

One of the best way to meet people in your new town is to join groups. Schools, non-profit organizations and community groups are always only too happy to welcome volunteers and new members.

Choose groups that tie in with your personal interests and hobbies so you meet like-minded people. For example, if you’re an avid bird watcher, join the local club, or if you like to read, connect with reading groups and book clubs through the local library — and while you’re there take the opportunity to apply for a library card.

Find information about various groups by reading the local newspaper, checking notice boards in your shopping mall and searching on Facebook.

  1. Reach Out

When moving to a new town and finding friends, it’s best to be proactive rather than waiting for people to approach you. If you’re an outgoing type, this should be no problem, but if you’re an introvert you’ll probably have to make a conscious effort to interact with people you don’t know.

Chatting about a common situation is a good start. For instance, if you’re in the queue at your local supermarket, make a positive comment about the wide range of cheeses or ice creams in the dairy fridges. Talk to the till operators and thank them when you leave; if you’re friendly, they’ll be sure to remember you when you return. Make contact with your neighbours and ask their advice about places to go and things to do; people usually love to help others but may be shy to offer unsolicited advice.

  1. Give Yourself Time

It can take up to a year to really find your feet in a new community, and there may be times when you regret moving to a new town. Keep reaching out, and don’t let yourself settle into a rut of just home and work. There will be times when you’re alone at home, so be comfortable with that. Go out and have a cup of coffee at your favourite hangout; look for familiar faces and be brave — have a chat.

For more tips on moving to a new town and more, contact Tender Touch Moving today.

 

6 Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture Safely

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Injuries from incorrectly lifting heavy furniture can affect you for the rest of your life and cause damage to your belongings. The following safety tips can help to prevent these injuries along with damage to your furniture.

  1. Get a Dolly
    Consider buying one so that you will have it on hand after the move. A dolly can be very useful for moving heavy objects around inside your home even if you are not moving. This simple tool is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment when moving heavy furniture and can do a lot to prevent back injuries.
  2. Use Good Lifting Form
    Just as when playing a sport or exercising, you should practice good form when lifting to prevent serious injury. You will want to practice disciplined lifting the way that professional movers do; disciplined lifting means that you consistently lift with your legs and do it gradually instead of jerking the object. You will also want to keep your back straight rather than bending over.
  3. Taller or Longer Items Should be Carried High and Low
    Filing cabinets, sofas and wardrobes are all among the heavy furniture items that you should not carry level. Instead, you should tip the item over and carry it at an angle. One person should carry their end high and the other person should hold the opposite end low. This stops the item from swinging out of control and makes it easier when moving heavy furniture up a flight of stairs or an incline since the angle matches that of the incline.
  4. Hook L-Shaped Furniture Around Doorways
    Recliners and other large chairs can be awkward to move, especially if you are moving into a space with small doorways. One solution for getting through tiny doorways is to flip the chair over on its side and hook the back around the doorway.
  5. Do Not Go it Alone
    Start trying to get help long before your actual moving date. Even if you have a dolly, moving heavy furniture alone can be hazardous. If you cannot find help and can afford it, consider hiring professional movers.
  6. Use Furniture Slides and Lifting Straps
    Both of these can help you to move heavy objects without putting unnecessary stress on your back. Furniture slides allow you to slide heavy objects on a floor without damaging the floor. Hard, smooth slides can be used for carpet, and padded ones to protect wood and other hard flooring. Lifting straps protect your back by allowing you to lift objects with your shoulders or forearms. They can be adjusted for the size of the object and the height of the mover.

If you have heavy furniture or appliances and are planning a move, contact us at Tender Touch Moving & Storage. We have the experience and tools to move your items safely and quickly.

5 Things to Know Before Moving to Toronto

Moving to a big city like Toronto can be intimidating, especially if you’re coming from a much smaller town. To help your transition to settle you into the big city, we have a couple of things that you should probably know. So here is our list of 5 Things to Know Before Moving to Toronto.

Be ready for extreme weather alerts

During the summer months, Toronto is one of the best places to be in the entire world – because of the great weather(Ahem…Patio Season). The summer time brings a few extreme heat alerts, where people should stay inside during the day to take advantage of air conditioned spaces. Winter time can be the complete opposite, although it can be pretty some days, other days the city is under extreme cold weather alerts. I guess you can say Toronto has the best of both worlds…or worst.

Learn to use transit

Traffic in Toronto can be a mess sometimes, especially when you are trying to get downtown. The TTC can be frustrating at times, but it can get you across the city and into the downtown core with relative ease. Transit can become your best friend, or your worst enemy if you get caught driving behind a streetcar.

Renting or buying won’t be cheap

Real estate in Toronto has been booming the last couple of years, which is why there is condo being built every where you turn. Buying a home in the city of Toronto is nearly impossible unless you’re ready to spend $800,000. Renting a condo isn’t cheap either as you’ll find yourself paying around $1500 a month to live downtown Toronto.

Diversity is everything

Toronto is known across the globe as one of the most multicultural cities. Once you move to Toronto you will have no trouble noticing the diversity within the city. Travelling through the city you will learn that many cultures have their own pockets of the city. You can walk through Little Italy and steps later find yourself in Chinatown, only to end up in Koreatown. A 15 minute walk through downtown Toronto can up your cultural IQ by 100 points.

Fun is the middle name

Living in the city of Toronto there will always be something for you to do, no matter the time of the day or the day of the week. If you’re in to comedy shows the city has got you covered. If you’re in to concerts and shows, one of the many music halls have you covered. If you want to spend the night playing board games and having drinks there is a place in the city for that too.

Toronto natives, what do you think future Torontonians should know about the city? Let us know!

 

 

Best Brunch Spots in Toronto

There is no shortage of awesome breakfast spots throughout the city, but if you’re having trouble choosing, here are a few to help you get started.

Lady Marmalade

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Via ladymarmalade.ca

Lady Marmalade is one of our all time favourites! This Leslieville gem opened in 2009 and has quickly made a name for itself as a premiere brunch spot in Toronto. The menu includes dishes that are cooked with a mexican twist all while using locally sourced fresh ingredients. A must try is their custom eggs benedict, but a word of warning, get there early as there is usually a line up.

The Senator

The Senator has a rich and long history dating back to the mid 19th century when the city of Toronto was still known as the Town of York. Originally a family home, the building was transformed into a restaurant which to this day still has some of the original fixtures and style. They take great pride in supporting locals as they source all of their ingredients from local farms, right down to the 100% pure maple syrup.

Starving Artist

 

The Starving Artist combines a contemporary art feel with with the best meal of the day- brunch. Their waffles are in such high demand that they have now added them to every dish. For example, they offer a BLT sandwich that is served on a waffle bun, eggs benedict smeared over waffles and one of their signature dishes, waffle bacon. With three locations in the Toronto area be sure to add Starving Artist to your list of brunch spots.

Aunties and Uncles

This diner style restaurant has become a hotspot for U of T students in the downtown core. This is the perfect place to grab a home cooked meal at very affordable prices. When you do stop in make sure you try their sweet potato hash browns and homemade ketchup, you won’t be disappointed.  

Le Petit Déjeuner

 

This Belgian-Canadian restaurant opened in 2003 and has already cracked over a quarter of a million eggs. One facebook reviewer described their experience as, “ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. HANDS DOWN, A MUST VISIT.” while another added, “Best Benny of my life.” With reviews like that, how can you not add this King street cafe to your brunch map.  

Insomnia

An Annex favourite, Insomnia has quickly become the neighbourhood hangout on weekend mornings. The relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff is only outdone by the menu which include old classics like steak and eggs to exotic eggs-benny creations. If you are still feeling a little drowsy from the night before try one of their ‘Wake Up Calls’ it will surely set you straight.

 

How To Pack a Moving Truck the Right Way

How To Pack a Moving Truck the Right WayPacking a moving truck the wrong way can cost you! Fragile items may get broken.  Appliances or furniture can be scratched.  If items are not loaded efficiently, significant space can be left unused, necessitating additional moving trips. Worst of all, accidents can occur because of faulty weight distribution.  Read on for some helpful tips on how to effectively pack a moving truck!

Essential Preparation

Fifty percent of packing a moving truck the right way involves pre-planning and essential preparation.  The materials needed include:

  1. Boxes

Boxes of similar size offer the advantage of stacking up easily, and building more secure “walls” of boxes inside the truck.  When packing boxes:

  • Group together items of comparable weight and size
  • Bubble-wrap fragile items
  • Place heavier items at the bottom of the box
  • Packed boxes should not weigh more than 30 pounds
  1. Packing Tape (LOTS of it!)
  2. Padding

Furniture pads, paper padding, plastic stretch wrap, and bubble wrap are available to protect furniture, antiques, mirrors, pictures, table tops, and other items.

  1. Moving Equipment

A flat dolly, appliance dolly, or handcart can be key in reducing the danger of back strain or muscle pain.  Moving equipment allows you to move large items or multiple boxes in one trip.

  1. Blankets and Tarps
  2. Ratchet Straps and Tie Downs

Ratchet straps and tie downs are used to secure furniture and boxes, preventing them from shifting or falling during transit.  Along with binding tiers together, professional movers often create a web-like pattern, using rope, every few feet inside the moving truck.

Moving professionals suggest boxing as many items as possible.  All items that are not boxed, including upholstered, wood, or metal furniture, should be covered with furniture pads, wrapped in paper padding, or plastic stretch wrap.  Use packing tape and plastic wrapping to fasten the paper padding and moving pads.

Many types of furniture travel better if they are dismantled.  Bed frames, head and foot boards, dresser mirrors, and kitchen tables can be taken apart with their specific hardware bagged separately.  Table legs and bed rails can be rolled in carpets and easily transported.  Shelves should be removed and protected separately.

Packing the Moving Truck

The right way to pack a moving truck is to pack it from the floor to the ceiling, with the heaviest pieces on the bottom.  A tie down should be used to wrap every two – three foot tier of items.  Efforts should be made to pack everything tight enough to stay in place, but not tight enough to crush them.  Pads, and blankets, can fill spaces between items.

Load large items first.  Professionals recommend loading heavy appliances first, positioning them against the wall closest to the truck’s cab.  Appliances should be packed upright, with hoses removed.

  • Couches, table tops, mattresses, and other long items can be placed vertically against the longest walls of the truck.
  • The heaviest and largest boxes should be positioned on top of the appliances and furniture.
  • Bed frames, and foot and head boards, can be placed between the mattresses.
  • Drawers should be removed from dressers, carried out separately, and reloaded in the dresser once they are in the truck
  • Heavy boxes should be located in the middle of the truck with lighter ones stacked on top of them.
  • Fragile household items, or those with unwieldy shapes, should be positioned last, on top, and tied down securely.

For more packing and moving tips, contact Tender Touch Toronto Movers.  Let Tender Touch help you pack your moving truck the right way.  Call toll free, today.

Best Coffee Shops in Toronto

 There is definitely no shortage of coffee shops in Toronto, but besides the big chain brands have you tried any of these local favourites?

Rooster Coffee House479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, Ontario

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Via Rooster Coffee House’s Facebook

A fantastic ambience is punctuated by great service and fresh brews, and this is just what Rooster Coffee House offers. This coffee shop supports local musicians and encourages customers to check out local talent as well with their cool rewards program.The owners recently opened up a second location for your convenience, be sure to drop in and try their delicious pastries.

Te Aro983 Queen St E, Toronto, Ontario

Via Te Aro's Facebook

Via Te Aro’s Facebook

Having their own brand of coffee, Pilot, Te Aro ensures that the quality of their beans. Te Aro does its best to serve the best coffee possible, in order to do this they visit the farms themselves to find the best beans. They also supply a number of Toronto’s coffee shops with roasted beans, so even if you haven’t had the chance to stop in you’ve probably tried their coffee at a different coffee shop.  

Boxcar Social1208 Yonge St,Toronto, Ontario

Via Boxcar Social's Facebook

Via Boxcar Social’s Facebook

Boxcar Social recently won top honours as they received the award for Toronto’s Best Baristas. If that isn’t enough for you, they  also boast a nearly perfect review score on Facebook. They offer a rotating selection of North American roasted coffee. If you are having trouble choosing just one try their featured coffee flights which allows you to sample multiple flavours.

Fahrenheit Coffee – 120 Lombard St, Toronto, Ontario

Via Fahrenheit Coffee's Facebook

Via Fahrenheit Coffee’s Facebook

Fahrenheit Coffee just turned four years old, nonetheless this young cafe is really making a name for itself as one of Toronto’s best coffee shops. Quality more than makes up for the limited menu and the friendly, talented baristas take their craft very seriously when making a premium cup every time. This shop is described as having “Both the taste and depth of flavor is far superior to your ubiquitous chains” by a yelp reviewer, Fahrenheit Coffee is a must try for any coffee lover.

Seven Grams Espresso Bar – 131 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario

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Via Seven Grams Espresso Bar’s Facebook

Their passion for coffee is only rivaled by desire to bring you and amazing cafe experience. The walls are lined with beautiful artwork, and the fireplaces create a cozy and inviting atmosphere with plenty of space. Seven Grams is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city for awhile. If you need a wake up call try one of their espressos which are served with a double shot unless otherwise specified.

 

How to Properly Pack Boxes for Moving

How to Properly Pack Boxes for MovingWhether you are moving across town or across the country, moving is a major undertaking! As a matter of fact, moving is often rated as one of the most stressful life experiences. Here are some simple tips will help you properly pack your boxes for moving.

Only Use the Best Boxes

It’s vital to only use new, high-quality boxes and packing material for moving your belongings. This simple tip will ensure all of your items arrive to your new location safely and in one piece. Professional moving boxes come in a wide array of sizes and shapes. Most of the professional boxes for moving are specifically designed to hold the weight of a wide variety of household items.

Wrapping Tips 

Before you actually start loading the boxes for moving, you may want to wrap certain items. Bubble wrap, foam peanuts, or special wrapping tissue will prevent your valuable belongings from being scratched or breaking. However, it’s best to avoid using newspaper to wrap your fragile items. Instead, newspaper should only be used to cushion the bottom of boxes. It’s best to use clean, unprinted paper because printed paper can bleed if it’s wet, which can destroy your belongings.

Wrapping Techniques

Begin the process by putting a small stack of paper on the floor or on the countertop. You can roll your glassware or jars up in three sheets of the paper. It’s best to always start from the corners of the sheets and fold the sides of the paper in as you roll. For oddly shaped or larger items, simply place the object in the middle of the paper and fold the corners in together. After the corners of the paper begin to touch, simply tape them together.

Box Packing Best Practices

Before you load your box, line the bottom of it with wadded paper for additional padding. Then, load the heaviest and largest items on the bottom. On the top of these items, place your more delicate items. This practice will prevent your fragile items from being crushed under the weight of larger items.

Maximize Your Space

Items of similar shape should be placed in the box vertically, which will allow for those items to use the least possible space and provide additional structure. It’s vital to keep all of your boxes to a manageable weight. If you overload your boxes for moving, you run the risk of breaking the box, or worse, your belongings. After you have loaded the boxes, fill in any voids or open space with wadded paper. Finally, tape all boxes for moving securely shut with packing tape, which will prevent shifts.

Bonus Packing Tips

Boxes containing items that will be required immediately upon delivery at your new location should be clearly labeled, you may also want to seal them with colourful tape so they are easily located amongst all the boxes that are packed. The first thing you should pack are your out-of-season items. Use the following helpful tips to make your packing as effective as possible:

  • Wind all electrical cords and fasten them to prevent them from tangling.
  • If you use paper make sure it is clean and unprinted because ink can and will rub off. Only use newspapers for cushioning.
  • Keep all boxes for moving under 50 pounds.
  • Pack boxes for moving with similar items or by rooms.

Although moving can be a nightmare, it doesn’t have to be! With over 20 years of experience, Tender Touch Moving & Storage offers efficient and reliable moving help. Contact Tender Touch today to schedule a consultation or for more helpful tips.

Packing Clothes for Moving

Packing Clothes for MovingThere is so much you have to do when you are preparing to move that it is extremely tempting to just toss all of your clothes into a couple of boxes and call it a day! When you are packing clothes for moving though you really need to plan for it. Not only do you need suits, dresses, and business wear to be wrinkle free, you are going to need to easily find your clothes after the big move. While they may not go bad like food, you do not want to end up wearing the same couple of articles of clothing several days in a row or be forced to do laundry right after moving into your new place.

What most people don’t realize is that packing clothes for moving can be simple without being sloppy.

Dresser Clothing

For items that you keep in your dresser, you may be able to remove the drawers to move the dresser to the van, put the drawers back in for the drive, then remove them at your new place. It means you don’t need boxes for your clothes, just a couple extra minutes to pull the drawers out and put them back. Of course, you will want to make sure everything is folded neatly so it doesn’t spill out on to the floor or ground between the truck and your home!

If you have too many clothes, you can use your suitcases. To make it really easy, you can fill your suitcase with the clothes that you want to wear for the first week or two after you move.

Dress Clothing

Your nice clothing is going to take a little extra time and attention, but it isn’t as bad as you may think. If you still have the plastic bags from when you bought that really nice suit or dress, use that to make sure that no dirt or stains get on the clothing. You can also put several items in one bag. Then just hang it in the truck or your car during the move. You can also wrap and tape bags around a group of items still on their hangers to make putting everything in your new closet quick and easy!

There are also boxes specially designed for moving clothing that needs to be hung up. These boxes are called wardrobe boxes. If you don’t mind spending the extra money, this is an easy way to not only move but keep track of your nicer clothes.

Laundry

Dirty laundry is one of the last things people think about when considering packing clothes for moving, but that can be incredibly problematic. From bed sheets to sweaty clothes to kitchen towels, you are going to need all of those items again. It’s not that you don’t plan to move them, it’s more likely you may forget where you put them or they’ll get mixed in with stuff that you won’t unpack for a few weeks. The best way to manage dirty clothes is by using a hamper or container that has a lid. This makes it easier to find and wash the clothes as soon as you have the space to get to your washer and drying.

Best Activities for Families in Toronto This Winter

Winter can be associated with short days, cold, boring nights but don’t let that hamper your sense of adventure. You don’t have to break the bank to keep the kids entertained every single day. Grab your scarf and head out to enjoy some of the best activities for families in Toronto this winter.

Spend the day under the sea.

Ripley’s Aquarium is home to North America’s longest underwater tunnel as it is surrounded by more than 5.7 million litres and houses over 16,000 aquatic animals. The 100 interactive displays and multiple hands-on exhibits will keep even the busiest of children entertained. If you are feeling particularly adventurous try “Sleeping With The Sharks” or the “Stingray Experience”, although these do come at an extra cost.

Price: $$

Go for a dip at the pool.

The Regent Park Aquatic Centre has both registered and drop-in programs for kids of all ages. The indoor facility features lap pools, leisure pool, warm water pool, a tarzan rope, diving boards and even a water slide. While programs are free, there is limited space for safety reasons and you will have to pay for parking.

Price: $

Raptors and Maple Leafs

Toronto Raptors

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Channel that Toronto pride that the Blue Jays have re-ignited and head out to support the Raptors or the Maple Leafs down at the Air Canada Center. Early in the season tickets are still usually available close to game time so if you are in the area stop by the box office for some good game time deals.


Price: $$$$  

Bouncing Around.

Excess energy to burn? This is the place to go. Sky Zone is an oasis of trampolines and foam pits used for freestyle bouncing, dodge ball and games of slamball, a game of basketball where the rules are not enforced. Sky Zone is great for group events and birthdays. Spending the day here may save your living couch from an afternoon of kids jumping.

Price: $

Sliding Hills

Nothing beats a sunny afternoon or starry night when you’re racing down some fresh snow tobogganing with friends. Toronto is dotted with sliding hills so don’t stay cooped up inside all winter, get out and enjoy it. But remember to put an extra layer and don’t expose young children to extended periods of cold.

Price: Free

Escape Rooms  

Escape rooms are one of the newest fads sweeping the city of Toronto. Exercise your mind as you work together to decipher clues and unlock your escape route all without the help of your smart phone. Rooms range in difficulty from beginner to expert, so the challenge is up to you.    

Price: $$

Outdoor Rinks

This list wouldn’t be Canadian if it didn’t include our national pastime. Many of Toronto’s outdoor rinks open on December 1st, so if you are looking to lace up those skates, you’ll soon be able to. Be sure to check the schedules as many of the rinks have allotted time for free skates and pick-up ice hockey so that everyone is given equal opportunity to enjoy the ice.

Keep the kids occupied with these family activities in Toronto this winter!

How to Choose the Best Moving Company

How to Choose the Best Moving Company Uprooting your entire life and relocating everything to another location can be a rigorous, stressful process. That’s why moving companies exist! Using the services of a moving company will make your move much easier. However, not all moving companies are the same. Here are the things that you need to do to choose the best moving company for your needs:

Make sure that the mover will transport your belongings to your desired location

Many movers limit how far they will transport your belongings. As such, it is critical that you verify that a mover will even be willing to help you move to your new home before you start considering other factors.

Make sure that your moving company has a physical address

Posing as a moving company is one way that thieves will attempt to steal your money — or worse, all of your possessions. When you contact a “moving company,” and they have a nice looking website and friendly “customer service representatives,” it can be difficult to determine whether or not they are a legitimate business. In order to make sure that they are real, verify the address of each moving company that you consider.

Check the mover’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) reputation

Checking the mover’s BBB reputation (rated A to F) is a great way to determine how well the company treats their customers. This also serves as an additional measure of validation, because a thief won’t have a positively rated business on the BBB website.

Check the mover is certified

Check that the mover is certified with the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM).  This association insures that movers adhere to strict service standards.  By choosing a certified CAM mover you insure that you aren’t leaving yourself defenseless against the many scam operators who offer very low rates but inflate those rates on moving day and take no responsibility for the level of service that is delivered.

Verify that the mover has insurance

No matter how skilled a moving company’s team is, mistakes happen. In order to make sure that you will be taken care of in the event of accidental damage to your property during the moving process, be sure to verify that a mover you are considering has liability insurance.

Verify that the mover has a license

Professional movers require a professional license. This is to protect you from not only fraudulent “movers,” but also incompetent ones, so make sure that a moving company is fully licensed before you seriously consider working with them.

Ask real estate agents what they think about the moving company

As a part of their job, a good real estate agent is willing to help their clients find a moving company. As such, they make it their business to know what the best moving company in town is. When you have compiled a list of reputable movers, contact a real estate agent and ask what they think about each one.

Get detailed estimates

Moving is not a flat-rate business. How much you end up paying depends upon the size of your belongings, how far you have to go and how much stuff you have. Instead of allowing the mover to guess what they might be charging you for the move, request a comprehensive estimate based on all of the details of your move.

When comparing estimates, don’t just look at the bottom line. In some cases, a moving company will offer an extremely low estimate to lure you in. Don’t be fooled! Be sure to analyse every element of the estimate, so that you can understand everything that will be included.

By taking these steps, you will be certain to choose the right mover

Now that you know how to find a great moving company, it is time to hire one! Hiring the best moving company begins with a phone call. We provide all of the capabilities and benefits discussed in this article, so give us a call today so that we can make sure that your move painless, quick, secure and complete.

Are Plastic Storage Bins a Good Option When Moving?

Are Plastic Storage Bins a Good Option When MovingSo you’re getting ready to move! One of the many things you’ll need to consider is how to best pack your belongings. Recently there have been many people suggesting plastic storage bins as an alternative to the classic cardboard box. Are they really a good option? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons they may not work well for your move.

Plastic storage bins don’t stack as well as boxes

Getting everything you need into a moving truck can be quite a challenge! It can feel like you need a puzzle master just to make sure everything fits. Even before it’s time to load the truck, you’ll have a room half full of packed boxes and half full of furniture. You need your things boxed up in something that allows for easy stacking. The heavy weight and awkward shape of plastic storage bins makes them a poor choice when stacking is needed.

They take up a lot more room

We’ve all been there: shuffling through a half packed house, wondering how boxes can take up so much room! If you’ve ever been frustrated with the amount of room boxes take, you’ll be disappointed to see how much more room is used when your belongings are placed in plastic storage bins. Stick with the easier, lighter alternative for a more organized move.

It’s difficult to label plastic bins

The one tip that makes unpacking much easier is labeling every box you pack. You can simply write down the room each box will go in, or you can write a brief list on each box of what can be found inside it. This is much more complicated with plastic bins because you can’t write directly on them. You’ll have to get labels or masking tape, a special marker, and will have to be careful about where you place the stickers. With regular cardboard boxes you simply write on them with any marker.

Less Flexibility

It might be understandable that people would put up with the negative aspects of plastic bins if they were more convenient. But they’re not! In fact, most companies that rent out these plastic storage bins for moving do so on a weekly basis, so you may end up paying to have the bins around longer than you actually need them for! You’ll also have to coordinate the pick-up and drop off of these bins with the rental company, with everything else involved with a move, who wants to add more responsibility to an already long task list? What’s more, if you aren’t fully unpacked by your bin pick-up date, you may be faced with another week’s rental fee.

Tender Touch has all the moving supplies you need, including boxes of all sizes, mattress bags, fragile stickers, packing paper, tape, tape dispensers, and much more! Give us a call today or fill out this packing and supply estimate form to find out exactly how affordable packing supplies can be!

6 Things to Consider when Moving with Elderly Parents

moving with elderly parentsMoving with elderly parents can be a bit of a trial if you’re not well-prepared. Even parents still in full control of their faculties may have difficulty with the excitement, activity, and other stressors involved in a family move. With that in mind, here are six things to consider when moving with elderly parents—account for these, and your move will be much, much less difficult for everyone!

1. Plenty of prep time.

Make sure you give your parents plenty of time to prepare for the big move, even if you plan to handle most of the physical packing and cleaning up yourself. By letting them pack their own things a little at a time over a long period, you give them the opportunity to make decisions about what to keep and what to toss. Rushing your parents through a move will only make everyone miserable during and after the experience, so don’t do it!

2. Minimizing stress.

This is one of those things to consider when moving regardless of extra factors. It’s important to always minimize the stress of a move. If your parents aren’t comfortable with the hustle and bustle involved in relocating—or you think they’re likely to grow upset at the sight of their home being uprooted around them—it’s smart to get them out of the house during preparations. A day out with the kids, a long lunch, or some other activity will keep their minds off the situation.

3. Medications.

Anyone who needs medications on a regular basis should make this one of the things to consider when moving, but it’s especially important for elderly movers. Make sure you know where all necessary medications are, what’s involved in taking them, and where your parents will be getting more medications after the move. Failing to plan this out isn’t just a source of major stress, it’s dangerous.

4. Rest stops.

Sitting in a car doesn’t seem like a taxing activity, but after a while it wears you down! This problem is only exacerbated with an elderly parent along for the ride, so make sure you have rest stops, hotels, and other opportunities to get out of the car and have a real rest planned well in advance. Rest stops are also important as an opportunity to eat, take medications, and stretch without the stress involved in doing so in a car.

5. Comfort.

It’s fine for young people to cram themselves into an overstuffed back seat for a move, but putting elderly parents in that situation’s a recipe for misery. If you can’t comfortably seat your parents after loading up your vehicle, you shouldn’t force the issue; find them other, more comfortable transportation, or invest in a mover to carry your things for you. It’s simply not worth the stress, risks, or flared tempers you’re certain to face if you skimp on comfort.

6. Finding their things quickly.

Once you arrive, you want to be able to find your elderly parents’ things quickly. Make sure that you pack important items you’ll want quickly in easy-to-reach places. If you’re working with professional movers, this is a lot easier, as your parents’ things will already be settled in their room and waiting for them (assuming you packed wisely, without a ‘will it fit in this box?’ mindset).

Of course, these are just a few things to consider when moving with elderly parents, but they should give you insight into the types of problems you’re facing with the move. Plan thoroughly, account for everything, and don’t be afraid to utilize professional help!

6 Most Beautiful Places in Toronto This Fall

One of the natural beauties Canada has to offer is the fall when we witness leaves changing colours. And there is nothing like grabbing a pumpkin spiced coffee and heading out for a stroll to enjoy the fall foliage and fresh air before the winter cold chases us into hibernation and hockey rinks. So grab some warm clothes and check out some the best places around the GTA to check out the fall colours.

Toronto Island

Not only does it offer great beaches, but Toronto Island has some great parks to enjoy the colours of fall with the Toronto skyline posing as a beautiful backdrop. Now that it’s out of peak season, the island is much quieter and becomes a place that you can roam freely for the day, a great way to escape craziness of the city without ever leaving. While at the island be sure to check out the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto’s oldest landmark. Oh but a word of warning, beware of the ghost.

Scarborough Bluffs

Bluffer’s Park is probably one of the Toronto’s greatest natural beauties that you have never visited. The endless trails and sandy shores are magnificent especially in the autumn when they are decorated with the changing leaves. The Bluffs are easily accessible by car and the area has parking as well as washrooms making is a prime option for family picnics.

Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is a land formation that stretches nearly 725 km across Michigan and southern Ontario. Mainly forested, the escarpment which was formed 12,000 years ago during the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier, boosts some the most spectacular waterfalls and cliff formations in Canada, including the ever so famous Niagara Falls. Laced with hiking trails and campgrounds the Southern Ontario is the perfect escape for weekend and day trips to enjoy the fall colours around Toronto.

Rouge National Park

Located about 50 km north of Toronto the park is known as Canada’s premier urban park. The 40 km2 area is protected as a National Historic Site and has everything from historic farms, century-old trees, wide open meadows and vibrant wetlands. A leisure stroll through the park will make you totally forget about the upcoming winter months.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park  

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Located between Oakville and Burlington the park is a provincial wonder surrounded by urban sprawl. The main feature of the park is Bronte Creek that flows through the center and down into Lake Ontario. A great space to enjoy a fall day while not having to travel to far.

Don Valley Brick Yards

Hidden in the heart of the Don Valley, the Brick Yard trails are walking distance from Bloor street. The solid trails are perfect for biking, hiking and jogging all while never straying too far from the downtown Toronto core.

Creative Packaging Ideas for Moving Fragile Items

moving fragile itemsFine china, electronics and other fragile items are some of the most difficult of your belongings to move. Although they usually aren’t as heavy and unwieldy as a couch, dresser or other pieces of furniture, they can easily be broken during transport. It is extremely frustrating and costly when this happens, so you must find a way to protect your delicate items while you move. Fortunately, you don’t have to have your fragile items carried individually by hand to ensure their protection. With a little creative packaging, you can get them to your new home without any problems! Here are a few ideas:

Look beyond bubble wrap

Although bubble wrap is an outstanding tool for cushioning fragile items, it is not by any means your only option. If you run out of bubble wrap — or would simply rather spend the money on the actual move — you can use any of the following items as a substitute:

  • Packing paper
  • Foam peanuts
  • Plastic bags
  • Clothes
  • Bed sheets
  • Old pillows

Don’t leave any wiggle room

Simply wrapping your fragile items up is just the start. While a wrapping solution will help to cushion your fragile items, it will not prevent them from shaking around; even subtle movements can cause a well-wrapped fragile item to break. That is why stuffing your boxes with additional packaging materials until there is no space left to move is critical.

Write “Fragile” all over the box

People have a natural inclination to be more careful with something they know is likely to break under the stresses of rough handling. However, nondescript boxes don’t exactly lend a clue as to what could be hidden inside. By writing “Fragile” on the box, you will ensure that the handler transports your delicate items with care. The creative packaging key here is to not write “Fragile” on a single location. Write the word on every open space that you can find on the box, so that you can be sure that nobody misses it!

Package your fragile items individually

Fragile items can be damaged by many things, including other fragile items. A fine china plate and bowl, for example, will scratch each other if they slide around. To prevent this from happening, wrap each fragile item separately before putting it into the box.

Use smaller boxes

The best protection against damage for your fragile items is to prevent a potentially damaging situation to occur in the first place. The smaller and lighter a box is, the less heavy or unwieldy it can be. This significantly reduces the likelihood that someone will drop it, try to squeeze it through a narrow passageway or bang it against the wall.

Sometimes less is more!

Fragile items can be damaged by many forces, including the weight of other objects sitting atop it. The solution? Pack fewer items in your box. If you try too hard to fill every inch of a box, then you are putting your fragile items at risk. Instead, pack lightly around your fragile items. Pack a larger or particularly delicate possession on its own. While this may be adding to the number of boxes that you’ll need to move, remember that an extra few boxes is much less of a headache than finding out that several precious, expensive and/or irreplaceable items that you just spent a great deal of time and money moving are broken.

Are your fragile items ready to move?

By following at least a few of the creative packaging tips above, your fragile possessions will be. To learn more about how to improve your move, contact us.

Choosing Packing Paper for Moving

packing paper for movingPacking for a move is a big job even if you don’t own a lot of stuff.  One of your top concerns is always protecting your belongings from damage.  Having the right moving supplies will make the whole process much easier.  Using packing paper for moving is a popular option.  It’s budget friendly, eco-friendly, and versatile.  There are different types of packing paper for moving and knowing the difference will ensure you get what you need to do the job right!

Do I really need packing paper for moving?

Do you have breakables?  Then the answer is YES.  Packing paper is used for cushioning and filling in space in boxes, but is most commonly used to wrap things that can break.  You most likely have plates, bowls, and glasses in your kitchen that should be protected.

Many people just decide to use the Sunday newspaper, but that really isn’t a great idea.  Newspapers have ink on them, which rubs off on whatever you wrapped in it.  At best you would need to immediately wash everything to remove the ink (and who wants that?).  At worst you could damage the item permanently with stains or discoloration.

Most packing paper for moving is also acid-free, and printed newspapers are not. This will prevent any discoloration or damage caused by chemical reactions between the materials or finish of the item and the paper. This is especially important if you have antiques, fragile items or collectibles.

In many places, newspapers are no longer published daily and many smaller cities don’t have them at all. If you’re moving on short notice, it is possible you wouldn’t have any newspaper available without having to raid a recycling dumpster.  EEWW!  Packing paper for moving is clean, inexpensive and readily available at a variety of stores and online retailers.  It’s easy to pick some up while doing your regular shopping.

What are the different kinds of packing paper?

There are actually a few different kinds of packing paper for moving and here’s what you need to know to get the right one for your packing job:

  • Tissue paper –Tissue paper is thin and lightweight.  It is good for protecting the finish on delicate items – and to use under bubble wrap to prevent sticking!  It is available acid-free.  Sheets vary in size.
  • Newsprint – Lightweight unprinted newspaper is used to wrap breakable items and keep them clean.  It comes in sheets and rolls but the larger sheets are best for moving.   It is acid free.  It can also be used for cushioning or filler for lightweight items only.
  • Kraft paper – Kraft paper is brown, usually comes on a roll, and is available in different weights that are all heavier than regular packing paper.  This is the type of paper used for paper bags and to wrap mailing boxes.  Since it is heavy, it would be a better option for filler or cushioning.
  • Corrugated paper – Corrugated paper is between paper and cardboard in heaviness.   It has one flat side and one ridged side.  It is flexible and can bend around items such as glassware.  It comes in rolls and sheets of different thicknesses and is good for padding between layers or between items such as dishes.  It provides more shock resistance than regular paper.

If you have unusually shaped, fragile, extra-large items, or just don’t want the hassle of doing it yourself, it’s time to call the professionals!  Tender Touch Movers offers packing services and we have the experience to make everything go smoothly.  Contact us today for a quote on your local or long distance move.

How To Move a Pool Table

pool-16723_640Moving a pool table doesn’t have to be a hassle, but it can be if you’re not careful or don’t think ahead! Knowing how to move a pool table, any disassembly or reassembly required, how to safely pack separated parts, how to level it afterwards will make everything go much smoother than winging it and hoping for the best. Your guesswork could end with a destroyed pool table, damage to other furniture, and maybe even someone hurt. Yikes! So take your time, get it right, and enjoy a game of pool in your new home!

1. How are you moving it? How to move a pool table isn’t quite as important a question as how you are going to move your pool table. All pool tables need to be disassembled. Even toy ones won’t be able to get out the door with the legs on! Do not fall victim to this number one pool table moving mistake!

2. Breakdown and reassembly. Now that you know your pool table needs to be taken apart to be moved, it’s time to figure out taking it apart and putting it back together. If you still have instructions around, follow them. If you don’t have the instructions around, look them up online and follow them. If you can’t find them online, you can call the manufacturer and get them sent over…then follow them. Don’t wing it. Guessing might work out completely fine, but it might end with a disassembled pool table that you’re never getting back together.

3. Packing it right. Make sure you’re especially careful with the legs of your pool table. It doesn’t take much damage to compromise the integrity of the table, making it lean to an uncorrectable degree—or even putting it at risk of collapsing the next time a friend leans a little too far over for a shot. Take your time wrapping all the pieces, legs and trim. The slates on the table should each be crated for safe transportation. Taking off the felt is time consuming, but it will reduce the risk of it being damaged in transit. Making sure the cloth is not torn if you plan on using the same one again – but feel free to just tear it off if you’re replacing it!

4. Other items. Make sure you store balls, cues, and whatever accessories you might have carefully—don’t toss it all in a sack and hope things go well. Pool balls can cause a lot of damage to anything they’re sharing space with, and you don’t want to damage your cues because you were careless.

5. Leveling. Don’t forget to level your pool table after your move. Even a slight slope can become frustrating quite quickly, and even if your table is in the same shape, the floor it rests on may not have the same slope as the one it rested on before. How you level your table will vary with the model.

If you’re not confident in your ability to move your pool table safely, don’t get cornered. Invest in professional help, and leave moving your pool table to the experts.

What Type of Service Should I Expect from a Local Moving Company?

local moving companyWhether it’s your first time hiring a local moving company or you’ve always used these convenient, affordable services, as your move approaches you’re likely wondering what types of services you should be able to expect. Let’s take a look at the key services that should be included in your quote.

Your local moving company offers an impressive attention to detail

Let’s face it: no two moves are alike. Everyone is different – and everyone’s needs are different. That’s why it’s key to work with a moving company that keeps their eyes on the details. A rushed company may bypass what seems like an empty bag on the ground, but when you get to your new home you could soon discover they left behind a bag full of all the hardware you need to hang your favorite pictures. This is just one small example of how an attention to detail can be essential.

Your belongings need the right supplies

There is no one type of tape that works for all situations, there is no one type of padding that’s perfect for everything. Instead, your local moving company should provide the right moving supplies to ensure your precious belongings are well taken care of. This includes things like furniture blankets, floor runners, and more. You should be able to trust your moving company to bring these items along and take the time to care for your things.

Trust in the professionalism of your moving company

You’re hiring a moving company because you don’t want the hassle of handling the move yourself, but you’re also hiring them for their expertise. You can expect a quality moving company to be professional, to listen to your concerns, to answer your questions, and to be attentive to your individual needs.

Your moving company will pick up after themselves

There’s enough mess when you’re moving, from cleaning up the old place to getting the new place move-in ready. You don’t want to have to pick up empty tape rolls and trash from your local moving company on top of that! You can expect exceptional services to be tidy and for there to be no trash left behind.

The perfect balance of special care and efficient services

There is indeed a fine balance when it comes to efficiency. Do you want your move handled as quickly as possible? Of course you do! But you also want your belongings to be properly cared for. The right local moving company will perfectly strike this balance. They’ll take the time needed to make sure your move is done correctly – but not a second more!

You may need more help than you know

Moving companies are there to be helpful. If there are extra services needed on the day of your move, you should expect your moving company to be reasonably helpful. Does this mean they’re going to move a piano that wasn’t included in your quote? Certainly not, but it does mean that if you need help packing up your own car, or advice on how to label boxes, they should be willing to help.

There are tons of reasons to work with a local moving company on your next move. Call Tender Touch toll free today to learn more about what you can expect from our exceptional services!

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Winterize your home

With fall right around the corner it’s time to start preparing your home for the long Canadian winter ahead. We all know that weather in Toronto can change over night and you don’t want to get caught unprepared. Taking some time now to get ready can save you time, headaches and money in the long run. Here are a few ways to prepare your home for winter.

Have your furnace serviced.

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You probably haven’t switched on your furnace since that joyful spring day that our first heat wave hit. Despite it being in good working condition the last time it was used it’s still a good idea to have it checked out. Having an HVAC professional do a quick inspection of your furnace for leaks, heat efficiency and filter quality will ensure that it’s ready for that first cold night.

Check your windows and doors for drafts.

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Check that the doors and windows are properly sealed with caulking and the weather stripping is still intact. Having a leak in your home’s thermal envelope can cost you a lot heating expenses without you even knowing. If upon visual inspection everything looks good but you still suspect an air leak, you can verify this by using a candle or incense stick and watch for the flame and smoke movement.

Check your water heater. 

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Now is a good time to check your water heater for wear and tear. This may involve draining it and manually removing the heating coils especially if you live in an area with hard water. You can also check the heat efficiency and replace burnt out heating coils if necessary.

Have your chimney cleaned.

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Visually inspect both the interior and exterior of the chimney for any damage that may have occurred over the year. This includes ensuring the chimney cap is tightly sealed to the flue liner at the top so that water doesn’t get in and freeze. A chimney that is filled with soot can be a very dangerous thing, so it is good practice to have your chimney swept on a yearly basis.

Clean the gutters.

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As the leaves begin to fall it is a good idea clean out your eaves trough and gutters so that they don’t get backed up and cause water damage to your roof. This is also a good time to inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles, flashing and broken seals around vents. It is a good idea to inspect the attic as well for general damage.

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Hire Expert Piano Movers

expert piano moversMaybe you think you can handle it, or maybe you’re considering leaving the task to a general moving company with no expert piano movers on staff. But there are many reasons to invest in specialists when transporting a piano, whether you’re looking at a local move or a long distance relocation. Unlike other pieces of furniture, a piano is a highly delicate, relatively fragile instrument—one big enough and solid enough to throw out more than its fair share of backs, but a delicate instrument nonetheless. Not convinced? Here are five simple reasons you should invest in expert piano movers:

1. Special training. Instruments require special care under any situation, and expert piano movers have the keys to a successful move. They know the structural weaknesses which create risk during a move. They know the easily overlooked sources of damage. It’s one thing to have an undertrained laborer move a couch, with approximately zero moving parts, versus a piano, with over 1000. ‘Lugging heavy weight around’ is not the only aspect of moving a piano, and by working with expert piano movers, you know every other aspect is accounted for.

2. Mitigating risk. A piano is, at best, a very expensive item to risk damaging. At worst, your piano is an heirloom, antique, or otherwise irreplaceable. Even a slight improvement to the odds of transferring your piano without incident would make for a sound investment, when you consider the potential loss. Financial liability for damage to your piano incurred during the move may also fall on the carrier, rather than you, with the right movers—so even if something does go wrong, you’re in a better position with expert piano movers.

3. Minimizing aftercare. Even in the absence of any serious damage, treating a piano as simple furniture means it will need serious post-move attention to get it back to playing condition. It’s much easier (and cheaper!) to get your piano back to working condition after a ride with a team of expert piano movers, compared to dealing with the aftermath of amateur efforts.

4. Anticipating the unexpected. If you’re not used to moving heavy, delicate objects, you put your piano at great risk by moving it yourself. Mitigating risk means understanding the risks to come and working against them; whether you’re moving it yourself or relying on movers less familiar with the risks inherent to moving pianos, you’re putting your piano at the unchecked mercy of the unexpected.

5. Temporary storage. If you’re going to need to store your piano for a while at your destination, it’s important that the carrier have expert piano movers on staff to get it settled safely in for a while. Without someone familiar with piano transportation and storage looking after the well-being of your piano, it’s possible that its stay in storage won’t work out well for it.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it’s clear that the relative risk and complexities involved in moving a piano necessitates the use of expert movers. You expose yourself and your piano to far too much risk undertaking the effort as an amateur or with the assistance of those unfamiliar with those risks and complexities. Why not make the sound investment and end your move on a high note?

3 things you need to know about Vehicle Shipping Across Canada

Vehicle Shipping Across Canada

Vehicle shipping across Canada becomes a handy service to have when you find yourself in a predicament where you can’t drive your car where you need it to go! Although you might not be doing all the work to ship it across the country, you should prepare yourself by knowing what to expect.

1. Why Should You Ship a Car Rather than Drive It?

There are many reasons why you should ship a car instead of driving it. If it’s a luxury or antique car, you obviously don’t want to add the extra mileage nor do you want to take the risk of something happening to it. Maybe the car is older, and you’re not sure if it would make it all that way. Purchasing a car from a seller in another part of the country? Vehicle shipping across Canada is a great option. It’s also a beneficial service if you broke down somewhere far away from home or you’re flying to a vacation spot.

2. Do You Need Special Insurance to Ship a Car?

Your transporting service has insurance, but make sure you ask what it covers, so if in the event anything happens, you’re not shocked if it won’t cover it. You should also ask what the deductible is and what the limit is of the coverage. For instance, you should know if the company only covers the value of your car in its current condition. Make sure you inquire about extra insurance and what it covers beforehand!

3. What You Should Do Before You Ship Your Vehicle? 

Start by removing any valuables from your car. Anything that’s irreplaceable should be taken out of the car as well. Before you ship your car, you should wash the exterior of it. This will help you to identify scratches, dings or dents. Make sure you whip out your phone or camera and take pictures of the vehicle from every angle. Notify the shipper of any prior damage that was done to the vehicle.

Ask questions! You want to feel secure with whoever has your car, and you don’t want any discrepancies during or after the transport. Make sure you read the contract, so you know what to expect and any obligations you may have. Once your car has made its journey, you should inspect it carefully.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your vehicle shipping across Canada, contact us today.

Why Moving Company Reviews Are Important

why moving company reviews are importantThe Internet allows customers to voice their opinions and experiences like never before. As a result, it’s important for moving companies to always put their best foot forward and wow their clients with stellar service. At the same time, it’s imperative for you to research moving company reviews before you hire a mover. We’re here to help by explaining a few of the top reasons why moving company reviews should play a vital role in your decision making process.

Reviews Can Save You Time and Money

Let’s face it. Anyone with a truck can offer moving services. But this doesn’t mean you want to trust them with your most cherished belongings because they probably do not have liability insurance. The best way to decide is to listen to a moving company’s previous customers. According the annual Local Consumer Review Survey released by BrightLocal, 88% of consumers use reviews to determine the quality of a local business. While some industries may not benefit as much from consumer reviews, moving company reviews can save you a significant amount of time and money.

Businesses with Reviews Have Better Service

When a moving company has reviews from previous customers online, you can rest assured the moving company cares about its reputation. Moving companies with reviews are the brands that systematically work to rectify situations and provide solutions. Moving company reviews provide insight into the tenacity and ability of the company to quickly resolve problems before they escalate.

Reviews Give an Unbiased Opinion

While customer testimonials on a moving company’s website may or may not be true, consumer reviews are almost always genuine. The majority of these reviews are hosted by companies unaffiliated with the moving company, so you can rest assured the review is real and honest. According to eMarketer, consumer reviews are much more trusted (almost 12 times more) than descriptions generated by manufacturers. This heightened level of trust can be attributed to the fact that moving company reviews haven’t been influenced by payment. Instead, these are directly from the mouths of previous customers.

Reviews Provide Unique Insight Into the Company

If you really want to know how well a moving company performs, check out relevant moving company reviews. These reviews can give infinite insight into:

  • How the company performs,
  • How management interacts with customers
  • Potential problems
  • Special discounts
  • And more

Simply put, moving company reviews will tell you much more than any type of advertisement or publication can.

Moving Company Reviews Allow You to Voice Your Experience

It’s a fact, customers who are disappointed are much more likely to take to the web and voice their opinion in comparison to a customer whose expectations were met. Although most companies will have their share of negative reviews, positive heartfelt reviews from previous customers can truly tell the story of the brand. These positive reviews represent the times when the moving company went above and beyond to exceed the expectations of the customer. As you are browsing through the online reviews of moving companies, if you encounter multiple heartfelt positive experiences, you may have just found a gem of a moving company!

In today’s age of information, it’s imperative for companies to provide the highest level of service possible, but it’s also up to the consumer to research company reviews before they do business with a mover. Tender Touch Moving understands the importance of putting you and your belongings first (and has several HomeStar rewards to prove it!). Contact us today to learn more about our services.

4 Family Activities to End the Summer

As summer draws to a close it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy what Toronto has to offer. With events like the CNE and the Blue Jays dominating the MLB there are plenty of family activities to celebrate the end of the summer.

Relax at one of  Toronto’s Beaches.

Toronto Beaches

Source: Flow935.com

Grab the kids and head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Now there are a variety of beaches to choose from, both on the mainland and the Toronto Island; each with its own qualities. Some of the more popular and family friendly beaches include Woodbine in the appropriately named ‘Beaches’ neighbourhood and Ward’s Island beach. Woodbine is a three kilometer stretch of sand along Lake Ontario where you’ll find volleyball courts, a skate park and even a pool. It’s also close to Queen St. East where there are plenty of great restaurants to grab a bite. Ward’s beach on the island has volleyball courts and disc golf to keep even the busiest of kids occupied. Before things get crazy with back to school, relax and enjoy the incredible weather. Don’t forget the sunscreen, oh and be aware there is one nude beach on the Toronto Island, don’t confuse it with Ward’s beach.

Spend the day at Wonderland.

Canada's Wonderland

Source: Canada’s Wonderland’s Facebook

Canada’s Wonderland has approximately 3.5 million visitors every year, and there is no reason you and your family shouldn’t be in that count. A trip to Wonderland will need a full day because it is the largest theme park in Canada. There are rollers coasters for the thrill seekers in the family, there are mild rides for those who are not too fond of the combination of heights and high speed. Wonderland even has KidZville for the little ones. Grab the family and head over to Wonderland for a fun-filled day, don’t forget your bathing suits as they also have Splash Works which is full of water works and water rides.

Head to the EX (CNE).

The Ex | Toronto

Source: The Ex’s Facebook

Let’s go the X! Nothing culminates a summer in Toronto like the Canadian National Exhibition.This event has been taking place in Toronto for over 130 years and has become a yearly event for most before heading back to school in the fall. The annual 18 day carnival brings together millions of people as they enjoy the many shows and attractions. Over the years the different and extravagant foods such as garlic snow crab fries, coffee and donut milkshakes, corn flakes fried chicken have stolen the spotlight. Bring the family to the X and enjoy the last few days of summer, the kids will have something cool to write in their journal on their first day back at school.

Cheer on Toronto’s sports teams.

Toronto Blue Jays

Source: Toronto Blue Jays’ Facebook

The Blue Jays are red hot right now and if you weren’t a fan before then now would be a good time to start. You can grab reasonably priced tickets for upper deck seats and let’s be serious, that is where all the fun happens. A couple hot dogs, some cold drinks and rooting for the home team is a great way to spend an afternoon. If baseball isn’t your sport, both the Toronto FC and Toronto Argos are gearing up to make playoff runs to bring home titles for the city. Even if you aren’t a huge sports fan, experiencing the atmosphere is well worth the trip.  

The Ultimate Office Move Checklist

the ultimate office move checklistMoving can be stressful in any situation, but when you’re talking in terms of a business move, the situation can become a lot more perilous and taxing.  There are risks of exposing confidential client data and relocating expensive equipment that probably won’t survive the move if it’s mishandled.

When your business is relocating to a new space, there are a lot of logistics to be considered, and without the proper office move checklist (and, of course, a team of excellent movers), you might find yourself in a painful place when it’s all said and done.

Not to worry – Tender Touch is here to help! To get started on the right track and avoid the potential pitfalls involved with relocation, check out this office move checklist:

Six Months Before the Move

  • Alert the staff of the move so no one’s taken off guard and individual team members can begin preparing their own spaces.
  • Designate “Move Members” who will be responsible for various departments’ packing progress over the next few months.
  • Gather Feedback from your organization’s leaders (and subordinates, if at all possible) and obtain a wishlist for the future space.
  • Meet with your space planner and interior designer so you can begin drafting plans for the new build-out.

Three Months Before

  • Meet with your “Move Members” to document progress and explore any pain points or problems that the staff may be experiencing.  Remember that everyone in your organization has a different vantage point, so there may be potential risks that you haven’t even thought of.  Explore all possible problems so you can fix them before they evolve.
  • Incorporate design changes based on feedback from the staff, leaders, or designers.
  • Develop a plan for your telecommunications and computer systems to ensure a seamless transition that does not affect your day-to-day business (or your customers).
  • Obtain estimates from movers.

Two Months Before

  • Finalize the blueprints.
  • Solidify your agreement with your chosen moving company.
  • Verify installation and service setup for your telecommunications and computer systems.
  • Order new materials such as business cards and stationery.
  • Make contact with vendors that will handle your vending machines, copiers, plants, and other items that will need third party upkeep.

One Month Before

  • Notify business associates such as vendors, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and anyone else with your address.  Inform them of the upcoming relocation, complete with the move date and new address, telephone numbers, and any other pertinent information.
  • Schedule equipment services for a day that will ensure no interruption to your workflow.  Usually a day before the move will do just fine.
  • Meet with team members to communicate the purpose and progress of the move.  This is a great time to hear fears and jeers, talk about any policy changes, and set expectations.

One Week Before

  • Invite your mover to speak with your employees about proper packing.
  • Begin labeling.  Everything will need to be labeled.  Begin with furniture, then move on to equipment and boxes as moving day draws nearer.
  • Tour the new facility to ensure that everything is in its place and looks like it will meet the move deadline.  Note anything that looks out of the ordinary, and address your concerns right away.
  • Post labeled floor plans. This will help things land where they should.

On moving day, only your movers and “Move Members” should be onsite.  Install computer systems, unpack what you can, and settle in!

Your office move checklist should always start with finding a great moving company that will partner with you from the beginning to the end.  Our team at Tender Touch Moving & Storage is highly skilled in the art of office moving.  Contact us for a free estimate!

Back to School Checklist

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Yes, it’s almost that time of the year again, the school year is right around the corner. So whether you are parents dreading the inevitability of dropping their little baby off at school for the first time or are excitedly awaiting the pending peace and quiet, it’s an exciting time. Speaking from experience there is nothing worse than moving into a new room, finish unpacking, only to realize that you forgot the one thing you can’t live with out.

Whether this is your first year moving away to school or you’re a seasoned veteran of the collegiate scene it’s always handy to have a back to school checklist, just to make sure that you have all the essentials. Good luck!

Back to School Checklist

Tender Touch’s Change of Address Checklist

Change of address checklistMoving can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience. There are so many details that must be taken care of during a move, including letting everyone know where to find you now! While many people have the misconception that simply filling out a change of address form with the local post office is sufficient, this is just not so. In order to keep your correspondence coming in like clockwork, there are a number of individuals, businesses, and agencies that must be notified of your move as well. Below is a comprehensive change of address checklist to help ensure that nobody gets missed.

Change of Address Checklist

  • Friends and Family Members
  • Place of Employment (remember to notify any previous employers that may still need to send you important information such as income tax forms or insurance information)
  • Schools
  • Daycare Providers
  • Financial Institutions
  • Investment Brokers
  • Pension Plans
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Finance Companies and Lenders
  • PayPal
  • Insurance Companies (health, auto, life, homeowner’s, etc.)
  • Memberships/ Clubs 
  • Service Providers (utility companies, phone and cell phone providers, internet service, cable company, garbage pick-up, water delivery)
  • Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Lease/ Rental Companies (Furniture, appliances, vehicles)
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Lawn and Garden Services
  • Pest Control Companies
  • Newspapers/ Magazines
  • Web-based Services (weather reporting, local news, etc.)
  • Food Delivery Services
  • Diaper Services
  • Healthcare Providers (doctors, dentists, hospitals, etc.)
  • Veterinarian
  • Religious Organizations

While this list might seem a little overwhelming at first, here are a few ideas to make changing your address less time-consuming.

  1. Make use of social media. Create a group message on Facebook and inform friends and relatives of your recent move.
  2. Create a mass email message for friends, family members and business associates that includes your new mailing address.
  3. Purchase inexpensive postcards and notify your contacts the old fashioned way.
  4. Send a mass text to the contacts in your cell phone and let them know that you are ready to receive mail at your new address.
  5. Many service providers, financial institutions, and other companies offer links to change your address directly from their websites.
  6. If you are running short on time, it might be worth the small fee to employ a notification service to do the legwork for you. Not only do some of these online services complete most of the tasks involved with the change of address checklist for you, but a few will even eliminate any junk mail that you would have received.

Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the details that are involved with your next move. Be sure to check out our database that is filled with an abundance of helpful tips, advice and printable forms that are designed to make your moving experience a breeze.

We look forward to providing you with the services you need to make your move as stress-free and pleasurable as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! For additional assistance, feel free to contact us today.

How To Move a Hot Tub the Right Way

how to move a hot tub the right wayWhen you bought your hot tub, all you thought about was how wonderful it would be enjoying it on your deck, patio, yard or poolside. It never occurred to you that you’d have to know how to move a hot tub! Now you’re relocating and you don’t want to leave such a large investment behind!

Considering the process involved with installing it, figuring out how to move a hot tub can feel overwhelming. Hot tubs are large, cumbersome belongings and like pianos and other oversized items, difficult to relocate. Fortunately, with some planning and experienced, professional movers, you can keep your hot tub investment and enjoy hot soaks and relaxation in your new home with minimal hassle!

Preparing the hot tub

Before figuring out how to move a hot tub, you need to prepare it for relocation. The first thing you need to do is empty the water out of the tub. While this sounds easy, you need to remember that it contains hundreds of gallons of water and that water all has to drain somewhere.

  • Yard location – If your hot tub is in the yard, drain it into the lawn gradually to avoid erosion, flooding, and unhappy neighbors who suddenly have wet yards.
  • Indoor location – For an indoor, deck or patio hot tub, connect a hose to the drainpipe and run it outside to the yard, street or other safe drain location. Drain it slowly to avoid overflowing any of these areas and check with your town to learn where to drain the water safely.

When the tub is empty and dry, take the opportunity to wipe it down and remove any residue so it’s ready for filling (and enjoying!) in your new home. With no more water to worry about, remove all the gas and/or electric lines connected to the tub. If you’re unsure how to do this, hire a professional to do it safely and correctly. Once you have all the wires off, keep them together with string or zip ties and place them in a bag, box or the tub basin to prevent tangling and damage. Check the drain cap to ensure that it’s tight and secure before anyone comes to move your hot tub.

Moving the hot tub

Unless you have several strong family members and friends willing to help you get the hot tub into a big enough truck or van for moving, hiring professional movers is the best answer to how to move a hot tub. Even if you have lots of burly friends and family members, having them help you move such a large item can make them hesitant to help you in the future and can potentially cause physical injury. Chose the safe route by hiring movers with the experience and equipment to move your hot tub to your new home. Professional movers know how to maneuver hot tubs through difficult spaces and how to secure it within their moving truck or van to avoid damage. They have all the right equipment such as dollies, packing materials, and tie downs to keep your spa safe through loading, transport, and unloading – and they won’t expect an invite for a soak after! If you have any questions about how to move a hot tub, the best professional movers address them and work with you to accomplish a safe, stress-free move.

When you’re ready to move and need help with your hot tub or other large items, contact Tender Touch Moving and Storage for experienced service.

Moving with Children: How to Survive a Long Haul Move

moving with kidsMoving can be one of the most intimidating experiences in a child’s life, especially if you’re relocating to a new home that is far away from the friends, family members and activities that your child has grown accustomed to. Thankfully, however, there are a number of things you can do in order to help your children get through the long distance move in a manner that is as stress-free and painless as possible.

Preparing for the Move

Helping your children transition during a long distance move starts well before the actual moving day. By following these simple pre-move tips, you can assist your children with relieving some of the fear and anxiety they may be experiencing regarding your decision to relocate.

  • Explain: Once you have made the decision to move it is essential that you explain as much as possible about your new location to your children. Be sure to include information about when, where and why the move will occur, and try to answer any questions that may arise. If your children know what to expect, the move will seem less intimidating.
  • Involve:  Include your children in all aspects of the move as much as possible. Have them make lists of things they would like to carry with them on the trip, and if possible, even let them pack up some of their belongings themselves.
  • Maintain: Try to maintain as much of your regular routine as you can in the days leading up to your move.
  • Be Positive: Moving with children can be extremely frustrating, especially when things do not go quite as planned. Try to remain encouraging and positive about your upcoming move so that your children will become excited. After all, long distance moving can be quite the adventure.
  • Goodbyes:  Be certain to allow your children adequate time to say goodbye to close friends and family members, but try not to dwell on it too much. Be sure to include exciting ways to keep in touch after the move in your conversations.

Moving Day

Your belongings are packed up, you have said goodbye to family members and friends, and finally it’s time to load up for the big move. While most of the moving preparations have been taken care of, you’ve still got a long road ahead. Starting the trip off on the right foot can make moving with children a much more pleasurable experience.

  • Allow each of your children to bring one or two special belongings with them on the trip to help them feel safe and secure.
  • If your budget and schedule allows, plan for a few fun detours to help break things up during your trip. Even just a few minutes spent at the park or an interesting site can make a big difference.
  • Younger children will likely enjoy participating in fun activities during your trip. Sing songs, play travel games and encourage your children to watch for interesting buildings, animals, or other things along the way.
  • Hungry or thirsty children can become irritable, especially when they are confined in a vehicle. Be sure to offer plenty of opportunities for your children to eat, drink and stretch as you continue to your new destination.
  • Make plans for your arrival. Give your children something to look forward to as your trip comes to an end. If your children are old enough, consider planning a scavenger hunt to complete as you unpack.

Moving with children can be fun and exciting when you follow the simple tips above. For more tips and advice to make your moving adventure more pleasurable, be sure to contact us!

7 Toronto Restaurants You Need to Try

Toronto supports one of the best dining scenes in all of North America so not matter what you have a craving for you will be able to find a dish to satisfy your hunger. If we were to make a list of all the Toronto Restaurants You Need To Try it would be endless so here are a few to get you started on culinary scavenger hunt.

Hibiscus – 238 Augusta Ave. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant

Source: Hibiscus’ Facebook

At the forefront of the gluten-free movement, this family run cafe offers vegan, vegetarian and organic food options which are highlighted by their assortment of sweet and savoury crepes. They also make some of the highest touted ice cream in the whole city. This is definitely a must eat the next time that you visit Kensington market

BÖEHMER 93 Ossington Ave. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant

Source: Boehmer’s Facebook

The sleek modern feel of this restaurant is matched by its menu. In a well thought out menu where each item has its purpose, chef Paul Boehmer aims to create a pleasurable experience in which nothing is arbitrary. A great venue for cocktail and private events.

Queen Margherita – 1402 Queen St East, Toronto Ontario

Toronto Restaurant

Source: Queen Margherita’s Facebook

Now with three locations and a fourth coming soon, Queen Margherita is a must have for any pizza lover. Their oven fired pizzas and scrumptious starters  will make you feel as though you have been transported to the heart of Italy. A great place for dates with affordable prices.

The Borough – 1352 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant

Source: The Borough Facebook

This English style gastropub prides itself on the strong relationships that they have cultivated with local farmers and butchers. By using local, hormone and antibiotic-free ingredients they have been able to keep the menu fresh as it evolves with the seasons. If you can’t make it to the pub you could always catch them every Thursday from 3pm-7pm at the East Lynn farmers market.

Sassafraz – 100 Cumberland St. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant

Source: Sassafraz’s Facebook

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville community the little yellow house at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland has become a staple in fine dining. Their French-inspired menu has a touch of Canadian and is continually evolving to bring you new and exciting dishes. Also available for private events and corporate catering Sassafraz has been described as having, “great food and excellent service”

Byblos – 11 Duncan St. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant
Lead by executive chef Stuart Cameron, Byblos employs a blend of traditional and modern cooking techniques to bring the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean to Toronto’s downtown core. One reviewer described their meal as, “My best food experience in Toronto.”The 4.8 average rating is well founded.

Canoe – 66 Wellington St West. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Restaurant | Canoe Critically acclaimed and continually ranked among Canada’s culinary elite Canoe is headed up by award-winning chef John Horne. He honed his skills in Europe and has returned to Canada where he brings a French influence to his passion for Canadian cuisine. The only thing that beats the sky-high view of Toronto is the menu.

Which restaurants top your list of must try spots in Toronto?

How Many Moving Company Quotes Should I Get?

Moving CompanyWe all know there are a lot of things that need to be done when you’re getting ready to move.  But don’t be tempted to cut corners by just scheduling the first moving company you find.  Remember you are trusting this company with your personal belongings so you’ll want to make sure they are up to the job.  One thing that will help you find a reputable mover is to get multiple moving company quotes.

Why do you need multiple moving company quotes?

There are a lot of details required to get an accurate moving quote.  It is probably obvious that potential movers will need to know where you are moving to and from and how much stuff you have.  But there are other factors that can affect the price.   Moving extra heavy items like hot tubs or pianos, fragile items, expedited service, hoisting, an excessive number of stairs, or disassembling furniture are just a few examples of things that a moving company might charge extra for.  If you haven’t hired movers before and don’t know what questions to ask, the cheapest option may very well mean you end up with lots of additional charges you didn’t plan for or not getting the right kind of service for your move.

Another reason you want to get multiple moving company quotes is that different companies will offer different services.  Not all companies handle long distance moves, some specialize in commercial moves, and some offer packing services and boxes for an additional cost.  If you simply go with the first company you find you might not get what you really need.

How many quotes do you really need?

General advice is to get at least three.  That should give you a good idea of what price range to expect and what kinds of services are available for your budget.  An unusually low quote may mean you aren’t getting everything you need.  You may want to get an additional quote if one seems particularly high or low or if you find you require additional services.

Other questions to ask

Since you are getting multiple moving company quotes, it will be helpful to make sure you’re comparing the same thing.  Some companies charge a flat rate, others charge hourly.  Verify exactly what is included and what is extra.  Ask if they are running any specials and if you are flexible with dates and times, you might want to ask if there is special pricing for scheduling during off-peak times.

The best reason to get several moving company quotes

Just like any other business, unfortunately there are a few less than reputable moving companies out there. Getting multiple quotes in advance will help you get rid of them before they have a chance to ruin your move and possibly all your stuff.

Make sure the mover you choose is licensed and insured.  They should be willing to commit to their pricing in writing, provide specific information about their services and should be willing to answer your questions.  If you have something that requires special handling, it might be worth asking whether the company has specific experience with it, especially if you will be using their packing services.

There are a few extra things you can look for to make sure you’re choosing an excellent mover.  Certification from the Canadian Association of Movers along with an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau, are two good indicators of a mover’s reputation.  Tender Touch Moving has both, along with many excellent customer ratings and reviews.  Contact us today and get a quote for your next move.

Creating Your Moving To Do List

moving checklistSometimes when you relocate, all of the details involved can make it seem like you are moving mountains instead of your household belongings. Getting organized before you make your big move, however, can help to alleviate much of the stress that is involved with relocating. Below is a moving to do list that can help you get prepared for your moving adventure.

8 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Sort and Dispose: Taking a few extra moments to go through your belongings can save you an abundance of time and hard earned money in the long term. Decide which items you would like to get rid of before your move, and sort them into groups to donate, to sell, or to simply dispose of.
  • Special Care: As you go through your belongings, keep notes of any items that may require special attention during transport. While some items may simply need special packaging, others might require extra insurance coverage
  • Your Moving Company:  Be certain to get on-site estimates for your move, and get them in writing. This is a good time to check reviews and references for your particular mover as well.
  • Moving Folder: Create a special folder that is dedicated to information about your move. Organize your folder to contain your estimates, receipts, inventory list, this moving to do list, and any other information pertaining to the relocation of your belongings.
  • School Records:  Notify your children’s schools and have their transcripts transferred to the schools your children will soon be attending.

4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Perishable Items:  Begin using up perishable items that you don’t plan to take with you. Remember to include things like frozen foods in your deep freezer, fruits and vegetables, and any other items that might be difficult to transport.
  • Make Reservations: If you are moving long distance and will require the use of motel/hotel rooms, plane or train tickets, or other services that might require reservations, now is a good time to make those arrangements.
  • Packing: If you plan to pack your household belongings yourself, stock up on supplies like boxes, tape and labels now. You might also consider packing items that you won’t need until after your move.
  • Change your Address: Complete a change of address form with your local post office, notify friends and family members of your new mailing address, transfer magazines and newspapers, and change your address with anyone else of importance.
  • Notify Services: Make arrangements with your utility companies, internet providers, cable TV providers and delivery services.

2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Take Time Off: Notify your employer of your need to take off from work on moving day.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: If your move is long distance, have your vehicle checked and serviced in preparation for your upcoming trip.
  • Reconfirm: Contact your moving company and confirm arrangements.

In the Week Before Your Move

  • Refill Medications: Stock up on medications you might need for the next two weeks.
  • Pack Your Suitcases: Be sure to include shampoos, body wash, cosmetics, clothing, and anything else you might need over the next few days.
  • Clean Out the Fridge:  Clean out and defrost your refrigerator the day before you plan to move.
  • Plan for Childcare on Moving Day if Needed:  Make arrangements for young children to visit Grandma, a friend, or a child care provider on moving day.

Don’t forget to print this moving to do list and take advantage of our comprehensive database that is filled with more useful tips to make your move easier. Contact us today for more relocation assistance.

Best places in Ontario to Raise a Family

Along with natural outdoor beauty, Ontario is rich in culture and history. The province’s strong economic growth, low crime rates, relatively modest cost of living, affordable daycare and a high percentage of families with children, which have lead to many great towns and cities to settle down and start a life. Here are some of best places in Ontario to raise a family.

Burlington

Burlington, Ontrario | Best places in Ontario to raise a family
Located on the banks of Lake Ontario, just a few GO Train stops from Toronto’s downtown, Burlington’s low crime rate and affordable daycare costs have made it a perfect city to raise a family. Although the city is no longer used as a commercial port, its shoreline still gets a lot of use. Recreational sailors dock their skiffs at the 215 marina in LaSalle Park and enjoy excellent waterways in the shadows of the Skyway Bridge.

Average cost of daycare per month: $1,222
Percentage of families with kids: 54.1%
Average household income: $85,434
Crime rate per 1,000,000: 2,339.0

 

Oakville

Defined by its love of culture and the arts Oakville is known for its festivals which include a jazz, Love of the Arts and a Waterfront festival that all run throughout the year. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oakville’s streets come alive in an event called Oakville, Ontario“Summer Culture Connection” which see farmer’s markets and local entertainment take over. The laid back and relaxed feel of the city gives off a small town vibe with big city enlightenment.

Average cost of daycare per month: $1,222
Percentage of families with kids: 62.8%
Average household income: $105,139
Crime rate per 1,000,000: 2,339.0 

 

Ottawa

Located on the banks of the Ottawa river Ottawa, Ontario | Best places in Ontario to raise a familyopposite Gatineau, Quebec the city was originally founded in 1826 as Bytown but was later incorporated under the name Ottawa in 1855. The city’s economy is largely driven by the high-tech industry and public service industries as it is our national capital and home to the federal government.

Average cost of daycare per month: $1,222
Percentage of families with kids: 54.1%
Average household income: $86,443
Crime rate per 1,000,000: 4,127.5

 

Milton

Located about 40 km west of the Toronto downtown core Milton is on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail. Known for its abundance of green space the city has numerous recrMilton, Ontario | Best places in Ontario to raise a familyeational parks, campgrounds and hiking trails. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, increasing in population size by 56.5% between the 2006 and 2011, the city has been attracting families that have a love for the outdoors. The high percentage of families with children means that your kids will have no problem making friends.

Average cost of daycare per month: $1,222
Percentage of families with kids: 64.5%
Average household income: $107,300
Crime rate per 1,000,000: 2,339.0

 

Halton Hills

Halton Hills | Best places in Ontario to raise a familyOnly incorporated in 1974, the city of Halton Hills is an amalgamation of the towns of Georgetown and Acton. With a population of only 60,000 people it is a very tight-knit community with a strong sense of nature conservation with many of the natural features protected by the Conservation of Halton, Credit Valley Conservation and Grand River Conservation Authority. The abundance of green space and a high percentage of families with kids means that your neighbourhood will be friendly and the crime rate will remain low.

Average cost of daycare per month: $1,222
Percentage of families with kids: 62.6%
Average household income: $99,121
Crime rate per 1,000,000: 2,339

 

6 Tips for Moving With Pets

moving with petsRelocating to a new home can be just as stressful for your pets as it is for you. Most individuals would agree that their pets are simply furry members of their family, and they would want to do everything possible to keep them comfortable and happy. Whether you are moving nearby or far away, there are a number of things that you can do to make your moving experience less stressful for both you and your pets.

Before the Move

Making the right preparations before moving day can make moving with pets a much more enjoyable experience.

  • Before the big day, be sure to have your pets fitted with collars and ID tags that display your name, your cell phone number, and your new address. You might consider having a microchip inserted as well.
  • Cats, small dogs, and other small animals should always be placed in a well-ventilated crate or pet carrier. Larger dogs should be leashed in order to help keep them under control during the trip. If your pet is not accustomed to riding in a vehicle and you are making a long distance move, you might try loading him up for short rides in your car a few times before you make the trip.
  • If you know that your furry friend has a history of car sickness, visit your veterinarian a few days before you plan to leave and ask for medications that can help.
  • When traveling long distances that require overnight stays, it is a good idea to locate pet-friendly accommodations in advance.
  • Pets can become very anxious with all of the excitement of movers, boxes, etc. Consider making arrangements for your pet to visit friends or relatives on moving day if possible, or keep your pet closed in a separate room or yard while your belongings are being loaded.
  • Be sure to bring plenty of food, a few small toys and a water bowl for your pet.

On the Road

Moving with pets, especially during long-distance moves, can be a pleasant experience when you follow these tips.

  • It is essential that you keep your pets safe as you travel. Never allow pets to ride in the back of a pick-up truck, the trunk of a car, or in the back of a moving truck.
  • Plan ahead to allow for frequent potty breaks and fresh water for your pets. Remember to always keep your dog on a leash during stops. Even the most well-behaved dogs or cats can become anxious from all of the excitement and could run away.
  • Never leave your dog in a hot or cold car for an extended period of time during your trip. Doing so could be life threatening.

Settling In

No matter how accommodating you have been during your trip, moving can be a frightful experience for your pets. It is important to remember that your pet must transition to your new home just like anyone else. Below are a few tips to make that transition easier.

  • Introduce your pet to your new home slowly. Be sure to show him where his toys, bed and food dish are kept.
  • Shortly after you move in, it is wise to contact a local vet and maybe even make an appointment for him or her to meet your pet.
  • Remember to have your pet licensed in your new location soon after you arrive.

Moving with pets can be a daunting experience, but when you follow these tips your pet will happily become king or queen of your new home in no time. Contact us today for more assistance with your next move.

Questions You Should Ask Local Moving Companies

local moving companyMake no mistake about it moving is a frustrating and complex affair that nobody really looks forward to. Moving an entire home even in the best of cases requires a lot of hard work. While moving, the last thing you need is further complications. In many cases hiring local moving companies is a required part of the moving process. However, to cut down on complications, unforeseen annoyances, hidden costs and broken furniture it pays to ask your local moving companies questions before deciding on who to hire. By asking the following questions you can be sure that the company you hire is reputable one.

Ask Basic Questions

A professional moving company has a certain level of professionalism you should expect. Ask if they abide by and follow the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers. This assures that you can expect a certain level of service.

Concerning their moving equipment, ask who owns it. If the company uses sub-contractors or outside employees and equipment, ask who from and review this company accordingly.

Be sure that the company has a Workers’ Compensation Board certificate to cover employee injuries, if they do not, you may be held accountable for any injuries that may occur during the move.

What will it cost?

Before hiring any local moving company, get an estimate in writing.  It would also be wise to find out if they will be charging a per hour rate or by total weight.  Another important question is, will the move be done the same day or over several days.

Ask what payment methods are accepted early on in the process (cheque, money order, credit cards). As a note, beware companies that only accept cash payments or try to dodge the Goods and Services Tax, this is a sign of an untrustworthy business.

Inquire about additional fees. Things such as a residence that’s hard to get furniture into or one where you can’t easily get a van into to move items out of could incur extra costs. Storage fees may also apply if your new residence isn’t immediately available.

Do They Have Insurance?

Reputable moving companies offer insurance. Be sure to verify any moving company’s policy carrier and policy number. When asking about coverage from a mover be sure it is Replacement Value Protection. This assures you’re covered by the value you place on your property. Be sure that you get a copy of the agreement along with a written statement of any coverage limits.

If you have household insurance, check with your provider to see if they offer coverage for moving and be sure that it is All Risk coverage to protect you against any unforeseen events. Remember, without some form of protection most coverage is a base few cents a pound, which comes nowhere near to covering the true property costs.

When selecting a local moving company the key issues relate to professionalism, certification, transparency and costs. While it takes time to narrow down your choices you owe it to yourself to do the work required to make sure you’re hiring a professional. Saving a few dollars on moving expenses by using a less than reputable company can quickly snowball into a multitude of problems. Always go with a professional and ask questions before you hire any of your local moving companies.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Tender Touch Moving & Storage has been providing exceptional service to our customers for many years. Call today for an estimate!

How to Pack Dishes for Moving

Moving involves a lot of, well, moving pieces.  You need to relocate every piece of your life, from your shoes to your silverware, and you need to make sure that it gets there safe and sound.  Are you looking at your kitchen and wondering how to pack dishes for moving day?  Don’t worry!  You’re not alone!

Follow these tips, and you will learn how to pack dishes for moving day without breaking a sweat (or a dish)!

  • Think Small.  When you’re getting ready to relocate, you’re probably in the mindset of just “getting it done”.  While this works for most aspects of your home, it’s contrary to optimal ideas regarding how to pack dishes for moving.

Clothing, bedding, and random trinkets can be stacked and packed to your heart’s content.  Dishes, however, are a whole different story.  Besides the fact that you paid good money for these precious pieces of tableware, which makes their breakable profile a potential problem when moving, dishes also get very heavy very quickly.  If you load too many dishes into a single box, the delicate cardboard may not be able to handle the weight of your wares, and this isn’t something you want to find out the hard way.  Before the box breaks, and the dishes fall out and shatter all around you, take care to compile only as many dishes as your box can take.

  • Wrap Right in White.  Tempted to use the newspaper you have lying around to keep your dishes safe during the long haul?  You might want to think again.  Many people have asked us how to pack dishes for moving day, and this question always comes up.

If you are prepared to wash every one of your items when you get to your new home, newspaper is an acceptable substitute.  If you are looking for something that is more user-friendly and will allow you to get to dining right away, chose white packing paper so you will not have ink and stains all over your kitchen items.  Bubble wrap is another option, but it can get costly if you use it in bulk, be choosy with the pieces that need that extra protection.

  • Plan Replacements.  In the haste of getting everything ready to go, don’t forget that you’re still going to need to eat!  People often start with the room they frequent the most (the kitchen) without thinking about all of the items they’ll still need during the rest of their time at that location.

As you are packing up your dishes, make sure you have an alternative surface from which to eat.  If you have paper or plastic plates, that’s great!  If you don’t, set aside a plate or two and keep a bowl on hand, too.  It’s never a pleasant experience to make dinner and realize you have nothing to eat it on.

  • Tack on the Tape.  Don’t be stingy with the sticky stuff!  Tape will help to reinforce those heavy boxes so your articles stays safe in transit.  You will want to tape all flaps together, of course, but make sure you pay particular attention to the bottom and any questionable sides that could decide to explode during transit.  Tape can be replaced much more easily than your dishes, so be generous with your offerings of this tacky helper.  Your dishes will love you for your efforts.

Still confused about how to pack dishes for moving day?  If so, don’t risk it!  Check out our Packing Services, and let our Tender Touch Moving & Storage do the work for you!

What to Look for in Long Distance Moving Companies

Long Haul Moving CompaniesChoosing between the huge array of long distance moving companies can be a difficult and frustrating experience. However, it is essential that your belongings arrive at your new home free from damage and that no hidden costs appear with the arrival of your bill. To ensure that everything runs smoothly, take the following into account when evaluating potential long haul moving companies.

  1. Reviews and Recommendations

If you receive references from companies, make sure that you call them. In addition, you should talk to your friends, coworkers, and family members about their experiences with long distance moving companies. Add any that are highly recommended to your shortlist, but strike out those that come with warnings. Finally, check all the prospective companies with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out if any of these companies are accredited and if any have received serious complaints.

  1. Licensing and Insurance

For long haul moves, licensing and adequate insurance coverage is extra important. Companies should be able to provide you with proof of both, but you can also check the company license through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

  1. Experience

Long-distance moving is very different from short-distance moving, due to factors such as laws and the safety of your possessions over the greater distance. Find a company that has not only been established for many years in the moving business, but has plenty of experience in long-distance moving.

  1. Quotes

You should receive a detailed written quote from each moving company you are considering. Go beyond comparing prices, checking that each quote includes every potential cost. Moving companies should insist on  providing you with an estimate based on your list of good being moved, as they need to know the cubic volume and weight of the items to be moved.  It is also important for the moving company to check if you have any items that may present a challenge. You should also discuss parking — if your mover needs to park at a distance from your home, you may incur an extra cost. Lastly, confirm whether estimates are binding or nonbinding.

  1. Warning Signals

You should immediately rule out any company that exhibits any of these classic warning signs:

  • They ask for a large deposit before the move.
  • They use rental trucks.
  • They lack documents, such as insurance paperwork, licensing for cross border or interprovincial moving, or a written estimate.

For reliable, cost-effective, and quality service, contact Tender Touch Moving today.

5 Things To Remember When Moving

Relocating to a new home can be stressful, but there are some things to remember when moving that can make your transition a little easier and take some of the worry away.

Here are some commonly overlooked things that you do need to remember when moving from Point A to Point B:

  • Change Your Address.  This seems obvious, right?  Of course it does right now, but when people are in the middle of the hustle and bustle of moving, changing their address is often the last thing they think about.

Before you get deep into your moving day duties, make a list of everything and everybody that has your current address.  Write it down because this list is going to be much longer than you think it will be!  Include everybody you pay, from your credit card companies to your dog walker.  Any magazines and newspapers to which you subscribe need to be notified, too.  Of course, you’ll want to put in an official change with the Post Office to catch anything you might have missed.

 

  • Mark Your Must-Haves Box.  When you arrive at your new place, it’s not going to be home sweet home from the very start.  Mark a box of must-have items, and keep it accessible.  This box is one of the key things to remember when moving, and it should include items like toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant and shower toiletries, plastic utensils, paper plates and cups, flashlights, paper and pens, and blankets.  Even if you think everything will be accessible when you get there, make sure you have a must-haves box on hand, just in case.

 

  • Identify Alternatives.  One of the most important things to remember when moving is that things don’t always go as planned.  While it would be awesome if your home was set up and ready to go when you got there, it’s important that you have plans in place in case you hit bumps in the road.  If you’re moving near friends or family, ask them ahead of time if they’ll have space for you for a night or two in case something goes off-track.  If you don’t have acquaintances or available opportunities in the area, identify hotels where you’ll be safe and comfortable if need be.

 

  • Purchase Power.  Electricity is one of those things that we can so easily take for granted.  Keep in mind that the lights might not come on at the flip of a switch.  Electricity definitely needs to be remembered when you’re moving, and it operates on both sides of the process; you don’t want to unpack your items in the dark, but you also don’t want someone playing their video games on your dime.  Talk to the electric company well ahead of your move to make sure you’ll have power in your new home when you get there, and make sure your current home has a set cut-off date so you’re not supplying energy to strangers.

 

  • Inform Your Insurance Companies.  Homeowner’s and renter’s insurance is obviously contingent upon the address which is being insured, but you may not realize that most car insurance policies are affected by your address, as well; if you’re moving a great distance, you may even need to find a new provider.  Before you find yourself accidentally uninsured the hard way, it’s best to check in with your insurance providers to ensure you don’t have any gaps in coverage.

One of the most important things to remember when moving: know what you’ll be spending!  Get your free estimate from Tender Touch Moving & Storage, and let us help with your relocation!