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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

Via Rooster Coffee House's Facebook

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.