When you get to the day before your moving in Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada, you’ll probably have had many checklists: items to pack, items not to pack, things to do 12 weeks before move… You get it!
While the most important moving checklist is your Moving Day Checklist, the runner-up is your Day Before Moving Checklist. Without it, you’re likely to wake up on your moving day in panic with all that has to be done. But with a day before list full of check marks, you’ll spring out of bed ready to take on your move!
Prepare your Day Before Moving Checklist based on your move’s specifics and include anything you haven’t yet gotten around to. Also, you may want to consider these additions:
Remove pictures, mirrors and wall hangings from the walls.
Build your Do Not Pack pile, putting suitcases and things you’ll be taking with you, in a corner clearly marked for movers and packers to steer clear of.
Create a folder or a binder to keep your household inventory, checklists (including this one), and all other important papers.
Contact your moving company to check, double check and triple check that everyone is on schedule.
Secure cash, jewelry and valuables and put it with your belongings you’ll be taking with you.
Return any cable boxes, modems or other leased electronics equipment.
Do last-minute banking. Get cash for movers’ tips and emergency needs.
Return anything borrowed – including library books – and pick up anything left hanging out there – including dry cleaning.
If someone is taking care of your children or pets during the move, check in with them and be sure all details are set.
Back up your computer. Charge your laptop, phone and other devices. And while you’re at it, be sure your chargers don’t get packed.
Dispose of all perishable food, opened containers, and anything that could leak. If you’re putting garbage out to the curb for pick-up, make arrangements for a neighbor to retrieve the cans.
If you’re taking liquids with you, put them in tightly sealed plastic bags or containers.
Remove light bulbs from lamps and lights that will be packed and moved.
Drain hoses and anything that might be filled with water.
When reading a moving estimate / moving quote given to you by your Toronto moving company, it’s important to understand the significance the estimate has, which can also help you select the right Toronto movers for your needs and your budget.
How is a Toronto moving estimate calculated? – There are some aspects which affect how Toronto moving estimates are calculated, so it’s important to know how your Toronto moving company is comes to their figure. The aspects in question are:
Number of rooms
Degree of moving difficulty (large or heavy objects)
Time and labor required
Watch out for estimates based on weight (usually for long distance moves). Some items – especially pieces of furniture – can be deceptively heavy which means the calculated weight provided in an estimate may fall short of the actual weight confirmed at the licensed weigh station. If so, you will have to pay the extra costs.
Comparing the weights offered by competing Toronto movers is very important, with the lightest being probably the least accurate.
Take telephone estimates with a grain of salt – How can a Toronto moving company’s estimate be accurate when no one from that Toronto moving company has seen what has to be moved? Yes, you can get a general idea of what the job entails over the phone, but when weight is a key factor in calculating the cost, you are bound to be off and can forget about an accurate Toronto moving estimate.
Onsite estimate is a key indicator – All reliable Toronto moving companies should send a representative (estimator) to take a look at what and how much needs to be moved. This is the best way for them to assess the weight, required manpower and, ultimately, likely cost. But it’s also a chance for you to meet the moving company and get an indication of the quality of work you would be paying for.
Are they knowledgeable, friendly, and positive? Also, did they arrive on time, or were they 30 minutes late and offer a variety of excuses? The estimate process can take about an hour, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to assess the assessor.
Get it all in writing – As with estimates in most other sectors, getting a Toronto moving company estimate in writing is all-important. Once it is written (in the contract) and signed by you and the mover, the company cannot increase the price by any more than 10 per cent regardless of weight or other operational costs. Most reputable Toronto movers will do so as a matter of procedure, and without hesitation. If I had to ask for one, I would then be very unimpressed.
It’s your money so quiz them – While you have them in your home, ask them to clarify some key issues. I’d recommend 6 questions below in particular, though you may have more depending on your situation.
Is the estimate binding or non-binding?
How long is the estimate valid?
Are there additional surcharges? These can include parking problems, road access, street accessibility, delivery time restrictions or if there are any stairs or elevators involved.
What is the estimated delivery time and will the driver give you prior notice?
What would be the packing policy of the company if you decide to pack yourself?
What are the charges for additional weight?
Seek a binding estimate – It’s worthwhile getting a binding estimate, which means the price stated on the written estimate is the price you pay. The risk is if the calculated weight is too high, you’ll end up paying more. But if the calculation is low, you’ll save money.Refusing to agree to a binding price is a little suspicious, firstly because the actual difference paid is rarely very much, and secondly because it may mean that a moving company intends quoting a low weight to secure the contract, then only for the actual weight to push what you pay way up – which is actually fraud.
And no matter how many times you’ve moved before, there’s a couple things you’ll always need: a good, reputable Toronto moving company and as much help and advice as you can get.
Here are twenty helpful moving hacks that really work and can make your residential relocation to or from Toronto, ON smooth and efficient.
Take photos of the rear hookup panels of your electronics before you disconnect them. Getting reconnected in your new home will be much easier with a photo of what cord goes where.
Use clothing and linens as wrap for breakables. A t-shirt wrapped around a glass dish works as well as costly packing materials. You can also put a pair of rolled up socks inside your glassware. Towels and sheets can also be used as pads inside boxes with breakables.
Use Saran Wrap and Glad Press ‘n Seal for keeping tiny things intact and in their original trays, drawers and display stands – this works particularly well with jewelry.
Place a styrofoam disposable plate between breakable plates, stack them up and box them.
Fill up every container, basket, box and anything with open space. Put your containers to work for you! Fill them with smaller items to space space in moving boxes. Don’t forget about your reusable fabric shopping bags with handles. Filling them up before packing will help to keep your moving boxes organized.
Use suitcases for heavy items such as books. Suitcases can serves as moving boxes. Large suitcases with wheels are particularly helpful for moving heavy items like books.
If you’re DIYing the packing, color code your boxes with brightly colored duct tape. Pink for kitchen, Blue for bedroom, Green for bathroom, etc. Specific contents can be written directly on the tape.
No matter how you color code, label boxes on at least two sides (not the top) so that when they’re stacked, you can see the label.
If you’re moving by yourself, keep your boxes small. You can get free photocopy paper boxes from office supply stores. They have built-in handles and are perfect for small heavy items like books.
Put a cotton ball or cotton pad in your powder or compact cosmetics, such as powder and blush, to keep them from breaking.
Cover the openings of liquid toiletries with Saran Wrap. Take the cap off, cover with the plastic wrap, then put the cap back on. If the lid accidentally pops open during the move, the plastic wrap will prevent spills.
Keep cords from getting tangled mess by first filling a box with toilet paper tubes, upright. Put each cord into its own tube.
Keep hardware together with the disassembled furniture it goes with by putting it in a snack size Ziploc bag and taping it to the largest pieced. Tape remotes to the TVs that they belong to.
If you have more than one bed of the same size, color code your mattress and box springs if you want to keep them in the same bedrooms they had been in before. You won’t be able to tell them apart when they’re brought into your new home.
Save partially full containers of basic cleaning supplies for your moving day cleaning kit. Keep them in a bucket that you don’t mind tossing. After the moving crew leaves, you can clean your house top to bottom and throw away the empty or near empty cleaners.
Unpack the bedroom and your personal bathroom items first. At the end of a long moving day, you’ll want to shower and get to bed without any further heavy lifting.
Make the local library your first stop in your new town. Libraries are a valuable resource for newcomers. Find the community calendar, and the rack of fliers and brochures for classes and programs offered. And don’t forget to get your new library cards.
Stop buying liquids and flammables well before your moving date. Most moving companies won’t take anything flammable and some won’t take any liquids that have been opened. So don’t buy the value sized bottle of cooking oil unless you know you’ll use most of it by moving day.
Avoid cheating. Your moving company has rules for a reason. Don’t sneak something into a box that you know is forbidden. If there’s a mishap, you’ll be responsible for the damages.
Don’t move everything. In particular, outside trash cans, some indoor trash cans, toilet brushes, cleaning rags, and other items that are just unpleasantly “used up” should be tossed and replaced with shiny, brand new items for your new home.
As Torontonians we’re lucky to have fine dining across the whole city and even luckier to have events like Winterlicious so everyone can have an opportunity to try amazing restaurants. Winterlicious begins on January 29 and goes until February 11, this is definitely not an event that you want to miss out on, so let’s take a look at 4 Winterlicious Restaurants You Need to Try.
This restaurant is one of the hottest in Toronto, and not because the food is fancy, but simply because the food is just really that good. Who doesn’t like a great hot bowl of ramen for a great price? And now it’s paired with an appetizer and dessert, you definitely need to take advantage of this.
If you’re looking for an early Valentine’s Day dinner, Cibo wine bar might be a great choice. This restaurant has the perfect mood lighting for a romantic feel, as well as some of the finest Italian food the city has to offer.
There are many Mexican restaurants across the city, but there aren’t many like Los Colibris. An evening at this King West restaurant is way better than anything Taco Bell can come up with as they use high-end ingredients for everything that they make. The dessert here is also one of the best in the city, so be sure to have this restaurant on your Winterlicious list.
French cuisine is usually regarded as one of the best in the world and often not too friendly on the wallet. Winterlicious allows you to experience this great restaurant for a great price, the food won’t disappoint you and your check at the end of the night won’t disappoint you either.
What Winterlicious restaurants do you plan to visit?