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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.