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Our Ultimate Moving Into Your First Home Checklist

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

First Home Checklist

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

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

 

Need Help Moving? 5 Reasons to Call Tender Touch

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

Your time is precious

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

Protection for your personal items47710640_s

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

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

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

Less physical strain on you

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

 

 

Only pay for the time it takes to move

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

Flexibility and customization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Organize

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

  1. Sort (again)

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

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

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

  1. Measure

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

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

  1. Pare down possessions once more if needed

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

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

  1. Leave the actual packing and moving to someone else

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

When you arrive at your new home

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

 

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

 

7 Things You Need to Know about Moving Furniture Across Canada

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

  1. Decide When to Move

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

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

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

  1. Get an Estimate

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

  1. Make Lists

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

  1. Arrange Utilities

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

  1. Get Rid of Unwanted Items

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

  1. What Not To Take

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

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

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

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

 

Moving Apps to Keep you Organized

 

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

Why use apps specifically for moving?

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

Tips and organization

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Unpack After Moving

How to unpack after moving

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

Plan ahead of time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unpack the important items first

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

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

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

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

Other tips

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

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

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

 

4 Tips for Settling In when Moving to a New Town

Moving to a new town

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

  1. Explore Your New Town

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Reach Out

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

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

  1. Give Yourself Time

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

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

 

6 Tips for Moving Heavy Furniture Safely

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

Questions You Should Ask Local Moving Companies

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

Ask Basic Questions

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

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

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

What will it cost?

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

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

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

Do They Have Insurance?

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

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

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

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