Packing for moving is a stressful process itself, so when it comes to fragile items packing, it becomes even more disturbing. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time, but you need to be extra careful with the breakables – it can become overwhelming. But don’t you worry. We have some tips for you. Read this guide on how to pack fragile items, and you’ll see – it is not such a hard work after all. Continue reading “Fragile items packing tips”
Moving to or from Toronto, ON across a big country like Canada can be a challenging task, just because there is so much distance between where you currently are and where you will likely be moving to.
It is very important to scope out your new potential places of residence in Western Canada, and to take in as much of the area as possible while you are visiting it.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the best places to visit and live in Western Canada. Hopefully after visiting those places, you will feel more comfortable to make a decision that could change your life for the better.
- Vancouver, BC – As the most populous city in Western Canada, Vancouver is a must-see when visiting British Columbia.The city is linguistically and ethnically diverse, and is one of the few cities in North America which has direct access to both the mountains and the ocean. Vancouver’s unique location and mild climate means that there is a host of activities that anyone can get involved with, no matter what time of year it is.
- Whistler, BC – As one of the best ski resorts in the world and a host of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, Whistler is a great place for staying with family.Not only does it offer far more than skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there is a plenty of activities to get involved in during the summer months, from swimming in lakes to world class mountain biking and ziplining through the forest. If you are spending some time or living in BC, Whistler is the “perfect getaway” place.
- Calgary, AB – Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.Calgary is a city where you can explore the magic of the Canadian Rockies by day and be back in time for dinner. Calgary’s cultural scene is rich in its spectrum of arts and performing arts and city is proud of its ever-evolving culinary scene.
- Edmonton, AB – Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region.Alberta’s capital city is always celebrating something, from arts and culture to food and wine, dragon boats, winter and even accordions. There’s more than 60 festivals to choose from, year round.
These were just a few of the fantastic cities that can be visited and considered for relocation in Western Canada, but there are numerous other attractions to discover in this great region, including Banff, Kelowna, Penticton, Kootenays etc.
And if you are considering moving to Western Canada, it’s a great idea to visit some cities first, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. You are welcome to check out our Viktoria Movers Vancouver and Viktoria Movers Calgarybranches’ Blogs for more tips on moving to Western Canada.
We have previously covered many different topics and issues associated with moving houses in Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada, but one topic we have yet to discuss is the unexpected monetary costs that can be associated with a house move. And budgeting for a move can be a challenge for many people and the idea of ‘saving up’ to afford to move houses in Toronto, ON certainly seems like a strange idea, but as you’ll see later in this post, it can be a good idea to avoid going into some unwanted debt on your moving day.
Depending on what type of moving situation you are in, there will be different types of expenses. We never seem to factor these costs into the moving process, so in this post we will truly assess how much money you should have ready when planning a house move in Toronto.
1. The first thing to consider is transportation costs. Whether you are planning to hire professional Toronto movers or load up a van by yourself, you will inevitably have to spend some money on transportation.
Many Toronto moving van rental companies include extra costs depending on how far you are moving, not to mention a stipulation that you must refill the truck with gas upon its return.
On the other hand, a Toronto moving service will generally cost you more than hiring a moving truck yourself, but with Toronto moving companies that value excellent customer service, you can trust that your items will arrive safely and in good time. This way you don’t have to deal with the added stress of planning your move around van availability etc.
2. Destination. Depending on where you are moving to in Toronto, there may be a number of extra costs associated with moving houses that are not necessarily related to transportation.
For instance, if you are planning on renting your new digs, there will almost always be some kind of security deposit required, but for certain managed apartment buildings there are likely to be extra charges such as move in fees, FOB rentals, parking spot fees and move-in damage deposits.
3. In addition to all these preliminary moving costs, it is likely that there will be some secondary costs associated with moving that you may not have taken into account. For instance, people are often either upsizing or downsizing when houses, so either buying new furniture to fill out certain spaces, or disposing of old furniture that won’t fit in your new space is likely to cost you more money.
While some people will make the necessary plans for these kinds of extra expenses, most people will not budget effectively to take into account all of these factors.
If you are planning to move to Toronto, ON or somewhere else in Canada, you should be aware that it is very diverse in its landscape and climate, and sometimes, depending on your location, the weather can be extremely snowy to say the least. This can create numerous problems for people who are used to one specific climate.
In this blog post we will cover some challenges that moving to a snowy climate in Canada can bring to your life, and some tips to help make the transition for you and your family easier.
1. Be ready to drive more – One of the biggest changes to people’s lives when they move to a snowy, cold climate in Canada is the amount of driving that they will need to do.
Getting to places can become quite stressful and take a long time if one has to rely on public transportation, so be ready to invest in a capable vehicle and to spend significantly more on gas.
2. Change your driving habits – Driving in snowy climates can be very different from driving in dry ones. The good news is you’ll get used to your new roads quickly, out of necessity. However, it is still useful to re-evaluate your driving habits, as unexpected problems can occur when getting used to a new climate in Canada.
Do your research, and remember that safety is of the utmost importance.
3. Invest in some appropriate clothing – If you are moving to a cold climate in Canada, chances are the winters will be long and cold, so it is absolutely necessary to invest in appropriate clothing for the cold season.
Depending on how cold the area gets, you may need some heavy-duty jackets. Although for most snowy climates, it will be a good idea to simply pick up a high quality jacket, scarves and a pair of gloves.
4. Be prepared for some inconveniences – Aside from the standard clothing and driving challenges, there might be other challenges that arise when you move to your new location.
For example, going places will generally take longer, so it is important to plan accordingly. Also, power outages will be generally more frequent due to changing weather, so it is worth keeping some alternative forms of entertainment around the house for your kids, and making sure you have plenty of non-perishable food around for those outages.
5. Try to stay active – Staying active when it’s cold outside can be challenging. You can’t exactly just step out of your front door, as you may have been able to do in your old location. But it is extremely important to find ways to get your fix.
You can join a gym, go for walks in a mall or try and take up some winter sports. Not only will these things keep you from gaining a few pounds, but will also help keep the winter blues away.
Try to be open to new experiences, and try to take advantage of activities that can only be done in your new climate.
Above are just a few tips to make your transition easier, but there will be numerous other challenges that you never expected when moving to your new location in Canada.
We prepared some tips to ensure that when you move your plants to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada, they arrive at your new home safely.
• Move at the right time – Try and move your plants either at the start or end of the summer, as the dryness can often stress plants and make re-planting them very difficult. Dry summers aren’t usually too common in Canada, but it might not be worth taking the risk, so planning your move for the spring or autumn is a good idea.
• Do some research – There are often unique problems that arise when moving plants, mainly due to their status as living things.
Firstly, check with your Toronto movers as to whether they can assist with moving your plants, some Toronto movers don’t have policies that allow for this.
Secondly, be aware of long distance/cross country moves, as moving plants across international borders can be tricky and there are often strict regulations that can make this a tough process.
• Observe the changes – There’s nothing worse than arriving at a new garden and finding that it doesn’t fit the needs of your plants.
Be sure to observe the soil quality and use plenty of plant food and water to help them adjust. Also observe the new climate, certain plants may not fair well in certain temperatures.
Finally, it’s worth observing the air quality in your new home’s area.
• Move smaller plants by yourself – For small house plants, try and move them in your car. Not only will it reduce the stress of wondering whether your Toronto movers will treat the plants correctly, but you can also watch and maintain them more closely.
• Prepare for outdoor plants – It’s important to plan carefully, especially when moving outdoor plants. Try to prepare the planting site well before you arrive, so that as soon as you get there you can plant your favourite tree.
Also, make sure to bring along some water to keep the roots moist during the trip.
• Damage Control – There’s a variety of steps you can take to maintain the general health of the plants prior to the move.
Firstly, you can trim back any foliage that you think may interfere with the moving process and risk snagging the plant. You can also tie back any crucial branches or leaves that stick out to further prevent snagging or branches breaking. Finally, it’s a good idea to treat your plants for pests and diseases before moving, this will help you start your new garden without any worries of infecting other plants.
So, there’s many factors you’ll need to consider when moving your plants. And if the tips above are followed carefully, moving your plants should be a breeze.
Although cardboard moving boxes may be cheaper and quite useful when moving to or from Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada, they do little to save the environment.
Nowadays many eco friendly Toronto moving companies invest into reusable plastic boxes for packing and moving. And there are some compelling practical reasons to do so.
- Reusable plastic boxes are made from recyclable high-density polyethylene, which means they are better for the environment.
- Various suppliers claim these boxes can be used for anything from 200 to 400 times. Cardboard boxes are used between 1 and 5 times before losing shape, strength and viability.
- Plastic boxes are much longer-lasting – between 5 and 10 years according to estimates.
- Plastic boxes are weather resistant, non-absorbing and more rigid than cardboard boxes.
- No need for box cutters, and zero chance of sharp objects breaking through from inside, which also means more safety.
- More convenience lowers labour time per trip, and a longer lifespan means a higher return on investment. So, all in all plastic moving boxes save costs for Toronto moving companies. In fact, if a plastic moving box was used 250 times, and initial investment was between 2 and 20 times the cost of a cardboard box, the reusable plastic box ends up costing 92% less than the alternative.
So, does renting reusable plastic boxes from Toronto residential moving company make sense? You can decide for yourself.
For more information, check out:
- A list of facts compiled by ID2 Communications
- EPA’s detailed pages on paper and pulp production
- Statistics Canada’s 2012 update on national waste management trends
- A Final Report on Life Cycle Inventory of 9 Plastic Resins for the ACA
- And Conservatree’s full white paper on paper recycling
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.
Moving is one of the most stressful experiences.
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?