When it comes to moving house, there are plenty of things to learn when you’re doing it for the first time. As a moving company in Canada, we’ve had plenty of experience with different types of relocation. From local relocations to long-distance commercial moves we’ve done it all. So, in order to help our customers learn everything they need to know before they start their journey to a new home, we’ve prepared the guide for moving to Toronto. Here, you will be able to read out top tips for moving house, straight from professionals. Tender Touch Moving is happy to have you on board! Continue reading “Moving to Toronto – tips by professionals”
Moving to Toronto is a dream come true for many people. If you are making plans for moving to North York, keep reading this article. It might help you prepare for the relocation process and find the best moving service in Toronto. Consider hiring local movers from North York they can help you achieve a stress-free move. If you are moving last minute, you shouldn’t worry about organizing the move and stress about the moving timeline. Instead, you should hire a professional moving company to plan every little detail for you. So, let’s take a look at some of the best tips and tricks for moving to North York. After reading, don’t forget to browse the internet and find out more information about living in this Toronto neighborhood. Continue reading “Moving to North York”
Cleaning your home can be a daunting task for most of us. How would you feel if you had half the things in your home that you need to clean? If you think that’s impossible, think again! Do you actually need all the old clothes, dirty clothes, and stain carpets? If you want to add some space to your home, you’ll have to get rid of the clutter. Not only will you have more space in your home but you will also have way less cleaning to do in the long run. Continue reading “How to get rid of the clutter?”
Moving houses along with all the furniture you have is never an easy endeavor. That is why you have to hire some of the best movers Toronto has to offer to get the job done. And, while there is a strategy for packing every room, it is well-known that the kitchen is usually the most difficult to pack. Luckily, we know just the right way to pack your kitchen, which we are more than happy to share with you! Stay tuned! Continue reading “How to properly pack your kitchen”
Whatever are your reasons for moving to Ontario, this process can be a stressful thing. Maybe you are moving for your family, your job, education, or any other reason. Maybe you are moving from another Canadian province, or from the US, it is pretty much the same. The things you need to worry about – finding a home, transportation, moving company, a decent moving and storage company in Toronto, schools, etc may worry you, but they shouldn’t. With our guide, you will be able to complete the moving process without any problems. Continue reading “Easy guide for moving to Ontario”
Whether you are moving across the city or to the other side of the country, moving is a project that involves a lot of detail work. If you want the process to go smoothly, it pays to make some decisions up front. Here are some tips for moving out that can help you get started:
Rent a Van or Hire Professionals?
Start your preparation by deciding whether you want to rent a van and get some friends to help you move, or hire professional movers. While it’s great to have people who want to help, it’s always good to consider professionals.
With the right mover, the odds of something being damaged or broken are reduced considerably. You’ll also have protection in the event something is damaged. That is not the case however if you rent a van and enlist friends to help you out. Of all the tips for moving out, seriously thinking about hiring professionals is one of the most important.
Creating a Budget
Just like any other task you undertake, it pays to project the cost of your move. With pen and paper at hand, mentally walk through the process of preparing for the event. Some of the tasks you need to manage will cost nothing, like arranging for your mail to be forwarded. Others, such as hiring movers or at least a van, will involve a cost.
Your goal is to come up with figures for each line item that is reasonable and also allows you a little wiggle room for unanticipated expenses. In the best case scenario, you will be able to manage the entire cost without having to empty your bank account.
Securing the Right Materials
Before you can get into the packing, there’s the need to find boxes, crates, tape, and filler material. There is the option of running all over town looking for free boxes and fillers, but that takes a lot of time. In addition, finding boxes that are sturdy enough is harder than you think.
Purchasing all your packing materials from a professional mover is one of the more practical tips for moving out. The quality will be there, and you’ll save time and gasoline.
Getting Help with the Packing
You may be envisioning some late nights packing boxes. Instead of being worn out at work for several days in a row, consider hiring professional packers. A team can come in and pack one or all of the rooms for you. Remember to pack an overnight bag with the essentials you’ll need and set it to the side.
Labeling the Boxes
Label each box, so you know what is inside. Take things one step further and designate which room the box needs to go to when it arrives at the new place. To simplify things, color code each box using stickers for each room. Once you get to the new place, place a sticker of the same color over each door. As the movers bring in the boxes, they’ll know exactly where each one goes.
Designing a Floor Plan
Decide in advance where each of the larger furniture pieces need to go. Do this for everything, from the living room sofa to the bedroom dresser. As the movers bring each piece into the home, it goes to the designated spot. That’ll make setting up your new place much easier.
Moving in the near future? It is never too early to get started. Start the planning by contacting Tender Touch Moving & Storage for a free estimate!
Getting older sometimes means moving to a smaller home or into an assisted living facility. With either option, seniors will need to decide what they want to bring along and what should be sold or given to loved ones; however this can be a difficult period of time. Fortunately, there is quite a bit, that family and other loved ones can do to help with the downsizing for seniors.
Going Through Photographs
Photos are one of the more difficult things to deal with. Some of them can go, but others will need to be given to others. This part of downsizing for seniors involves sitting down and going through each photo album and considering every framed photograph. Make it a bit of a game by deciding where those pictures will go in the new place. As they begin to visualize themselves in the new spot, the idea of moving will seem less intimidating.
Remember there are services that can scan the photos and create digital copies. If a senior is comfortable with computers, it will be easy enough to save all the photographs on a disk or two. That means nothing is lost in the downsizing, even if most of the hard copies are given to relatives.
Tackling the Papers
It’s easy to accumulate documents of all types. Instead of trying to deal with all of them at one time, break the process of downsizing into increments. Today, help go through everything that is in the desk. Tomorrow, take time to check out any boxes of papers in the attic. Always allow time for a senior to look over each document, reminisce a little about what it means, and then decide if it should be kept or if it can be shredded.
Tagging the Furniture
If possible, take the senior to check out the new living space. While there, talk about which pieces of furniture will fit into each area and where. This often has the effect of ensuring the senior feels in charge of the move. Being able to get an idea of what pieces will fit into the space and make a happy home will also ease the process of tagging things to give away or sell.
Make It a Family Affair
Once the sorting is done and everything is tagged to keep or to give away, have the family come by for one last family meal. The food can be catered, with the senior only doing as much or as little cooking as desired. That may mean leaving the main part of the meal to others while the senior prepares a dessert that is a family favorite. At the end of the dinner, the senior can present each of the family members with some of the things he or she wishes to pass on.
Talking About the Move
Throughout the process of preparing for the move, expect the senior to feel a little down. Even when it is clear the move is for the best, it is still hard to give up what was home for so many years. Consider the idea of arranging for the senior to speak with clergy or a counselor about the move. If necessary, arrange for transportation, to and from the counseling sessions. The ability to articulate those feelings and examine them will go a long way toward making the move easier.
Contact Tender Touch Moving & Storage and our team of professional movers will be on hand to lend whatever support is needed.
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 larger 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.
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 items
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.
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
- Clear out any clutter
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.
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.