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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.

  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

 

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.