Moving day is trying and tiring for the whole family. We realize this and we want to help you in every way we possibly can. Of course, the easiest way to accomplish this is to let us do the whole move for you. We can pack, move, unpack and arrange any extra services that your move requires. The hardest way is to hire a truck and do the moving yourself with the help of friends. This will require a great deal of time and an enormous amount of energy on your part. It can also be the most expensive way of all as damage to your furnishings or the premises, or even injury to either yourself or to your friends, can more than offset any monetary savings on the cost of your move. To help you decide on the best move for you, here are some suggestions about arranging the “next-to-easiest” way to move locally. By following our guidelines you can move by our professional team and save money.
What is a local move?
A local move is one in which the cost of the move is charged by the hour, depending on the size of the van, the number of men employed on the move, plus the cost of extra services such as packing, storage, valuation, etc. Charges are based on the actual time on the job plus the driving time between your residence and our office. Preparation before the move is your key to keeping moving costs down. Payment is usually made by cash, certified cheque or credit card, unless other mutually satisfactory arrangements have been made prior to the move.
When will you be moving?
Arrangements for a local move are normally made with us over the telephone. They should be made at least a week or two before you wish to move. If you wish to move during a peak period, please make arrangements as far in advance as possible because during those periods, movers are booked to capacity. Peak periods include school holiday months as well as the first and the fifteenth of the month. Because many moves take place during those periods, a delay on one move during that day may disrupt the timing for later moves scheduled for the van. As an example, delays can be caused by difficulty in obtaining elevator space in apartment buildings. Because this slows down the move, it adds to the cost. We realize that you do not always have the choice of when you move. If you do, however, and to avoid the possibility of a delay during your move, we recommend that you select a day that doesn’t fall within a peak period.
What the mover needs to know
The following information will assist us in pre-planning your move and help us to estimate its probable cost as accurately as possible.
- How many rooms in your house or apartment? (Do not include bathrooms)
- If you are living in or moving to an apartment, what floor is the apartment on and what are the elevator
- What goods are stored in your basement or locker?
- Do you have a piano, freezer or any such large items and where are they located?
- Are there any other articles, which because of their size, weight, location or fragility may cause a
problem during the move?
Planning your move
A week or two prior to moving day, sort out the things you no longer need and dispose of them. As you sort, pack out-of-season clothes, seldom used items, books, etc. Pack the articles you are giving away and have them removed from your home as soon as possible. Arrange to change over the services to your new residence: mail delivery, electricity, gas, oil, telephone, cable TV, newspaper and other deliveries. Notify the following of your new address: drivers license, officer, insurance company, credit card companies, health services, doctor, dentist, etc.
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