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5 Moving Tips From a Pro

A woman observes her mover pushing a dolly stacked with boxes in a setting with additional open and unopened boxes around them.
A woman watches her mover pushing a dolly loaded with boxes, surrounded by additional open and unopened boxes, as they prepare for the move.

Moving is a stressful time, but by choosing the right moving company you can reduce everyone’s stress levels considerably. Every move is different, and like most things, preparation is the key. Here are my top five moving tips to get you into your new home a little easier.

A mover shakes hands with a customer who found them through a referral.
A mover shakes hands with a customer who found them through a referral, reflecting trust and satisfaction in the service provided.

1. Find a mover through referral

When selecting a moving company, don’t solely rely on online reviews because they’re not always credible. Ask friends, family, your realtor, and others for referrals. The first thing you should do is check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they’re members are in good standing

A man holding a box beside a clipboard, calculator, and money highlights the importance of getting more than one estimate.
A man holding a box beside a clipboard, calculator, and money emphasizes the importance of getting more than one estimate when planning a move.

2. Get more than one estimate

Get at least two written in-home estimates from a moving company that represents a reputable company. Call them to find out if they’re willing to come and assess your home in order to provide a formal estimate. In-person is so important! It’s not acceptable for someone to give rates and estimates over the phone unless you like surprises! That consultant is there to provide an accurate, written estimate. They’re also a huge resource for advice on packing and storage, your responsibilities, insurance requirements and they will discuss any concerns they see before the truck and crew arrives. The in-home estimate is a free and relatively quick process. The consultant should know exactly what to look for when it comes to pricing. A good company will work closely with you to make sure you’re properly prepared, especially if they want your referral business afterward.

A mover stands next to neatly stacked, fully packed boxes.
A mover stands beside neatly stacked, fully packed boxes, ready for transport during the move.

3. Fully pack all boxes

If you’re doing your own packing, ensure that the boxes are packed fully and as tightly as you can get them! Mark the sides of the box, not the tops with the room you’d like it delivered to in your new home. Often, people have more boxes than necessary because they’re packed too lightly. This creates too much bulk in the truck and the boxes risk crushing each other. Don’t worry about the weight of the boxes, movers are skilled in moving even the heaviest items. Fewer boxes mean less time, and that means cheaper for you.

A mover stands next to a moving truck, holding insurance papers.
A mover stands next to a moving truck, holding insurance papers, ensuring a secure and protected relocation process.

4. Understand your insurance

It’s important that you get a full understanding of transit protection insurance, which is often the biggest problem for the inexperienced, which is often the biggest problem for those inexperienced. There is always a certain risk when transporting household goods, and there are options to protect your goods. Knowing what is covered or not covered will eliminate many issues during and after the move. Your mover will go over this with you. Some items are not covered unless they pack or crate them, such as flat-screen TVs. Your responsibilities include proper dismantling and preparation of appliances and electronics.

A couple is ready on a moving day, pushing trolleys stacked with moving boxes in their home.
A couple is ready on moving day, pushing trolleys stacked with moving boxes in their home, eager to embark on their new journey.

5. Make sure you are ready on moving day

On moving day, make sure the elevators are booked, the driveway and walkway are cleared, and you’re completely packed. Some of these points may seem obvious, but delays are caused by unforeseen circumstances like ice, broken elevators, etc. Believe it or not, not everyone has finished packing by the time the movers arrive. Our team will also help you provide short and long-term storage solutions in Ottawa in case dates don’t line up. Focus, don’t panic, and always plan ahead. Be prepared to bring some things such as aerosols, alcohol, fire extinguishers, and cleaning chemicals in your vehicle as they’re not permitted in the moving truck. I always recommend that you take sensitive items, such as plants, pictures, lampshades, and flat screen TVs in your own vehicle if you can.

Ready to Experience the Parkview Moving Co. Difference?

Whether you are moving across Ottawa or across the country, you are in good hands when you choose the team at Parkview Moving Co. Contact our local moving company in Ottawa today for a free quote on all our moving services.

Or call 613.425.0020 to book your free in-home estimate.

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