What moving companies don’t want you to know about long distance moving

Are you planning a national or cross-continental move?  We have good news for you!  You have options.  Yes it is true.  Today’s moving and transportation industry is more dynamic and flexible than ever.  As a result, hiring a professional moving company to see your move through from start to finish is not your only option.  While a professional moving company can be a great resource for any short or long distance move, having other options can help potentially reduce the overal cost.  As you may have already suspected, reducing the price often means more work for you.  But if you have the time to invest, these long distance moving alternatives can help you reduce your budget for your upcoming long distance move.

1.  Sea Containers/Portable Storage Companies | Almost every major city has businesses that provide portable storage.  ABF’s Relocube, some Van Lines, PODS and other local companies can ship (road, rail or sea) these containers anywhere.  Any moving company shipping your goods overseas will pack your items into a container of some sort at some point so this is not any novel or creative advice.  It just may save you money to call direct if using a shipping container is the best option for you.  Hire a moving company like Rent-a-Son to load/unload your container or do it yourself.

2.  ABF U-Pack/LTL – If you have a small shipment your best bet is to go to uship.com or contact a company like ABF U-Pack.  They provide LTL(less-than-trailer load) services which essentially means your goods end up being packed into a large trailer with other peoples goods.  This helps to reduce the overall shipping costs which you benefit from!

3. Truck Rental – These is the most obvious option but still has to be mentioned.  Hiring moving labour to load and unload your truck rental is more available than ever.  Just use sites like Angie’s List, Kijiji, or other review based sites to find the best local moving helpers.

Rent-a-Son does offer moves throughout the province of Ontario.  If you are looking to move to Ottawa or any other town or city in Ontario, call us today for a free estimate!

Happy Moving!

Here at Rent a Son movers in Toronto and the GTA, we have put in the time and effort to create a truly unique service that will take the pressure off during an otherwise stressful move and probably surprise you with how much more enjoyable it makes moving. If you are a bachelor, then moving your possessions from one apartment to another can be a huge undertaking. Even if all your friends pitch in, there is the danger that they will either break something you own, or damage the propertyyou are moving out of or into. The last thing you want on a move day is to get into a fight with your best friend and end up worrying over broken items or damaged property.

Our expert movers here at Rent-a-Son go above and beyond transferring your belongings safely into your new property. Our crew is composed of carefully vetted, back-checked individuals who have undergone our proprietary training program, often working in our mentorship program with seasoned, senior movers. The result is a team that works together like a family and brings a positive vibe to your moving day.

Moving individuals from one private residence to another in Toronto is our company’s core service – we offer long distance moving in Canada as well – and we take it very seriously. Again, if you are a bachelor undertaking a move, it’s going to make your day so much better to have friendly Rent-a-Son Movers overseeing the transfer of your furniture and belongings. Just having someone there for you goes a long way, and our workers keep up a great attitude with unparalleled friendliness and ease.

If you’re concerned about the cost of moving (presumably you may be paying the deposit on your new apartment), fret not. Our competitive pricing also included an apples-to-apples price guarantee, ensuring that if you find another moving company with a comparable rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website, we will match that price, no questions asked.

If you are moving an entire family, you may think that putting everyone to work carrying things makes a lot of sense and that driving your own rental will be the best decision, but this is so often not the case. First of all, moving can put a lot of strain on the social dynamic of a family. On moving days, tempers tend to flare up, and if people are carrying heavy furniture in pairs, there’s a lot of room for disaster and subsequent tossing around of blame. If you’re moving your family, there is probably already enough stress going around the home, bringing in outside help can lighten the mood and ease the tension.

Additionally, we’ve built up our services over the years to cater to your specific needs: if you just want the bare bones, “pick up your stuff and move it” service, we can certainly do that. If you want us to pack and label everything, load it, drive it and unload it, we can do that too. Our carefully trained workers take direction extremely well and are at your disposal.

If you’re looking for office movers in Toronto and the GTA, we do that as well, and if you need a place to store your goods while you get settled (or indefinitely), we have a state-of-the-art temperature controlled storage space where you can rest assured your belongings are safely waiting for you. Save yourself unneeded stress; if you’re moving, call Rent-a-Son!

Moving north for the next installment of our virtual tour of the city’s neighbourhoods, we’d like to introduce our readers to Fairbank. Located in York-Crosstown, you can find this area of the city where Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street intersect. We anticipate this neighbourhood will grow exponentially once the Eglington Crosstown Line is complete. The LRT project, set to connect 19 kilometres of Eglinton from Weston Road to Kennedy Station, will make Fairbank a major destination in the future. It’s just one of the reasons why relators are calling it Toronto’s next hot neighbourhood.

Like many of the neighbourhoods before it, Fairbank was once sprawling farm land settled by a man named Matthew Parsons. By the mid-1800s, the land that’s now the corner of Eglinton and Dufferin had started to develop, with its own post office, retail stores, school house, and church. Some of its earliest buildings are still there today, including the Fairbank United Church. This part of town has the railway to thank for its development into the 20th century. Eventually, this rail line was converted into an early street car route once the city began to unroll operations further north.

Now, the neighbourhood is home to many families who appreciate its rolling hills and curving streets lined with a mixture of post-war brick bungalows, new developments, and apartment buildings. At its very centre, the highest hills in Fairbank offer a spectacular view of the surrounding area.

Fairbank Breakdown

Our regular readers will know this section of our guide will outline the latest census information of our spotlighted neighbourhood. We’ve used facts and figures sourced from the City of Toronto and other government databases in order to create a reliable snapshot of current demographics.

Neighbourhood Notables

Castlefield Design and Decor District — Home to some of Toronto’s most expensive and stylish décor warehouse and showrooms, the Castlefield Design District is a shopper’s paradise. There are a variety of interior design and furniture stores, peppered with other retail stores and bakeries, making it an ideal place to shop when looking for inventive, stylish new ways to renovate.

Fairbank Memorial Community Centre — This multi-level facility offers the neighbourhood a variety of programs, including workshops, recreation activities, and clinics. It’s located at the heart of the community at the corner of Eglinton and Dufferin, at the edge of the Fairbank Memorial Park.

We hope this short guide has given you a better understanding of this part of our city. Like we mention in every installment, there’s no better way to get to know a neighbourhood than with first-hand experience, so we invite you to check out the Castlefield Design District one weekend to see it for yourself. As always, if you’ve already committed to the move, we’re ready to help make Fairbank your new home. Get in touch with us to learn about our moving services, and we’ll make sure your move is the easiest one yet.

Whether you are a US resident moving back to the United States of America or a Canadian leaving on a permanent vacation to our neighbours to the south, there are some things you need to know before you move from Canada to the US. Since 911, the preparation for a cross border move has intensified but don’t get too out of sorts because we have compiled a short list of things you must know.

If you are Moving from Canada to the US, make sure you have or be at least some of the following;

This is a great starting point.  Most cross border moving companies should ask for these things but its good to know ahead of time what you need for your upcoming Canada to US Move.  You can pretty much bring anything along with you for your move but not everything is tax and duty free under the documents listed above.  Motorized vehicles, alcohol and firearms all require separate paperwork and documentation.

If you are transporting pets across the border, you will need to have updated vaccine and rabies shots done within 30 days of formal entry.  Unfortunately, your plants will have to stay behind as a safety precaution.

If you are planning a cross border move, take the time to plan your movers ahead of time so that you can prepare yourselves for this more cumbersome move.  Our moving coordinators are trained to provide all the information you need for a safe and successful move.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us any time for information at 866-999-2766 or complete an online request for a quick response.

Happy Moving!

With Family Day right around the corner, we thought that it would be a good idea to look into the origins of our newest statutory holiday in Ontario.

Family Day is observed in Canada on different days depending on where you live. In the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, it falls on the third Monday in February (although it also goes by other names – Louis Riel Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day and Islander Day. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday in February – starting in 2013.

Specifically in Ontario, the Liberal Party established the holiday on October 12th, 2007 to be first observed on February 18th, 2008. The creation of this new statutory holiday raised Ontario’s total number of holidays to nine each year.

If you need any service from Rent-a-Son around this time, please let us know and take advantage of our low winter rates.

We wish you all the best this Family Day from all of our “Sons”!

September can be a hectic time for everyone. Even though we celebrate the new year at the end of December, the truth is that Labor Day weekend feels a lot more like the end of the year. For many families, September can mean starting a new job, starting school or teenagers going off to college. Fortunately, September is an extremely temperate time of year – it is neither too hot, nor too cold. Moving in extreme heat, growing sweaty and de-hydrated can be extremely unpleasant; even worse is moving in the freezing cold and contending with snow and ice. Therefore, it is convenient that for many people, September is moving month.

When folks need help moving in Toronto and the GTA, they call Rent-a-Son – we’ve see our fair share of moves in any climate, and while September may be a great month to move from a meteorological standpoint, it can be stressful for other reasons. To wit: since September is often the month that family members may be starting a new job, or the children may be starting at a new school, tempers can certainly flare up. Arguments can escalate very quickly in the stressful context of a move, especially if some key item has been left behind, lost or mislabeled.

On the flip side, moving can also be a chance to band together and work on communication and teamwork. As a family, it’s important to support each other in difficult times, and a move is most certainly a difficult time. When you engage the help of long distance moving services with a sterling track record to transport your belongings across the country, you make an investment in peace of mind. At the same time, if you don’t work together and communicate well as a family, there is still plenty of room for error.

Here are a few tips that will hopefully help your family before and during a move:

Support Your Spouse – If one partner in a relationship is making a sacrifice by agreeing to move away from family and friends to support the other’s career ambitions, it is important to be extra sensitive. Make sure to listen and provide as much support as possible during the move.

Support Your Kids – A move can be a tumultuous time for a youth, whether they’re children, adolescents or teenagers. You can encourage them to buy a journal so that they can express themselves and write down things they want to remember about the house they’re leaving. You can consult with them on what kind of a house they’d like to live in when you are house hunting and ask them what kind of a room they’d like to live in. Giving them a simple list of tasks to complete can be helpful as well and it will save you having to verbally micro-manage them, which can often lead to conflict.

Plan for the Pets – It’s easy to think of Fido or Whiskers as just another piece of furniture to be moved, but it is not so simple. Your pets are living things and require attention. Take them to the vet and make sure they are healthy before the move. The vet will also advise you whether it would be better to drive them or fly them to their new home. As a rule, cats fare better in planes, but dogs don’t mind the car. This rule, however, does not apply across the board, so take your pet’s personality and medical history into consideration.

In addition to home moving, you can learn more about office moving services at our website and by continuing to read our blog!

There’s no doubt that February is the month of love. On the 14th couples around the world celebrated their partnership with flowers, special dinners, and confectionary treats. Even long after Valentine’s Day is over we still see the vestiges of the holiday. Leftover chocolates and heart-themed toys share the shelves with the pastels coloured stuffed bunnies of spring. Even our crew isn’t invulnerable to the season of love, which is why we’re sharing our top tips for moving in with your significant other today.

But first, this calls for congratulations! This is an exciting new chapter in your life together, and our team wants to wish any moving lovebirds the best of luck. But before you break out the champagne and celebrate your new digs, don’t overlook the task that lies ahead of you. Once the thrill of sharing a space together wears off, it can be a challenge to make it work. We believe in you, especially when you read up on the following advice.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Stuff

Was your bachelor apartment cluttered before the big move? Don’t expect your new home will stay clean and organized just because it has more square footage. You’re going to have to share this space with your significant other and all of their stuff, too. It may be obvious to some people, but it’s a good idea to downsize before you move in together. Go through your personal belongings and determine what you want to keep, donate, and throw away. You’ll also want to brainstorm what you’ll need for the house. There’s a huge chance of having duplicates of household necessities if you don’t.

Talk about Finances

Some couples combine their financial accounts when they move in together. Some open joint accounts, while some keep them entirely separate. However you go about it, it’s important to stay open about money. You’ll be contributing to shared assets, like your mortgage or rent, insurance, and utilities. To make it fair and fiscally responsible, you should create a budget to determine how and when you’ll pay for these necessities.

… and Chores too!

A shared household means shared responsibilities. You should have a frank discussion about what you expect out of your partner and how you intend on helping them. Don’t be afraid to create some guidelines about cleaning, cooking, and other domestic chores — just be sure to take on your fair share of the work.

When moving in together is the natural next step of your relationship, you have a lot of things to think about. Thoughts about space, finances, and cohabitation take up enough of your brain power; you don’t need to stress about the physical move on top of everything else. Luckily, you don’t have to, either. With a quick phone call to our offices, you can have the GTA’s top moving team on your side. We’ll take on the logistics and heavy lifting, so you can devote your attention to what really matters: your new life with your partner.

I know that this post might seem a little strange as movers always tell you to pack all of your items in boxes prior to move day (unless you are having a packing service completely by your moving company) but there are some items that we recommend that you NEVER pack and send with the movers.  Here are some examples:

  1. Dangerous Items:  This category includes explosives, flammable liquids and solids, compressed gases, poisons, corrosives, oxidizers and radioactive materials.  Some common examples of these items are nail polish remover, paint and paint thinners, lighter fluid, gasoline, propane cylinders and matches.
  2. Perishable Items: This category includes animals, food and live plants.  Especially during the hot summer months, perishable food can easily spoil if not in a cooler and stored at the proper temperature.  Live plants are also very sensitive to temperature changes and stress and can die during a move.
  3. Valuable Items:  This category includes things like passports, birth certificates, financial statements, medical records, credit cards, cash and jewelry.  It is always recommended to take this items with you on move day.

When in doubt, always call your moving company to discuss any packing concerns prior to move day.  They should be able to easily guide you in the right direction and make your packing just a little easier.  Happy packing!

Moving during the winter months can save you quite a bit on costs but there is always the risk that snow and wintry conditions can lead to delays on move day.  Here are a few simple tips for moving during this time of year.

  1. Make sure that your driveway and all walkways are shovelled and clear of snow and debris.  If this is not done, there will be guaranteed delays while the movers either shovel it for you or wait for you to complete this while you are on the clock and paying for their time.  Obstacles and snow can cause a very hazardous work environment for your moving crew and is a sure fire way for you to pay more for the service. Always practice safe shoveling – Look for a shovel with a bent shape that extends toward the ground so you don’t have to bend your back as much. Try to use your knees as leverage and keep your back as straight as possible.
  2. Salt all walkways and driveways at least 30 minutes prior or even longer if the ice is thick.  It is also important to note that on very cold days, opt for the Magnesium Chloride ice melter as opposed to the traditional salt as this only works for temperatures above -8 celcius.  Salt frequently enough to be sure that everything is safe for your movers’ scheduled arrival time.
  3. Movers are unable to remove their boots during a move as this represents a safety issue.  Ensure that they lay down floor runners to protect your flooring at both pickup and delivery and limit the mess on snowy days.

So you have packed up all of the your belongings already, taken the time and care to ensure that the china will avoid breakage, your clothing is neat and folded in boxes and all of your treasured keepsakes are secure. Now comes what can be the most stressful part of packing – the electronics with all their cords and accessories. When planning out your packing, you may not initially realize how difficult this task may be but here are a few tips to help make this process a little easier.

  1. If you have recently purchased some electronics and know that you are planning to move in the near future, it is a good idea to save all of the original packaging, not just the box. Even though moving companies have suitable ways to protect your items, there is no better option than the original packaging that the manufacturer sold it in. I do realize that this may not always be an option for everyone based on the amount of storage space you have so you can always talk to your moving company about their preferred methods of packaging for these types of items.
  2. Try to keep a detailed inventory of all wires and remotes for each electronic. Try a simple colour coded system with tape or segregating each set of cords and remote in a separate tupperware container to ensure that you know which cords go with which electronics to avoid the dreaded tangled pile that you could encounter on move day.
  3. Consult your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer has provided any moving or packing instructions. Some tvs require handling in a very specific manner to avoid damage which can vary by make and model. Be sure to let your mover know of any special instructions prior to move day.
  4. One of the best tips for reconnection of any electronics is to snap a quick photo prior to disconnection. This way, you can simply refer to the photo to make reconnection as easy as possible.

Happy Packing!

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