Key Things to Remember When Moving in the Snow
Winter moving can be a lot harder than normal, and let’s face it moving is hard enough as it is. When snow is involved it makes it that much more of a hassle. But it doesn’t have to be, if you take all the right precautions to be prepared.
The things you must remember to do when there is snow on the ground when moving is to make sure all pathways are shoveled and salted. Remember, not only your doorway needs to be clear, but all other doors and pathways/walkways must be clear too for loading. This includes clearing your backyard, if necessary. Don’t forget if you have a shed to have the pathway to the shed clear for unloading the items you will be packing and loading in your moving container from the shed. It may be a good idea too, to unload your shed prior to your move, if you are in an area that is expecting or gets a lot of snow during the time you move.
It is important to remember to pack all outdoor items that you may have as well before a snowfall prior to the move. This includes things not only in the shed, but outdoor ornaments/decorations that you may have around the house (front/back) that can easily be forgotten about or covered in snow, for example the ornaments that you may place in your front yard/ backyard ground or garden.
Ensure that the parking areas for any vehicles and moving trailers are clear and salted for parking in a planned designated area for moving day.
Being prepared ahead of time for your move in the winter snow, will allow for a smooth move and less stressful move!
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posted by Flexible Move @ Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:06 PM
Moving Your Vehicle
Did you know that we can also move your personal vehicle for you along with your move? When moving long distance majority of families travel by plane to their new destination or some families drive and may have an additional vehicle. In either case, you need a way to transport your vehicle from origin to destination. Luckily, Flexible Move works with third party car carriers to plan the transport of your vehicle along with your move so that we can save you the hassle of trying to find a reputable car carrier company, and the rates and having to deal with the actual coordination of it all.
Along with the coordination of your move, if you have a vehicle to transport we will retrieve the quotes for you to move your vehicle; plan and book the transport of your car; and in the meantime maintain all correspondence with the car carrier as well throughout transit. Now you have the ease of only having to talk to one coordinator for all your moving needs. So you don’t have to look no more, if you’re moving we will take care of it all!
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posted by Flexible Move @ Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:37 PM
Preparing Your Goods For Container Moving
If you are moving and plan on putting your moving container into storage, then there are key things to remember about your packed belongings.
If you are packing any appliances such as a refrigerator or freezer, then remember to make sure these appliances are clean and completely dry so that you prevent mould or water leaks.
If you are planning storage during the winter months, then make sure you do not pack anything that can freeze and/ or break; things such as perishable items or electronics.
Do not pack any dangerous or hazardous materials/ liquids in your container as these things can be explosive, flammable, etc.
Keep these tips in mind and your move and time in storage should have no issues.
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posted by Flexible Move @ Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:14 AM
Things NOT to Pack on Moving Day
On your load day it is important to remember not to pack any valuables in your moving container. Anything that you consider of great value or that you may need throughout your travels to your destination; whether it be sentimental, of high cash value, or of great necessity, then you should not pack these items.
Electronic items such as your cell phones, iPads, iPods, cameras, etc. should not be packed. You wouldn’t want these items to go missing or get broken and you will most likely need your phone. Any expensive valuables such as your jewelry should not be packed either if you do not want these items to go missing, in any case. You may want to think about whether or not to pack your pictures, and if you do then make sure your photos are packed in a waterproof container. This way your photos cannot be damaged. Lastly, the most important thing you should definitely not pack is your purse, keys and family’s I.D.’s. You may come across a situation that you will need your identification. If you have children (or for yourself) you need to have all health cards on you at all times, or at least photocopies. Just in case.
Don’t risk the chance of losing your most valued items, in the case of any event.
Labels: container moving in canada, long distance moving, moving companies
posted by Flexible Move @ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 10:39 AM
Moving Tip: Budgeting for your Move
Before your move, one of the things you should plan is a budget for all the moving expenses. You need to consider all expenses associated with your move because the costs and other small costs that you don’t realize can add up very quickly and let’s face it – moving is already expensive enough. So creating a budget is a great way to be prepared for what you’re spending and get the most out of each dollar spent on your move.
If you are selling or buying a home, there are closing costs, realtor fees, repair fees, title insurance, land transfer taxes and many other charges you may have not accounted for. Be sure to ask your realtor, lawyer and/or banker for all costs you should be anticipating during the sale and purchase of your new home. Record all of these costs in a file – so you don’t lose track.
If you are renting, there are probably deposit fees for the first and last months rent. Sometimes, the rental you are in will ask you to repaint the apartment you are leaving – if you have painted it in a bright colour. Be sure to talk to your superintendant on both ends to ensure you are accounting for all costs.
Then you have actual moving costs whether you do-it-yourself or go the more expensive route and do a full-service move. Never settle with one quote – and don’t be afraid to tell other moving companies that you will be shopping around. This will help ensure you get the best price possible!
Don’t forget, in addition, there are ‘moving-in’ costs that you will incur, such as; utilities set up, new appliances, furnishings, food, other household items like cleaning supplies, drapery and you will probably want to change the locks (if you are in an apartment, the superintendant will probably have done this for you).
Try to make sure you evaluate all your expenses and account for everything so that your budget can be as accurate as possible. Planning your moving budget ahead of time can save you a ton in the end!
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posted by Flexible Move @ Friday, September 2, 2011 11:34 AM
Important Moving Tip: Remember to Keep All Documents
If you are moving, you will have lots of important paperwork that you will receive. Whether or not you are buying a home or renting a home - either or you should file away all your documents for safekeeping.
If you are a homeowner you will get closing papers and if you are renting you will get a copy of your lease. In addition, you may receive other documents such as from your bank for the mortgage, etc; transaction documents of the sale; owner’s policy; insurance policy; agreements / contracts; documents from the inspection work; any financial or legal documents, etc…
Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure you receive any warranties for appliances, if you are buying a home with new appliances.
Keep receipts from your move also – as you may be eligible to claim your moving related expenses during tax season! To find out if you are eligible, check out our previous blog titled “Deductible Moving Expenses in Canada”.
These documents or any other documents you receive when moving to a new home are all important for purposes of reference or back up and taxes or any future refinances, so make sure to file away all your paperwork for safekeeping.
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posted by Flexible Move @ Monday, August 29, 2011 1:54 PM
Beat the Heat – Summer Moving Tips
Summer is the most popular time for moving in Canada. School is out and the summer weather is here. For moving companies this is the busiest time through June to August. Everyone prefers to move during the summer season. But there are some crucial things to keep in mind when moving and packing in this heat!
Here are some tips to help make your summer move go smoother:
· Don’t forget to plan ahead and book your move! For moving companies – like us, summer is the busiest time of year. So make sure you book in advance to ensure you will book the dates you need. Waiting until the last minute could make planning much harder.
· Proper packing is essential! The heat of the summer can create moisture. So when packing your boxes, be sure to double up on the tape, especially at the bottom of every box. And don’t over pack your boxes, as the tape doesn’t hold as well in the heat.
· Make sure to defrost the refrigerator and/ or freezer if you are brining appliances! The heat will thaw the freezers and create water damage to your belongings. So it is imperative to make sure these appliances are defrosted beforehand. Then you can use them to store other items for more space.
· Be cautious when packing and moving electronics, as the heat can damage them! They should be wrapped with adequate bubble wrap and/ or towels to ensure maximum protection from the heat.
· Last, but not least, don’t for get to drink water! It is very important to have water and/ or Gatorade close for yourself and the helpers to stay hydrated. This will help keep you energized and help beat the heat!
Keep in mind during the summer months, moving can also be more expensive opposed to the non-summer months. So planning ahead is the best way to avoid the most expensive times through June to August. Some moving companies may charge more during these months and if weight is a factor then this could increase the cost of your move. With Flexible Move we do not weigh our moving containers, so weight is not a price factor when pricing your move.
Keeping these summer moving tips in mind, will help make your summer move a breeze!
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posted by Flexible Move @ Friday, August 5, 2011 11:09 AM