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You’re packing up your beloved home and moving to a new place. Of course, it’s normal to feel stressed! Studies show that the average Canadian lives in four to five different homes during the course of their lifetime. Job relocation is the biggest factor next to an increase in family size as the primary reasons for moving. Sometimes you find out you’re going to move without much notice, while on other occasions you’re the victim of your own procrastination.
The amount of time you have until you need to move may not always be in your control, but how fast you respond is. By crafting an action plan the moment you finalize your moving plans, you prevent uncalled for stress in the future. Be realistic with your moving goals and take into account the amount of time and budget you have available. The first step will be to plan your moving date, ensuring there is a small amount of overlap between your new and old place. This way, once you’ve moved everything you can go back to clean and pick up any remaining items. By starting the process as early as you can and booking a moving company in advance, your move will be more organized, and you will be less stressful as a result.
Keep Valuables in a Safe Place
The last thing you want happening on your move is important valuables getting lost. Plan ahead by collecting all your valuables and keeping them in a safe place for the duration of your move. A secure place could be in a safe located in your home, a friend’s house, or at a safety deposit box at a bank. Consider storing all of your important paperwork and valuable family heirlooms here as well. Create a moving folder on your computer with all invoices, receipts, and itinerary related to your move so you have easy access to this information, should you need it.
Do Something Fun
Just because moving tends to be a stressful time, doesn’t mean it has to consume every second of your day. Doing the activities you love is a natural stress reliever and gives you the separation needed to put your moving worries into perspective. This includes fun activities, such as exercising, painting, or watching your favourite TV show. Taking time for yourself during the moving process also includes maintaining an active lifestyle. This means getting ample sleep, eating nutritious meals, and still getting in some exercise. Moving is not the time to get sick. By making sure your body is taken care of, you gain the extra energy and fuel necessary to make your move a success.
Moving is not the time to let your pride get in the way. If you’re in a time crunch, accept the help of family and friends to get the job done faster. This gives you a great opportunity to spend time with people you care about before moving away. The moving process doesn’t need to be boring. After you’ve accomplished some packing, celebrate your progress by ordering some pizza or your favourite take-out foods. Focus Moving Services is dedicated to bringing you professional relocation help for your local, domestic, or overseas move. We work with you to streamline the moving process so you’re able to enjoy your new home. Learn more about our moving services by calling our Toronto office at 1-905-426-4299, or our Ottawa office at 1-613-216-1918.
No matter how minimalist you think you are, you’re probably going to end up with a pile of stuff you don’t want to ship to your new home but can’t bring yourself to throw away. Packing takes time, money, and a lot of patience, so the less you need to bring with you, the better. The common solution for getting rid of unwanted, but still usable goods, is to throw a moving sale. If you want to make sure all your stuff goes, here’s how you can guarantee your sale is a success!
Price to Sell
You’re dealing with a moving sale not a second-hand store. The biggest mistake sellers make is that they price their goods based on an emotional value and how much their item cost when they bought it. But high prices will turn people away. The objective of your sale is to get rid of unwanted household items. Making money should only be secondary; however, if you’re set on certain prices for valuable items, try Amazon instead.
Throw Stuff Out
Not every man’s trash is another man’s treasure….sometimes it’s just trash. Take a cold, hard look at what you’ve been keeping for all these years, and consider if it’s even worth the price tag sticker. This may be a lot more difficult than you imagined, but you’ll feel so much better moving into your new home without so much clutter.
Don’t be a Stickler
Don’t price too high and don’t be a stickler for the final number you do put on the price tag. Garage sales are a barterer’s paradise, and they appreciate a good haggle. If you stay firm on your final price, you might end up losing a sale altogether. On the other hand, if you feel like someone is trying to take advantage of you, don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself.
Get the Proper Permits
Many municipalities require you to get a permit to have a moving sale. Our advice is to bite the cost and just pay for it. Proceeding with your moving sale the legal way means that nothing short of a hurricane can prevent you from carrying on with your day.
Believe it or not, those neon road signs with balloons absolutely work. Why? Because avid yard sale enthusiasts (like many of our grandparents) start at one sale and continue to drive around all morning following those signs. If you want more exposure, post an ad in your local classifieds. However, it’s more important to add flashy signs close to your street and to point people in the right direction.
Nobody likes to unpack. After spending so many weeks packing, organizing, changing your address with your credit card companies, saying goodbye to neighbours and friends, and finally moving everything you own to another location, having to unpack everything is not exactly the cherry on the cake. Unfortunately, it has to be done. And if you or someone in your family is guilty of taking months or even years to unpack the last few boxes in the house, here are some pretty genius, but pretty diabolical, methods of stopping procrastination before it starts.
Pile Your Boxes On Top of The Couch
There’s nothing more enticing than a comfy couch to flop down on as soon as the moving truck drives off. We don’t blame anyone for wanting to take a bit of break. However, there’s a difference between taking a break and searching out extra-curricular activities that prevent you from finishing the job you started. A great way to stop the lazy family member from vegging out for the rest of the week is to pile your boxes on your couch, their bed, or somewhere that completely stops them from getting too comfortable. The only way they’ll be able to truly relax is if they make some room by unpacking.
Pack Important Things in Every Box
The boxes that usually get left untouched until months or years later are the boxes that are carrying items no one really needs right away. Granted, we don’t expect you to start unpacking all your Christmas decorations in the month of May, but you should be able to unpack everything else you brought with you. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have thought those items worthy of transporting, right? A great way to leave no box unopened is to pack something essential in every box. It could be the TV remote, the computer or someone’s lucky soccer cleats. As long as they have a reason to look, there’s a reason to unpack.
Add a Touch of Expired Products
This may be the most drastic measure you could take, and we only recommend this for truly extreme cases of unpacking procrastination. Nothing inspires a speedy unboxing like the smell of rotting food. Topping off every box with a bit of fruit gives your family only a short amount of time to unpack before the smell starts to settle in. True, once the box is open and the fruit removed, there’s no more incentive unpack. However, your family member will more likely start to take items out of boxes after they see them. You might be thinking that there are lot simpler methods to getting your kids to unpack their boxes. We did mention these are devious methods, didn’t we?
If packing is actually your problem, Focus Moving Services has the solution. Our team will show up at your home and pack your entire household belongings. Whether you’re moving overseas or across town, Focus Moving Services has the solution for you.
Montreal is a beautiful city teeming with culture, European architecture, and natural beauty. Its freezing winters are nothing compared to its hot and sizzling summers where the local joie-de-vivre really shines. From the moment the snow melts to the start of the school year, Montreal is bursting with activities that makes it a truly global city.
Moving to Montreal, however, is a different story. If you decide to move to Montreal, here are four things you should know before you go:
#1: A Different Way to Celebrate Canada Day
If you live anywhere outside of Quebec, July 1st is a day to proudly celebrate the birthday of our nation. In Quebec, however, July 1st is a day many of us come to dread. That’s because Canada Day is the official day that leases start and end. If you’re moving into a rental unit in Montreal, the weekend of Canada Day will be your moving day. You may be asking yourself why Quebec would want to transform such an auspicious occasion into the worst day of the year. The answer lies in Quebec’s complicated history with the commonwealth. But don’t worry: the week before moving day you’ll be able to celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste like a true Québécois!
#2: Pets Aren’t Always Allowed
If you’re moving from Toronto to Montreal, you may be surprised by how difficult it is to find a place to live that accepts dogs. In other parts of Canada, it’s relatively easy to find an apartment or condo building that allows dogs with or without a deposit. In Montreal, however, most buildings have a strict no-dog policy (except for service dogs, of course). You can still find some pet-friendly places to live, especially in new condo developments. It’s not impossible to bring your four-legged friend with you, but it will be more difficult. Fortunately, attitudes are quickly changing in this city as more and more people are demanding pet-friendly accommodations.
#3: Award-Winning Public Transportation
Did you know that Montreal is consistently voted as having one of the best public transportations systems in North America? The underground metro takes you all over the city and stretches out to the South Shore and to Laval. There is plenty of room for expansion of the Montreal metro system, and there are even current plans to add a whole new line. Not close to a metro station? The Société de transport de Montréal has a very comprehensive network of buses and trains to help you get where you need to go.
#4: A Very Unwelcome “Welcome” Tax
Despite its name, Quebec Welcome Tax is ironically named after the Liberal minister who recommended it in 1976, M. Jean Bienvenue. Welcome Tax is a fee charged to homeowners based on the market value of your home, the amount you paid on the property, and the amount displayed on the deed of sale. For first time home buyers, this fee can come as quite a surprise, so do your homework before you sign on the dotted line.
#5: Where the Rent is Cheap
One of the best surprises out-of-towners find when looking for a home or apartment is how inexpensive Montreal living can actually be. Despite it being one of the best cities in North America, Montreal is also one of the cheapest places to live. You can find generous-sized family homes in and around Montreal for a fraction of what you’d pay in Ottawa, Toronto, or Vancouver.
Moving to Montreal soon? Contact Focus Moving Services for a free quote.
Whether you’re relocating to a new house down the street or across the world, moving is a big deal. Planning, packing, shipping, and unpacking all take time and patience. If you’re moving from Ontario to a western province, you may still be moving within Canada, but you’re in for quite a culture shock.
Here’s what you can expect from moving out West:
Change in Scenery
Every part of our vast countryside offers its own unique and beautiful vista of rolling hills, sunny valleys, sky-high mountains, and miles and miles of unchanging farmland. Ontario has a bit of everything: rich, arable farmland, sandy beaches, mountainous regions, and sprawling urban centres. When you move out west to Alberta or British Columbia, you might be overwhelmed by the immense beauty of the mountain ranges that envelope you in their vast expanse of greenness. If you’re coming from Ottawa or Toronto, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the beautiful western landscape.
Change in Temperature
There’s a reason the majority of Canadians live less than 100km from the American border: it’s warm. In Southern and Eastern Ontario, we experience all seasons, from sweltering summers to bone-chilling winters. Up until you hit the West Coast, you may feel a slight change in your seasonal experience. Winters are usually colder, and your summers, while still hot, are generally shorter. If you’re moving to the Vancouver area, your seasons are characterized by heavy precipitation.
You might think that Quebec has the only clear cultural distinction, but in reality, there are way more than two cultural identities in this country (as in Quebec and the rest of us). Every region has its own customs, traditions, accent, and story. Don’t be surprised if after you unpack and get acquainted with your new neighbours and coworkers that it might feel like you’ve entered another country. Soon enough, you’ll start feeling just like a local.
A Few New Phrases
Canadian English is not as uniform as you might think. Our language is often considered a hybrid of American and British English, but it also has a few distinct characteristics of its own. Just as our accents change from region to region, so too do our slang terms. If you’re moving from Ontario, you might be scratching your head when you hear some words like “gotch”, “dainty”, and “biffed.” If you’re moving to Alberta, you might want to get used to hearing these regional slangs if you don’t want to get your gotch in a twist.
Moving away, no matter how far the distance, can be both challenging and exciting. If you’re moving to another province, Focus Moving Services is here to help. We offer full or partial packing and unpacking to and from anywhere in the country. Request a quote today!
Whether you’re moving in with a friend or a stranger, many of the same issues will crop up and cause friction in your relationship. It’s important to deal with the issues as they occur because you will be spending a fair amount of time with this person (or people).
Here are some tips to handle your rooming situation:
Communicate and Compromise
The only way problems can be dealt with is if people communicate openly. Letting your roommate know when there’s a problem will make him/her aware of the problem and work with you towards correcting the situation. Some cases include discussing little habits they have that annoy you and letting them know if you’re going to have people over. It’s important to sit down with your roommate and work out what is bothering both of you and what each of you wants to see changed. This way, you can come to a compromise by setting boundaries and feel better living in your shared space as a result. Remember that some of the issues you bring up may be petty, so think hard about which ones are worth discussing. It’s best to do this in the early stages prior to the move.
Everyone has a different idea about doing chores because we’ve all been brought up differently. You should discuss the details of what is expected to be accomplished, such as:
Cleaning the bathroom. What areas should be cleaned during every session? Which areas need to be cleaned only every second session? What products are best for your bathroom?
Cleaning the dishes. In what instance is it okay to soak dishes? How long should you wait for hand washed dishes to dry on the rack before replacing them in the cupboards?
Dusting and Vacuuming. Which areas need to be cleaned at every session? Which areas are off-limits? Which materials and products should be used?
Do Some of the Chores
No one likes to do chores, but people are more willing to do them if they’re shared. If you don’t have a dishwasher, then do the dishes after dinner with one person washing and the other drying. That way, everyone’s doing their part, the dishes aren’t piling up, and any tension is avoided.
Alternating between tasks will motivate you and your roommate, but in this instance, it’s best to create a chart and designate a person to each task and week. With everything laid out and structured, there will be less confusion and arguments about who did the chores “last time”. It may help to actually check off the chore and initial it on the chart to confirm that you accomplished it.
Create a Roommate Agreement
Some people like knowing what they can and cannot do, so having the information written out provides a good layout they can understand and remember. Knowing how often cleaning should be done or what habits you’ll have to change will allow roommates to effectively plan their schedules and avoid arguments over details. Everything is in writing, so there will be fewer accusations thrown around about what you and your roommates said.
The professionals at Focused Moving can’t guarantee that you’ll have the perfect living arrangement after following all these tips, but we can guarantee expert moving services to get you to your new accommodations. We offer moving services within Toronto and Canada, as well as cross border and overseas. For more information on how we can help you, contact us today and ask about our groupage services!
The day you start packing your items away in boxes is the day you realize you have way too much stuff. You quickly grasp how many items you’ve been hanging on to that should have either been thrown away, given to charity, sold, or re-gifted to your least favourite family member. There is no better time than before your next move to start downsizing your household items. And, hey—you might even save money on moving costs while you’re at it!
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s DIY Project That Never Got Finished
We all have a special area in the house for our highfalutin’ dreams of DIY creativity. Old scraps of wood, empty mason jars, a million bottle caps: there are so many great ways to upcycle and reuse these items. But if it’s been longer than a year that these little bits and bobs have just been sitting in your basement, craft room, or garage, do yourself a favour and leave them on the curb for the next DIY enthusiast. Minimizing the number of boxes you need to pack not only feels great, but it will save you on costs.
The Closet Full of Clothes You Swear You’ll Fit into One Day
We hate to be the one to tell you this, but holding on to clothes that don’t fit you is about as useful as holding on to medicine for a condition you don’t have. We’re not saying that you’ll never buff up or slim down to that ideal weight, but if that little black dress has been gathering dust for years, there’s a high chance it’s not motivating you the way you hoped it would. Take an honest look at your closet. We guarantee that there are clothes sitting in there that are either falling apart, ill-fitting, or out of fashion. If you haven’t worn an article of clothing for a year or more, donate it to goodwill or sell it at a garage sale.
When Tchotchkes, Books, and DVDs Threaten to Take Over Your Life
Everyone loves a beautifully curated bookshelf with gorgeous first prints and limited editions, but there’s a difference between a collector’s bookshelf and a shelf that has become the catch-all for baubles and miscellaneous decorations, old DVDs that have been available on Netflix for years, and books that will likely never be read again. We’re not suggesting you toss your beloved books and movies, though we’re almost certain you’ve been holding on to things for the sake of it. Pack only what you can’t imagine living without and sell/give away the rest. Your load will instantly be much lighter.
Don’t Bring Your Technology Graveyard with You
For those of us who feel a horrible pang of guilt at the thought of throwing away dead batteries, light bulbs, old cell phones, and laptops, you probably have a technology graveyard hidden somewhere in your house. Maybe it’s a drawer in your kitchen or box in your hall closet. It sits there and does nothing but collect dust. But there is a solution! There are many locations all over Ontario that gladly accept these hard-to-throw out items. Before you even think about packing away your unwanted or dead gadgets, wires, and batteries, find the closest eco-centre near you and be rid of them forever.
Want to avoid packing altogether? Focus Moving Services will gladly show up at your home and pack everything in sight! Contact us today for a free quote.
Although Canadians and Brits share a similar language, there are many changes Canadians don’t expect when they move overseas to England or anywhere else in the UK. From food to transport to housing, you’ll experience some level of a culture shock. That’s why the professionals at Focus Moving Services Inc. have listed some differences between the Canadian and British cultures to prepare you for the move:
Canadians may be strong enough to withstand the cold, but not a perpetual dampness that seeps into your bones. You’ll have to dress in several layers before venturing outside, but you’ll also have to practice new dressing habits inside the house, as well, because central heating is not very common, at least not in the older English buildings. They have radiators and they are located only in certain rooms, so remember to close the door if you want to keep the heat in.
Canadians will need to remember to bring their umbrella almost every time they leave the house— although some parts of the UK, like England and Scotland, do have some heat waves in the summers. During these times, Canadians will probably feel right at home (warning: their cars don’t typically have air conditioning!).
The Driving Conditions
Roundabouts, circular intersections with an island in the middle, are common in the UK, but to a Canadian, they can seem like a disorderly way for drivers to self-conduct themselves on the road. It’s like being in a school of fish and following the flow of traffic, but you must frequently yield to the traffic. Don’t be surprised or embarrassed if you find yourself going around the circle more than once. Many people new to the UK have experienced that—it’s practically a rite of passage!
The Reduction in Size
Many a Canadian will find they need to constantly repair their car’s side windows because they aren’t used to driving on smaller roads or on the “wrong” side of the road and car. Whatever you do, don’t close your eyes as you squeeze past the oncoming cars.
Canadians are probably used to double-doored fridges that are taller than themselves in their apartment or house. You’ll find the opposite in the UK, with a much smaller fridge to house your cold supplies. So don’t go buying too much beer, eh?
Preparing for Your Move
It’s important to always have your papers in order, as well as a home and job lined up before moving overseas from Toronto. Focus Moving Services Inc. provides a bonded and insured staff to work with you on clarifying your moving needs. Whether you’re moving internationally from Toronto or within Canada, Focus Moving Services Inc. is your go-to moving company in Toronto. Get in touch with us today at 1-905-426-4299 and if you can’t come in to see us, we’ll have one of our professionals visit your home for a no-obligation service evaluation.
Are you moving for the very first time? Finally being out on your own and gaining some independence is an exciting prospect, whether it’s into your brand new condo, a downtown apartment, or off to a college dorm room.
But before you throw everything you own into a few boxes and garbage bags, take a step back and go about this the right way. Here are some common mistakes people make on their first move:
Waiting Until the Last Minute
The reality is it doesn’t get easier as the time goes by. In fact, you are only making your job more difficult. Waiting until the last minute is the very worst thing you can do to yourself during such a stressful time.
EASY TIP: Make a list of your belongings—it’s a start, and it’ll help you stay organized and anticipate how many boxes you will need.
Asking for Help from Everyone You Know
You may think it’ll make your job easier if you have your aunts and best friends come over to lend you a hand, but that will only result in disorganization, confusion, and chaos. The likely scenario is that you will have stuff scattered in too many different boxes, which will become hard to keep track of once the move comes and you have to unpack. You don’t want your toiletries mixed with your undergarments, do you?
EASY TIP: Don’t ask more than three people for help; and when they do arrive to get started, allocate a room to each person to keep your box categories organized.
Weighing Your Boxes Down
This is a very common error in judgment. What’s the harm in packing all your mugs and saucers in one box? Well, by doing this, you risk the bottom of the box breaking and your precious possessions cracking.
EASY TIP: Mix some of your heavy items with lighter ones, and leave ample room in between to stuff Styrofoam or bubble wrap to secure your items.
Informing Your New Residence of Your Move
If you’re moving into an apartment or condo building, there is more to consider than you might think because you roll in with your moving truck: You’ll need access to the elevators, the walls may have to be padded for protection, and there may be specific moving times that aren’t allowed by the building association.
EASY TIP: Call the building concierge or condo association ahead of time to warn them of your moving day. They’ll provide you with all the info you need to make sure you don’t run into any conflicts.
If this is your first move in the Ontario region, get in touch with the professional movers at Focus Moving Services Inc. We provide everything you need, including packing materials and moving trucks, to make your move easy and affordable.
Of all the things you pack up prior to a move, electronics are among the most valuable, expensive, and fragile. Ensuring your electronics are properly protected, packed, and shipped is an important part of moving day. Whether you’re relocating locally, nationally, or internationally, knowing how to properly pack your items is a good skill to have. From the expert movers at Focus Moving Services Inc., here are a few tips and tricks for packing electronics during your move:
Back Up Your Documents, Photos, and Videos. Use memory sticks, an external hard drive, or an internet-based security system to back up copies of your important documents. To be extra careful, save two copies of each file.
Label and Take Photographs of all Cables and Accessories. Although most electronics nowadays are wireless, there remain several appliances, like televisions, stereos, and lighting systems, that require cables to work properly. To make packing and unpacking easier, wrap up your cords and cables, and put them into labelled bags. Photographing how cables are connected to your devices before you move will ensure you know how to reinstall them in your new home.
Use Soft Materials to Pack Your Items. Bubble wrap, towels, and blankets all make for great packing material to ensure your electronics stay safe on moving day. Items with screens should be well-wrapped, placed in sturdy boxes, and labelled “fragile.”
Remove all Batteries and Liquids. To prevent harmful and damaging spills on moving day, ensure you remove all batteries, ink, or liquid in your electronics.
Consult the Product Manual. Follow the manufacturers’ guide when packing up electronics, as they often provide useful advice for packing and protecting the product. Consider saving the product box as it can be useful for packing the item on moving day.
Consider the Storage and Transportation Conditions. Most moving vehicles are climate-controlled. It’s important to consider, however, the effect the temperature may have on your electronics during moving day. In the dead of winter in Canada, temperatures in Toronto and surrounding cities can dip below -25 degrees Celsius. When moving locally, consider loading your electronics last into the moving truck, so they can be pulled out first, or bring them with you in your own vehicle.
If you are planning a local, national, international, or overseas move, ensuring your electronics are properly wrapped and packed is of crucial importance. At Focus Moving Services Inc., our staff will consult with our customers to determine, develop and implement a moving plan that is best suited towards their requirements and budget. To learn more about our services, get in touch with us today!