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Focus Moving Services Inc. was established in 2010 to offer professional moving services at fair and competitive rates.
Focus Moving Services Inc is a leader in the moving industry; offering a wide range of services for local moves, within Canada, to the USA or anywhere in the world.
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!
If you don’t want to move house on your own, hiring a reliable and trustworthy moving company is one of the most important decisions you could make. Hiring the right movers can alleviate stress, get you to your new home as quickly and efficiently as possible, and give you and your family peace of mind. At Focus Moving Services Inc., we specialize in local, domestic, cross-border, and overseas moves. Here are five tips we recommend when hiring professional movers:
To find the best moving company in your area, ask friends, neighbours, co-workers or real estate agents for their recommendations. Read online reviews, and check out testimonials on moving company websites. This research phase is crucial, as it will help you determine which moving companies are worth contacting for an estimate, right off the bat.
Get In-Home Estimates
Once you’ve completed the research phase, you will likely end up with three or four moving companies that fit the bill for the job. Contact each company, get a feel for their staff, and set up an in-home estimate. Once you have all the estimates, choose the price that is best suited for you.
Show the Estimator Everything
During the walk-through estimate, ensure you reveal all items you want moved, whether they are in your attic, shed, basement, or backyard. If a foreman discovers there is much more to be moved than the estimation called for, they may hike up the price before loading your items onto the truck. There is also a possibility that the moving truck won’t be large enough to carry all your surplus items. For these reasons, it’s crucial you are honest and open about which items you will be moving with you.
When interviewing moving candidates, be sure to take detailed notes. Keep these in a bright, hard-to-lose binder and leave it in sight when estimators come into your home. Taking notes shows that you mean business, pay attention to detail, and do your homework. This may encourage moving companies to give you a more competitive quote.
Ensure the Moving Company is Licensed
You’d be surprised at the number of moving companies who do business without a legitimate license. This information can easily be found on company websites, or by calling in. You may also want to enquire about their safety ratings.
Moving can be a stressful time. With the right movers; however, much of the moving nerves can be alleviated. At Focus Moving Services Inc., we provide top-notch moving services for any move, whether it’s local or overseas. From start to finish, our dedicated team strives to exceed customers’ expectations. To learn more about our services, get in touch today.
Moving can be a chaotic time. Whether you’re relocating locally, nationally, or internationally, your to-do checklist is probably overwhelming. At Focus Moving Services Inc., we’re committed to helping people with domestic, local, international, or cross-border moves. Here is a helpful list of things you shouldn’t forget for your upcoming move:
Kids Get Stressed, Too
Parents aren’t the only members of the family who feel anxiety on moving day. It’s important to remember that moving affects your children, too. Support your children by spending some quality time with them directly before and after the move. It’s equally important to continue traditions throughout the move, like going for long walks on Monday nights, or hosting family movie nights on Fridays. It will give you and your children a sense of stability, and help calm nerves during the move.
Let Caregivers Know in Advance
Babysitters, pet-sitters, and house cleaners are all important people; some may have even helped raise your children. Out of respect, you should notify caregivers of your move at least one month in advance. If you are moving nationally or internationally, they may have to find new work.
Arrange for Childcare or Schools
Moving to a new city, province, or country can mean adjusting to a new education system. Many schools and preschools require several months’ notice for applications. Ensure you have done the proper research and enrolled your children in schools close to your new home.
Turn on the Power
In the bustle of preparing to move, many people forget to arrange for utilities to be turned on. Contact the electricity providers in your new area and ensure your power, water, and heat will be working on move in day. There’s nothing worse than unpacking in the dark!
Don’t Forget About Fido
Moving can be stressful for pets, too. Moving to a new home with a new backyard (or maybe no backyard) and foreign smells can come as a shock to your pet. Ensure they are as comfortable as possible during the move, and provide a quiet and calm space for them to settle in their new home. Before moving overseas, or to a different country, you should familiarize yourself with the animal entry requirements in your new area. Some countries require a long list of vaccines, while others let you carry your animal with you in the airplane cabin.
Write it Down for Next Time
You will forget things during your move—it’s inevitable. To ensure your next move goes smoothly, it’s important to write down everything you forgot to do once your move is complete.
Whether you’re moving overseas, or moving your family locally in Canada, the experts at Focus Moving Services Inc., offer top-quality relocation services at fair and competitive rates. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services.
You may not realize how many fragile items you have in your house until you start packing them. Wrapping these valuable items up and out of sight can be nerve-wracking. As professional packers and movers, we can give you some valuable advice on how to effectively pack your most fragile belongings.
Here are some valuable tips to keep in mind for your next move:
Use Small Boxes. When packing valuable, fragile items like glassware and porcelain, separate them into several smaller boxes. This will ensure that they don’t break under the pressure of heavier objects.
Wrap Each Item Individually. Anything from Christmas bulbs to fine china should be wrapped separately according to size and weight. All loose pieces and attachments should be removed and wrapped in bubble wrap or other insulating material.
Tape the Bottom of the Box for Extra Strength. To ensure no items fall through the bottom of the box, reinforce its surface with a layer of tape.
Stuff Hollow Items. Hollow items like vases, bowls, and jars should be stuffed with packing paper to prevent damage.
Mark Your Boxes. It is imperative that you mark “fragile” on all boxes containing valuable, delicate items. It is also important that you communicate with the movers which boxes require extra care.
Take Your Time. Moving is a stressful process. It’s easy to get frustrated and try to pack all items as quickly as possible. When it comes to fragile items, it’s worth taking the time to wrap them properly. This will pay off in the end when you adorn your new home with all your favourite decorations.
Use Solid Boxes. Nothing is more devastating than losing fragile items because a box was too flimsy to transport them properly. Use new, sturdy boxes without holes or damage.
Pack Heaviest Items at the Bottom. The order in which you pack your fragile items is an important part of the process. To ensure that nothing is crushed or broken, pack the heaviest, largest items at the bottom of the box.
Put Soft Material at the Bottom of the Box. Soft materials, like a towel, packing paper, or Styrofoam peanuts, should be layered on the bottom of all boxes containing fragile material. This will help fortify the box and provide padding for the items.
At Focus Moving Services Inc., we offer full and partial packing services for moving within Canada or abroad. Contact our office today to learn more about the relocation services we offer.
If you’re getting ready for a big move, you might be tempted to stuff all your items into boxes and get the job done as quickly as possible. Although it may seem counter-productive, there are a few items you shouldn’t pack up when moving out of your home. Whether you’re hiring a Canadian relocation service for a full or partial packing service, or tackling the packing on your own, here are a few things you should refrain from packing during your move:
Whether you are moving overseas, between countries, or locally, there are different legal documents required for crossing borders. Official documents like birth certificates, marriage licenses, social insurance numbers, bank records, and passports should be kept with you at all times. If you are travelling with children or other family members, ensure their documents are available and in a safe space during the move.
Food is a big one. No matter how tightly your perishables are wrapped up, bottled, or jarred, they can still break, spill, and attract pests during your move. Avoid packing any food into your moving truck. Instead, for moves within driving distance, consider packing a cooler with food for you and your family. It’ll help save money, and provide your children with some of the comforts of home.
Antiques and Heirlooms
Although movers take great care in ensuring all your items are safely packed and arranged during shipping, you may want to consider putting your antique items into storage, or leaving them with a close family member or friend. Other, smaller items like jewelry and sentimental accessories should be packed in a personal bag and carried with you during the move.
Old Clothes and Furniture
A big part of moving is knowing when to be ruthless about what to keep, and what to toss. If you haven’t used an item in more than a year, you likely don’t need it. Consider donating any old or unused clothes and furniture to a local charity in your community. It’ll save space in the moving vessel, and go towards a good cause.
For your safety and the safety of those moving your items, it’s imperative you refrain from packing any flammable or dangerous goods, like ammunition, aerosol cans, flammable liquids like lighter fluid, household cleaners like bleach and ammonia, pesticides, alcohol, and propane.
Packing is one of the most tedious parts about moving—there’s no doubt about it. Ensuring you pack safely is what’s most important, for both your safety and the safety of the professional movers you hire for the job. At Focus Moving Services Inc., we offer a variety of reliable relocation services in Canada, for international, national, and local moves via airfreight, lift vans, and shipping containers. To learn more about our moving services, get in touch today!
Our children are cheerful and, normally, good sports, but planning a move while trying to make this a seamless transition for them adds an extra layer of stress to this taxing period. We never know how our kids are going to be affected by such a big change. They may not understand it or care—or they might get upset at the thought of leaving their friends behind.
While their reaction will greatly depend on the age and personalities of your children and the circumstances of your move, we guarantee your packing and planning will go a lot smoother if you follow these seven helpful tips:
#1: Get a Sitter
Moving is stressful enough as it is. Keeping an eye on your kids while you have to plan and pack can make progress almost impossible. Do yourself a favour and hire a sitter to watch the little ones while you tackle a room, so your attention doesn’t have to be in two places at once.
#2: Make a Game of It
The less scary moving is for children, the more likely they will accept it. Getting them used to the idea is easy if you turn it into a game. Give each child a single box and get them to pack everything in it that they simply cannot live without. Or ask them to pack everything in their room of a specific colour or shape. Offering prizes for the best packing job wouldn’t hurt your efforts either.
#3: Don’t Throw Their Stuff Away
Our kids hoard the strangest of things. As they accumulate cherished memories, they hold on to mementos or curiosities that we may not understand, but that we, nevertheless, should respect. When you do decide to go through your child’s room, make them part of the process so that you’re not throwing anything away that means something to them. If the number of keepsakes is starting to get a little carried away, gently explain that there simply isn’t enough room to bring everything with them and ask them to choose only their favourites.
#4: Pack While the Baby is Sleeping
If you have a newborn at home, getting anything done while they’re awake can almost feel like an exercise of taking two steps forward and one step back. From feeding to changing, babies obviously take up most of our time. When baby goes down for a nap, pack a few boxes with soft material items (i.e. towels, blankets, pillows) so that you don’t make too much noise.
#5: Send the Kids to the Grandparents on Moving Day
Depending on how far you’re moving, the big day may be less hectic if you send your children (and pets) from the home to their grandparent’s house. Your children may be upset or overwhelmed by everything that’s going on, so sending them somewhere familiar with people they love and trust may be less traumatic for them.
#6: Give Them Plenty of Notice
Don’t hesitate to tell your children what’s going on. They are a lot more perceptive than we know. Be honest about what’s about to happen. We don’t want them to be upset, but it’s important they understand why their home is about to change. Our advice: tell them way in advance so they can get used to the idea.
#7: Hire Professional Packers
Let’s face it, packing isn’t fun. No one likes to do it, but unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. That’s why hiring professional packers and movers can be the best decision you will ever make. At Focus Moving Services Inc., we offer full and partial packing services. We’ll pack your entire home and safely transport your beloved belongings to your next destination. If you have kids and can use the extra hand, contact Focus Moving Services Inc. to request a free quote.
If you’ve just moved into your new home, you might be overwhelmed by the mountains of boxes surrounding you in your kitchen, dining room, and den. Take a deep breath—it’ll be okay. Unpacking might seem like a nightmare, but there are smart ways to unpack and sort through your boxes that will ensure a fast, efficient, and even enjoyable unpacking process.
Here are a few quick tips for unpacking after you move into your new home:
Clean before you start. Before unpacking your first box, give your new home a thorough sweep and a once-over with soap and water. It will make your unit sparkle before you start laying out your furniture.
Unpack one room at a time. To avoid chaos, and items getting lost or moved, consider unpacking one room at a time. You will end up doing a more thorough, careful job than if you attempt the unpacking process all at once.
Make a plan. Surely, in your new home, your items will not be laid out in the exact format they were in your old house. Before you start unpacking, it helps to move boxes into room where you think their items would be most useful.
Unpack your kitchen and bedrooms first. If you have children, especially, unpacking the bedrooms is an important part of moving into a new home. Living in a room full of boxes makes it difficult to feel settled and at home. Having an organized kitchen is just as important.
Recycle your moving boxes. Once you’ve emptied your moving boxes, get rid of them. There is no need to keep stacks and stacks of empty boxes in your home.
Don’t be afraid to purge, again. Before you moved, you probably got rid of a bunch of stuff. There is nothing wrong with recycling, gifting, or donating more items as you unpack. If you are downsizing, you may realize that your new home will simply not accommodate all of your furniture and other items.
Make it a family affair. Unpacking is a great way to spend family time together and start to make your new house feel like a home. Get everyone involved, and assign different people to unpack different rooms.
Unpack your garage and outdoor areas last. The garage and outdoor spaces like sheds should not take priority in the unpacking process. You need to focus on liveable areas first.
Moving is an exciting affair. Alleviate stress on your moving day by hiring a professional moving service to help you pack, move, and unpack.
At Focus Moving Services Inc., we offer top quality relocation services in Toronto, Canada or internationally. Call us today for more information.
If it’s your first time making a big move, you may not be aware of exactly how the process works. It’s easy to make mistakes, especially if you’re opting to move without the help of a professional.
To ensure a successful, safe, and positive moving experience, here are a few common moving mistakes you should avoid:
Overconfidence is a big one. Unless you’re moving out of a shoebox, moving takes a lot of work, and many (experienced) hands. A DIY move might seem like a cost-cutting, easy alternative. The truth is, a DIY move can incur extra costs, like those caused from damaged furniture as a result of improper moving, and transportation costs. A DIY move can also take up a significant chunk of your time.
Many new homeowners make the mistake of using inappropriate boxes to house their items. Dense, heavy items should be packed into smaller, lighter boxes for efficient carrying, and delicate items should be insulated with sufficient wrapping paper. Consider hiring a professional, like those at Focus Moving Services, for a full or partial packing service.
Exposing too Much
It’s important when hiring a moving service to ensure you pack away all of your personal items prior to moving day. If you are hiring a moving service for a full packing job, you may want to store your personal, delicate or fragile items separately.
Forgetting about Pets
Your to-do list before moving is probably a mile long. If you’re bringing your pet with you, it’s important to remember that there are several steps to moving with an animal. Talk to your vet, consider your new city’s pet regulations, and ensure that your landlord is comfortable with animals in your new unit.
You Forgot to Clean
One of the commonly forgotten but important parts of the moving process is ensuring your home is clean prior to moving. Trying to move out of a dirty house filled with years’ worth of clutter is unpleasant and inefficient. Prior to your moving day, ensure you have gotten rid of any furniture, clothing, or other items you don’t plan on taking with you to your new home.
Packing a Personal Bag for Moving Day
Too many people get wrapped up in the stress of moving and forget to pack a personal bag to live out of during the move. Depending on where you are relocating to, you may want to consider packing clothing, food, and other essentials like a toothbrush or hairbrush.
Moving is a multi-step process. There are many mistakes that are preventable. By thinking ahead, and hiring professional movers to assist you with your relocation, you can relax in your new home in no time.
At Focus Moving, we provide guaranteed door-to-door moving (and packing) for you, from your current home to your new destination. We safely unpack your belongings directly in your brand new home. For more information about our Canadian relocation services, please contact Focus Moving Services today.