In 2010 Cargo Cabbie set out to revolutionize the moving industry in Toronto, and we haven’t stopped since. We provide the highest quality moving and packing services and the most outstanding customer service, all while remaining a local company to the core.
We are delighted to announce that we have won Best of HomeStars 2018!
In keeping with our track record as the Best Moving Company in the GTA, we’ve successfully delivered another year of superior moving and packing services to our favourite cities’ residents. And we’re thrilled that the people of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area seem to think so, too!
When it comes to relocating, not all moving companies are the same. The moving industry has some of the most horrifying stories about scams and unreliable professionals. Considering that you are relying on someone else to pack, move, or store your valued possessions, choosing the right help can be a daunting task. That’s why it is advised that you turn to crowd-sourced review platforms like HomeStars and Houzz to decide on a reputable and trustworthy company. With thousands upon thousands of unbiased reviews by actual past customers, potential clients can get peace of mind with whom they decide to hire for something as important as a home or office move.
So what makes Cargo Cabbie different? Why have we been winning multiple awards year after year as the best professional movers in the Greater Toronto Area?
We know that relocating can be stressful and overwhelming, and our goal is to make that process as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. But there’s more to being the best professional movers in the city than just that. We make sure that every aspect of our business – both internally and externally – is unmatched in this competitive industry.
From highly trained, friendly movers to well-maintained, top-of-the-line equipment and moving supplies, Cargo Cabbie ensures that each client only receives the best services and products available. We make the booking process quick and simple, the pack and move stress-free and easy, and the customer service experience pleasant and enjoyable.
But don’t just take our word for it! See what our customers have to say on HomeStars and join thousands of happy clients who have made us their go-to movers in the GTA. Make your next move a great one by booking with Cargo Cabbie and letting us take care of you from start to finish. Experience the Cargo Cabbie Difference for yourself!
MOVING WITH KIDS: MAKING RELOCATION AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE
When you’re a parent, your entire worldview shifts. Apart from having to be a responsible adult and the head of the household, you are also a guardian of people who can’t yet make their own decisions, which means that each choice you make affects others in more than a few ways. One of the most extreme examples of this is the scenario where you’re supposed to move your household. On top of changing your own habitat, this also means moving your kids from perhaps the only home they’ve ever known. It means leaving their friends, school, and playground behind and going into the unknown.
Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of your worries. Apart from having to juggle between explaining the necessity of the move to your kid(s) and handling their emotions as carefully as possible, you also need to handle the logistics behind the move. You need to clean up the home you’re leaving behind, hire movers, handle the issues of storage, and prepare your target destination for your arrival. While these issues might be extremely difficult, being a parent was never supposed to be easy in the first place. This being said, here are some relocation tricks that are supposed to make the move much easier for your kids.
Be honest with them
The first mistake that parents make when breaking the news to their kids about relocating is believing that they wouldn’t possibly understand without even trying to explain what’s going on. You see, moving for your job or moving to a location you believe is going to be better for your family is something that your child might understand. For this to work, however, you need to start by explaining how all of this is going to affect them. Explain to them the benefits of moving to the suburbs, the perks of having a larger backyard or a playground in the vicinity of their household.
Moreover, don’t make the false assumption that your kid can’t understand the significance of money in the modern age, nor try to postpone this conversation for the near future. Try to explain just how this increase to your household budget will affect your family as a whole and how this will allow you and your family to afford more necessities or even luxuries. In other words, this is a perfect opportunity to teach them an additional lesson or two.
Keep the communication open
After you’ve agreed that the move is the right thing to do, you need to keep the communication open with your kids every step of the way and include them in the process. Of course, you don’t have to burden them with the price of hiring professional movers, the logistics behind the cancellation of magazine subscriptions, and other such things – although it might be a good idea to keep them on the schedule.
The day before you start packing, tell them that it is their responsibility to pack all their favourite toys and clothes and inform them before the day of the actual move arrives. Apart from this, it might be a good idea to throw a farewell party in order to help your kids say goodbye to their old neighbourhood. Aside from their peers, they might have their favourite grandma or grandpa next door, so make sure not to leave any such issues unresolved if you aim to make this transition as smooth as possible.
This brings us to one of the hardest issues when it comes to the actual process of packing. First of all, people who move to another continent or even across the country may not be able to take everything with them. This causes some items to get left behind. Apart from this, the place you’re moving to might be slightly smaller in size than your current home, which will result in some tough choices.
You see, if you have a piece of a particularly important family heirloom, it might be a better idea not to sell or discard it just yet. So, if your new home has an attic or basement, you might want to think about storing them there until you get the opportunity to use them again. On the other hand, if these storage areas of your home are already completely filled in, you might want to look for local storage facilities in your new area as a temporary solution.
Give them a role
In one of the previous sections, we mentioned that putting your children in charge of a certain aspect of the move might be a good idea; however, just packing their toys might not be enough. When going to visit your future home, you might want to take them along and show them exactly where you’re going. Upon arrival, take them to their room and help them envision what it will look like once they settle in.
In fact, if you plan a massive remodeling project of their room, you should even ask them about their opinion on certain matters. Of course, you should still call most of the shots, but you could single out a couple of options (e.g., a few choices of hues for the walls) and ask them to pick one. Furthermore, you might want to start making a scrapbook of the move in order to keep them as busy as possible.
At the end of the day, relocation is hard for the parent as well – not just for the child. They’re also the ones leaving their home, their job, and their friends, which is why it is vital that they find their own way of dealing with it. If your child can see that you’re upset, exhausted, or outright unhappy about the move, they might start seeing it this way as well. Therefore, the key to pulling off this move as smoothly as possible is to start by finding a balance yourself and then proceeding to do the same for your child.
A few blog posts ago, we had the pleasure of collaborating with Urbaneer and featuring one of their guest posts on mastering a condo move. We had so much fun, in fact, that we’re back at it again! This time, Urbaneer’s Monika MacMillan shares some simple tips and tricks when it comes to moving with dogs. We know a lot of you have furry friends of your own, so this post will come in quite handy if you’re about to relocate with them. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
No matter the month or the season, moving just isn’t something that most would consider “fun”.
In fact, it can be downright stressful.
So, imagine how disorienting it must be for your pets, especially if your favourite snoozing spot suddenly becomes priority for a stack of boxes. And what about all those strangers who may be walking through your turf and nothing smells familiar anymore? Pets are sensitive by nature and can absorb the stress and tension around them. And if they get wind of an imminent change in their environment, then you can be sure you’re going to set them off kilter.
If you’re planning a move and want to make it as stress-free as possible for all the members of your family – including your cuddly, furry ones – then here are a few easy tips to follow:
1) Get to Know Your New Neighbourhood
Before moving day, spend a few hours in your new neighbourhood and check out the area for green spaces and off-leash dog parks. If possible, bring the dog along to help him get to know the surroundings, plan out the walking route, and perhaps make a few new friends. Off-leash areas are becoming increasingly popular and many neighbourhoods have at least one of them within walking or short-driving distance. Dog parks play an important part in socializing your dog, especially when moving to a new neighbourhood. It’s also a great place to meet and befriend your neighbours. If you’re not sure whether your neighbourhood has an off-lease area, you can find out on the City of Toronto website.
2) Research the Neighbourhood Vet Clinic and Pet Services
Take a stroll through the neighbourhood that you will soon call home, and get to know the area’s pet-friendly amenities and services. For example, if you’re relocating to another part of the city, find a vet clinic you will be visiting with your furry friend. Your current vet may be able to make recommendations for colleagues that he or she may know in your new area. When finding a new vet, try to set up an appointment as soon as you move in. It is important to make sure that you are comfortable with the clinic’s practice before an emergency occurs. Along with a vet clinic, be on the lookout for other services you may need, like a dog walker, a doggy daycare, and a great groomer. A good pampering just might help alleviate some of your dog’s stress from relocating. The vet clinic in the neighbourhood may be able to make some recommendations.
3) Pack Up Your Dog’s Belongings Together
Pack all of your pet’s items – such as food bowls, toys, and blankets – together and keep them somewhere easily accessible so they can be unpacked as soon as you arrive at your new place. It’s a good idea to keep the box of items in the car or where it won’t be easily mixed up with all the other boxes and furniture in the moving truck. The items should be the very first thing you unpack in your new home. Remember that your pet will be a bit confused and disoriented by the new surroundings, so having his toys around will help him adjust more easily.
4) Keep Things Normal
Give yourself enough time to pack without pulling all-nighters or getting overly stressed. The more you keep things normal in the house, the less your dog will sense the arising changes. This will keep the stress levels down. If you plan to bring out the carrier or crate a few weeks before the move, put your dog’s favourite treats and toys inside so he can get used to it before the big moving day. Remember not to pack the food away! Keep the pet food, water bowls, medication, and any other important supplies off the moving truck and with you during the move.
5) Keep Them Away on Moving Day
If possible, take your pet to a kennel for the night or have a friend or family member pet-sit at their home. Depending on the breed, a lot of noise or commotion can create anxiety, so keeping your dog away from the chaos of packing and unpacking for a day or two can keep stress levels to a minimum. If you do plan to board your dog, try to book the spot a few weeks ahead of the move to ensure there is availability. Boarding can be like a mini holiday for your pet. Often, there is a lot of outdoor playtime that gives your pup an opportunity to socialize with other dogs. Many dog walkers provide overnight boarding services as well. Your vet may be able to recommend a reliable service.
6) Designate a Safe Room
With so many things going on during moving day, it can be easy to temporarily lose sight of your pets. On top of that, with items being moved out of the house, the front door will be constantly open and there is a good chance of them getting out. The last thing you want to deal with on moving day is having to organize a search party for your little runaway. But what if boarding or pet-sitting are not options available to you? Consider keeping them in one room. There will definitely be some resistance, but it will help reduce stress for your pet and you. Remember to leave a bowl of fresh water and something to keep your pet busy, like a chew toy or a treat, and hang a sign on the door so anyone helping with the move will know to be extra careful not to let the pets out.
7) Bring Them in for the Big Reveal
Once you’ve finally arrived at your new home, bring in your pet after most of the furniture and large items have been moved in. A house full of familiar items and smells will be much more reassuring to your dog and easier for them to adjust to. Be sure to unpack all the pet items as well, so everything feels “just like home”. Also, let them roam around a bit and discover the new digs – with your supervision, of course.
8) Be Prepared for a Breakout
A runaway dog can be devastating to the entire family. Often, pets run away in response to sudden and unexpected events that frighten them; out of curiosity if doors, windows, or gates are left open; or if they are new to a home and are looking for their former surroundings. Dogs are habitual creatures and value routine. When they are in an unfamiliar location and get loose, it is likely that they will run in the direction of your previous residence. One of the ways to prevent this situation is to give your dog extra attention, watch for signs of anxiety, and take them for longer walks to introduce them to the area. If your pet is a bit wild and has been known to sneak out – be proactive. Remember to have new identification tags with your new address and phone number made for your dog’s collar, and if your dog has an identification microchip, remember to update your contact information in the database. Also, carry a picture of your pet with you in case they get lost and you are out looking for them.
With these tips and insights in mind, moving day should go much more smoothly and seamlessly for everyone, including your pets. Keep in mind that dogs are sensitive creatures who trust in us to make difficult situations a bit less challenging for them. At the end of a long day, it is your dog who provides you with comfort. Return the favour by making your move a bit easier on him, which in turn will make everything easier on you!
CARGO CABBIE AWARDED BEST OF HOUZZ MOVING COMPANIES 2018
Every month, over 40 million unique users around the world rely on Houzz.com to connect them with reputable and reliable home service professionals that they can trust. The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Customer Service, Design, and Photography. Once again, Cargo Cabbie has received this prestigious award in the Customer Service category as voted by the Houzz community. Look out for a Best of Houzz 2018 badge on Cargo Cabbie’s profile, as it signifies a commitment to excellence and helps the most popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz stand out for homeowners.
The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud. Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.
– Liza Hausman, VP of Industry Marketing at Houzz
It is an honour and a humbling experience to be awarded Best of Houzz again this year. While this calls for a celebration at the Cargo Cabbie Headquarters, we do not take the responsibility of this achievement lightly. Since its establishment back in 2009, Cargo Cabbie’s vision has always centred around revamping the moving industry’s less-than-stellar reputation as service professionals. We aim to break away from traditional stereotypes of moving companies by being transparent, fair, friendly, and attentive to each customer and their possessions throughout the entire moving process.
By taking special care of those who entrust us with their valued belongings and being there for our clients every step of the way, Torontonians can relocate with peace of mind knowing that there can be moving companies that are honest, reliable, and accessible at any time to address their concerns or accommodate their unique moving needs. As Toronto’s Best Movers, we will continue to strive for perfection and deliver a flawless, hassle-free move to all our customers every time. Thank you, Toronto, for loving Cargo Cabbie as much as we love the city!
Every so often, Cargo Cabbie features a new, recently completed condo development that sweeps us off our feet. We’ll give you all the details and specs on the building that intrigue and captivate us. We’re so in love with these condos, in fact, that we’re offering their new homeowners and residents a 10% discount on our services when they move into their dream home.
If you’re about to call this breathtaking condo your new home, we want to gift you with the perfect moving experience! Enjoy a 10% discount when you book Cargo Cabbie for your move into AQUALINA at Bayside. Our experienced movers and diligent coordinators will ensure that every aspect of your relocation is seamless and stress-free. Get in touch with us today to reserve your move date – spots fill up fast.
About AQUALINA at Bayside
Located at 61 Queens Quay East, this breathtaking new condo development by Tridel and Hines aims to impress upon first glance. Its futuristic and unique architecture, designed by the internationally acclaimed Arquitectonica of New York City, gives residents the ultimate view of the city and the waterfront.
Why We Love AQUALINA
This prestigious waterfront condominium welcomes its residents and guests with not one – but two lobbies, each of which claims to make distinctive statements that mirror AQUALINA’s modern urban architectural design.
Their 13th floor is home to an incredible rooftop terrace along with an indoor lounge, outdoor infinity pool, sun deck and lounge areas, and BBQ dining alcoves – all topped with the breathtaking view of the lake and city.
AQUALINA’s prime location means that residents can enjoy Sherbourne Common and Sugar Beach at their fingertips, while other popular Toronto destinations are all easily accessible nearby. This includes our iconic Distillery District, Harbourfront Centre, and the Financial and Entertainment Districts. Looking to get away from town for a night or a few days? The Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway are also right there when you need it.
More Reason to Love AQUALINA
As if there wasn’t enough reason to love this condo development already, AQUALINA at Bayside is a LEED® candidate and is registered with the Canada Green Building Council to obtain certification by the LEED® Green Building Rating System, which is the most recognized certification system for high performance “green” buildings in North America. We at Cargo Cabbie care about the environment, which is why we encourage people to use our plastic bin rentalsin place of disposable cardboard boxes whenever possible. We love companies that stand behind the same principles.
Intrigued yet? Learn more about this fantastic building and see why we are so smitten with AQUALINA at Bayside. If you’re looking for the best movers in Toronto to help you get settled into this amazing condo, we’d love to help. Call us today at (647)478-5422 to reserve your move date and take advantage of our 10% discount promo!
TORONTO’S PARKING PROBLEM: MANOEUVERING AROUND THE CITY AS A LOCAL MOVING COMPANY
We love Toronto. It is undoubtedly a great city with phenomenal people and endless wonders to explore. We live in such a well-loved place, in fact, that our roads are constantly congested with traffic and construction as the city tries to keep up with the influx of people.
Unfortunately, everyone is affected by these conditions – pedestrians, cyclists, cars, buses, and everything in between. Each individual who shares these roads has their own set of challenges and frustrations to face. For example, cyclists and motorists are constantly at each other’s throats as they fight for more rights and space on the roads. Delivery drivers want more places to stop around the city where they won’t have to stress about accruing parking tickets or getting towed while making a quick stop.
And then there are moving companies like ours, with our giant moving trucks and our need to stop for prolonged periods outside customers’ homes while we load and unload their possessions into those trucks. Toronto’s complex and often confusing parking rules sometimes make it difficult for professional movers to manoeuvre around the city and do their job as efficiently as possible. Moreover, the sheer size of moving trucks and vans pose an even bigger challenge for parking in certain parts of the city and in condominiums where space is tight, in-and-out traffic is high, and underground parking is not an option.
According to the 311, “Moving vans are covered under the Highway Traffic Act and are permitted to park on the street, as long as they are in the act of loading or unloading. These vehicles must adhere to traffic regulations and parking restrictions.” This means that we are not immune to parking or traffic tickets while we are on the job, and must abide by the same rules that everyone else follows on the roads. In addition, many streets have strict limits on the times when you can park there and, even during those times, there is a restriction on the duration for which you can be parked. If there are no signs specifying a maximum parking time, the city imposes a 3-hour limit on such areas unless you have a parking permit.
Another challenge we face are the ever-increasing bike lanes that have taken over our city. With some of our roads now reduced to one lane for motor vehicles, it is virtually impossible to stop even momentarily on many of our beloved city streets. BlogTO mentions that, according to disgruntled Twitter users’ tweets, many van drivers and moving crews ignore the rules and park in bike lanes anyway, unnecessarily putting cyclists in danger and clogging up the roads even more. But what about drivers who do care about following the rules and care about the safety and well-being of others with whom they share the roads?
In our industry, parking is a significant part of the moving process. We need a safe, unobstructed place to park our vans or trucks to load and unload clients’ possessions. If you are relocating and have hired professional movers, you can help facilitate this process. You know your home better than anyone else, so let your movers know about any parking availability or restrictions that could impact your move. If you live in a house and have a driveway, ensure that the area is clear for the truck or van to safely park and load or unload without obstacles like snow, bikes, or other vehicles. If you live in a condo, work with your building management ahead of time to secure a spot for your movers. Keep in mind that many moving companies charge by the hour; if you fail to account for things like parking arrangements, your movers will have to allot precious moving time to do so on the day of, which will ultimately cost you time and money. A simple step like this will help the moving process significantly, so your movers can focus on delivering a seamless and stress-free moving experience to you!
Parking may be a hassle in our city, but your move doesn’t have to be! Let us handle the stress for you – give us a call today or get a free quote to see how we can help you execute a flawless move.
Condo living can offer quite a few advantages compared to living in a house, such as not having to worry about maintaining a front- and backyard, having a concierge to accept and receive packages for you while you’re not home, and enjoying the array of amenities that most condominiums offer their residents. However, when it comes to moving, condos can also present unique challenges that may be overwhelming or confusing. Thankfully, our friend from Urbaneer has graciously shared his expertise as a realtor on the most efficient and seamless way to move in or out of a condo. Prepare to be enlightened:
To kick off our discussion about the intricacies of moving into a condo, let’s talk a bit about the state of condominium living in the city.
When it comes to Toronto condos, one of the biggest misconceptions is that they are all identical, compact glass boxes, and occupied by very similar types of urban dwellers. This couldn’t be further from the truth! In a city like Toronto – where condo buildings are shooting up at a speed and in numbers that could rival Starbucks franchises – the scale, style, and scope of developments are as varied as the neighbourhoods that they tower over. Currently, Toronto’s condo stock is dominated by studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with a renewed commitment to build more three-bedroom-plus units in the next decade. And what a decade it will be for condo building! Stock continues to increase at an unprecedented rate, a trend that has housing starts occurring at the highest frequency in 10 years! (ipolitics.ca)
It’s a good thing the outlook for condo stock is healthy, as condos appeal to a wide cross-section of buyers and will continue to sell quickly. The affordability of a condo – in comparison to freehold housing – attracts all types of first-time buyers, including urban professionals, young couples, students backed by the Bank of Mom and Dad, and investors looking to generate rental income. Then there are empty-nesters, downsizers, and Zoomers, who are often attracted to the amenity-laden, low-maintenance living that a condo complex offers (meaning no more lawns to mow or driveways to shovel!). If the condo is located in the downtown city core, there are universal perks that appeal to everyone. For one, it offers close proximity to restaurants, theatres, art galleries, and other amenities. It often reduces the challenging suburbs-to-downtown commute which, in some cases, means you don’t require two cars (or even one!), thanks to the proximity of public transportation. That’s likely part of the reason that there’s an escalating trend of growing families choosing to raise their children in condominiums.
So if you’ve chosen to embrace the condo lifestyle and are the proud owner of some new sky-high dreamy digs, congratulations on becoming part of this diverse community of urban dwellers!
But before you can start enjoying homeownership, there’s one unavoidable hurdle that we all dread: moving day. Uprooting your entire life and coordinating a smooth transition to a new space – without getting mired in the chaos – is a physical, emotional, and psychological stress test. Not to worry – we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve pooled our expertise and experience to create a guide that will ensure you’ll not only manage your move, but also master it!
Here we go:
Know Your Team
The process of finding a good mover can seem daunting. But doing a little research is worth it. By exploring your options, you can save money (sometimes hundreds of dollars) and avoid scams. Ask friends, coworkers, and local real estate agents (like us!) for referrals or recommendations. Once you’ve shopped around, you should be left with at least three or four companies to call for an in-home estimate. If they’re not able to come to your home to get an accurate impression of your belongings, make sure that they require photos and dimensions; do not trust a “site unseen” online estimate.
Find out each company’s full name under which it does business, as well as their address, phone numbers, e-mail, and website addresses. Also get the names and contact information for the company’s references. Do they have a licence? Make sure the company you choose will be moving you themselves and not contracting out the work. Oh, and find out how long the company has been in business!
Before you make a final choice, you should have compiled information on each company and have their estimates in front of you. These written estimates should include an inventory list of your belongings, their hourly rates, personnel, and any additional costs you may incur (e.g., for supplies, tolls, driving time to and from the movers’ facilities). Compare the bids, and be wary of any company that comes in much lower than the others. Look at high bids to see where the extra costs are coming from.
If you’re not sure about anything in the estimate, call and ask.
Then – and only then – make a choice!
Find out who will be on site with you and go through the inventory list with them. When you get to the big, heavy stuff, it’s important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all of the requirements and details beforehand – they will need this information to give you an accurate estimate of time, staff, equipment, and cost. That includes informing the company about any overweight items (e.g., a piano or fridge), access restrictions (e.g., small elevators, no elevators/walk-up only, narrow driveways) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.
Be ready for them when they arrive. With a moving company, unless you hire packers, ensure you’re completely packed before the crew is scheduled to start. Scrambling for boxes will delay your move and increase your cost. And while it’s certainly not required, sometimes it’s a nice gesture to have drinks or a snack readily available for everyone; on a hot summer day, your crew will appreciate a cold drink.
Know Your Destination
Moving is always a process, but perhaps more so when you are moving into a condo. Your greatest resource will be the management office of the building into which you are moving. They will be able to give you information that will be vital to your move. They may have a Moving Policy that they can send to you, outlining all of the important guidelines and requirements of your building. If possible, take an hour or two and go to see them in person this will also give you a chance to map out the specifics for moving day visually!).
The first and most important thing to do – besides ensuring you’re registered with the office and concierge as the owner or renter of your unit – is to book the service elevator. Booking the elevator may seem like a simple thing, but most buildings won’t let you move anything in or out unless you have booked exclusive access of the service elevator. Given that certain times of the day are often blacked out (like during rush hour), and given that there are likely many other people moving in at the start of the month, it is recommended that you book your elevator AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
Often, property management firms will require a deposit against damages incurred (be sure you have a personal cheque ready for this) or require a certificate of insurance from the moving company before booking the move-in elevator. This ensures the moving company is held responsible for any damages to common elements, including walls, door facings, elevator cabs, and other areas along the route. Another reason buildings require elevator bookings is so they may prepare elevator cabs by padding them with quilted blankets.
Make sure you know exactly how long you have use of the elevator, as sometimes a building will double-book another resident in the same slot and you are required to share the service elevator. There will also be restrictions on items that you cannot bring up in an elevator (like propane tanks) – know the list beforehand! If possible, get the measurements of the elevator as well; how horrifying would it be if, in the middle of a move, you discovered your couch was too big? This goes for your unit too!
Remember, when it comes to condos, you will have to set up your buzzer. Do this ASAP so that once you’re moved in you can admit visitors, delivery persons, or technicians… Which reminds us: book the installation of your cable TV, internet and/or telephone well in advance.
Know Your Route
Getting there is half the battle! Once you leave your house, make sure that the moving company knows not only the destination, but also how to get there! Take into account the time of day, and what traffic you might encounter. Don’t be afraid to discuss the route with the mover supervisor upon arrival.
When it comes to condos, arriving safely is not as easy as pulling into the driveway. Unlike a house, condominium buildings may have multiple driveways and there may only be one suitable for a sizeable truck (i.e., clearance issues!), or there may only be one designated for moving in and out. Furthermore, each building will have a specific loading dock that you must navigate in order to access the service elevator. Be sure you know where it is and how to get there.
Unfortunately, there will always be things you can’t anticipate, like car accidents, absent concierges, or illegally parked cars. Prepare yourself mentally, and remember that staying calm is the most important thing in any stressful situation. Keep essentials on you like your phone, wallet, etc. in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to have an overnight bag with you (not packed on the moving truck) with toiletries, toilet paper, and a week’s worth of clothing, to ensure you are ready to balance your day-to-day life with your move.
Know Your Furniture
As mentioned before, measuring may be the single most important thing you do in preparation for a move. Know the dimensions of the elevator, your unit, and the furniture you will be moving in or have delivered. While movers can do a lot, you will need to pay attention to door heights and widths. This is particularly relevant when purchasing patio furniture with large arms, as sliding glass doors give the impression that they open wider than they actually do.
Given that condos can be slightly more compact than houses with more modest dimensions than you’re used to, ensure that the furniture you’re moving in is appropriate. Why waste the energy bringing it in if you’ll just have to move it out again when it won’t fit? That said, it’s about more than “fitting” – you don’t want to crowd the space, making it feel smaller than it is. Consider furniture that is specifically made for condos with slightly decreased dimensions, which will help create the illusion of more space. If this is a concern, you may need to buy a couple new furniture pieces. While most furniture stores in Toronto will stock items that are slightly smaller than the norm, try Leon’s: Condo Living Collection, SmallSpacePlus, The Bay: Condo Living Shop, CondoSize, and CasaLife. Here are some of TorontoLife’s top choices for condo furniture.
If you DO make new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery for after moving day. This will help you focus your attention on moving day itself, and will avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.
Inspect new furniture for damages and report anything to the company from which you’ve purchased. Don’t wait to do this, or you may come up against return deadlines. Also inspect the furniture you already own, before and after the move, to ensure that the movers deliver it in the same condition. Top-notch companies will always wrap everything well and ensure it is protected in the truck. That said, remember that accidents do happen! Be fair and reasonable.
At Urbaneer, we support you through the purchase and sale, but we also support you as a homeowner, making your new house your ‘Home’. We are here to help!
Steven Fudge, Sales Representative & The Innovative Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage – (416) 322-8000
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This week, we’ve fallen head over heels for the newly completed 88 Scott condominium.
Every week, Cargo Cabbie features a new, recently completed condo development that sweeps us off our feet. We’ll give you all the details and specs on the building that intrigue and captivate us. We’re so in love with these condos, in fact, that we’re offering their new homeowners and residents a 10% discount on our services when they move into their dream home.
If you’re about to call this breathtaking condo your new home, we want to gift you with the perfect moving experience!
Enjoy a 10% discount when you book Cargo Cabbie for your move into 88 Scott St. Our experienced movers and diligent coordinators will ensure that every aspect of your relocation is seamless and stress-free. Get in touch with us today to reserve your move date – spots fill up fast.
About 88 Scott
This prestigious new development by Concert is nestled between the financial district and the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, at the corner of Scott St and Wellington St.
Boasting 58 storeys in height with an extravagant two-storey Sky Lounge on the 46th and 47th floor, 88 Scott seeks to redefine luxury living in downtown Toronto.
Why We Love 88 Scott
This incredible condominium features more than your typical 24-hour concierge and standard amenities:
You are greeted by a designated Lobby Doorman before you even get to the concierge.
The lobby also offers a multimedia news lounge and coffee bar, so your morning coffee is no further than a few steps away.
Their swimming pool is seamless-edge and overlooks the city and their 6th-floor outdoor terrace.
On top of the saunas, there is a co-ed steam room.
The fitness studio features a central juice bar and yoga training.
Also situated on the 6th floor is an outdoor terrace with plenty of seating for lounging, greenery, barbeques, alfresco dining, an outdoor fireplace, and extra room for exercise or sunbathing.
The aforementioned Sky Lounge up on the 46th and 47th floor offers private dining space, a Wi-Fi enabled fireplace lounge, and breathtaking views of the city and the lake through floor-to-ceiling windows.
On top of that, we would like to commend 88 Scott for keeping environmental sustainability in mind when designing the building: 88 Scott is designed with the goal of attaining LEED Gold Certification and the highest tier of the Toronto Green Standard. To you, this means benefiting from superior indoor air quality and reducing the environmental footprint of your home. Way to go, 88 Scott! We at Cargo Cabbie care about the environment, which is why we encourage people to use our plastic bin rentals in place of disposable cardboard boxes whenever possible. We love companies that stand behind the same principles.
Intrigued yet? Learn more about this fantastic building and see why we are so smitten with 88 Scott. If you’re looking for the best movers in Toronto to help you get settled into this amazing condo, we’d love to help. Call us today to reserve your move date and take advantage of our 10% discount promo!
It goes without saying that many things must be considered when one is moving, but a number of people seem to overlook weather conditions as a potentially major factor that could impact your move – or even prevent it from happening as scheduled. Each season brings its own advantages and challenges, some more than others. When you plan your move, it’s important to take the weather and the time of year into consideration so you can make your relocation as seamless and stress-free as possible. For example, the most popular time to move is between April and September because of the ideal weather and the summer holiday for those who are in school, but that also comes at a cost (literally and figuratively). Let’s look at the most important things to consider for your move throughout the different seasons of the year:
As the weather starts to warm and the road conditions improve, we start seeing more moves and higher demands for professional moving services. The beginning of peak moving season also means that prices are going to increase for those who decide to hire a moving company. This is a worthwhile cost for those who do not want to take the risks associated with moving in the winter and snow (more on that later). If you have children or are in school yourself, however, moving during the spring may not be ideal as it can clash with final exams and the end of the school year. We also tend to see more rainy weather during the spring, so it’s important to plan for the weather accordingly to avoid accidents or damages to your belongings.
So, if you’re moving in the springtime, be sure to:
Consider the increased costs. Will the higher service fees impact your overall budget for your move?
Check your schedule. Do you or any family members have school or upcoming final exams during that time? If so, it may hinder their schoolwork and they may not be able to contribute much to the packing and moving. Similarly, it is not advised to schedule a move too close to other events, such as vacations.
Prepare for rainy weather. While the weather is generally beautiful during the spring, there is a possibility that you may encounter some rain. Professional movers usually cover all the items that they are moving, but if you’re doing the move yourself, be sure that you wrap or cover your moving boxes and other belongings to avoid water damage. Consider opting for plastic bins, as they are more environmentally friendly (i.e., they can be reused) and can definitely withstand rain much better than cardboard. Have a few towels accessible for your possessions or yourself just in case.
Within the peak moving season, we usually see the highest demand particularly during July and August. The weather is generally quite agreeable to work with in those months, as we do not see much rain and definitely no snow. However, this also means that the best moving companies are already booked – usually months in advance – and will not have nearly as much availability or flexibility for special accommodations. Also, because it is the peak of the peak season, expect even higher prices as moving companies try to keep up with the demand.
Things to consider when moving during the summer:
Watch for increased prices. If you are planning a summer move, you may already be doing your research in the winter or early spring. Keep in mind that peak-season pricing for moving services are usually going to be higher and may not be reflected in the costs advertised during your research phase, so be sure to take that into account when planning out your budget.
Book your move well in advance. The top moving companies are always fully booked for their peak season months beforehand. If you’re doing a last-minute move, they may not be able to accommodate you. If you’re looking to move with the best movers in your area, be sure that you reserve your move date with them sooner rather than later.
Stay cool in the heat. Summer weather can get incredibly hot and, paired with physical exertion, heatstroke can be a very real risk. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, protect yourself from sunburn, and wear comfortable, lightweight clothing. If you feel yourself overheating or getting dehydrated, take a break before continuing!
Do not leave children or pets in the car. This may be common knowledge, but it cannot be emphasized enough. It is crucial that no living thing gets left inside any vehicles in the summer heat. The dangerously hot temperatures inside a car under the hot sun can be fatal for children and pets of all sizes. If possible, arrange a caregiver to look after them during moving day so you won’t have to worry!
Autumn is great for moving because both the temperature and moving-service fees are starting to drop. With less demand and more availability, moving companies can offer better prices and more flexibility to accommodate your schedule. On the other hand, it is also when children and students return to school, which requires a lot of preparation in itself. In addition to that, holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween could also interfere with the moving process.
If you decide to move in the fall, keep these things in mind:
Make an informed decision. A less busy schedule for moving companies means that you are not as limited in choices. Do your research and be sure to choose the right movers to fit your needs.
Watch out for schedule conflicts. With school starting and busy holidays coming up in the fall, it is important to thoroughly lay out your schedule to avoid any conflicts. Having a moving checklist can be really helpful in ensuring that you are taking care of important tasks along the way.
Set up utilities in advance. With the weather cooling, it is highly recommended that you set up basic utilities like water and heat at your new home a few days before you move in. It can get pretty chilly at night, and the last thing you need is to be shivering with no heat in your new home after an exhausting day of moving!
Clear paths and driveways of leaves. Who doesn’t love the sight of red, orange, and yellow leaves cascading to the ground? Yes, autumn can be truly beautiful. However, these gorgeous blankets of leaves can be a nuisance when you’re trying to transport furniture and boxes in and out of a house. In fact, it can be downright dangerous if it so happens to rain and the leaves make the ground slippery, so be sure to rake them up and clear a path for yourself and your movers.
It goes without saying that winter is the most hazardous season to move. The temperatures are freezing and the weather is unpredictable – will there be snowstorms or flurries? Black ice? Other hazardous weather conditions? Moving companies are generally the least busy during this time of year, so you will have more options on a moving date and time. It is also going to be less costly, which is an enticing factor for many people as they prepare for or recover from the holidays. Winter moving is no easy task, and we definitely recommend that you hire professional movers if you decide to relocate homes during this season.
Even then, there are important things to consider in order to ensure a safe and seamless winter move:
Safety first. Above all else, safety must come first. With less-than-ideal weather and road conditions, it is important that you take every precaution to ensure the safety of yourself and your movers. Make sure all exterior paths are clear of ice and snow at both your old and new homes so preventable accidents – like slipping and falling – can be avoided.
Keep a close eye on weather conditions. You likely scheduled your move weeks in advance, which means that you would not have been able to anticipate blizzards or snowstorms. As you get closer to moving day, monitor weather reports to ensure that your move won’t coincide with a severe winter storm. If you diligently keep yourself updated with the weather conditions, you will give yourself time to reschedule your move and not be stuck if the weather renders your relocation impossible.
Prepare extra time for your move. Speed and efficiency can be hindered under terrible weather conditions, so allow extra time for your move. This way, you won’t be crunched for time or rushing the process, which can lead to accidents or damaged belongings.
Start your move as early as possible. The sun goes down much earlier in the day during the winter, so it is best to start your move as early in the day as you can. Moving in the snow and ice is hazardous enough as it is – you wouldn’t want to be doing that in the dark too!
Keep warm at all times. You’ll want to wear comfortable clothing for your move, but make sure that your attire will keep you warm throughout the day. Try to wear winter boots with nonslip soles to reduce your chances of slipping while moving about.
Protect your old and new homes from dirt and sludge. We’re all familiar with the amount of snow, sludge, water, etc. that gets trekked into the house during the winter months. Prevent those dreaded puddles from dirtying your old or new home by lining your floors with protective covers (or even just some cardboard) where you and your movers will be walking through, especially if there is carpet!
Plan ahead for children and pets. Ideally, arrange accommodations for your children and pets for the night before or well before the scheduled start time. They can get overwhelmed and stressed out with all that’s going on, and you won’t be able to fully focus on the actual move. If they do come along for the move, it is crucial that you never leave them unattended in the car in freezing weather conditions.
Ensure utilities are activated before moving day. There’s nothing worse than spending the first night in your new home in freezing temperatures. Your possessions can also be damaged by prolonged exposure to the cold too, like delicate glassware that might crack under certain temperatures. A few days before your move, ensure that your utilities are up and running in the new house so you won’t have to worry about it on moving day.
No matter what time of year you decide to move, it is essential that you are thoroughly prepared. Don’t worry – you don’t have to do this alone! There are tons of resources online to help you prepare, and some moving companies offer packing services and moving supplies to make your life easier. It’s simple to have a stress-free move: do your research, make informed decisions, work with trusted movers, and plan something relaxing after the move to celebrate your new home!
10 COMMON MOVING MYTHS THAT COULD HINDER YOUR MOVE
Here at Cargo Cabbie, we love to offer helpful tips and tricks to make any moving process as seamless as possible. As experts in the industry, we’ve mastered the art of packing and moving, and we’ve seen it all on the job. Believe it or not, we’ve also heard it all too – well-intentioned but misguided advice and suggestions on how one should approach the whole process. On the surface, a lot of moving myths can seem to make sense, especially if you’re unfamiliar with moving best practices. That’s why it’s always important to thoroughly do your research before making your move. Thankfully, we’re here to help filter out the most common misconceptions about moving that could be potentially damaging financially or otherwise:
Myth #1: You Save Money By Doing Your Own Move
Hiring professional movers may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but there is a reason why so many moving companies are out there. When you try to do it all yourself, the costs creep up on you. Renting a moving truck alone will cost you a pretty penny, especially when you take into account insurance and gas. You’ll also have to purchase a ton of packing and moving supplies, some of which you’ll only use one time (whereas many moving companies will provide such items for the move). Perhaps most importantly, professional movers are experienced and trained to ensure that your possessions are safe and secure from start to finish. The average person doing their own move will not have the same type of expertise, meaning that you’ll be taking a pretty big risk with your valuables.
Myth #2: All Moving Companies Are Basically the Same
This is a particularly harmful misconception. Hiring the wrong moving company can result in damages to your belongings and a lot of time and money lost. While the trustworthy and reputable movers may cost more, it is a worthy investment if you care about the well-being of your possessions. Sadly, there are many poor souls out there who have lost hundreds or even thousands of dollars in valuables just to save a bit of money on moving services. If you decide to hire professional movers, be sure to do your research first. Are they fully licensed and insured? Do they have good reviews from past clients? Are there any red flags such as customer complaints or lack of an online presence? Do your due diligence – make sure you know whom you’re hiring!
Myth #3: Any Boxes Can Be Used for Moving
When it comes to packing your precious belongings, you’ll want to spring for the proper moving boxes. You may want to save a bit of money and grab any cardboard box you have around or from the local grocery store, but these usually cannot hold a lot of weight and can fall apart easily. Boxes that are specifically designed for moving, on the other hand, are much more durable and are worth the investment. We’ve even come up with a number of ways that you could re-purpose your moving boxes once you’re done with them!
Myth #4: Movers Will Move Everything
Proper moving companies have a list of items that they will not and cannot move for legal and safety reasons. If you’re hiring professional movers, it is important to know what they will take care of for you and what you will need to handle yourself so you’re fully prepared on moving day. For example, many moving companies will not move perishable items (including food items and plants), hazardous items (like explosive/flammable items or chemicals), and liquor.
Myth #5: You Are Fully Covered by a Moving Company’s Insurance
When you sign a contract to hire professional movers, you automatically get basic liability coverage at no cost. This basic protection covers $0.60 per pound of each item. If you want more coverage, be sure to go over the different types of protection plans with your moving company and be fully informed of exactly how your possessions will be protected in case anything gets damaged or lost. There are also exceptions to your coverage; for example, movers are not responsible for damages to improperly packed items if you opt to do the packing yourself. Also, keep in mind that there is always a deductible, and that deductible can vary depending on the protection plan that you choose. Lastly, you may already be covered for your move if you have home insurance, so check with them before settling on a final protection plan.
Myth #6: You Can’t Properly Plan a Move – There Are Too Many Variables
While it is true that there will likely be unexpected surprises along the way, it is always best to be as prepared as possible! There is much more to moving than just packing and physically moving your belongings from Point A to Point B. There are things that should be arranged or reserved – like the moving elevator if you live in a condo – well in advance so that moving day can be as hassle-free as possible. Keep this handy Moving Checklist with you while you plan your move to ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks!
Myth #7: Expect Items to be Damaged During Your Move
Moving companies have come a long way in the past few years. While they have not always been known for quality service or reliability, modern moving companies have evolved to truly meet the needs of their customers. The best movers in the industry take pride in their work and the movers that they hire, so damages to your belongings are not inevitable! Instead of expecting the worst during your move, invest in a trustworthy, reputable moving company with good customer feedback and give yourself peace of mind that your move will be seamless and stress-free.
Myth #8: Inventorying Your Items and Labelling Boxes is Not Worth the Time
We get it – moving is overwhelming and time-consuming. There is already so much to do, so you’ll want to save time on lower-priority tasks if possible. Inventorying your possessions and labelling your moving boxes may seem like something that takes more time than it is worth in the end, but most people end up regretting that thought when it comes to unpacking in their new home. When you properly pack and label everything, your movers will know exactly which room to put everything in your new home instead of piling everything in one place. You’ll also have an easier time unpacking, as you’ll be able to prioritize which boxes contain your everyday necessities and should be opened first. The time you invest in inventorying and labelling will more than pay for itself with the time you save when you unpack.
Myth #9: All Moving Companies Can Handle the Same Types of Moves
Not all moving companies are the same! Just like any other type of establishment in any industry, there will be differences in quality, reputation, pricing, specialties, etc. This is why it’s important to do your research if you are planning on hiring professional movers. Some moving companies specialize in certain types of moves, like condos (which can be trickier than you think!) or industrial moves. Be sure that you opt for a company that can properly handle the specific type of move you need. For example, if you have a lot of priceless art pieces or one-of-a-kind antiques, you’ll definitely want to hire professional movers that explicitly state that they can handle specialty moves. Again, it’s all about doing your research and making an informed decision!
Myth #10: Moving is Inevitably Stressful
We’re not saying that moving is going to be all rainbows and sunshine, but most people think that the moving process has to involve stress, disasters, tears, and meltdowns. Yes, this can absolutely happen if a move isn’t properly planned or executed, but it’s not an inevitable outcome! Do your research, invest in proper packing supplies and a reputable moving company (if applicable), and look forward to settling into your beautiful new home!
Want a stress-free move? Sit back, relax, and let the pros take care of your move and you. Contact us today for a free estimate and enjoy our comprehensive packing and moving services!
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