Finding the Right Moving Company
Planning a move? Before booking your moving company, we recommend you speak to at least 3 different companies to compare quotes and service options. It’s also a good idea to ask your friends and family for any recommendations. We’ve created a list below of some questions and considerations we recommend as you work towards finding the right moving company for you and your household.
1. Get an estimate - This is the first and most obvious question but you’ll also want to ensure you ask about what extra charges may incur, for example, you could ask if there are extra charges for stairs, distance or time.
2. Find out if they have the right equipment for your belongings - You’ll want to ensure the moving company uses the proper equipment to suit the furniture that you have. Here are some of the items you’ll want to ensure they have; Blankets, Dollies, piano board / piano dolly (if you have a piano), belts, straps and slings.
3. Do they offer assembly of furniture and/or packing services? – You’ll want to factor this into your price comparison as it can save you a lot of time and hassle throughout your move.
4. Payment options and cancellation policy – It’s always a good idea to know ahead of time if you’ll be required to put down a deposit or what would happen in the event of a cancellation. You could also ask to review the contract upfront to ensure that it aligns with your needs.
5. Are boxes or plastic bin rentals provided? – Gathering enough boxes is always a big item on your checklist when planning a move, many moving companies will provide them or better yet, you can rent plastic bins and save yourself having to break down the cardboard after the move.
6. Read the Reviews – Most moving companies have reviews on google or testimonials on their website that you can review to assess whether or not they are the right fit.
7. Consider PODS - Moving PODS can be very beneficial as they can allow for a more flexible schedule and provide an easier loading and unloading process for moving. If you are looking into a POD option, you’ll need to first investigate whether or not there is room at your current home to store the POD and whether or not you need to get permission (i.e. if you are living in a condominium). You’ll also need to investigate the delivery location and whether or not there is space there for it to be delivered. Be aware that for mid-rise buildings there may be a limit as to how many PODS can be stored at one time so you’ll need to find that out as well.
Not sure where to start? We’ve saved you a Google search and listed some websites below of local movers you can reach out to.
**Note – Reid’s Heritage Homes is not affiliated with the moving companies in the directory below. It is recommended that you conduct your own research on moving companies and make an informed decision on what works best for you, your family and your future home.
Waterloo Region & Guelph Movers
Easy Moving Solutions
Toronto Pro Moving and Storage
Mi Box Moving & Mobile Storage
U-Box Portable Storage & Moving Containers (uhaul.com)
If you’ve already booked your mover and are ready to start packing, see our Moving Tips Resource or if you’re moving to a smaller home, don’t forget to take a look at our Tips for Downsizing Resource.
The article above is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal or professional advice. Reid's Heritage Group of Companies does not take responsibility for the information and opinions presented. E. & O. E. 2023.