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Check List to Save Money on Your Move

Moving tips Edmonton:
Most commonly asked question – How much will my move cost? Answer: That is up to you!

Check List to Save Money on Your Move:


  •  Clear the access of any obstructions, including snow & ice removal in winter.

  • Do your own packing; have boxes packed & ready to go on moving day, be READY.
  •  Use boxes or containers that are solid enough to hold your goods, close & seal the lids.
  • Empty your closets, have clothing packed & ready to go.
  • Label your boxes as to which rooms they are to be placed in at your new address.
  •  If you pack small boxes with odds & ends, label them for later convenience.
  • Arrange to take personal care of valuables such as jewellery, money, documents and furs.
  •  Remove mirrors from dressers.
  •  Disassemble beds – label & package all parts.
  • Disconnect appliances; see that the motors of appliances such as washers and dryers are securely

    fastened down.

  •  Dispose of perishable goods from refrigerator and freezer.
  • Unplug lamps and remove shades.
  •  Take down any fixtures such as blinds & drapery rods if you are taking them with you, also

    pictures, fans, hanging lamps and plasma TV’s.

  • Plants are moved at your own risk and pets are not the responsibility of the mover.
  •  Some items such as flammables, firearms and ammunition, CANNOT be moved or require special

    consideration. Consult your move coordinator.

  •  It is important to have a responsible person prepared to stay at the truck during loading and off-

    loading; theft is a possibility when cargo is left unattended. If this is not possible be sure to book a

    large enough moving crew, 3 man minimum.

  • Before the truck departs, check your closets, basement and garage for possible leftovers.
    Any of the above tasks can be performed by the mover, however, any of these extras that you do will result in money you saved.

    The following must be coordinated by you:

  • Someone representing you must be in attendance at your move at all times.
  •  Be certain that all moving and elevator restrictions are approved by your building management prior

    to the day of your move.

  •  Be certain there is adequate truck parking at both the pick up & drop off locations.

    Payment:

Have adequate funds on hand. The mover will expect to receive payment at the delivery point; cash, Visa or Mastercard will be accepted (all credit cards must be onsite and preauthorized) unless previous credit terms have been arranged. No personal cheques will be accepted. If you refuse, or cannot pay on delivery, the goods by law may be placed in storage at a further cost to you.

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How to tie up loose ends after moving day in Edmonton

1. Don’t mistake belongings for trash
Try to avoid packing things in garbage bags. Well-meaning friends or family could accidentally throw them out on moving day.

2. Hook up essential services
Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from a previous owner. Also, arrange to have your phone line, cable and Internet working if necessary.

3. Find a pet sitter for the day
If you have a pet that could be traumatized by a move, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transport to your new home.

4. Make nice with your new neighbours
Start off on the right foot by informing your immediate neighbours that you’ll be moving in and what kind of moving vehicles you’re using. If you’re moving on a weekday, make sure your truck isn’t blocking anyone’s exit. If it’s wintertime, clear your driveway of snow and ice, says Andrew. “Make sure there’s plenty of room to park the moving truck. That’s essential on busy streets otherwise you could slow down your move … increasing your total cost.”

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Moving Day Tips – Get Organized Early

Let’s face it: Unless you’re a minimalist, moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be extremely overwhelming.

1 Get organized early
Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.

2 Keep your moving company in the loop
Boxes are one thing, but 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 the requirements and expectations prior to booking”.  Our call center at Integrity Movers can easily help you through this process during our first call. 
4 Pick the right day
Sometimes its not the best idea to move on possession day because there are so many variables that might change your moving time. You don’t want to stress out about trying to get the keys from the real estate agent before your moving company comes to move you. Also, sometimes its better not to move on the 1st of the month if you live in a condo building, usually the elevators are clogged up these day. Whatever your situation let our call center experts know and they will guide you through the process. 

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Reduce, Recycle, Reuse… moving day tips

Seize the opportunity to purge
Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a yard sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to Goodwill, put furniture up for sale on a site like craigslist.org, recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred old documents.

Put together a packing kit
If more than one person is packing, stay organized by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.

Green your move
Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. For items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase at stores like Home Depot or Solutions. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents. 

Reuse boxes

You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit. A few weeks before you start packing, grab a few each time you visit the grocery store. Keep in mind that smaller boxes are easier to carry when facing stairs and narrow pathways, says Andrew.

Take inventory

This is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write that number on each side (maybe with the appropriate room listed, as well).

Label everything!
Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.

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Moving Day Tips

Find out your condo rules
Moving into a condo isn’t as easy as pulling up to the front door and loading your boxes onto an elevator. Be sure to check the moving policy before scheduling your moving day. For example, some condos don’t allow move-ins on Sunday. According to Andrew, you may need to book a service elevator and a time frame for moving in. “On most occasions, your condo will ask for a security deposit in order to book a service elevator. That can range from $100 to $500 depending on your condo rules.”

Pack in things you need to pack
You need to take your luggage with you. Why not use it as a box? The same goes for dresser drawers. You may need to remove them for transport, but if you don’t have too far to go, they can be helpful for light items. “For delicate apparel that you don’t want to fold, using a portable wardrobe box is the way to go,” recommends Andrew.

Prepare a moving day kit
Keep one box aside of “essentials” that you’ll need on moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.

Be ready for your movers, whether hired or friends
Whether you have family or professional movers showing up at your door, be ready for them when they arrive. With a moving company, unless you hire packers, be ready and packed before the crew arrives. If you aren’t ready, thats ok to with Integrity Movers packing services, we can help you pack whatever you don’t have ready yet. We know how busy life can get, don’t worry, be happy, we GOT YOU!

Protect your valuables

Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that’s valuable or breakable if you’re using a moving company. And if you’re moving a computer, do a quick backup of important files just in case something happens in transit.

Delay deliveries
If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after moving day. That will help you focus your attention on moving day itself and will avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.