Family Moving

5 Reasons NOT to Plan a Friends & Family Move

Relying on friends and family is something you can make do with once or twice during your early twenties when pizza and beer were enough to entice them. But today, it’s not always so easy to find a reliable set of hands that will offer the kind of help you need. When you consider the fact that professional movers can handle just about everything – from packing to unpacking to transportation to unloading and more – we guarantee it’ll be a decision you won’t regret. So when you’re contemplating the move and wondering why you should hire professional movers over your friends and family, remember these tips.

Avoid Injuries

Most people aren’t used to the physical demands that moving requires. Carrying and manoeuvring large, bulky and delicate items down and up awkward flights of stairs or hallways can be dangerous. Whether it’s your couch or a fancy grand piano, professional movers have the experience to handle bulky, awkward items that could otherwise cause injury to your family or friends.

Save Them the Hassle

Ask around, and we’re sure you won’t find anyone who can honestly say they enjoy moving, never mind moving someone else. So when it’s time for your move, don’t be surprised if your set of helping hands suddenly becomes unavailable. Even if they don’t say it, your friends and family are dreading your big move. So why not save them the hassle and save yourself the aggravation of having to ask. Professional movers will show up on time and be ready to go.

Save Yourself the Hassle

Cutting corners may work in other areas of life, but when it comes to moving, it’s one area that just isn’t worth it. Trying to handle it on your own will quickly have you regretting your decision for the duration of the move. So save yourself the hassle and have it all taken care of for you.

Movers Have Necessary Equipment

Whether your mattress needs to be covered, or any items require special handling, professional movers will have all of the necessary equipment on hand with them. They can safely store and secure your items, so they arrive in one piece to your new home.

Your Valuables are Insured

Before you call up your friends, you should ask whether you really trust them to handle your valuables. Remember, they’re offering a helping hand, not necessarily a strong or sturdy one. So if anything slips and falls, you’re left paying out of pocket. But a licensed moving company will provide coverage and insure your belongings in case anything gets damaged.

It’s easy to underestimate all of the steps involved in moving. And relying on friends and family really just places a burden on them that they would much rather avoid. Hiring a professional moving company can save you so much time and aggravation while ensuring that your valuables end up where they belong, and in the condition they were left in. Ottawa Moving Logistics can take care of your entire move for you – contact us today to learn more.

Tips to Help You Unpack and Settle in Smoothly

When moving day comes around, it can be a complete whirlwind of chaos. Everyone is focused on getting boxes in and out of the home and less on the organization of it all. And as a result, you’re often left with boxes and furniture scattered all over the place. It can easily become overwhelming very quickly if you’re not prepared in advance for unpacking.

To help you get through this process with ease, here are five tips to help you unpack and settle in smoothly the next time you move.

Label Everything

We cannot stress enough how important it is to label all of your boxes by room, and with a detailed list of items inside. This simple step can cut down your unpacking time significantly. Not only will it help the movers place the boxes in the correct rooms, but it will also help you decide what needs to be unpacked right away and what can wait to be unpacked next week.

Anything that requires disassembling should also have the parts placed in a labelled plastic bag and taped to the biggest piece.

And as an extra helpful tip, use a different colour marker for boxes that should be unpacked first versus items that can wait until later to get addressed.

Arrange Boxes

Before you start moving furniture or unpacking boxes, transfer all of the boxes into the proper rooms first. This will help free up space needed to move furniture around and will keep you organized. If you’ve labelled your boxes as described above, you can easily stack the ones in a corner of the room that can be taken care of later, while keeping the ones you should unpack right away where you can easily access them.

Move Furniture

Once the boxes are placed properly and organized, you can then move the furniture around to where it needs to go. You may want to get a friend or family member to help you position the heavier items, so you don’t end up with an injury. And remember to take your time. It doesn’t need to be done all in one day. Start with the items that you need to assemble immediately, such as your bed and dining room table.

Hook Up Appliances

Many of your appliances will still be in boxes. But once you have the basic furniture items in place, it’s time to tackle the day-to-day appliances, like your fridge, oven, and dishwasher.

Another helpful tip: if you’re not savvy with plumbing or electrical, talk to your move coordinator to arrange help for you.

Ask For Help

Tackling a big move on your own can be not only stressful but also dangerous. Ask friends and family for help during the first three days. You can also talk to your move coordinator about any unpacking services available that can help make this process even easier.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little planning and organizing, it can go off without a hitch. We hope these tips will help ease your moving worries and help you unpack and settle in smoothly. For more tips, or to talk with one of our moving coordinators, call us today at Ottawa Moving Logistics.

Tips for Packing Up your Children's' Stuff

Packing can be a daunting process. And, when you add your children into the mix, it can be even more challenging. No one enjoys moving, but for your kids, it can be an emotional and scary time. But keeping them involved can help alleviate any adverse emotions, even if it slows things down a little for you. To help make your move a smooth transition, here are some tips for packing up your children’s stuff to make everyone’s lives a little easier during the move.

Measure First

First things first, measure the dimensions of your new home. If things don’t fit, you should sit down with your child and decide what can stay and what should go. Try setting up plastic bins where they can put things in that they can donate to other kids. It will make them feel more involved, which can help reduce the chances of them getting upset.

Arrange Into Piles

Before you start packing, you will need to arrange all of their items into separate piles. The first pile should include everything that your child will need during the first few days, like clothing, shoes, their favourite toys, and the essentials. The second pile can include items that can wait to be unpacked later on. If your child is old enough to help, let them chip in, but it is wise to pack the boxes yourself to ensure you know what’s in each.

Label Everything

Labelling is the most important part of packing. It will help you find what you need easily and also help the moving company place the right boxes in the right areas.  The most efficient way to label is to write the room name on the box along with a list of all the items inside. It’s also handy to colour code your boxes by using a different colour for the essential boxes versus the non-essential boxes. It can also help to use a different colour for each of your children’s boxes.

Have Fun

Don’t forget to have a little fun. Moving can be a very stressful and confusing time for your children. They may be leaving behind friends, and the change of leaving their comfort zone can be more than overwhelming. The more involved you allow them to be and the more fun you add to the packing process, the easier it will be on them during the process.

For more on packing tips, contact us at Ottawa Moving Logistics. Our professional moving team can help provide you with all the information you need, along with the most affordable and professional services in Ottawa.