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Do I Need Insurance for My Move?

Not sure if you’re adequately covered for your move? Find out everything you need to know about insurance here for when you use your own vehicle, rent a truck or use a professional moving company.

Using Your Own Vehicle

Do you plan to move your own stuff in a van, big truck, or trailer that you own? If so, it’s important to check your home insurance policy for content coverage before deciding to go this route. If your policy does not have enough coverage, you’ll want to ask your home insurance provider about adding on more. 

Renting A Truck

You should never assume that when you rent a truck, your home insurance policy will cover it or that it will automatically come with the necessary coverages. Always check with your own provider first to find out what is covered before taking additional coverage from the rental company. In the event that you need to purchase supplemental insurance from the rental company, it’s important to know exactly what you need and how much, otherwise you could end up paying more for certain coverages you don’t need.

Professional Movers

Not all moving companies have adequate coverage, so it’s important to ask about their policy. If they’re not covered at all, it’s a bad sign and you should avoid the company altogether. Otherwise, you could be on the hook for damages that they cause. If the moving company does offer insurance, make sure you know exactly how much liability insurance they offer and if they are including replacement protection.

Liability Insurance

When it comes to liability insurance, most offer base liability that will only cover up to a certain amount of damage of each item based on weight (and it’s not much). However, there are few companies that have comprehensive plans that provide much better coverage, so it’s important to ask before agreeing to work with the moving company. 

Replacement Insurance

By law, replacement protection is required to be listed separately. If it’s included in the coverage, they must show what it’s covered for and the client has the right to decline it. If the company does not offer replacement protection, they will list an alternative provider that you can contact to pay for your own. 

There’s a lot you need to know when it comes to moving your belongings. That’s why our team at OML makes sure our clients have all the information they need from beginning to end. We also have a quality insurance plan that gives you the most coverage for your needs. Don’t make the mistake of choosing an amateur moving company to take care of all your belongings, leave it to the pros. 

moving day

Getting ready for a big move but can’t shake the anxiety and stress that comes along with it? The anticipation of a big move is often worse than the actual day itself. Rushing to get everything done last minute is never a good way to ease into your new chapter. Instead, make sure to start good and early, and remember these tips to prepare mentally so you can take on your moving day without bother.

Plan in Advance

If you want to have a successful move, you need to have the entire process mapped out from beginning to end weeks in advance. This will not only help to reduce your stress and make you feel more at ease, but it will also ensure that you are fully prepared and not scrambling come move day.

Pro tip: Practice visualization exercises before the move. Close your eyes and visualize everything you need to do before and during the move step by step. This will help you stay organized and identify any steps you’re missing before they become an issue.

Say Your Goodbyes Early

If you’ve been in your home for a number of years, you’ve likely made a number of good friends in the neighbourhood. You may also be moving away from close family members. Saying goodbye to your family or close friends can often be one of the hardest parts about moving. Don’t forget to spend some quality time with them before you move away. Just be sure to do this well in advance, as the closer you get to the move, the more stressed you may feel with less time to spare.

Pro tip: To make the most of it, plan a farewell party so you can say all your farewells all in one easy sweep.

Get Excited About Your New Area

Moving isn’t always exciting for everyone. If you or one of your family members is having a hard time with the thought of moving away, you should try a few techniques to get everyone a little more excited about the new place. Research your new area to the fullest — all the close by amenities, restaurants, parks, and activities that interest you and your family. Talk about them or even plan a drive to get everyone more excited about your new hood.

Pro tip: Print pictures of these places out and put them on your fridge so you can remind yourself (or your kids) about the benefits of your new location and what they can look forward to rather than focusing on what they’re leaving behind.

At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we understand how taxing a move can be and how hard it is to prepare mentally for your moving day. That’s why we do everything possible to help make your move a smooth and easy one. From planning to packing, to storage, to move coordinators, we have you covered. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Ottawa Moving Logistics Commercial Moving Services

Looking for a moving company that offers the best rates combined with reputable service and experienced movers for your commercial move? At Ottawa Moving Logistics, you have the type of experience you can trust. We are experts at commercial moves and have everything you need to get the job done right the first time. Here’s what you can expect when you hire O.M.L.

Family-Owned Business

Our neighbours, friends, and family are our customers, which is why we truly care about the service and prices that we provide. For decades, we’ve been providing professional, affordable, and efficient moving services for corporations in and around Ottawa. We take pride in our approach and have built a strong, positive relationship in the moving industry because we stand behind our name and strive to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

A+ BBB Rating

We are proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Through our continued customer service and commitment to excellence, we have maintained a positive track record in the marketplace and have gained trust and confidence from our customers.

Solution Specialists

We like to think of ourselves as solution specialists. We’ll find the best way to plan, manage, and move your commercial project. We do everything in our power to save you money and reduce your stress during your move.

One Stop Shop

We don’t just move your commercial space — O.M.L also takes care of a wide range of other moving needs. Our services include storage, supplies, packing, and even delivery for your furniture and appliances from the retail outlet. Whether you need to move a 1,000 sq. ft. space or 10,000 sq. ft. office, our teams are well-trained and well-equipped to handle the most complex projects.

Reliable and Efficient

Our company is recognized as being one of the most reliable, trustworthy, and efficient in the industry. We’ll deliver your project on time, stay within budget, and ensure there are minimal disruptions to your business or regular life. Best of all, our service is quick, friendly, and professional. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure you’re adequately informed every step of the way while protecting your belongings as if they were ours.

We are ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on evenings and weekends. You get many perks when you hire us. To learn more about our services and how we can help you with your next move, contact us today at Ottawa Moving Logistics.

Moving Seniors Can Be Tough — Here’s How to Make it Easier

Moving seniors can be tough, especially if you’re relocating them to a new home, or moving them in with you, or moving them across the country. And, when it comes to organizing, packing, and unpacking, there are many factors that need to be considered in order for the transition to go smoothly. Here we’ll show you five ways you can help to make it easier on them.

Help Them Organize

You can start with helping them plan out their entire move from beginning to end. This should include taking some measurements of the new space and then plotting out the floor plan for them to decide what items will come and what will need to stay. Starting the organizing and planning early can help eliminate a lot of stress for everyone involved.

Let Them Reminisce

Moving is not just physically taxing, but emotionally draining as well. If they’re saying goodbye to the family home, it’s important to give them some time to reminisce over their memories and any keepsakes they will have to let go of. Don’t rush the process, instead give them all the time they need to pack on their own terms.  

Assist With the Packing and Cleaning

Packing is extremely exhausting, especially for seniors. So make sure you assist with all of the lifting, wrapping, packing, and cleaning during the move. If the list seems endless, make sure to enlist some family and friends to help participate — the more hands on deck, the better.

Hire a Junk Removal Service

There’s likely going to be a number of items that will need to be thrown out or recycled. Save yourself the hassle of doing this yourself by calling a junk removal service. They will come and collect the goods and then donate or properly dispose of them for you.

Call the Movers

You can save yourself a lot of work by hiring a full-service moving company. One that can help you pack, load the truck, transport all the belongings safely to the new home, and unpack as well. It may cost a little extra than hiring just a truck and calling family members, but it’s always well worth it in the end.

At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we understand that moving a senior loved one is difficult and challenging. That’s why we take the time to accommodate all your moving needs — we wrap and pad your furniture, place it in the new home just as asked, and unpack it if required. We can even organize storage space on your behalf if items don’t fit so you can arrange to have it delivered at another location in the future. To find out more about our senior moving services, contact us today!

are you ready to move yet? here's how to find out.

Think you have everything in order for your move? If you’re unsure whether everything is under control, just make sure to check this quick list to be certain. We’ll show you if your business is ready to move with these 5 tasks that you should have already completed before packing up and heading out the door.

Is Your Moving Date Locked Down?

Once you’ve settled on the move in date, you’ll need to contact and arrange a reputable commercial moving company. It’s important to have your date locked in with the movers well ahead of time, as many moving companies will book up months and seasons in advance. And if you’re moving out of or into a building with multiple businesses, you’ll also need permission from the property management to book an elevator ahead of time so you can have everything ready to go.

Have You Done Your Moving Prep?

Before you can be ready to move, you should have all of your moving prep organized and out of the way. For instance, at this point, you should already have decided what company items you will transport and which ones you will need to get rid of. If you’re not giving the leftover items away to charity, you should arrange for a junk removal company to pick up the items well ahead of your moving date.

Have You Let Everyone Know?

Another prep item you should have taken care of is the address change over. You should have filled in or be in the process of completing the change of address forms for the appropriate government agencies, insurance companies, corporate bank accounts, utility companies and any service providers you will continue to use. Just don’t forget to let your clients and customers know that you’re moving and how they can reach you.

Have You Disposed of all the “Non-Allowables?”

There are a number of items that are not allowed to be placed on the moving truck. These include hazardous items that may be flammable or toxic. Certain liquids and perishable food items may also be on the non-allowable list provided by the moving company. So before your company moves, your boxes should be packed appropriately with any hazardous items already disposed of at the correct waste handling centre.

Do You Have all the Supplies Ready?

When it’s time to start packing up all your items, you’ll need boxes, banker boxes, tape rollers, bubble wrap, and markers for labelling. You can buy boxes from your moving company or order them online from an office supply store. We also recommend that you start to pack well in advance if you haven’t arranged the moving company to do it for you. Non-essential items can be boxed up weeks ahead of your move date and stored in a secure location until the big day. Getting a jump start on your packing process can alleviate so much stress for all the staff when the date finally arrives.

At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we can take the pain out of moving. We have everything your business needs for a successful and hassle-free move. Contact us today to find out what we offer and how we can help your business get ready for the big day.

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.

5 ways to declutter and shed old items

Decluttering your home can be a tedious and timely process. But when you can finally look around your home or garage and see everything organized with so much more open, clear space to move around in, it’s easy to see why so many people make it an annual priority. If you’re ready for the big purge, here are a few handy tips to help you declutter and shed those old items for good.

Clean By Category

It’s usually recommended to start your decluttering process by going from room to room. However, we’ve found it most helpful to start the purge according to category. For example, you can start with old tax returns, and then maybe move onto clothing, shoes, old books, magazines and so forth. This is especially helpful for those living in a one bedroom setup where the room by room tactic just isn’t possible. Breaking it up into categories can make the process much less chaotic.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

Decluttering isn’t something you’ll be able to complete in the span of one evening. It can be a big process. So give yourself plenty of time to slowly begin chipping away at it. Even if you focus on tackling one specific category or area per evening or week, you’ll have your home done and dusted in no time.

Distract Yourself During The Process

If you find that you’re really struggling to find the time or energy to get into the decluttering zone after a long day of work, try to distract yourself. For example, when you throw on your favourite Netflix series in the evening, grab that box of old magazines and begin sorting through it while you watch your show. This way, you get to keep yourself entertained while doing something productive at the same time.

Be Strict With Yourself

It can be easy enough to convince yourself to keep just about everything you really should toss away. So try to be stern with yourself. If you haven’t seen, used or worn the item for at least a year, let it go.

Have A Designated Area For ‘Out’ Items

To prevent yourself from mixing up items, keep a designated ‘out’ area for stuff that needs to go. You can leave an area for garbage and an area for donation to make it simple when you’re ready to get rid of them.

If the idea of organizing your overwhelming mess at home is seeming more daunting by the day, try to follow these simple ways to declutter and shed those old items. By chipping away at it bit by bit, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the post-decluttering bliss of a well-organized home. Plus, it’s always a rejuvenating way to clear out all that mental clutter too!

Moving With Seniors - How we Make it Stress-Free

Feeling overwhelmed with the thought of your move? When you’re moving with seniors, the whole process can be very stressful. But you’re not alone! At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we are here to give you a helping hand. Whether you’re downsizing or relocating, we provide a wide range of services to ensure you get all the help you need when moving with seniors. Here are just a few things we have to offer to make your move stress-free.

Packing

Packing is often more challenging than the actual move. If you need help packing, we can wrap and pad all your furniture and pack the boxes for you. We even have specialty boxes to wrap all your delicate belongings professionally. Whether you need the entire home packed up, a couple rooms, or just some of your belongings, we offer a variety of packages to suit your every need.

Unpacking

One of the most stressful parts of a move is doing the unpacking. If you haven’t carefully labelled your boxes, it can be an extensive chore finding what you need now vs. what you can open later. Many of the boxes are also heavy, so it can be exhausting and dangerous to move boxes around with a senior. That’s where we can help! We offer unpacking services so you can just sit back and relax and have all the work done for you.

Organize Storage Space

After years of living in the same home and planning for a downsize, it’s likely that some things will need to be left behind. You don’t have to throw it out if you wish to keep it. Let us arrange some storage space for you. We have contacts with the best storage companies all throughout the city of Ottawa. We can help to organize an affordable storage solution for your home, so you have a safe place to store all your extra belongings.

Delivery

If you prefer that some of your extra items go to other family members or to a donation or recycling center, we can arrange for that as well. We can also deliver any items you order for your new home like hardwood flooring, appliances, and furniture. We can pick it up from the retailer and deliver it right to your home so you won’t have to worry about getting it inside.

At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we know how hard a move can be. When you’re moving with seniors, it can be even more complex. That’s why we offer services designed specifically for you. When you hire us, you get friendly, professional, and affordable service tailored to your needs. Contact us today to find out how we can serve you best for your next move.

How We Keep Your Delicates Safe During Moving

No matter who you are or where you’re moving to, we all have fragile items that need to be dealt with using extra care. And having the ability to handle those particular items carefully is often one of the main reasons why people hire professional movers in the first place. You want your furniture and other fragile belongings to arrive in the same condition as they were left in.

At Ottawa Moving Logistics, we employ staff members that are professional and exceptionally trained to handle all of your items safely and with extra care. If you’re curious as to how we keep your delicates safe during moving, here are some pro methods that we use when handling your relocations.

Quality Packing Materials

Something simple, like a box, may not seem like much to you, but to us, it’s what often matters the most when it comes to keeping your delicates safe during a move. Having quality packing materials, such as boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, padding material, and tape, are essential for keeping your items safe during a relocation. This can make all the difference in having them arrive in one piece.

Strategic Positioning in Truck

Once your items have been correctly packed up and are ready to be placed into the truck, our moving experts strategically place items according to weight and fragility. By meticulously arranging and positioning items inside the truck, it prevents them from shifting or being tossed around during transport. Our trucks are also equipped with other appropriate supplies like tie-down straps and bungees to secure large or bulky items in place.

Appropriate Techniques

Another important factor to keep your delicates safe during a move is utilizing the proper techniques. Packing is only half the battle. Physically moving the items without damage requires the appropriate techniques, including the ability to manoeuvre awkward, bulky items through narrow doorways, down steps, through unfavourable weather conditions, and with the right footing to avoid any accidents. That’s why it is always worth having professional movers handle the process for you. Plus, they will have any necessary padding, covers, dollies, and wrap to minimize any incidents along the way.

Whether it’s a large multi-level complex, a single office, a warehouse, or even a medical lab relocation, we are the experts are handling and transporting your items with care. Contact Ottawa Moving Logistics today to learn more about our services and how we can help make your commercial relocation hassle-free.