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The ultimate pre-move checklist

If you decided to move, you need to be aware that the whole endeavor can be really difficult. Even those with the strongest will can sometimes falter during a move. So, preparation is of utmost importance. That is why you need to research the ways to make it easier and stick to the plan. One of the best ways to create a plan and stay organized is to make a checklist. We have gathered a lot of data regarding helping you with creating the ultimate pre-move checklist. Moving to Ontario will be a lot easier if you create a plan and stick to it! So, without any further ado let’s dive in!

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Find a reliable moving company!

Pre-move checklist, what do you need to know?

Creating a pre-move checklist is a vital part of organizing your move. Proper organization is vital to everything in life, and that applies to moving as well. So, grab a piece of paper and a pen and start planning! You need to think about everything you need to do during your move, from the beginning to the end. From hiring a reliable moving company to unpacking in your new home. But this is a pre-move checklist so we will stick to the things before your move. The most important things you need to put on the list are finding reliable long distance moving companies Canada, getting an estimate, shedding some weight if the estimate is too high, getting packing supplies, and finally, packing. So, let’s get writing!

Calculate your moving expenses

Calculating your moving expenses is very important if you want to know the state of your moving budget. By doing so, you will how much you can spend on each aspect of the move. You will also know if you can afford certain moving companies and add some additional services. You will also know how much can you spend on packing supplies and how much will you need for the first week in your new home. Grab a calculator and start counting!

Finding a reliable moving company

This is maybe the most important thing in your moving checklist. You absolutely need to know how to find reliable moving companies near you. A great method of doing so is asking your friends and family who had recently moved. They had probably gone through many moving companies until they found the right one and can save you a lot of time if they can recommend something. If you do not know anyone who moved recently, worry not! There are still ways to find reliable moving companies.

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Go online to find a good moving company!

Another great method of doing so is going online. There are many websites that offer help in finding moving companies. Some of these websites are BBB and Yelp. These websites are listing all available moving companies and they have a rating system. Besides the rating system, there is also the review system. These reviews are made by real people and are probably reliable.

However, there may still be some scammer companies that sneak their way into good reviews, who knows by what means. They will make your move a living hell and extort a lot more money from you than you first agreed on. So, when using BBB, make sure to filter the companies with the BBB Seal of Approval. Only the best companies are granted this seal and you can be sure that they are reliable and reputable. They will, of course, cost more money, but it is better to pay more for top-quality service, than getting scammed and paying more for poor, or no service at all.

Getting a moving estimate

A moving estimate is probably going to be the first thing your moving company talks to you about over the phone. The estimate is the approximate price of your move depending on the weight of your belongings. There are three types of estimates and you should choose what fits your needs the most. So, there is the binding estimate, the non-binding estimate, and binding not-to-exceed-estimate.

The binding estimate is when the moving company comes to your house, weighs the items, you agree on additional services, and then they make a contract with every single service they are going to provide for you. Everything is transparent and there are no hidden prices. This estimate is great if you want to be sure you will not have any problems during your move.

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Label your boxes accordingly!

Next up we have the non-binding estimate. The non-binding estimate is somewhat unreliable because you do not get a contract with each service that the company will provide. In addition, the price can change when the actual weighing comes compared to the one you agreed on over the phone. This is good for local moves because it is fast, and there is little room for error.

The last one, and probably the best one, is the binding not-to-exceed-estimate. This one is different because you agree on the estimated price of your move over the phone. When the actual weighing comes, if the weight of your belongings is higher than anticipated, the price will not go up. However, if the weight is lower, the price will go down! This is the type of estimate used only by the most reliable moving companies because they are willing to sacrifice their profit for your satisfaction.

Getting packing supplies and the packing process in the pre-move checklist

The final part of your pre-move checklist should be about packing. You need to go to your local hardware store and get packing supplies. Packing supplies should include stuff like boxes, packing paper, packing tape, moving blankets, foam nuggets, and air-filled wrap. When you get to packing, make sure to create an inventory and label everything accordingly. The best way to pack your belongings is to go by room. Pack one room first and label it with, for example, a red-colored sticker. Make sure to write down what each sticker corresponds to so you can have the perfect organization, and make your unpacking process a lot easier.

With all that said, good luck with your move!