What is a local move?
A local move is a move within the same city area.
How much does a Local Move cost?
Transportation services for local moves (including loading the truck at origin residence, transporting possessions to destination residence, and unloading at destination residence) are billed hourly.
We follow the industry standard. Hours start when the truck leaves the warehouse and end based on the estimated arrival back at the warehouse. We don't include lunch breaks as billable hours. We have seasonal rates - higher in the busy summer months and generally lower in the winter months. Call our office for an estimate based on your particular moving date.
Tip: Using the services of a professional mover and doing some of the work yourself can be a successful and cost effective option.
What does the hourly rate include?
For the vast majority of local moves, the rate is for three movers and a truck. For larger jobs it may be cost effective to pay a little extra and have more than three movers.
The hourly rate includes all standard moving equipment (blankets, moving dollies, appliance dollies, piano skids, etc.), disassembly and reassembly of standard furniture.
The hourly rate does not include packing services (placing small articles in boxes), insurance coverage for your possessions, and GST.
Tip: If you are thinking of renting a van and moving yourself, take all cost factors into consideration. You might be surprised how much gas, equipment, food and beverages for your friends can add up.
How many hours will it take?
A "rule of thumb" is one and one half hours per furnished room in a household to load and unload. If applicable, also count basements, storage rooms, sheds, and garages.
This is a guideline. There may be factors (such as weather, traffic, elevators, and access to house), which are outside of the control of movers and which will add time to a move. You will be billed on the actual amount of billable hours.
Tip: To reduce the billable hours, you may want to disassemble beds, large pieces of furniture, and take mirrors off of dressers. We are more than happy to perform these services but they do add time to your move.
Tip: To reduce packing and moving time, lightweight clothing - sweaters, shirts, blouses, and lingerie – may be left in the drawers. Do not fill drawers with heavy items such as books, table linens, or sheets, which can damage the piece of furniture during transit. Be careful NOT to leave fragile items, money, jewelry, watches or other valuables in the drawers, or anything that might spill or leak.
Long Distance Moves
Basic transportation services for long distance moves are fundamentally based on the
- Weight of the shipment
- The distance it is shipped
- Extra services like packing and unpacking, vehicle transportation and valuation coverage.
Proximity of the moving company to your home does not make a difference in the cost.
We are happy to have a trained, experienced sales consultant over to your home to give a no obligation cost estimate to move your household possessions. This estimate can usually be guaranteed to be within 10% of the actual weight.
The actual weight of your shipment is determined by subtracting the weight of the empty truck (as measured just prior to loading your shipment) from the weight of the loaded truck (measured just after loading your possessions). You are entitled to see a copy of the weight tickets and the actual weighing of the truck.
What is Included in Long Distance Moves?
- Protective wrapping
- Each piece of furniture is wrapped in clean quilted pads before it is loaded into the van or container. It will travel with this protective padding and will not be unwrapped until it is safely delivered inside your new home.
- Tag and listing - So when we deliver, you know you are getting back exactly what was loaded into the truck and in the same condition.
- Disassembly and re-assembly of standard furniture. This does not include furniture that was purchased in a box and assembled after you purchased it.
- Plastic covering of mattresses, and upholstered furniture. For additional protection, upholstered furniture is first covered in a layer of plastic before it is padded. This extra layer protects furniture from soiling and dampness.
Tip: If you have antiques, obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify their value. Don't wax or oil wood furniture before moving, because some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Proper packing and preparation of your household possessions are vital to every successful move. You have invested a lot of care and money into your belongings. When you move them, you want to be certain they will arrive safely. The best way to do that is to ensure they are packed properly by a professional who uses the best available materials.
A trained and experienced packing team brings to your home the materials that provide the finest protection. They also bring the skills and techniques developed over many years in the business, reinforced with regular training.
Tip: Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids, aerosol cans, fireworks and matches. Drain the fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used containers of any substance that may leak. Empty the water from your steam iron.
Our unpacking services are designed to provide the right kind of help, when you want it. Once you've arrived at your new home, you don't want a crew of movers fussing with the placement of dishes and linens. You want them to move you in, and then leave you to get yourself settled. So we'll unpack the cartons and place their contents on a table or countertop near their final resting place. This allows you to clean shelves and get things organized before you put them away. You tell us where things will go, and we'll unpack and place them nearby. After unpacking is complete, we'll remove all the cartons and packing materials so you won't have to worry about disposing of them.
Specialized crating is sometimes required for the safe protection of large, fragile breakables such as stained-glass windows, marble tabletops, and chandeliers. These items need the special care and attention that can only be provided by custom crating. Wooden crates are constructed by our crews to the exact specifications required to protect your delicate valuables. Be sure to point these items out to our moving consultant and ask for details about having them crated.
How much does storage cost?
Storage charges for this type of storage are based on weight of the goods storage (minimum weight may apply) and the length of time in storage. Minimum storage charge is for one month.
As is done in long distance moves, the actual weight of your shipment is determined by subtracting the weight of the empty truck (as measured just prior to loading your shipment) from the weight of the loaded truck (measured just after loading your possessions). If you deliver the goods to the warehouse the weight will be determined by either using the minimum weight or a cubed weight. (Cubic footage of goods to be stored times 7 lbs per cubic foot.)
There are three basic components to total storage costs: transportation; warehouse handling; and monthly storage charges.
This is the movement of the goods you want to store from your residence to our warehouse or the delivery of your stored goods from storage to your new residence.
- One time warehouse handling fee:
This fee is for the service of blanket wrapping your possessions in the warehouse, and placing goods in storage vaults (large plywood containers).
- Monthly storage fees:
Monthly storage fees are based on weight. Storage fees are charged monthly and are payable at the beginning of each month. Consult our moving consultant for current pricing.
Vaughan's/Queen City's storage facilities are government approved and climate controlled.
Do I have access to my possessions when in storage?
Access to your possessions once in storage is by appointment only. We will however, charge you for our labour to access, open, unpack and repack the storage vault.
Self storage of your goods in our storage vaults can be arranged.
One or any number of our storage vaults will be provided for you to pack with the goods you plan to store. The vaults are then put away in our heated warehouse.
Access to the vaults and your goods is by appointment only. A charge to retrieve the storage vault may apply.
Because each business is different, we work with you to provide solutions to your particular inventory management situations. We can receive your goods and hold them until you are ready for them. Contact our moving specialists to discuss your particular needs.