Selling or buying a home is an important step. The transition from one residence to another is something that should not be taken lightly.
The information you have in advance will greatly determine the quality of your move.
When moving to a new house in Quebec, you’ll find that there are many moving companies you can consider.
While most of them are competent, some might leave something to be desired. In fact, beware especially of those who advertise “incredible prices”.
Getting the most information before making your choice remains the best thing to do- the market must be studied as to prices, offers, and even scams are aplenty.
Moreover, the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) is explicit in its advice: in the field of moving, consumers are not entitled to an automatic deadline of ten days to reconsider their decision after the discovery of a scam or simply a better offer.
A good mover in Quebec is one that clearly answers your questions and who knows how to adapt to your needs and your budget.
It is an experienced mover who is highly recommended.
The referrals of friends and relatives are to be considered. However, do not hesitate to also do your own research and to ask some companies. Any serious mover has basic insurance (for moving property) and insurance ($1 million minimum) in civil liability. Let’s repeat it: avoid shady businesses, poorly equipped movers, and those whose contact details are unclear.
In addition, on the OPC website, information is available for your enlightenment.
For example, if a company has received a visit from the OPC, or if another company has received complaints from dissatisfied consumers.
A good moving company will also be registered with the Commission des transports du Quebec (CTQ) and the Association du camionnage du Quebec(ACQ). The contact details of all Quebec movers in good standing are available (for Quebec: 1-800-361-5813).
Moving is a matter of organization and planning. Whether with the help of professionals or with friends, a move is efficient if it is conducted smoothly and methodically. Here are ten tips for a smooth move that is safe and within your budget.
1. Before moving day, note down everything you need for the logistics of the move. This includes your future address, parking permits for the truck (at the point of departure and arrival), the route, a list of people, organizations or companies you need to inform about your change of address, etc. Important documents, medicines, and valuables that you will be transporting personally must also be identified.
2.It is helpful to make a floor plan of your new home indicating where the furniture will be placed. This will make it easier for the movers or the people assisting you. If friends are helping you move, write down their names and substitutes in case of last minute withdrawals.
3.Determine a moving date that is convenient. In this regard, remember that movers are very busy during the summer, especially from May 15 to July 15, as well as on weekends. If possible, avoid holidays.
4.Some preliminary work is likely to facilitate the progress of the operations. It can be the removal of doors or the movement of things that make the corridors and entrances difficult. It is also relevant to collect, and even fix together, some similar and bulky objects (skis, hockey sticks, brooms, etc.). See if you have all the materials you need if you plan on packing up things yourself (cardboard boxes, tape, wrapping paper, scissors, markers, etc.).
5.If you live in a residential building, check the condition of the elevators and remember to reserve them for a sufficient period of time. Remember that you may need to return the keys from your home (concierge, rental office) on the day of your departure.
6.Make an inventory of your belongings, items, and furniture as a safety measure. This will give weight to your arguments in the event of “disappearances” or breakages during the move. Sort them by room or by category. If you take care of the packaging. You should know that the mover cannot be held responsible for the contents of your boxes. Do not hesitate to write on these what they contain (followed by “FRAGILE”, if any) or in which room they will have to be deposited.
7.As a result of your research, you have selected three interesting moving companies. Contact each one of them so that they can prepare for you a detailed, clear, and precise estimate based on the information you gave them. A representative may want to meet you if he/she feels your move requires a lot of truck space and travel time. Do not decline the offer. Any advantage in the evaluation of the moving cost works in your favor.
8.Think about emptying the refrigerator and freezer (and where to store perishable food). These household appliances must be thawed, cleaned, and prepared so that their shelves and doors remain secure for the duration of the move. The automatic washer must also be prepared; make sure there is no more water in it (including the pipes). Do not pack your toolbox and some cleaning products as they will be useful to you upon your arrival. Also, prepare a first aid kit.
9.Do not put the keys of your new home in a box! Have them in your pocket. Think of sheets, blankets, and pillows you can easily obtain for your first night in your new home.
10. If you are moving or unpacking at your destination, do not wait to report your dissatisfaction to the person responsible for the removal company if you notice any improper procedure or damaged furniture.
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