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Moving from Toronto to Ottawa

Recent trends have shown that while many people are moving to Toronto, many are moving from the city as well. Canadians are finding other cities within the province that provide new and different opportunities. As national movers, we have found Ottawa to be one of the most popular cities Torontonians are moving to. All Star Van Lines are the best Toronto movers. Have you considered moving from Toronto to Ottawa?

There are a lot of things to consider when moving long distance, however, All Star Van Lines can assist you in the hardest part, moving. Moving to Ottawa can be very affordable if you choose a reliable moving company in Toronto that frequently travels to Ottawa. “Professional moving companies near me,” should be of the key words at the top of your search. Be sure to hire professional long-distance movers for your move from Toronto to Ottawa. Get an instant quote for your move from Toronto to Ottawa by clicking here 

Let’s compare and go over the pros and cons of life in Toronto vs life in the nation’s capital.

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Moving from Toronto to Ottawa

Cost of Living – Housing (Toronto to Ottawa)

            As many already know, Toronto is, if not, one of the most expensive cities to live in not just in Canada, but in the world too. With a powerful financial district and increasing numbers in the housing market, Toronto is in some cases, too expensive for the middle-class, and this is why people are not hesitant to migrate when presented the opportunity.

According to Numbeo, Toronto’s housing market for rentals is 45.17% higher than in Ottawa. When considering buying a home in one of the two cities, looking at the average sale price says a lot. Comparing 2016/2017 in real estate between the two cities, Toronto’s average sale price for a home was $794,000 while in Ottawa it was $434,500 (Ottawa Citizen) We can set you up with just the right realtor to help you buy your dream home, see below.

Daily Life (Toronto to Ottawa)

            If you are looking to move to a city that can offer you a lot of entertainment and nightlife then Toronto is the place to be. Its downtown core is a popular place for celebrities and young people to enjoy themselves at one of the many nightclubs, bars, and/or pubs. Ottawa is much smaller than Toronto and therefore doesn’t have quite the same nightlife. However, the capital is very charming and can offer a subtle but enjoyable nightlife experience. In Ottawa, you can see Parliament Hill, beautiful museums, historic sites, and even charming festivals.

All Star’s Guide to help make moving to Ottawa easier!

Firstly, if you’re considering moving to Ottawa, you’re going to need a place to stay! Check out these realtors with a good reputation and expertise of the Ottawa area.

Sorin Vaduva –  + Facebook Link

Nila Matthews – + Instagram Link

Tania Kohl – + Facebook Link  

Once you sort living arrangements, hire All Star Van Lines to move you from Toronto to Ottawa. All Star hires the most professional movers in Toronto. Check us out on Facebook to see photo projects from moves from Toronto to Ottawa Facebook Link After settling in Ottawa, it’s time you get involved and have fun. We found Ottawa local social media pages that will keep you up to date on what’s going on in Ottawa.

Exploring Ottawa – Everything you need to know about Ottawa life

Ottawa Online– Best Places to visit in Ottawa

Things to do in Ottawa – Search local events by date and location.

Ottawa Citizen – Newspaper

Ottawa Jobs – Find a job in Ottawa – Ottawa Jobs Link


Do you need to get rid of stuff or require junk removal?

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What to do with unwanted furniture or junk before moving day!

People move constantly for so many different reasons. When one has lived in a home or apartment for a long period of time, the collection of “stuff” gathered is evident once moving day approaches. If you’re reading this and can agree, don’t worry, you’re not the only one who has what seems like “junk” or clutter. If you have a lot of stuff that you either don’t need anymore or want to get rid of, plan accordingly. All Star Van Lines can assist you in planning to de-clutter; we have all the tips and can direct you. Here are a couple things you can do to be proactive with your junk removal or de-clutter process.

1. Junk Removal

Whether you are living in a condo, home, or apartment, it’s not hard to collect junk or to realize that you may have junk. Obviously taking junk with your new home isn’t ideal at all, it would only cost you more money when moving and more stress down the line. If you have any items for junk whether it be that one TV from the 70s that you haven’t used in 10 years or a bunch of scrap material, All Star Van Lines knows exactly who to call….RID-OF-IT Junk Removal in Toronto can help! They are professional and offer junk removal services for commercial and residential units. They can be found at

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2. Furniture Donation

As consumers, we buy a lot, it’s the truth. According to ( Canadians surpassed spending expectations in 2017 by 4.5% more than any year prior since 2002. In your current home or apartment, you may find that there are certain items that you don’t actually need anymore. In a city like Toronto, people are constantly downsizing and moving to condos, it’s the trend now. If you are downsizing and have furniture that you will not be moving, let your Toronto moving company know.  All Star Van Lines would be happy to not only help you move but will deliver your unwanted furniture to a local furniture bank near you FREE of charge. Below lists furniture banks that would be happy to accept your furniture to help those in need.

These organizations are dedicated to providing furniture to families that do not have a means to buy any furniture. Let your moving coordinator at All Star Van Lines know if you have any furniture you would like to donate.


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All Star Van Lines Receives best of 2018 Houzz Award

All Star Van Lines of Toronto Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World. 

Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2018All Star Van Lines of Toronto has won “Best Of Design, Customer Service, Moving, and Photography on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The company with over 20 years of moving service experience was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. All Star Van Lines, a Toronto moving company displays what it takes to be a professional. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are proud to be a member of the Houzz community. We are pleased to receive this award as a Toronto moving company. This award means a lot to us and we hope to continue building a positive reputation through Houzz.”

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

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Hire Canada’s top piano movers at All Star Van Lines!

Do you have a move coming up? Do you have a piano that you need to be moved as well? Whether you are moving a studio sized upright piano or a concert grand, hiring the right pro for the job is critical. Don’t just use any moving company to assist you with this job, hire All Star’s top piano movers to move your piano. All Star Van Lines can move your piano professionally whether you are moving it to a home, condo, or apartment.

Moving a piano is not the same process as moving a heavy bookshelf. Pianos require special attention and care when being transported.  When choosing piano movers, be sure to do your research. Ask piano moving coordinators questions in order to understand what kind of service they provide. On move day, make sure that your piano movers have the proper equipment such as a piano skid, blanket padding, shrink wrap, a dolly, and tools as well.

If you have a piano, whether it be on the lower scale or higher-end, always ensure your piano movers have insurance. Pianos are usually the center of a home and are precious, ensuring that your moving company has insurance to cover the costs of any damages is crucial. All Star Van Lines is fully insured and all piano move quotes include the cost of insurance.

All Star Van Lines offers professional piano moving services in Toronto and Canada-wide. We are a full service piano moving company. Hire your expert piano movers Toronto today!

Moving and Storage Solutions during Home Remodeling

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Moving and Storage Solutions during Home Remodeling

Are you planning to do some remodeling in your home? Do you need to change the flooring? You’re probably going to ask yourself where you would put all those storage containers from the basement and where you would keep all the furniture that would be in the way. All Star Van Lines has all the moving and storage solutions Toronto for you. There are a couple solutions and both of them are good ones.

 1) Rent a Pod

If you are moving in Toronto or the GTA and you need a few weeks or even a couple months to redo your floors, remodel your basement/home, or do any type of work around the home, a pod can be your best solution. There are many POD rental companies in Toronto, here are a few:

Web Pods – PODS 

PUPS Portable Storage –

Cubeit –

All Star Van Lines can assist you in ensuring your belongings are safe and properly stored in the pod. Your movers will blanket pad everything and professionally pack the pod. When you are ready to have your belongings moved back in, you can hire the same number of movers or even one less as unloading is always done in less time than loading does. All Star Van Lines has the best Toronto movers for your pod move.

2) Store with your moving company – Moving and Storage Solutions Toronto

In some cases, renting a pod is not an option; whether it be due to not having space for a pod on site, or not being able to rent a pod in general. Not to worry, All Star Van Lines offers short-term week-to-week storage solutions. All Star Van Lines offers, affordable, safe, clean, and cheap storage in Toronto and The GTA. We can assess the details of your move, connect you with the right number of movers, provide you an accurate quotation, and complete the move for you. Our storage in Toronto is climate-controlled, fenced, and has camera surveillance. We charge on a weekly basis and will not increase your rate based on duration of stay. If you need storage in Toronto, call All Star Van Lines to provide you with a free quote today!