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How to Save Money on Your Move Day! 

How to Save Money on Your Move Day!

Often there is a big misconception with how much professional and reliable movers cost. This mistaken belief leads people into doing the move themselves. We all know that moving is stressful, packing takes a lot of time, renting a truck may not be so easy if you’re moving at the beginning or end of the month, and finding friends who will help you move your 4 bedroom house can be challenging too. This is why, All Star Van Lines will provide you with some tips on how to have an affordable move!

1. Right movers, better price

When hiring movers, it is important to do your research! Be sure to call a few reputable moving companies. Ask if they have any discounts for students, veterans, teachers, police officers, seniors, etc. hopefully one of them will pertain to you. In some cases, movers have lower rates on certain days of the month, if you are flexible, inquire! Choose the best company with reasonable pricing!

2. Packing

Packing materials can cost a lot of money, especially if you are moving your home. Depending on the amount of stuff you have to pack and the number of people living in the household, packing costs vary. Ask your moving company Toronto if they provide any boxes free of charge, if not ask them for box pricing. Do your research first, inquire for prices of boxes at places like U-Haul , Home Depot   , and Costco.

All Star Van Lines has affordable pricing options for boxes, we offer new and used boxes. Bubble wrap and shrink wrap are moving essentials, especially if you have any delicate items or expensive furniture. Pack economically, and we have the guidelines and all you need to know on how to do so here. If you pack a majority on your own, you will save a lot of money. However, if you need extra help packing, All Star Van Lines has expert packers. We can help you the day before to finish packing anything last minute.

3. DIY (Do it yourself)

There are a lot of things you can do yourself  before, during, and after your move. One aspect of your move that can take the movers quite some time to do is furniture disassembly and reassembly. If you have spare time the upcoming days before your move, try your best to take the furniture apart yourself. You would be surprised how long this can actually take.  Ask your movers to help you put the beds back together at your new home, this will ensure a stress-free transition. Another thing you can do is move the furniture and boxes to the hallways and door entries. This will allow the movers to quickly wrap everything and load it in the truck.

 

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Moving During the Winter Time? All Star Van Lines has the Tips!

              Is your moving day coming up? Is the weather forecast calling for snow or freezing rain? Chances are, if you were born in Canada or have lived here for some time, you know the struggle of Canadian winters. If this is the case, please contact your selected Toronto moving company to see if you can reschedule. However, please keep in mind that rescheduling last minute is very difficult and chances are, it may not happen. Below, we will let you in on how to handle moving during a Canadian winter

1. Choose the right Toronto moving company

             In the moving industry, there are the legit moving companies and the not so legit ones. If you are planning a move in the winter, be sure to ask all moving coordinators how their team prepares for winter weather conditions. Firstly, your moving company should have clean floor runners along with shovels just in case. Ask companies how they protect your furniture as it may go through rain or snowy weather. Ask about their insurance policy as trucking accidents are more likely in winter conditions. All Star Van Lines uses double layers of blankets and shrink wrap on furniture to ensure the protection of your belongings.

2. Packing Tips and move day prep

For your winter move, be sure to ask your moving company for advice on how to pack and get ready for the big day. In the meantime, I will list a few ideas on how to pack and prepare for a winter move:

  • Use as many bins as possible to avoid using cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard boxes are more likely to collapse with water, ask your movers to wrap the boxes in shrink wrap and blanket padding as well
  • Salt your stairs and driveways to avoid any slips which can be harmful to your furniture, yourself, and the movers.

3. Relax….

Choose All Star Van Lines to help with all your moving needs this winter! We are trained professionals that know how important your belongings are to you. From the very first call, to letting you know we are 10 minutes away, to the very last box unloaded, we will be there for you! When the move is complete, be sure to take a new selfie and hashtag “All Star Van Lines” or “winter move complete!”

If you are moving soon, here’s why an in-home estimate is essential!

Did you just sell your home? Are you signing a new lease? Will this be your first time moving? If the answer is yes, you should inquire about receiving a home estimate. First and foremost, the first thing you should do is find a few moving companies to call. Ask all of them if they offer home estimates in your area. Don’t let a moving coordinator fool you, there are moving companies that will in fact come to your home and for FREE.

Whether you are moving from a 1 bedroom apartment in Toronto or from a 5000 square foot home, you are eligible. Ask your moving coordinators for moving averages as well based on the size of your residence, they should have this information handy. Stay away from moving companies that reject your request to do a home estimate without valid reason. If you are flexible with timing, there is never an excuse!

An expert should arrive at your door with the company logo that can be found somewhere on an article of clothing. All Star Van Lines has dedicated professionals conduct all home estimates. During the home estimate, you should always indicate if something will not be present during the move; this is to ensure a more accurate quotation. Be sure to let the expert(s) view all contents to get a better understanding.

It is 1000% okay to ask the coordinator when to expect your emailed quotation; 1-3 days after your estimate is standard. According to Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, “the mover cannot charge you more than 10% above the estimate in your contract unless you need additional supplies or services and agree to an increase.” Click Here for more information.

Compare your quotations from the list of companies you have chosen. Chances are if you have selected three reputable moving companies, then you should receive three similar quotations when it comes to how long your move will take. Use your best judgement to select one using reviews, opinions, and research.

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Moving Tips and Guidelines for a smooth-move during the Winter Holidays

Here we are, the winter holidays have arrived! Even the thought of the holidays automatically put people in panic mode, don’t worry, All Star Van Lines can help! The idea of having to do so many things at once during this time of year can be tough. Whether you have exams going on, traveling to see family, celebrations to plan, or you’re planning the big move, everyone has a lot going on during this time of year. If you are moving during the holidays because you bought a new home, signed a lease, or even got a new job in another province, All Star Van Lines can help you with some helpful moving tips to create a stress-free move during the winter holidays.

Agenda/Calendar

Take that agenda or calendar out that you probably haven’t used in a while and take some time to plan your move. Start by deciding the week you are looking to have everything moved out by. Choose a week and look at the weather, it is best to choose a week that has a lower percentage of rain or snow for the week. Talk to family members or roommates and/or anyone that is involved in your move should be aware of your planning.  Now that you have everyone that is involved together, establish a budget for your move. When you can, choose your moving and packing date as well as arrangements for the night before your move day.

Research

     If you are looking for “moving company in Toronto”, searching that on Google and simply calling them all would not be ideal. Rather, search, “reputable moving companies in Toronto”; search for companies that have reviews with a good rating, give those companies a call. Narrowing your search based on the moving company’s reputation, cost, location, and services they can provide is best. Speak to a qualified moving specialist and coordinator to receive recommendations based on the size of your move.

Get Packing Materials

Inspect each room of your move and do your best to guess the number of boxes needed per room. If you are unsure of how to do this or would prefer a more accurate estimate, schedule a free moving estimate from All Star Van Lines. Remember that boxes are not the only thing you need to pack, check for any glass, mirrors, marble, or important delicates; these fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap. Purchase many boxes in various sizes that coordinate with what is going in them. Refer to our moving guidelines page for more help on how to pack your boxes.

Schedule your move with All Star Van Lines

If you’re looking for the right moving experts during the winter holidays, hire All Star Van Lines. We will help you with all planning and organizing for your move to be stress-free during the holidays. Our experienced movers will help you move from Toronto to Vancouver or move within The GTA. Contact us to assist you in your upcoming move!