How to Move Your House in a Year, Part I

November 16th, 2017 Comments off

Sometimes, you have to move to a new home in a hurry. There are other times in which you’ve got quite a bit of time to do so. For those of you with the luxury of time, we’ve presented nine simple tips to help you move your house within a year. This is part one – keep your eyes open for the second part soon.

Tip 1: Set a Timeline
Just because you know you have to move in a year doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t create a schedule.
A schedule helps you determine when you need to complete particular tasks. For example, you need to select your mover well in advance of your moving date – otherwise, you won’t be able to find a mover, or if you do, it might be at an exorbitant price.

Tip 2: Keep Track of All of Your Moving-Related Information
A smooth and successful move involves organization. And organization starts early (see Tip 1 above).
It helps when you’re gathering information to keep it all in one place. Some people prefer to do that by writing it down on paper and putting it in a folder or binder. If you prefer to store data digitally, keep a spreadsheet or Word document with everything you need. Just make sure to back it up, and save it in a folder that won’t get lost in the shuffle.

Tip 3: Start Cleaning Up
“But I have a year to do this!” you say. “Why do I have to worry about cleaning up now?”
The longer you have to do something, the more likely you are to put it off until the last minute. And when it comes to moving, it’s crucial that you only take what you absolutely need with you. You don’t want to bring a ton of belongings with you that you actually haven’t touched in the past year and for which you have no use.
Start going through all of your things now and throw out or donate what you don’t need. It will make packing easier when the time comes.

Tip 4: File Important Documents
German-American scientist Wernher von Braun once said, “We can lick gravity, but sometimes paperwork is overwhelming.” Piles of paper, whether they’re bills, records, forms or contracts, can leave everyone feeling buried in an ever-growing mountain that you can’t hope to climb.
Now is the time to start taming those mountains and filing important documents in a place where they’re easily accessible. When you need to find something, you can go into your files and pull it out.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts
When you’re ready to move, you need a moving company that’s experienced and professional. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. has been moving customers around the world for over a decade. Some of our customers have even used us more than once! To find out what makes Orbit different than the competition, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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How Much Do Movers Charge?

October 26th, 2017 Comments off

For people getting ready to move, there’s one question that’s top of mind: how much is this going to cost me? Aside from purchasing or renting a property, the largest cost associated with moving is transporting your goods to your new home. You want to spend less on moving, which is understandable. However, it’s crucial to know what goes into a mover’s quote. Read on to learn why movers charge what they do and how to get the best deal.

What Time of the Year Is It?
The cost of your move will depend on the time of year in which you’re planning your move. Summer is the most expensive time of the year to move, no matter which company you choose. Why is that?

Summer is expensive because it’s a popular time of year to move. There will be fewer trucks and personnel to make the move, so movers price their scarce services accordingly. Want to save money? Move during the other three seasons, if possible.

The Size of Your Home
It tends to be the rule that the larger your house is, the more stuff you have. And the more stuff you have, the more movers you need and the longer they’ll take to move it.

What can you do to reduce this component of your moving costs? Start paring down the number of belongings you have before you even start calling moving companies for quotes. Go through your closets and cupboards and determine what you want to take with you to your new home and what can be donated or thrown away.
Packing

Here’s something else that you need to consider: are you going to do the packing yourself, or will you let the moving company do it for you?

It might sound like it’s a better idea to pack your own belongings, but that depends on what the belongings are. If you want to insure your goods or if you’ve got large items such as appliances or antiques, it’s better to get a professional to pack them so they don’t get damaged during the move. While it will add a cost, you don’t have to worry about replacing an expensive item when you reach your new home.

Where Are You Moving To?
A short-distance move will be cheaper than a long distance move. And international moving will be more expensive than either of those two options.

However, there is a range of companies in each category – those that charge less and those that charge more. Just because they charge less doesn’t mean it’s the best quote. It might be cheaper because it doesn’t include as many services.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts
If you’re planning an international move, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We’ve been moving people around the world for over a decade. Our customers love us because we’re professional and courteous; we get the job done right the first time and value your business. To learn more, contact us at 416-661-4228.

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Why Move to Australia?

October 23rd, 2017 Comments off

When people think of Australia, they imagine a large, remote island populated by kangaroos, koalas, and people who talk about throwing shrimp on the barbie. While Australia has had its fair share of fun poked at it, there are actually a number of fantastic reasons to move to the Land Down Under.
Australia is vibrant, modern and its residents have a great quality of life. Read on to learn why you should consider moving to Australia.

The Economy
Australia’s economy is quite robust. Unemployment is low. In many parts of Australia, there is a fair amount of casual work (part-time and temporary positions), which is especially great for young adults without a great deal of professional experience.
Moreover, because the minimum wage is so high, even casual jobs can earn you more money than what you were making back home. Which means you can enjoy…

The Great Outdoors
Since Australia’s an island, there are miles and miles of beaches. The vast majority of Australians live on the coast, so you’re never far from a beach.
Don’t like sand? Don’t worry. There’s still plenty to do here. You can visit rainforests, deserts and even take advantage of skiing.

The Amazing Weather
It helps that Australia has pretty fantastic weather so that you can enjoy its natural beauty.
Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. When it’s winter in Canada, it’s summer. However, the winters in Australia are quite mild. Temperatures generally don’t drop below 15 degrees Celsius. So, pack a sweater, but leave the parka behind.

A Multicultural Society…
Over the past few decades, Australia has embraced immigrants with open arms. The society is now quite multicultural – nearly half of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.

For many Canadians, who are accustomed to being part of a multicultural society, being in Australia won’t feel so different.

…That Still Speaks English
While there are many languages spoken in Australia, the native language is still English. That means that you don’t need to learn a new language in order to go about your day-to-day life.
You will need to learn some slang, though. Australians (or, as they call themselves, “Ozzies”) have their own spin on English. So, while you’ll be able to have a conversation with an Ozzie, you might have to occasionally ask them what they’re talking about.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts
Orbit has been moving customers to Australia and around the world for over a decade. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once! What’s our secret? We offer unparalleled customer service. Our customer service representatives are always courteous and professional, and they answer any question, no matter how small. Our moving crew shows up on time with everything they need to get the job done right the first time. To learn more, call Orbit today at 416-661-4228.

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5 More Reasons to Move to Dubai

September 27th, 2017 Comments off

In August, we published a blog post about five reasons to move to Dubai. We realized those weren’t enough – we’ve come up with five more.
In case you weren’t convinced by the first blog post, read on to discover five more reasons to move to the vibrant, modern-yet-steeped-in-tradition country of Dubai.

Reason 1: The Economy
Dubai’s economy has experienced steady growth that might not dazzle, but it is sustainable. The country’s leadership has chosen to diversify so Dubai isn’t so reliant upon oil.
This economic growth means there are jobs for highly qualified, trained professionals who can move Dubai’s economy further forward. And as we mentioned in the last blog post, you won’t pay taxes on your earnings.

Reason 2: Low Crime
Dubai ranks as one of the safest cities in the world. Its crime rate is the envy of other major cities thanks to strictly enforced laws and a well-respected police force.
Women can feel safe walking the streets at night – how many other cities in North America and around the world does that statement apply to?

Reason 3: A Tightknit Expatriate Community
Dubai attracts many workers from around the world (including from Canada). Because everyone is far from home and most expatriates don’t speak Arabic, a tightknit community has developed.
The expatriate community frequently runs events for newcomers and old timers alike, giving people a chance to get to know each other. It makes being in a new place (even one as nice as Dubai) less lonely.

Reason 4: Excellent Healthcare
Many people still operate under the (erroneous) assumption that the Middle East is backwards and old-fashioned. “I wouldn’t want to get sick there,” you’ll hear. “I wouldn’t trust the doctors or hospitals.”
That’s not true in Dubai. Thanks to government investment, highly trained doctors and nurses treat patients in state-of-the-art facilities. Many employers offer to pay for private health insurance so their employees get the best care.

Reason 5: High Quality Education for School-Aged Children
If you’ve got a family and your children are old enough to be in school, one of the biggest concerns about moving is their education. “How good are the schools?” parents fret. “Will our children be able to keep up with their peers when they come home?”
That’s not a worry you’ll have in Dubai. There are British and American-run private schools for international students that provide excellent education, no matter what class your child is in. As with health insurance, many employers will pay for your children’s education in order to attract the best employees.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts
Are you considering a move to Dubai? Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. For over a decade, we’ve been moving people across the world. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once! The difference between us and other moving companies is our commitment to customer service. To find out more, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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Five Reasons to Move to Italy

September 15th, 2017 Comments off

Italy brings a number of images to mind: a country in the shape of a boot, jutting into the Mediterranean; the land that spawned the Romans; the place where some of the greatest artists and thinkers lived and worked; and of course, the place where pasta was perfected.
Yes, Italy is all of that. But, it’s also a vibrant, modern place to live. Read on to discover five reasons to move to Italy.

Reason 1: The Food
Okay, we know we just said that Italy isn’t all about the food, but you can’t leave food off the list when talking about this country.
While pizza and pasta might be the first things you think of, don’t limit yourself to those options. There’s amazing, fresh produce, fantastic seafood and let’s not forget about the decadent gelato. Mangia bene!

Reason 2: Amazing Culture
Italy is steeped in thousands of years of history, yet it also embraces modernity. It celebrates its past while its residents very much live in the present.
You can attend religious festivals, watch horse races, and cheer on gondoliers in Venice dressed as witches in the winter without having to give up your cell phone, laptop or other modern conveniences. When you’re done, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat.

Reason 3: Excellent Public Transport
Want to get from Rome to a northern village for a religious festival you’ve been dying to witness? You can do it, thanks to Italy’s public transport system.
The public transport system connects the country from north to south. In the cities, it’s reliable and inexpensive. Furthermore, you don’t have to put your life at risk – Italian drivers are notorious for being reckless and disobeying the rules of the road.

Reason 4: Stunning Scenery
Italy is full of natural and manmade beauty, and you can find it across the country. It can even be as close as outside of your window.
Take Calabria in the southern part of the country – it’s got phenomenal views of mountains, the sea and picturesque villages. Then there’s Florence in the north. The city dates back to Roman times, although it’s best known for being the cradle of the Renaissance. You could spend ages exploring all of the architectural and artistic gems in Florence.

Reason 5: A Zest for Life
Although “joie de vivre” is a French term, Italians definitely possess this quality in spades. They have a passion for living.
This passion for living manifests itself in Italy’s food, its art, its language, and the country’s culture. The minute you step off the plane, you’ll feel like you’re on the path to la dolce vita.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd: Your International Moving Experts
If you’re planning on moving to Italy, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have over a decade of experience moving people across the world. Our customers come back to us because we provide excellent service. Call us today at 416-661-4228 to learn more.

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5 Reasons to Move to Dubai

August 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Are you considering a move to Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates? You’re not alone – many people move there for work.

What are some of the benefits of moving to this vibrant city-state? We’ve rounded up the top five reasons you should move to Dubai, and if you’re moving there already, this is what you have to look forward to.

Reason 1: The Weather
The weather in Dubai is amazing if you love soaking up the sun’s rays. Dubai has an average of 342 sunny days per year. And those sunny days are warm – the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius.

If you’re from a colder climate, such as Canada, you finally have the chance to sit outside in December and not see a single snowflake. And because Dubai enjoys such fabulous weather, that means there’s plenty of things to do, which brings us to Reason 2…

Reason 2: Lots of Activities
Love the beach? Dubai has a long coastline with miles and miles of sand. Do you prefer your sand without water? Dubai’s desert makes a great place for a camping excursion.

If you’re not an outdoors person, don’t worry. There are plenty of things to do inside. Dubai has fantastic, moderately priced restaurants, lots of shopping, cinemas, ice rinks, and aquariums. Whatever you like to do, you can find it in Dubai.

Reason 3: No Taxes
Nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes… unless you’re in Dubai. The emirate is tax-free.
You don’t pay taxes on your salary. You don’t pay taxes on any purchases you make. That means there’s more money in your pocket at the end of the month. Expats who move to Dubai can amass quite a large amount of savings if they’re savvy.

Reason 4: Generous Salaries
One of the reasons people move to Dubai for work is because the salaries are higher than they would be in their home countries. Why wouldn’t you want to be paid more to work in a country with fantastic weather and lots of attractions?

And when you’re not paying taxes on a large salary, there’s more take-home pay. At the end of the day, you come out
ahead on the deal.

Reason 5: Just Because It’s in the Desert, Doesn’t Mean It’s in the Middle of Nowhere
When you think of Dubai, the first thing that comes to mind is, “It’s in a desert.” But that doesn’t mean it’s cut off from the rest of the world.
You can easily catch a flight to Europe or Asia from Dubai. If you’ve always wanted to see other parts of the world, now’s your chance!

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving to Dubai, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We’ve been moving people to Dubai (and around the world) for over a decade. Our professionalism, courtesy and customer service set us apart. Call us today at 416-661-4228 to find out more.

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Your List of Moving Day Essentials

August 9th, 2017 Comments off

We know – moving is stressful. There’s so much to do and pack. The big day can be even more mentally taxing; you’re rushing around, trying to check off everything on your to-do list. Once you’re finally moved in, you might realize that amidst the hubbub that you’ve forgotten something important, such as your toothbrush.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of moving day essentials. Read on to discover what things you absolutely need to have for moving day.

The Things that Keep You Running
Today, you need your cell phone, laptop and/or tablet. And those devices need to be charged. Don’t pack those items – keep them in an easy-to-access place. The same goes for spare batteries for any devices.
If you take medication or vitamins, keep them with you as well. It’s expensive to get emergency refills.

The Things that Keep You Comfortable
Imagine this: you finish unpacking and you order takeout. You look around for something to eat off of, and realize you don’t have anything. Or, you spilled some soda over dinner and want to clean it off, but you’ve got no paper towels.
Bring tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, recyclable plates and cutlery so that the first night in your new home is comfortable and pleasant. If you’re planning on taking a shower, take along a shower curtain, too.

The Things that You Need for the Move (and Beyond)
It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people wind up packing important items and documents such as their wallets or paperwork for the purchase or lease of their new home. You might need to pay for an unexpected expense, so you need your credit card available.
Consider carrying a backpack with these necessities in them, and don’t let it out of sight until you’ve finished moving. It’s helpful to pack snacks and some water in this bag, too, so you don’t get hungry or thirsty.

The Intangible Things that Make the Move Go Smoother
While you might have excellent reasons for moving and you’re looking forward to starting a new life someplace else, the process of moving is headache-inducing. Everyone approaches it with a sense of dread.
However, your attitude and how you respond to the situation plays a role in the moving experience. If you’re flexible, have a sense of humour and are patient, the move won’t be so bad. Also, the more organized you are, the smoother it will go – you won’t be scrambling to do things at the last minute, which is very stressful.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts
Here’s another thing that makes the moving process go better: choosing experienced, professional movers. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. has been moving people across the world for over a decade. Every member of our staff is courteous and client-focused. The moving crew arrives on time with everything they need, and the customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small. To learn more, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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How Much Should I Budget for Utilities After Moving?

August 1st, 2017 Comments off

When you think of moving, the first thing that comes to mind is packing. However, there are other things to consider.
One of those things is how much you should budget for your utility bill after you move. Read on to learn about the amount of money you’d need to budget for utilities at both your current address and your future address without wasting money.

Why Is Budgeting for Utilities Important?

Unless you’re not paying for utilities in either your current property, your new property or both properties, knowing how much you’re going to pay for electricity, water and other vital services is crucial.
Why is it so vital? The utilities company expects you to pay for the utilities you use in your current home. Once you move, you’ll have to start paying for utilities there, too. You don’t want to pay for utilities for both homes.

What You Need to Keep in Mind When Budgeting for Utilities

Utility companies typically charge customers for two things in addition to the utilities themselves: to connect your utilities and to turn off your utilities.

If you don’t disconnect your utilities after you move, you’ll continue to receive bills (even though you’re not living there and not using those utilities!). And, if you don’t pay to get your utilities connected after you move in, you won’t have access to electricity or water.
It’s also a good idea to keep the lights (and water and whatever other utilities you’ve got) turned on for one day after you’re scheduled to move. That way, if there’s a problem with your move and you’re stuck at your old place, the stay will be more pleasant – especially in seasons with extreme temperatures such as winter or summer.

Call your utility company and ask them how far in advance of your move you need to notify them of your move. If you’re moving to another country, this might be a bit more difficult. Instead, find an online forum for other expats who can walk you through the process.
Bear in mind that if you’re moving into a larger place, your electricity bill will be higher than it was previously. Also, some jurisdictions have more expensive electricity rates than others. Do a little research before you move so you won’t be hit by sticker shock when you get your first bill.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts

Whether you’re moving across town, across the country or across the world, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. is here to help. We’ve been moving people everywhere for over a decade. Some of our customers have even used us more than once. Why do they come back? Orbit’s staff is professional, respectful and courteous. Our movers show up on time with the right equipment, and our customer service representatives answer any question, no matter how small. We believe in getting the job done right the first time. To discover the Orbit difference, call today at 416-661-4228.

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City-to-City Movers: A City-to-City Moving Checklist

July 13th, 2017 Comments off

Are you considering moving between cities? You might think it’s less of a headache than moving between countries. After all, you don’t have to learn a new language, you can most likely find your favourite food at the grocery store, and you’ll still be using the same currency.
However, there are still some things you’ll need to keep in mind. Read on for our city-to-city moving checklist so your move can be smooth and hassle-free.

Think about the Cost
You might think that it’s cheaper to move things yourself. The truth is that it depends on the situation.
How much stuff are you moving? Do you have large paintings, heavy furniture or antiques? If you can toss all of your things in a couple of boxes or suitcases and then shove them into the trunk, then you don’t need a moving company. There’s a pretty good chance that description doesn’t fit you, though.

At the very least, you most likely have heavy furniture. You’ll need a truck, and it might be cheaper to go with a professional moving company than to rent a truck and drive to a new city. When it comes to cost, think about the cost of your time. It might take you much longer to accomplish a job that professional movers would complete in half the time.

Think about Safety
In addition to the aspect of cost, take a second to regard safety (that of yourself, anyone who’s helping you move, and that of your belongings).
Professional movers know how to move objects of all sizes safely so they don’t injure themselves, you or your stuff. Moreover, they know how to pack your things properly so they won’t get damaged during the journey.

Get References and Quotes for Moving Companies
If you’re going to be moving from one city to another and you want to use a professional moving company, you need to get references and quotes. Ask others who have made similar moves about which movers they’ve used. They can tell you whom they loved (and whom they didn’t).

Just remember that references aren’t the only thing you should be looking at. Once you talk to some of the companies, ask for quotes. When it comes to quotes, bear in mind that cheaper isn’t always better. It’s a low quote because it might not include things like a truck or packing materials. Go for the most reasonable quote that includes the greatest number of services.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd: Your Moving Experts
If you’re moving from one city to another, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. Don’t be fooled by our name – we don’t only handle international moves. We can help you move from city to city, whether that city is 45 minutes away or across the country. Our customer service representatives are courteous and professional, and our movers show up on time and get the job done right the first time. To learn more, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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Cheap Moving Tips: Save Money When Moving House

June 28th, 2017 Comments off

When people think of moving, they groan about how long packing is going to take them, and what a pain in the neck the whole process is. However, there’s another complaint that people don’t always consider: moving is expensive.
Well, to be more accurate, moving can be expensive. But, there are ways to save money. Read on to learn about how to make the moving process cheaper.

Set a Schedule

This might sound more like organizational advice than a budgeting tip, though it’s actually a very important way to save money.
When you do things at the last minute, you have to scramble, and that leads to costlier choices. Let’s say you realized you don’t have enough bubble paper. Sure, you can find an all-night office supply store, but it might be more expensive than the stores that closed hours ago.

Compare Quotes, Carefully

You might think that you should choose the cheapest moving company on the market. “That will save me money, right?” you ask.
The answer is, “not necessarily.” You get what you pay for; there’s a reason the quote is so cheap. Read the fine print to learn exactly what it includes. The movers might not bring the right packing materials, which could lead to your belongings becoming damaged. It doesn’t save you any money if you have to buy new dishes.

Purge before You Pack

Even if you live in a small space such as an apartment or condo, you’ve still probably accumulated a great deal of stuff. The more stuff you have, the more it will cost to move.
Sort through your things. If you haven’t used something in the past six months and you can’t come up with a rationale for using it in your new place, sell it, recycle it, or throw it out.

Select the Right Season, If Possible

It will cost you more to move during some seasons than others. Summer is the most expensive moving season because it’s the most popular. People with kids want to move before the school year starts, and many companies experience a slowdown in the summer, so employees worry less about missing work.
Moving in the spring, fall, or winter is more affordable. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s nice, but my schedule doesn’t permit me to move during that season. What do I do?”. If you absolutely must move during the summer, try to move on a weekday. Not many people move during the week, making it somewhat cheaper than the weekends. And book in advance – the longer you wait, the less chance you have of being able to book an available truck.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts
If you’re looking for a company that offers the most services for an affordable price, turn to Orbit International Moving. Our rates are reasonable, and our packages are the most inclusive you’ll find. Contact us today to discover the Orbit difference at 416-661-4228.

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