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Moving in the Winter in Canada: How to Prepare

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

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Moving in the Winter in Canada: How to Prepare

Everyone jokes about the winter in Canada: the bitter cold, the mountains of snow, and the layers of ice that all serve to make going anywhere or doing anything difficult (except for ice hockey or skating). Who would want to move in weather like that? Sometimes, you have no choice. The experience doesn’t have to be stressful or unpleasant, though. Here are some tips from experienced movers in Toronto for preparing for a winter move in Canada.

Heat Things Up

Be careful about setting the date to cancel your utilities. You want your heating to remain on until the very last minute. Not only will you stay warm, but anything that needs a warm environment (such as plants or pets) will survive as well.

Clear a Path

The annual average snowfall for most major Canadian cities is at least 40 centimeters. That means there’s a good chance that you’ll see snow outside your window on the day you move. You can’t control the weather, much as you would like to. However, you can be prepared. Stay tuned to your local weather forecast. If there is wet, white stuff on the ground, get your shovel out and clear a path for the movers from their truck to your door. Don’t like shoveling? Pay one of the neighborhood kids to do it for you. Put down salt, gravel or kitty litter to prevent slips and falls.

Protect Your Floors…

You and the movers will be going in and out of the house during the course of the move. Keep your flooring in good condition and avoid slips. The movers will protect your floors.

…And Your Belongings

While you might enjoy the winter, electronics, artwork and furniture don’t. How do you protect them from the elements? Many electronic devices come with manufacturer’s instructions, which include information about packing them. If you don’t have the manufacturer’s instructions, look them up online. If you’ve got the space, try to save the packaging for electronics, which will protect them best. However, if you don’t, don’t worry about it. Wrap them and pack them carefully, then cover the boxes so they do not get wet.

Like electronics, artwork also needs to be protected. Pictures and sculptures should be packed in padded crates, and then covered so they don’t get wet. If you’re moving far away, consider shipping them by air to ensure they arrive at their destination safely.

Furniture should also be protected with a rainproof covering. If you’ve got outdoor furniture, make sure it’s dry before it travels to your new home.

No matter what category of belongings you’ve got, the best way to protect them is to ensure that they get onto the truck and do not sit outside in the snow or cold.

Don’t Pack Everything

Even if you’re pretty sure it’s not going to snow the day of your move, don’t pack your shovels, warm clothes, hats, gloves, etc. Weather can be highly unpredictable, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Choose an Experienced Mover

Whether you’re moving across the country or across the city, pick a moving company that has experience, especially moving clients in winter. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., based in Toronto, is that company. We’ve got experience in international shipping, long distance moving and shorter moves. Our employees are courteous, professional and experienced.

When you choose Orbit, you’re picking a moving company that’s a proud member of the International Association of Movers and the International Movers Network. That means that we have to uphold the highest standards of customer service to be a part of these two organizations. And that’s why our movers always arrive on time, with the right trucks, the right equipment, the right packing materials, and the right team.

Call us today to receive a free, no-obligation estimate. We’ll show you why we’ve got so many repeat customers.

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When I ship my goods from Canada, Do I have to declare them to Customs?

January 14th, 2014 Comments off

When shipping your personal goods from Canada, Canada customs may want to know what is being exported from the country.

It is important to remember that the moving company acts on the client’s behalf and should do anything in it’s power to avoid delays in their shipments.

If there are any conveyances on the shipment, the Moving company MUST submit a “B-13” (Export declaration) to the Canadian Border service agency. this document will specify the details of the conveyance and the personal effects in very general terms – value and the weight.

In the event that there are no conveyances included in the shipment, the moving company can note on the Bill of lading that there is an exemption named “NDR3” (no declaration required). However, from a practical point of view, many steamship lines are not aware of this regulation, thus, creating difficulties at a critical time of loading the container on the ship.

As a result, we always submit the B-13.

 

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When is a custom crate required for my goods?

December 18th, 2013 Comments off

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When is a custom crate required for my goods?

 

Answer:
The idea of building customs crates are to protect your goods in transit.

We will advise to crate an item when:

  • Items with odd shapes such as antique furniture and sculptures, . When loading them along with other effects, there is a risk of them getting damages
  • Porous items such as glass and marble tops.
  • Large fragile items.
  • Items with very high value such as painting and other are objects.

One more thing that needs be to be considered is the type of wood used to build the crate.
Under international regulations, ISPM15 certified wood is required. This is a regulation enforced in order to avoid the spread of plant, pests and diseases.

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Is it true that it is better to pack my stuff in double wall boxes?

December 12th, 2013 Comments off

Question:
Is it true that it is better to pack my stuff in double wall boxes?

 

Answer:
When shipping overseas, your goods may get handled many times. The better the goods are packed and packages, the better chance they have of reaching the destination in the same condition. Using single wall boxes may not be a good idea since they do not hold very well in long transit, time and when handled several times.

It is our recommendation to pack with double wall boxes.

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What is a lift Van?

December 9th, 2013 1 comment

Question:
What is a lift Van?

Answer:
A lift van is a large crate, (Typically W:87” X D:47” X H:87”), used to move personal effects overseas, across the border or to a long distance.
This method is mostly used when shipping NON EXCLUSIVE containers (LCL), it is important to protect the goods from other freight in the same truck or container. The best way to do that is in an enclosed crate.

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Should I insure my shipment when shipping overseas?

December 4th, 2013 Comments off

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Should I insure my shipment when shipping overseas?

 

Answer:
This is a question that is based on the individual belief of each client.

Generally speaking, it is recommended to insure your shipment since it has a long way to go and normally, when shipping overseas, there are also multiple modes of transportation that are used to bring your shipment to its final destination.

There are two types of coverage:

  1.     Total Loss – the total loss of your shipment.
  2.     All Risk – Included the total loss and also includes the coverage for breakage.

The first option only covers until the destination port and the 2nd up until the residence.  The All Risk in an umbrella coverage from Door to Door. This is due to the face that in the event of Damage, no one knows exactly when or where it happened. So in the iontrest of protecting the client, this is an umbrella coverage

We recommend to cover the shipment at a value of the replacement value of the items. This is to protect the client, in the rare event of damage of loss, that they would have the sufficient funds to recover.

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Can a mover reject a move?

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Question:
Can a mover reject a move?

 

Answer:
Normally movers will do anything to take on any move. However, there are several situations were a mover will decide not to take on a move.

During the summer months, all moving companies are extremely over worked. This is due to the fact that most people prefer to move during the summer. Due to that face, all moving companies hire temp workers to help with the work load.

This is a normal and acceptable practice. However, with some side notes:

  • The company need to make sure that the temps are well trained and know what they need to do
  • The moving company need to have the right composition on the crew of full timers and temps.

 

Some companies get tempted to take on more work then what they chew. Later, they would sort what jobs they want to keep and what jobs they want to disregard – depending on the profitability. By doing so, some clients are left without a mover.

It would be a responsible practice on the side of the international mover to know it’s limits and to only book jobs that they know they can accommodate and not leave a client high and dry on the last moment.

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What is a Moving leads generator website?

December 2nd, 2013 Comments off

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What is a Moving leads generator website?

 

Answer:
There has been a trend in the past several years in the results shown when searching for a service, particular for the moving industry.
When you are searching the web for an international moving service, large corporations with deep pockets, advertise a website that caters to this specific search.

These websites in turn sell your information to 5-10 moving companies who then bid on your business. In many occasion, the companies that purchase these leads are moving brokers, (See Question – What is the difference between an actual international moving company and a Moving Broker?).

Selling leads are not always a bad thing. However, there seems to be a tendency in the market place to focus the quote solely on a low price and not to listen to the questions and concerns of the person who is moving. remember, the lowest quote will probably end up being the MOST expensive quote at the end of the process and with a bad experience.

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How can check the credibility of your company?

November 29th, 2013 1 comment

Question:
How can check the credibility of your company?

 

Answer:
Good question!

The best and most reliable way to check the credibility of an international mover is referral from a friend or colleague HANDS DOWN.

Other ways is by searching for references. Normally a company would have a bunch if references posted on their website. HOLD ON. This may not be good enough. Ask to see the actual letter of reference. Anyone can write reviews about themselves. If you see a PDF of the actual email or letter from a happy client, chances are you can trust the resource. However, if it is just a written testimonial, proceed with caution.

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What is the difference between an actual international moving company and a Moving Broker?

November 28th, 2013 Comments off

Question:
What is the difference between an actual international moving company and a Moving Broker?

 

Answer:

Am International Moving Company is a company who has a storage facility, employees, trucks and other moving equipment.
A Moving Broker is a company which hirers a Moving Company to do work on their behalf. (A Middle man)

In today’s information era, we can find unlimited information on the web. However, how can we know what information can be trusted?
In the past several years, many moving sites started to appear online. Basically every individual who wants to appear as a credible International Mover can make a website and on you go.
Unfortunately, it is left for the consumer to do their own due diligence and select an appropriate company.

We recommend that you ask the company questions such as:

  • Where is your facility?
  • Do you own Trucks?
  • How long have you been in Business?

 

Moving Brokers do not do the actual move for you. Instead, they would quote on a moving job and contract a mover to move your shipment to overseas.

If a problem arises, you may be left in the middle since the broker may blame the mover and the mover they have contracted and the Mover may blame the broker for mot passing on the proper information and guidelines set for your particular move.

As I said before, since there is no regulatory system in place, you need to educate yourself before moving overseas and do your own due diligence.

Some recommendations:

  • Check the credibility of the information you are receiving.
  • If you can, Visit the facility of the international mover.
  • Beware of Phone Estimates: Always prefer a visual survey to ensure accuracy.
  • Beware of low ball estimates: since you are being billed by the size of your shipment, some company’s may report an increased volume, when in fact it is not.
  • Watch Out for excessive Up Front Fees:  While it may be customary to pay a deposit for securing moving dates with a mover, it is not recommended to pay more than 25% from the estimate. a reputable company will not ask to secure more than 25% in advance. It should be a red flag in your books it
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