Deciding to hire a moving company or rent a moving truck are the two most common choices people face when moving. Renting a moving truck may come at a lower price but the added stress, exertion and time must also be considered, and while the initial cost may seem tempting there are several hidden costs of renting a moving truck you might be overlooking.

Uhaul vs Movers Cost Comparison

Many people forget to include extra costs like packing materials, required tools, their time and the cost of fuel into the cost of renting a moving truck. When those things are taken into account, renting a truck isn’t always the bargain it seems to be. Start by checking out this comparison to get an idea of the costs of renting a moving truck vs hiring movers

Hiring Moving Help

Moving is labour-intensive, so if you decide against hiring a moving company you’ll likely need help. If you don’t have too many belongings and nothing particularly valuable or fragile to move your friends might suffice. If you do have a considerable inventory to transport and some of it is quite valuable or irreplaceable, think twice. Friends that are not experienced movers and will not likely take to much care with your items or watch out for your walls. Professional movers can save you a lot of stress and you might be surprised how affordable full moving services can be.

You can take advantage of the expertise of professional moving services by having them load and transport your things while you pack yourself. It is important to note that most movers will not cover damage to customer packed boxes.

Highly discounted movers have a reputation for being less  delicate with your things. It is not recommended to choose the lowest hourly rate. You get what you pay for!

Safety First

Can you picture yourself driving a rental truck with comfort and confidence? Unless you’re a professional driver, the answer is probably no. These are big, heavy vehicles that are harder to steer and require much more caution while braking, turning, merging and most other aspects of driving. Unless you are not travelling a great distance and can fit your belongings into a pickup, van or other types of a small truck it might be better to call in the professionals. Movers know how much weight their trucks can safely hold and how to load the truck so the weight is evenly distributed. 

This video demonstrates the dangers of an uneven load

Movers work is seasonal, which means summer is significantly busier than winter. Certain days are also busier, especially weekends. In the low season and on weekdays you can find great bargains and discounted moving rates.

So should you hire Calgary Movers or rent a moving truck and do it yourself? Provided that your inventory isn’t very big, i.e. you’re moving out for the first time or transporting the contents of a one bedroom apartment, you and your friends will likely be able to handle things. If you’re not moving farther and can perform the entire move within a day, a rental truck may be the perfect solution for you. However, if your inventory is larger or your new home isn’t close to your old one, a moving company will probably be better equipped and prepared to handle your move.

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Don't Pack Different Rooms Together

 

If you pack one room in one box you will have a much easier time unpacking at the new house then if you mixed rooms together. Ensure you label the box accurately so it can be placed in the correct room for delivery. At first it may seem faster and easier to dump all your boxes in one room on the main floor but you will end up having to move them anyway.

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"The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should go into."

 

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Last In = First Out

 

Start unpacking the essentials in the kitchen and bathrooms first. Tell the Calgary Movers what you need first at your new home and they can load that last. The last items loaded onto the truck are the first ones unloaded.

Do not worry about unpacking everything all at once. Prioritize and pace yourself to avoid making a mess and stressing out.

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Plan the unpack before you attack

 

Before you starting cutting boxes open it is important to know where it will go. If you do not have a clear vision of where everything will go you will end up with clutter on tables, counters and floors.

Ask for help

 

Most people are not aware but most moving companies offer unpacking services. If you need help unpacking your entire house or just more difficult rooms like the kitchen feel free to ask them to stick around and they would be more then happy to get you settled into your new home. Some will take away empty boxes for recycling afterwards.

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Since the home you moved into likely fits into your lifestyle and has some of your desired amenities, the next step is to make it your own.

These tips can help turn a house into a home.

Movers will offer to place your furniture where needed, and moving heavy pieces may be difficult to do on your own. The most prepared homeowners will have already taken measurements and compared them to the new home's floor plan, so movers can place them in the right spot.

Make sure it's safe

While you may already be aware of a home's safety features, it's important to make sure the locks have been replaced, as previous homeowners or friends and family members may have additional keys. You should also replace gate, garage and security system codes with your own for optimal safety. Don't forget to replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Make Improvements Required

If buying a newly constructed property, you won't likely need to make any improvements or repairs. Even in a new home, you may want to repaint bedrooms or common living areas to make them your own, and doing so can make moving a fun process for children who may be less than excited about relocating. To be more eco-friendly, you may want to invest in swapping standard light bulbs throughout your home with greener options.

Some neighbours may be very welcoming and approach you first, but you should make it a point to introduce yourself when getting settled into your new house. This can make run-ins less awkward, and being on good terms with neighbours is great if you're new to the area and in need of advice or direction.

Unpack and relax

Moving day can be stressful, so you may benefit from resting a full day before you begin to unpack. After unloading boxes and getting items situated, you should celebrate by going out to dinner or breaking in the kitchen with a family meal. Hosting a housewarming party can also be a fun activity, but make sure everyone is settled in and comfortable first.

Move Easy This Winter

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Winter is here and many of us prefer to stay huddled up under the covers when it’s cold outside. This means that a move during the middle of winter can seem like a nightmare. 

Luckily, moving during the winter can have its benefits.  The truth is that many people choose to move when it’s warmer outside; plus, some families prefer to move during the summer when their kids are out of school. This means that by moving in the winter you may be able to enjoy more flexible scheduling, more personalized attention and even lower rates for professional moving services.

Here are some tips for an easy move in winter:

Hire Professional Calgary Movers

Hiring a professional to assist you with moving is always a smart plan, but it can be especially smart when you’re moving during the winter months. If you have never driven a moving truck before, driving one might turn out to be more challenging than you think. This is especially true if you’re going to be driving in snowy and icy conditions. A professional mover, however, will be better able to drive the truck in the winter weather conditions while staying safe and keeping your packed possessions safe as well. 

Keep Walkways Free of Snow & Ice

The last thing that you want to worry about is slipping and falling while carrying furniture.  Walking on slippery walkways is dangerous, and it becomes even more dangerous when you’re carrying heavy boxes. Along with keeping the walkways free and clear at your old home while you’re packing, consider hiring someone to shovel at your new home so that you won’t arrive in dangerous conditions. 

Dress in Layers

While you’re packing and moving items from your home to the moving truck, consider wearing layers of clothing. You’ll want to stay warm, but you probably won’t want to wear a big and bulky coat. Plus, you can take off a layer or two if you get hot packing and moving boxes and furniture around. If you hire movers the door will be open until the moving truck is unloaded so you can stay warm without wasting energy. 

Keep Something Warm to Drink

You, your family members and your moving crew will probably be craving something nice and warm to drink . Consider packing your coffee maker last so that you can make coffee or tea when you arrive at your new home.  .

Pad and Wrap Furniture

The winter weather can lead to damage to your possessions if you aren’t careful. Snow can cover your boxes and melt, causing them to be soaking wet and weaken during transport. Most professional movers are equipped with moving blankets and shrink wrap which they use to protect your items from damage during transport. 

Save money and remain cozy throughout winter by acting before the bitter cold arrives.

Change Furnace Filters

It's important to replace or clean your furnace filter once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and increase energy demand. Consider switching to a permanent filter, which will reduce waste and hassle.  Disposable fibreglass filters only trap around 10 to 40% of debris so consider an electrostatic filter which can trap up to 88%. Another good choice is a genuine HEPA filter, which can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles. HEPA filters are based on Department of Energy standards.

Run Fans in Reverse

Most people think of fans only when they want to be cool, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer. Air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space—cutting your heating costs.

Winterize Water Lines

Drain hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don't have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off.Similarly, make sure hoses are drained, stowed away and turn off exterior water spigots. It's also a good idea to seal any water leaks —and don't forget to remove any window A/C units so you don't invite cold drafts all winter long.

Turn Down the Water Heater

While many conventional water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, most households don't need that much steam and end up paying for it—in dollars. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees or lower could reduce your water heating costs by 10%.

Dodge Drafts

Drafts can waste 5 to 30% of your energy use. Start simple and adopt the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself. Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door and make sure drafts aren't giving your thermostat a false reading.

TuneUp your Heating System

Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.The good news is many utilities companies offer free checkups—but you often must call early, as HVAC crews get backed up once heating season starts. Some furnace manufacturers and dealers also offer free or discounted inspections.

Mind the Thermostat

It's easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave, but doing so is one of the surest ways to save money. Most households shell out 50 to 70% of their energy budgets on heating and cooling.

For every degree, you lower the thermostat during heating season, you'll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill. Make it easier with a programmable thermostat. They are widely available for as little as $50, and the average family will save $180 a year with one.

Put Up Plastic

For just a few dollars, pick up a window insulation kit at your local hardware or discount store. Don't worry, properly installed window plastic is essentially invisible. Adding a buffer against drafts and extra still air space can give a nice boost to your home's ability to hold heat.

Use an Energy Monitor

Measure your way to savings with an energy monitor. Such a device indicates household electrical usage in real time and projects your monthly bill. Research has found that such info leads consumers to reduce their electricity consumption significantly.

See how My Energy IQ™ can help you change how you use energy @ https://www.enmax.com/home/electricity-and-natural-gas/my-energy-iq

Add Caulking and Weather-stripping

Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30% a year, that means it pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weather-stripping.

Take a close look at places where two different building materials meet, such as corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit, and along the foundation. Use the incense test: Carefully move a lit stick along walls. Where the smoke wavers, you have air sneaking in, and heating or cooling sneaking out.

Boost Insulation

Insulation  is one of the best ways to save energy and money at home. It can make a big difference to add more insulation between walls, and make sure your attic floor and basement ceiling are well covered.

Put on a Sweater

A light long-sleeved sweater is worth about 2 degrees in added warmth, while a heavy sweater can add about 4 degrees.

Insulate Pipes

Pay less for hot water by insulating your pipes. This can also help decrease the chance of pipes freezing, which can be disastrous. You can get pre-slit pipe foam at most hardware stores. Cut it to size and fasten in place with duct tape.

Seal Those Ducts

Moving even deeper into a home's infrastructure, and one encounters the duct work. Studies show 10 to 30% of heated air in an average system escapes from the ducts.Therefore, pay to hire a professional technician to come out and test your duct system and fix any problems. Properly sealing ducts can save the average home big bucks you'll have better protection against mold and dust.

Upgrade to an Efficient Furnace

Thankfully, it's not something you have to do every year , but if your furnace is old you could save a lot of money in the long run and improve your home's value by upgrading to a newer unit.

Very exciting! You have made the decision and are ready to move to your new house. You started packing some items up and have taken the family photos down. “Decluttering” is a word you hear buzzing when selling, but what does that really mean and does it actually make a difference? You like your home, you enjoyed living here so why wouldn’t anybody else? This preparing phase seems like a lot of work.

Buying a house is actually a very emotional decision and it is important to connect with your buyer the minute they walk through your door, actually the minute your listing is posted online. A buyer needs to feel they can move in and make this house their home. They are not buying your décor - They are buying your house.

First impressions are priceless when selling, you only have a couple of seconds to impress.

Preparing your house for sale is one of the most important steps in the sales process: You can’t change the size of your house or the location of your property. The only influence you have on the sale is the presentation of your property! The staging process will take your home filled with memories to a property for sale.

Staging for sale will also prepare you as the seller, to move out. Packing up your personal and valuable belongings gives you a head start and will make it much easier to keep your house clean for showings.

Some tips from the professionals – packing up prior to listing:

1. Empty all your closets as much as possible: Pack up out-of-season clothes, put small items in a basket and keep your floor surface clear and clean to make storage look larger. Remove wire hangers, adding the same style hangers.

2. Empty and tidy your vanities: Put medications and personal care items in containers. Add loose items to baskets. Clean the shelves and keep your counters empty and clean

3. Remove items from your floors throughout: A clear floor surface will make the house look larger and will be easier to walk through

4. Pack all your out-of-season items like Christmas/Easter décor, patio cushions and umbrellas, snow removal. You are moving, why not get a head start!

5. Collections/collectibles. Often your collections are very valuable (to you). When listing your home it is important to pack it all up. Things can break or be touched by your potential buyers.

Why is staging for sale important?

Staging your house for sale will make your house more marketable and saleable. Buyers can walk through every room with ease, getting a good impression of size and purpose of each room. Storage will look efficient and larger and most important you showcase the best features of your home.

A professionally staged property is the recipe for beautiful pictures, resulting in amazing promotional material and Internet marketing. An excellent online presentation will lead to more and better showings and a faster sale for the best price possible. With a great number of homes on the market and an ever-changing Real Estate climate, sellers need to make sure their listing stands out. Get a head start, prepare your property for sale and show it for all it’s worth.

Author:

Yvonne Laanstra
Owner and lead designer
Staging Calgary
www.stagingcalgary.ca
403-630-0541

  1. Work from the top to bottom, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
  2. Do one room at a time to avoid unfinished jobs.
  3. Use good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin.
  4. Dust before vacuuming or mopping the floors.
  5. Clean ceiling with a broom or extendable duster then wipe light fixtures with a damp cloth and check they do not have any dead insects in them.
  6. Repair cracks in walls and touch up paint. Scrub with mild all-purpose cleaner; don’t forget around light switches and doorknobs to erase fingerprints and marks.
  7. Steam-clean carpets if possible, or sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum vigorously.
  8. Using a multi-purpose cleaner wipe down the interior and the exterior of all cabinets and closets.
  9. Sweep and clean the exterior of the house including balcony, patio and doors.
  10. Remove all of the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and place in the dishwasher. Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator, being certain to remove any food build-up.

Find a room by room Cleaning Checklist here

For a lot of kids, moving means leaving everything important behind. They are not normally involved in the decision and oftentimes do not understand why the move is necessary.
  1. Tell your children as soon as you can to allow time for them to warm up to the idea

  2. As they become used to the idea, tell them more about their new home.

  3. Accept that it may take some time for children to let go.

  4. Involve your children in the move. and ask for their opinions and suggestions.

  5. Involve your children and give them their own to-do list

  6. Make sure to give extra support to your children through the first months in your new home. Keep the same customs going, such as Movie Monday or Taco Tuesdays, to help make your kids feel at home.
  7. Throw your children a going-away party and encourage them to keep in touch with friends.

1.  Refer to the manufacturers' guide for moving instructions. If you no longer have these, visit the manufacturer's website for an online version or to request a copy. If you have the original packaging, use that to pack your equipment

2.  When packing printers ensure you remove the toner and ink cartridges and store in sealable bags. Pack these bags in the same box with the equipment.

3.  Purchase labels large enough to write on but small enough to secure to connection ports. Coloured, round sticky circles are perfect for this. Before disconnecting any wires or plugs, mark the cable and port you're removing it from with a coloured label.

4.  Use twist ties to secure cables so they don't unravel. Place the cables and wires into a sealable bag and tape to the piece of equipment.

5.  Try to use anti-static packing materials. Some materials conduct electricity that could damage your electronics.

6.  Remove all parts that can be disconnected, wrap each piece separately and secure ends with tape.

7.  Place the largest piece of equipment on the bottom of your box. Fill holes with an anti-static packing material and place smaller items on top. Make sure nothing rattles or can shift during relocation.

8.  Seal your boxes with packing tape and mark it "Fragile" indicating which end is up, the contents and which room it belongs to.

9.  CD's and DVD's cannot tolerate high temperatures. You may want to carry these with you as opposed to placing on the moving truck.

10.  Look into Electronic Recycling programs to dispose of unwanted or old electronics. This will save you time and money relocating items you no longer need or use.

Avoid common mistakes and prevent damage to your TV by following these tips on how to pack and move your TV

Ask for help

Family and Friends can help you determine what items you no longer need and be able to sort through your stuff with an objective eye. They might even want to take some things off your hands.

Clean or complete small repairs

Try and make everything look as appealing as possible to ensure that you will bring in top dollar.

Organize

Try and group items in categories.This will make browsing easy and ensure your customers leave with more items.

Advertise Your Moving Sale

Get the word out online and with local flyers.. Be sure to include the location, date, hours, and list a few of your best items.

Price Tags

This will save you the hassle of trying to come up with a price on the spot. While you may want to make money, your bigger goal is to get rid of all unwanted, unnecessary things. To get rid of more items price items together or in bundles.

Put away items NOT for sale

Avoid the hassle of customers trying to buy items you wish to keep.

Let the Kids help

You can encourage children to get rid of old toys and belongings by letting them keep the money from the sale of their items or letting them know that the proceeds are going toward something for the entire family.

Be Prepared

Ensure you have change and plastic bags for customers. It may also come in handy to have a calculator depending on your math skills.

Get up Early

People are eager for great deals, be ready for early birds.

Donate and or Give Away left over items

Go online and find drop-off locations for nonprofits that are accepting donations for the types of items you're selling. As soon as the sale's over, take it to a drop-off centre. Better yet, some organizations will even come pick up items. You can even consider donating the proceeds or apart of the proceeds to a local charity, this gives customers even more incentive to buy your items and rid you of your clutter.

See our post to find out how to get rid of more unusual items