Montreal Moving Blog

In Montreal, the diversity of moving companies, each varying in size and services, underscores the importance of selecting a mover that you can trust. It’s recommended to obtain quotes from at least three different moving service providers to ensure you choose the best option for your relocation needs.

To determine the credibility of a Montreal moving company, verify their registration with the Commission des Transports du Quebec, ensure they have cargo and damage insurance, and ask for references from at least three clients they have served in the recent month. Your comfort and trust in your chosen mover are paramount.

When vetting potential moving companies, make sure to inquire about the following:

  • Is there a minimum chargeable time?
  • What size truck will be provided?
  • What are the payment terms and accepted methods?
  • Will there be a formal contract in place?
  • What are the charges for travel or transportation?
  • Are there any additional fees for fuel, mileage, or protective equipment?
  • Will there be charges for moving large or heavy items, navigating stairs, handling appliances, etc.?
  • Will the moving company itself perform the move, or will it be subcontracted?
  • What are the additional costs for moves outside of Montreal?

Preparing for Your Move: For a smoother move, ensure you have adequate moving supplies such as boxes, packing tape, newsprint, bubble wrap, and large trash bags. Packing your belongings in uniformly sized boxes can minimize the number of trips to the truck and thus reduce the total moving time. Boxes that are 2 or 3.1 cubic feet in volume are recommended for their efficiency in space utilization and ease of handling. Pre-dismantling furniture like beds, TV units, and dining tables can also save time on the moving day.

Packing Tips: Effective packing can alleviate much of the stress associated with relocating. Utilize a labeling system for your boxes or simply note the intended room and contents on each box. Keep the weight of the boxes manageable. Clearing all furniture drawers makes the items easier to transport and reduces the risk of damage.

For packing fragile items like dishes and glasses, white packing paper is preferable (newsprint is an alternative, though it may necessitate washing the items after unpacking). Organize the box by placing heavier items at the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on top, cushioning both with crumpled paper. Mark boxes that contain fragile items.

Handling Valuables: Refrain from packing high-value items such as jewelry, significant sums of money, expensive artwork, collectibles, or important documents with the mover, as these may not be covered under standard insurance without an additional fee. It’s safer to transport these items yourself to avoid potential disputes.

Bedding and Clothing: Pack bedding, linens, and pillows in clear plastic bags for straightforward packing and unpacking, and to easily identify which bedroom the bags belong to. For clothes that you want to keep wrinkle-free, wardrobe boxes are the best solution, each offering two feet of closet space. For other garments, medium to large boxes or suitcases are suitable, provided they are not too heavy to lift.

Moving in Montreal comes with its set of challenges, but it also represents an opportunity for a fresh start, from hosting a housewarming party to acquiring new furniture. With proper preparation and the right moving company, transitioning to your new home can be a positive and exhilarating experience.