If you are moving long distance in the summer months here are a few tips to help you with your moving plans:
- Once you have received your estimate from your mover, ask if your preferred moving date is available with your mover’s schedule. Month-end (24th of a given month until the 5th of the following) is the busiest moving period and this period generally books up quickly for the months of May, June, July, August and September. Determine your move date and make a reservation with your mover well in advance of this date. The summer season is the busy season for movers and trucks book well in advance, so don’t delay, book as soon as you can.
- Make a deposit on your move for your given moving date and make sure this deposit is recorded on your contract, thus solidifying your agreement with your mover. Your deposit should not be any more than 10-20% of your estimated charges.
- Do your due diligence and research your mover. Make sure they are members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) and one of the 5 reputable van lines in Canada (Atlas Van lines, North American Van Lines, Allied Van Lines, United Van Lines or Great Canadian Van lines). Do not take a chance with any mover that is not part of the above 3 associations, as unscrupulous movers may disappear with your furniture.
Follow these 3 steps and have a safe move and a great summer.