Canada’s Long-Distance Moving Company / Moving Guide

Over the past 25+ years, we’ve helped thousands of Canadian families move long-distance. Over that time, we’ve learned a thing or two about getting belongings from one province to another. That’s why we wanted to put together this long-distance moving guide for you. Our intention with this guide is to give you the step-by-step process to make sure your move goes off without a hitch.

What Does the Process Look Like?

1. Get Estimates from Multiple Companies

Yes, you read that right. We’re telling you to get three quotes from movers (even our competitors) before you select a company to help you move. By doing this, you’ll not only get a sense of what the move will cost you but what it will be like working with and communicating with the company of your choice.

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Great Canadian Van Lines Office Team / Summer 2019

When filling out your estimate forms, accuracy is critical. The more detailed you can be with listing your belongings, the more accurate quote the movers will be able to give you.

2. Selecting a Mover

When it comes to picking a long-distance moving company it comes to down to the company you feel will get your belongings from point A to point B, safely, on-time, and with no scams—unfortunately, rogue movers do exist. Although we understand cost is a major deciding factor, the cheapest movers may end up costing you more in the long run.

Expert Advice: Make sure the companies you contact are both certified with The Better Business Bureau (BBB), and the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM).

Online reviews are a great resource to learn about the companies you are considering working with for your move. You can check sites like Homestars, Google, or a local review site to learn more about each moving company.

Here is a checklist for evaluating companies:

  • Contact BBB and Canadian Association of Movers to assess companies
  • Get at least three estimates in writing by someone who has inspected the items
  • Phone estimates should include thorough discussion about what’s in each room and if the cost covers unpacking, storage and claims settlement
  • Ensure movers are aware of special items or other impediments that could affect the estimate
  • Move valuables such as jewelry or artwork yourself
  • Before signing a contract, check to see if the company is bonded and insured.
  • Ensure you have moving insurance with replacement value protection, not the depreciated value.
  • Find out if the mover is certified by WCB to avoid paying for injured employees.
  • Take photos of your possessions.

Expert Advice: Be wary of new companies. Scammers tend to start up “new” companies every time their previous company is caught scamming buyers. The above checklist will let you know if the mover is in good standing before hiring them to help you move.

3. How much does it cost?

Long-distance moving costs are calculated by weight + distance (for the most part). That is why it’s essential to be as accurate as possible when completing your estimate form. There are costs if you have movers assist with packing, and need storage before or after your move.

To get a more precise number on what your long-distance move will cost, head to our detailed estimate now. 

4. Book Your Move

You did it! You’re moving.

When you book your move, try to book for dates that will allow you to move into your new residence quickly. Preferably within a few days of you taking possession of the place.

What if you move out and move-in dates don’t line up? In this instance, we’d be glad to either (i) store your belongings at one of our facilities or (ii) connect you with one of our partners across Canada.

If your dates don’t line up, you may want to look at getting a short term rental or AirBnb while you wait for your place to become open.

4. Packing

Packing for your long-distance move can be stressful. To combat this stress, we recommend you start earlier than later. We also suggest that you pack room by room, as each room will seem more manageable than tackling your entire home at the same time. We also created a full list of packing tips to help you get ready for your move.

5. Setup Cable, Electricity, Change Mailing Address, Etc.

Before moving, contact your electrical provider, cable/internet provider to see if they will be able to transfer your service to your new address. If they cannot do this, then you will have to contact one of the local utility companies in Canada.

You will also want to set up mail-forwarding with Canada Post to ensure your mail goes to your new address.

6. Get Kids Enrolled in School

If you’re moving your family to a new school district, you will want to make sure they are enrolled for school when you get to your new home. You can organize and execute most of this online by looking up the schools in your new district and seeing which ones fall into your catchment area.

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Want to learn more about our history as long-distance movers? If so, read below.

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The key to every successful long-distance move is choosing the right mover. Great Canadian Van Lines has experienced and qualified staff to provide you with a smooth and stress-free move. Every move we make begins with a free of charge, accurate, estimate provided by our moving consultant. We would recommend for all moves you get three estimates from three different companies. We’re sure you will find the most value in our service after looking elsewhere.

We provide a professional service from the initial contact through until the end of your move. All people who book a move with us are automatically entered into our anniversary contest.

We have a number of tools at our disposal to ensure that you receive the best experience with our team.

  • Extensive computerized dispatch network. We have a Canada-wide computerized dispatch network, which ensures that your shipment can be tracked within seconds. We always know where our drivers are and where your shipment is.
  • Efficient communication system. We communicate with our drivers at least twice a day, and we track driver weights, locations, availability, capacity, tracking and reporting by means of our electronic communication system. We can guarantee the best possible service because our safe, efficient communication system ensures your shipment is always a top priority.
  • Professional. Our uniformed long distance movers are extensively trained in professional packing, loading and wrapping procedures before we allow them to move your goods. Drivers are rewarded for delivering your goods safely. Please read our testimonials to see just how friendly and professional our movers are.
  • Safe. Before loading your shipment, we create an accurate, itemized inventory of your goods. Each article of furniture is carefully wrapped in a quilted moving pad to ensure it travels and arrives safely at your new residence. When our movers deliver your goods to your residence, each item is placed in the location and room of your choice.

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