How to Find Reliable Long Distance Moving Companies in Canada
When you need a reliable long distance moving company in Canada, it’s important to find a mover you can trust, that can also save you money and reduce stress.
There are many different moving and storage options to choose from, but before you decide, it’s a good idea to compare them and look for the best long distance moving company reviews to see what past customers have to say.
Research Long Distance Moving Services
It’s important to do some research and know what questions to ask when looking for the best moving service. This will help avoid unexpected moving costs that arise because of extra weight, which can be charged by some long distance moving companies. The Government of Canada offers some great advice to help you choose a moving company.
More and more homeowners are choosing to use a moving container, like a BigSteelBox, for their long distance moves because pricing is simpler and more accurate. In fact, for single family homes with 2+ bedrooms, moving with a BigSteelBox is typically 20%-40% less expensive than hiring a full service moving company.
Understand How Long Distance Moving Companies Charge
Understanding how moving companies charge is critical for comparing moving quotes and different moving options.
While it’s not common, the story about a friend of a friend who got a “too good to be true” moving quote and ended up paying double does happen. Because most estimates are based on weight, the final bill can be significantly more if the initial weight estimate was low.
It’s common for full service mover quotes to be underestimated, because they’re trying to make their quote more competitive. The company will estimate based on a lower weight, but charge based on what was reported at the weigh-scale once the truck is fully loaded (when it’s too late to change your mind!). This approach makes quotes confusing for families trying to compare options. When one quote is for 4,000 lbs and another is for 6,000 lbs, it’s up to you to try and estimate what it will actually cost.
If you’re trying to choose between a number of companies, make sure they are all quoting on the same weight, and that you understand exactly how they calculate the final bill. Identify the variable price, which will usually be based on a “CWT” which is equal to the cost per every 100 pounds.
The average weight of a loaded 20′ BigSteelBox is 7,500 lbs. This is typically what we see from a 3 to 4-bedroom home with an average amount of furniture, less the appliances. If you’re being quoted at 4,000 lbs for this size of home, chances are the actual weight load will be much higher. At the very least, make sure all the moving companies you’re comparing are basing their quotes on the same weight, so you’re comparing apples-to-apples.
Reputable cross-country moving companies will not add extra charges for things like moving up and down stairs or the use of any special equipment. Make sure to ask about any potential extras such as packing supplies and mattress bags and ask that those be included on your quote.
When moving with BigSteelBox the costs are always straightforward and easy to understand, because the cost is based on the size and number of units, plus the distance. Learn more about how to compare moving company quotes.
Price Certainty for Long Distance Moves
When you choose to move with BigSteelBox, the price we quote you is the price you’ll pay. It’s as simple as that. There are no charges for labour, just the cost of the rental and movements of your moving container from one place to another.
Packing a moving container at your own speed, and knowing you’re the only one who is handling your items, will give you peace of mind and allow you to plan your move around your schedule. Learn how we’re making moving safe for our customers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When renting a BigSteelBox, you don’t need to worry about hidden fees or inexperienced movers because you’ll be in full control over how your moving day is handled.
Learn more on how to compare moving options.
Are You Getting Experienced Movers?
Some long distance moving companies hire part-time movers or sub-contract out their work. This means they may not be moving professionals or have any cross-country moving experience.
If you’re thinking about allowing other people to handle your items when moving, you want to be confident they’re professionals and will treat your items with care. Make sure you ask the company which of their team members will be responsible for your move. If they can’t give you a confident answer this could be reason for concern. Reliable moving companies will have experienced crews that work together on a regular basis.
Take note of all obstacles at your current and new home. Stairs, elevators, and difficult parking all require special attention and can add costs to the estimate. If moving out of or into an apartment, book an elevator. Some long distance moving companies in Canada will charge extra if they need to use the stairs.
Choose a Long Distance Moving Company With Good Customer Service
Some long distance moving companies are hard to get in touch with and even when you do, you’re faced with inaction. So be sure to find out:
- How easy is it to get in touch with the long distance moving company?
- How many methods of contact do they offer, and will you get to speak to a person when you call?
- What are their hours of operation?
You’re trusting this long distance moving company with all of your family’s belongings, so you should be able to have your questions answered by a reliable customer service agent quickly if needed.
Can They Fit With Your Schedule?
When you hire full service long haul moving companies, your moving date and delivery date may not be in your hands. Most long haul movers, including BigSteelBox, will ask for a delivery window, but you should be able to arrange an expedited or priority move that will meet your schedule.
Double booking is a common problem with full service movers. Be sure to follow up with your chosen company in the days before your move to confirm times and make sure your truck isn’t double booked and is still reserved and ready for use.
Your items should be delivered when they were promised and if there are issues that arrive during the move, they should be communicated, and a compromise agreed upon.
The Flexibility of Being a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Mover
Aside from avoiding the potential issues discussed above, there are many other reasons why a BigSteelBox could be your best choice for your cross-country move. Your moving container is delivered right to your door and when you’re ready, just give us a call and your container is taken into storage or off to your new home.
Keep your BigSteelBox for as long as you want, so you can take as much time as you need to pack everything in your home. You decide when the moving container is picked up and you set up the delivery date. Everything fits YOUR schedule.
In-Between Storage is Easy When You Use a Moving Container
Don’t pay to move twice! With other long distance moving companies in Canada, you might have to pay once to move everything into a storage unit and then again to move your belongings into your new home.
When you use BigSteelBox, storage is built into our service, so if you still aren’t sure of your new address or if you need your items stored while you renovate or travel between homes, that’s no problem.
Your container can be stored at a secure BigSteelBox storage facility and delivered back to you when you’re ready. There’s no need to unload into a storage locker, only to have to re-load it later on. With BigSteelBox, you only have to load it once.
The Security of Using a Moving Container
With BigSteelBox, you have the only key to your moving container and you’re the only one who can access it. BigSteelBox shipping containers are extremely secure. They’re wind, water and rodent-proof, and come equipped with a Lock Box that protects your padlock from bolt cutters.