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This is it – you've found the apartment of your dreams and you can't wait until it's yours. Don't worry, July 1st is right around the corner!

Between now and then, you have lots to do. Among the things on your to-do list to prepare for the Big Day, make sure there’s this: “Find a good mover.”
It's not enough to just do a Google search and choose the first one that comes up. No. You have to choose wisely. Here are 7 tips to help you out:


Ask for recommendations from friends and family. Or, if you have to search the internet, focus on criteria such as reputation and customer reviews.


Choose a company. There’s no official directory, but we recommend looking at the Canadian Association of Movers and/or the Association du camionnage du Québec. You can also see how professional a company is by making sure it’s registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.

Cost relative to the time of year

Assess the costs. The moving date is a big determinant of cost. Between May 15th and July 15th, the hourly rate of most companies is about $130 per hour, with rates peaking up to $250 per hour on July 1st. Most of the time, these costs involve wardrobe boxes, mattress covers, blankets, and protective carpets for floors and insurance purposes. Never agree to pay the total amount of the invoice before you move!

Request a quote

Get an estimate. It’s always best to request a quote from two or three companies to compare prices. Also make sure to ask them about their insurance coverage. No matter what, your belongings should be protected.

The devil’s in the details

Provide all of the necessary information to your mover. Once you’ve made your decision, send as many details as possible to your mover, such as specific information about the apartment you’re
leaving and the one you’re moving into, the square footage and/or number of rooms, the floor level, whether or not there’s an elevator and parking, and so on. The more specific you are, the more the realistic the quote will be.

The famous list

Make a complete list of everything that will be moved. How many boxes do you have? How much furniture and other items will have to be moved? Will anything require special handling, such as a musical instrument, a TV or appliances? You have to think of EVERYTHING!

With regards to the service provided…

Pay for the services you’ve received. Before signing the invoice, check the condition of your furniture. Is anything damaged? Is anything missing? All claims must be made in writing to the mover.

Psssst! If you decide the drive the moving truck yourself:

  1. Make sure you have a valid driver’s licence that’s appropriate for the vehicle you choose.
  2. Drive carefully. It isn’t a car!
  3. Find out from the rental company who is responsible if there is an accident or damages.


Happy moving!