Moving Tips - Moving Guide - Mover Checklist
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Moving Tips and Our Online Moving Help Site
Moving can be stressful, and we can help. With “a million things on your mind” you may be feeling a little anxious when moving or relocating to a new location. That is why we have prepared this Moving Help Site Online to help you prepare to make the move.
To help minimize moving anxiety, and help make moving efficient, we have put together a list of moving issues in the form of a moving guide, with answers to specific moving questions. If there is something that requires further information, please contact Mark Routley. He is here to help guide you with your moving adventure. He can answer most questions related to your move.
Prepare For A Move
A. Notify the telephone company to disconnect your phone one day later than your moving day. This way you will have use of the phone and movers will be able to contact you.
B. Place anything YOU will be taking into a closet or a separate box and put a "do not move" sticker on it. (IE., suitcases, clothing, car keys, etc.) Mark articles in home e.g. airplane tickets, travelers cheques etc. which will not be loading with a "do not move" sticker.
C. You may leave articles in your dresser drawers but put items such as earrings, pins, etc. into a plastic zip lock bag so they don't fall out. DO NOT OVER FILL DRAWERS or PUT HEAVY PAPER IN THEM. Also if they are structurally unstable to handle heavy articles, please empty, as they will not be able to handle the move and may be damaged. If we have to put the dresser up on end to get it around a corner, then the dresser would have to be empty.
D. Make sure you check the home completely (closets, drawers, hiding places) after the men have loaded, to ensure nothing is left behind. If you have a cell number and the driver does not already have this on his sheet, please give it to him.
E. Pack 1 box yourself and mark it with a large X. Ask the driver to load it last so it will be the first item off the moving van. In this box you should keep a local telephone book, all your washroom needs, 2 cups with coffee and kettle. Also, if you have any small children, include a toy or game for them. This way you will have all your washroom needs immediately at destination and can make a cup of coffee and let our experts do the rest.
For a moving checklist, please click here.
Here is a List of Items that we would suggest you keep and/or move separately:
- First Aid Kit
- Cooking Utensils
- Light bulbs, fuses
- Paper plates
- New house keys
- Toilet paper
- Toothbrushes, comb, brush
- Soap, deodorant
- Towels, washcloths
- Child's favorite toy
- Special snack
- Traveling game
- Coloring book, paper
- Crayons, pencils
- Wash cloths
- Surprise new toy
- Map of route to be taken (Also give a copy to the movers)
- Shaving kit
- Tool kit
Notify the following that you are moving:
- Fuel Company
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Gas Company
- Insurance Company
- Water Company
- Post Office
- Credit Card Companies
Movement of dangerous goods Government Regulations dictate that certain items cannot be transported by Popeye's Movers (or any Van Line).
- Lighter Fluid
- Fonder Fuel
- Aerosols Cans
- BBQ Propane Tanks
- Pressurized Diving Tanks
- Dangerous Chemicals
- Paint Thinner
- Any Type of Fire Cracker or Similar Explosive
- Recharge Kits to make Ammunition
Here is a list of Don'ts - The following items cannot be packed or loaded:
- Perishable Foods
- Propane tanks
- Firearms & Ammunition
- Aerosol cans
- Gas Cans (unless purged)
- Scuba tank - May only be accepted provided the shipper removes the pressure valve located at the neck of the tank and installs a dust cap.
Special Regulations Governing the Shipment of Firearms
We are not permitted to pack or transport revolvers or restricted weapons of any kind unless you have written permission from the RCMP.
You must have documented evidence from the RCMP that the restricted weapon (s) are in fact registered with the authorities (must show make, model and serial numbers), and also have written permission to ship only from origin residence to new destination.
Ask your Popeye's Movers Representative for all the details including special packing and transportation procedures surrounding these goods.
Tips on the best time to contact a mover
At Popeye's Movers, we specialize in last minute moves. Contact us for additional information and guidance if you need help with a sudden and unexpected relocation. We are on the phones from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., 6 days a week. Sometimes, we are not able to answer during these times due to unforeseen incidents. Please feel free to leave a detailed message and we will return your call a.s.a.p. We are, however, available Sundays during the end of the month. Other Sundays may be available as well, if you pre-book.
Tips on what to do about your antique items
At Popeye's Movers we understand that you may have special items that need extra attention. For this very reason we have moving equipment and team leaders to assist in these special circumstances. Extra blankets and all precautions are taken in moving delicate furniture. We treat it like its ours.
Knowing the real cost of moving
The cost of the move depends on the type of move you require.
1: Local moves are priced according to an hourly rate. The cost will be determinated according to manpower multiplied by the duration of the job.
2: For an provincial move, your charges are based on the amount of household goods you wish to ship province-wide. At the time of your estimate, your sales representative will be happy to explain the itemized charges on your estimate. If you need information relating to packing, crating, uncrating and coverage, please contact your sales person for more information and guidance on moving charges.
Moving help, getting an estimate, and our moving checklist
Please use the Request a Quote Form to help estimate the cost of your move.
To receive an estimate, fill out the on-line form and your sales representative will contact you by phone to go over it in detail to determine the approximate time needed for your mover. If you prefer, you may receive an estimate via e-mail this does take longer and is not as accurate because it is much harder to get all the information by e-mail or by phone which is the fastest and most accurate way of getting the proper quote.
Your sales representative and you will agree on the best time for you to move. If you are the first move of the day, say 9 AM, this can be very accurate. For any moves after this, we will always tell the customer that it is “give or take” 1 hour, as we cannot be sure of how long the first move will actually take.
Help with your questions during the transport phase of your move
At any time during your move you can always contact Popeye's Movers at (204) 781-4100.
Guide to extra charges when moving
If you have not included areas such as an attic, crawl space or storage shed in your initial conversation, then these items are considered extras.
Often these storage areas are forgotten when working up an estimate and remembered only when it is time to load the truck. The cost of moving these additional items would have to be added to the estimate. This is why it is more accurate and fair to have an hourly rate. If you decide to take less property or you provide help to speed up the move, then you save money. If you need extra stuff done, such as taking beds apart, mirrors off dressers, TV's loaded into boxes (which is not required because we have moving blankets to wrap your TV's), if you want us to put your bed together, mirror back on the dresser no problem we can do this, we do carry basic tools. There will be no extra charges as your move is done on an hourly basis.
Click Request a Quote for a free online quote or phone (204) 781-4100 for an immediate quote on your move and availability.
Tips on when the moving truck and movers can’t park up close to the house
Try to park your own car (s) where the truck would go, so when we pull up we can move your vehicles and take those spots. We need approximately 3 to 4 car lengths or 45 feet of space to park (truck = 30 feet long, ramp = 15 feet straight out the back of the truck). If we have to block a back lane, this is standard procedure. If you have a driveway in the back, it has to be clear on the other side of the back lane in order for us to make the turn. If we have to park illegally, most times parking attendants will leave moving trucks alone. But in the event we do get a ticket, you save money with us being closer as the ticket will be added to the bill. This rarely happens but it does from time to time.
Guide to extra coverage and what it covers during your move
Important Notes to consider.
You should check your home owners/content insurance policy as some policies cover property in transit.
If your property is very valuable, consider purchasing short-term insurance that covers the move. Unlike most property insurance, valuation does not automatically pay for any damage. It must be clearly shown that the mover was responsible for the damage. There is a deductible on all moves, payable by the customer of $500.00. If you require better insurance, you can purchase it for $50.00. This will lower your deductible to $300.00, payable by the customer.
Items in boxes, not packed by the mover, are not covered.
The mover is responsible for any electronic item that does not function after the move, only if there is clear evidence that the item was dropped or mishandled during the move, and the deductible is payable by the customer.
The customer has 3 days after the move to file an initial claim against the mover. The mover is legally obligated to acknowledge any claim within 7 days and to resolve it or offer a settlement within 30 days. The customer is legally responsible to pay for the move, even when claiming damages.
Storage guide and the type of storage available to help with the move
Popeye's Movers can take your belongings to the storage facility of your choice, we do have some limited storage space available - Call for availability. Check storage facilities in the Yellow Pages for the facility that would best suit your needs, as you will be dealing with them directly.
Moving guide to appliances, and what to do with them in preparation for the move
Appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators can be moved by us, we can disconnect hoses and reconnect them. We cannot do plumbing to the ice maker unless its has a shut-off value and disconnect joint that we can access.
Tips and help with protecting your upholstered furniture
Popeye's Movers use special moving quilts. They are heavy blankets that protect your furniture from being soiled or scratched.
We can also shrink wrap any piece you want. We recommend leather and mattresses be shrink wrapped. $10 charge per piece.
We can also wrap them with moving pads at no extra charge.
Guide and Tips on what to do about plants and pets
Live plants should be loaded last and off first, especially during the winter months. These will survive much better if you can put them in a heated vehicle. Pets should be in cages and they can ride in the truck. If you don't have cages they can ride with the load at your risk.
Guide to "Do’s and Don'ts"
We at Popeye's Movers recognize ourselves as reputable businessmen and therefore recommend the following do’s and don’ts:
Please read carefully.
Allow adequate time to schedule your move and also for your delivery. Try and have the day off work (this is not a must) also try and have kids out of the way.
Make sure you provide all the necessary contact numbers and/or addresses where you can be reached en route, at destination or both.
Ensure that everything has been removed from your premises.
Make sure you remember to lock the old house before leaving, even though it's empty it still needs to be locked.
Make sure you have the keys for the new place and have tried them in the locks prior to the move, to avoid lock-outs.
Expect the mover to provide boxes, cartons or other packing materials free of charge, last second on the day of the move.
Expect the mover to provide any clean-up services.
Leave your old residence until the moving company leaves unless a friend, neighbour is available to act on your behalf.
Sign any receipt for your household goods until you are certain that they are all delivered and there has been no apparent damage that has been not been noted on the shipping papers.
If you are looking for affordable Movers in Winnipeg, call Popeye's Movers! We are the most dependable moving company in Winnipeg. Our company specializes in providing the best movers in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. Visit us at popeyesmovers.com for more information about our moving company in Winnipeg.