5 TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A MOVE
1. NOTIFY the following that you are moving:
- Telephone company
- Post office – get mail redirected from old address
- Autopac (driver’s licence, car insurance)
- Doctor, Dentist etc.
- Electricity, Water and Gas companies
- Bank or Credit Union
- Credit Card companies
- Lawyer, Accountant
2. ENSURE YOUR PHONE IS WORKING: Be sure to fully charge your cell phone before the movers arrive. Notify the telephone company to disconnect your landline phone one day later than your moving day. .
3. LABEL ANYTHING THAT IS NOT MOVING: 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 that will not be loading with a "do not move" sticker; e.g. furniture that is not yours. See our post “What is the Mover Not Allowed to Take?” to know what the movers are not permitted to take.
4. ENSURE DRESSERS ARE READY TO MOVE: If dresser drawers are not strong enough to handle heavy articles, please empty them, as they 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. If you leave articles in your dresser drawers 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.
5. PREPARE A FIRST NIGHT SURVIVAL BOX: Pack 1 box for your first night 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. Here is a list of things we recommend that you pack in this box:
- First aid kit, medications
- Lightbulbs, flashlight
- New home keys
- Cooking utensils, paper plates & cutlery, cups
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant
- Shaving kit, makeup
- Washcloths & towels
- Child’s favourite toy, special snack, game, colouring book or paper, crayons
- Any tools you may need e.g. a screwdriver, hammer
Guide to "Do’s and Don'ts"
PARKING FOR THE MOVING TRUCK
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.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT INSURANCE
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 only responsible for any electronic item that does not function after the move, 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 customer is legally responsible to pay for the move, even when claiming damages.
ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE MOVER
Movement of dangerous goods Government Regulations dictate that certain items cannot be transported by Popeye's Movers (or any Van Line).
- Anything flammable (matches, lighter fluid, charcoal, aerosol cans, fondue fuel, oil, gas, etc.)
- Propane tanks
- Corrosive or dangerous chemicals (paint, varnish, pain thinner etc
- Explosives (including fire crackers)
- Firearms, ammunition, recharge kits to make ammunition
- Pressurized tanks such as diving tanks
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 Mark (204-781-4100) for more information including special packing and transportation procedures surrounding these goods.