Tips For Moving During Winter

Moving during winter can be tricky but sometimes due to a variety of reasons, it just cannot be helped. Don't worry there are ways to make sure your cold weather move goes well. With a little diligence, proper preparation and help from a moving company your winter move should go smoothly.

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Here are some tips to help you get through it!

  1. On moving day, wear layers to avoid overheating indoors and stay warm outdoors.
  2. Use your garage or building lobby as a staging area to stave off the cold, if there's enough room. Bring all items from your moving truck to the indoor area and then from there to inside your home. This strategy offers the added benefit of keeping snow, ice, sand, and salt from being tracked inside during dozens of trips to and from the truck.
  3. Use a human chain if you can't use a garage or lobby. Have a few people bring items to the front door or easiest access point, with others on the inside ready to bring the boxes and other possession to their intended destinations.
  4. Keep towels and rags on hand to wipe down boxes and other items that may get wet,  News and World Report suggested. Similarly, you can use pads or mats to avoid tracking dirty snow inside and creating moisture damage. You can also use inexpensive shoe and boot covers to avoid bringing snow and ice to the farthest corners of your home.
  5. Have a shovel and salt or sand ready in case snow flurries and other difficult weather coincide with your moving day.

Don't worry; we're here to help. As a local and long distance moving company in Calgary, you can rely on King’s Transfer and our 90 years of professional moving experience to take the burden off you and your family during your move.

How To Properly Pack Your Boxes

King’s Transfer Van Lines Calgary will plan your entire move with no detail left unaddressed, leaving you time to focus on what's most important to your family and the transition to your new home. Consider having our moving professionals pack for you, ensuring your possessions arrive at your new home safely. We understand that there are many unexpected costs associated with moving and in that case, we can pack just your most delicate china and breakables. 

If you decide to do some or all of your own packing, your King's Transfer moving consultant can provide you with proper packing cartons, packing paper and tape at a nominal cost. There are also gently used moving cartons available at a reduced cost.

CHOOSE THE PROPER SIZE AND TYPE OF CARTON

Heavy items such as books, albums, canned food, etc. should be packed in smaller cartons. Some items such as large pictures, mirrors, glass tops and shelves, and clocks may require special cartons which we can provide.

PACKING SOME ITEMS IS OPTIONAL FOR LOCAL MOVES

When you are moving locally some items do not have to be packed. For example, mirrors and large pictures can usually be wrapped in moving blankets for short distances without packing. These items should be properly packed for long-distance moves and for shipments moving into storage. Lamps and lampshades should always be packed.

ONE ROOM AT A TIME

Packing can appear to be an insurmountable task when viewed from the perspective of the entire house. Pack one room at a time and stay in that room until it is fully packed. This will divide packing your home into several smaller and more manageable tasks. 

TAPE THE BOTTOM OF CARTONS

Taping the bottom of cartons before filling them makes the cartons sturdier and prevents the contents from spilling out of the bottom during the move.

HEAVY ITEMS ON THE BOTTOM, LIGHT ITEMS ON TOP

Like packing your groceries, the heavier items should be placed at the bottom of the carton and the lighter items on top to prevent damage.

USE A LOT OF PAPER

All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides and top of cartons.

PLACE BREAKABLES CORRECTLY IN THE CARTON 

Plates should be stacked vertically as if in a dish rack and glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position. Again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items.

FILL CARTONS APPROPRIATELY

Fill all cartons to the top without overfilling before closing. Cartons with items sticking over the top can’t be properly closed or stacked and cartons that are under filled tend to crush when stacked. If there is a small space at the top, it can be filled with paper, a towel, a blanket or other similar items.

 

SEAL CARTONS SHUT WITH TAPE

Cartons should be closed-top and sealed with tape to prevent damage and to make stacking easier.

LABEL EACH CARTON 

Use a felt marker or pen to clearly label each carton’s contents and the room it belongs to at your new destination. Make your label and notes on the side of each carton rather than on the top, so that when the cartons are stacked they can be easily identified. If you pack something that requires it to be kept in an upright position, draw arrows on each side of the box indicating which end must always be kept up. Any cartons containing fragile items should be labeled as such.

STACKING CARTONS

Time will be saved on your move if you arrange cartons in stacks of similar size, four to five feet high. This enables the cartons to be easily moved on dollies from the house to the truck.

How To Prepare Your Items For Storage

When you need to put your items in storage for a period of time, you'll want to make sure that your possessions will come out looking the same way they were when they went into storage. Whether you require storage for your household items while waiting to close on your new home or if you require long-term storage, it is important to properly prepare and protect your household goods in the best possible way.

At Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary we can help with safe and secure storage solutions. All of your possessions will be put into large wooden storage containers that are kept inside our warehouse. Couches, love seats and overstuffed chairs are first wrapped in plastic wrap then wrapped in furniture blankets for extra protection, then placed on special racks inside our warehouse. The wooden storage containers are labeled, numbered and recorded into our storage system.

Should you choose to prepare items for storage yourself, here are some tips on how to prepare your items for storage:

Get the proper packing materials 

You'll need packing paper, moving blankets, moving pads, bubble wrap, strong cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes, markers, tape, and labels, as well as tools to dismantle appliances and furniture if needed. 

Furniture

Use plastic wrap or moving blankets to wrap around and underneath your furniture. Place chairs on one another, with the chair on top being positioned with its seat down so that it faces the seat of the other chair, you can use the small space in between the chair legs to put things as well.

To protect your furniture use a cover or moving blankets and either wrap any soft furnishings and cushions in plastic or place in cartons. Mattresses should be covered and stood on end to maximise space.

Fragile Items

All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides, and top of cartons. Mark the carton “Fragile” or use “Fragile” packing tape.

Plates should be stacked vertically as if in a dish rack and glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position. Again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items. Ensure these cartons are not stacked under any heavy items.

Some items such as large pictures, mirrors, glass tops and shelves, and clocks may require special cartons which we can provide.

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Electronic Equipment

Pack sensitive electronic devices in their original boxes, this is ideal since the items will already fit perfectly in the specially designed product boxes. If this is not possible, use boxes of similar size and quality to wrap them in. Fill any empty spaces in the box with crumpled packing paper, foam sheets, or anti-static packing peanuts to ensure optimal protection during storage. Seal the boxes completely with packing tape. Store the electronic items towards the back of the storage unit for added protection.

Kitchen

If storing kitchen appliances or whitegoods, be sure they are clean, dry and the freezer is defrosted. Leave the door open while in storage as this stops mold and mildew from building up in the interior.

Books and Documents

Sort into relevant categories and pack flat into archive boxes or book cartons. Be sure not to overfill the cartons or they will be too heavy to lift and stack. using smaller boxes for heavy items like books is advisable. 

Clothing, Apparel, and Linens

First and foremost, you should examine the clothing you want to store and determine if they require washing or cleaning. Store your hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes as they provide the best possible protection against dust and dampness, they will also keep your clothes wrinkle-free. Use naphthalene or mothballs to protect clothing for long-term storage.

Use vacuum bags for the most efficient use of space when storing soft furnishings or linens, then place into clearly marked cartons. Moving bags are also ideal for storing linens and soft furnishings.

Whether you're moving across town, moving across Canada or from Canada to the US, we have a storage solution for your move.

Tips For Moving During The Holidays

Yes, you can move during the holidays, and — with some careful planning and dedication — it doesn’t have to put a damper on your holidays, either. Moving during the holidays can be super hectic. Not only will you have holiday events and shopping to manage, you’ll also have to deal with locating a mover, packing up, donating and/or getting rid of all of your stuff in preparation for your upcoming move. Here are some tips for packing and moving during the holiday season in a way that will let you enjoy your time with family and friends. 

Choose the Right Moving Company

There are many horror stories in the media about rogue movers. With the growth of the internet, we have seen a growth in rogue movers who put up slick websites to fool people into believing they are moving with a reputable van line/moving company. These rogue movers have no trucks, equipment or licensed agents to handle your move. Rogue movers will give a low ball price in order to get your move and will ask for payment up front. Reputable moving companies collect payment on delivery.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video called “How to Choose a Mover” for more information on what you can do to protect your family and your belongings. Call us

Recreate The Joy Of The Season Anywhere

Even if it is not practical to keep holiday decorations easily accessible, it is relatively simple to play your favorite Christmas music or watch your favorite Christmas movie from just about anywhere. Thanks to the internet, you can rent or purchase just about any movie at any time! If however, you will be in your new home in time for the Holidays, I suggest packing up your Christmas decor, gift wrap, presents, and holiday wardrobe in separate and clearly labeled boxes. Ask the movers to put them in your main living room when they arrive at your new home. This way you can unpack your holiday treasures as soon as you arrive

Budget

With all of the gift-buying and travel expenses incurred during the holiday months, it’s already hard enough to stay on a budget this time of year. Add in the moving expenses – from boxes to movers – and you’re probably going to need to start looking for other ways to tighten your belt this season. Don’t fret (yet). If you’re hiring movers, keep in mind that you may be able to save a few bucks by landing a mid-week move. Avoid moving on a holiday weekend when moving companies may be short-staffed.

Have fun

With everything going on, it can be hard to relax. At holiday parties or events you have lined up, try to enjoy yourself and not think about your upcoming move. This can also be a way to say goodbye to your friends and family as you celebrate the season and the upcoming new year.

 

Key Questions To Ask Before Moving Abroad

Relocating abroad can be an exciting way to experience a local culture and a new way of life. To ensure that your upcoming move is an exciting one rather than a stressful one, we recommend planning and researching the main things that will affect your transition. Being aware of things like cost of living, desirable neighborhoods, school districts and how you will make money will all be key elements in your relocation. Below is a list of a some of the main questions to ask yourself before embarking on this major journey!

Money

If you already have a job lined up then this might not be something you need to worry about. But if you are moving without a job offer in hand then things can get tricky. When relocating, make sure you research cost of living and plan ahead for work visas and permits that you might need while looking for a job. Being prepared can save you a lot of heartache in the long run!

Job Security

Congratulations! You have a great job offer or your current company is relocating you. Before signing on the dotted line, take time to fully review your contract and ask important questions regarding the terms of employment. If permits and visas are needed, it is important to understand if you or your company is responsible for securing them so that you can get started as soon as possible.

Visas and Work Permits

Depending on the country you are moving to, this can be an easy and fast process or it can be a complicated and lengthy one. To ensure that you do not get unnecessarily delayed, make sure that you know what specific paperwork you need and what the process is like to obtain these documents before you move.

Language and Culture

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If not, you might want to get started on learning a few of the language basics to help you have a smoother transition into your new life. Duolingo is one of the many apps that can help you get started. Knowing what to expect from your host country's culture will also be a key factor in helping you acclimate faster so that you can immerse yourself as soon as possible.

Moving and Storage Costs

Moving can be a daunting process but it doesn't have to be! To ensure that you have a smooth and stress-free move, we recommend hiring professional relocation experts. Kings Transfer Van Lines can provide you with great advice and accurate moving estimates. No matter where you are moving to, you want the assurance of being served by an expert in international relocation, not only at origin, but at destination as well. 

 

 

Reduce Stress During Corporate Relocations

Are you in the process of a corporate relocation? Carefully consider all of your options to ensure a stress-free move. The best way to manage your office move is by getting advice from a corporate employee relocation specialist like Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary. At Kings Transfer, we have perfected our move management system to ensure that each relocating employee receives the highest degree of customization and personal attention. In addition to hiring office relocation services in your area, check out these stress-free moving tips to ensure things go smoothly during your office move. 

Address Change

Arrange phone service changes ahead of time, leave a disclaimer on your voicemail so people calling your office can be aware of your upcoming change of address. Complete all necessary changes of address forms, physical and digital. Don't forget to update your website to reflect your new location. Check out Canada Post for more information.

Office Layout

A very helpful strategy is to tour the new office location and have a solid idea of where current items will fit into the new space. This will make packing, proper labeling, and furniture placement much easier, allowing you to place them exactly where they need to be, rather than organize again once you’ve unloaded everything.

Anticipate Unexpected Moving Costs

Get a quote from an expert relocation specialist in your area like Kings Transfer Van Lines, we take the time to learn your specific requirements and deadlines and promise to exceed your expectations with our outstanding service. Moving costs can add up quickly, especially the costs that you don’t expect. Talk to a professional mover and get their advice on unforeseen costs associated with relocating an office. Reserve a good amount of cash and have it on hand during your move just in case there are any expenses that arise. 

Hire a Professional Office Relocation Service

The best moving advice will undoubtedly come from a corporate relocations specialists.  Get Kings Transfer Van Lines to give you inside advice. We are expertly trained in residential and commercial moves for years, and know all the ins and outs, and exactly what to expect. Contact us today to find out more about our moving and packing services, and to take advantage of our industry expertise.  

 

Dangerous Goods, A List of Common Non-Admissible Items

The following items must never be shipped on the moving van:

  • Acids of any kind
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Anti-freeze
  • Batteries
  • Beer
  • Bleach
  • Charcoal Briquettes/Firewood
  • Cigarette Lighters
  • Cleaners
  • Disinfectants
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Gasoline?kerosene
  • Lawn & Garden Chemicals/Fertilizers
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Liquid Cleaners
  • Matches/Fireworks
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Paints (including craft paint)
  • Perfumes/Cologne*
  • Petroleum Fluids
  • Polished/Nail polish/Lacquer
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Restricted Firearms
  • Shellac & Varnishes
  • Solvents
  • Wood Stains
  • Other similar products

*Note: 

At the discretion f the mover, personal toiletries (colognes/perfumes) may be packed and shipped providing these items are packed into containers (Rubbermaid type) and the containers are encased in plastic wrap to prevent leakage. PLease discuss the packing and transportation of these specific items with your agent.

How To Protect Yourself When Moving

Moving can be a very stressful time and with modern technology, it is easy for rogue movers to have slick websites that can fool innocent people into thinking they are booking their move with a reputable van line/

Recently there have been many stories in the media about rogue movers. Learn how you can protect your family and your valued possessions. Here are some tips on things you can do.

  • Contact the Better Business Bureau. Confirm that the moving company is registered, what rating they have, and if they have resolved any complaints.
  • Contact the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). CAM carefully screens potential members so only trusted, qualified movers can be certified. Unscrupulous companies may say they are certified when in reality they are not, so contact the Canadian Association of Movers to confirm that your mover/van line is a member. 
  • Does the company you are dealing with belong to a known, reputable, long-standing van line? Make sure you call the van line to confirm the company you are dealing with is an agent in good standing.
  • Ask what kind of quality assurance processes they have in place.
  • Do they have the proper equipment to service your move? Without a warehouse, trucks, moving blankets, shrink wrap and dollies, chances are you are not going to have a good experience.
  • Do their personnel get criminal background checks? If so they will have an ID number that can be checked.
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Beware of 

  • Beware of Internet van lines that have no agents, drivers or equipment
  • Beware of phone addresses. Drive by the mover's facility. If it is in an office complex go inside to make sure the company is listed on the directory.
  • Beware of movers who charge upfront for a move.
  • Beware of movers who give a low-ball price.

Remember, these are your most valued possessions. Make sure you know exactly who will be moving your goods.

Moving Checklist

Transfer

  • Bank Records
  • Club memberships
  • House/Car Insurance
  • Legal Contracts
  • Medical/Optometrist/Dental Records
  • School Records
  • Veterinarian Records

Notify

  • Church
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Government (family allowances, health cards, etc.)
  • Magazines/Mail Order Accounts/ Post Office
  • Vehicle Registrations Bureau

Discontinue

  • Cable/Internet/Telephone/Mobile
  • Electricity/Water/Software Services
  • Food Service
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning/Household Cleaning Services
  • Lawn/Snow Service
  • Newspaper Delivery
  • Oil?Propane Deliveries

 

Moving Tips To Keep You Organized

It's moving time, and you're wondering what to do and where to get started. Here are some useful tips to help you get organized and make your move as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

First things first, you'll want to contact Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary to request an estimate our relocation experts will assess your moving needs, address any pre-move concerns and answer all your questions. We'll provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate for your move within Calgary, packing/unpacking services, transit protection coverage, and storage if required. 

The more prepared you are for your move, the faster it will be. Here are some moving tips to keep you organized for your move.

  • Stay away from the end of the month (particularly June, July, and August) if possible. If you must move at a month end, make your moving arrangements 6-8 weeks prior to moving date.
  • Never plan to move in on your "closing" day.Sometimes there are delays in the closing or the former owners may be later moving out.
  • Go through your home from top to bottom before our moving consultant comes to do their survey. Decide what is being moved and what will be sold or discarded.
  • If you are doing some/all of your own packing, arrange to get started well in advance of the move. Packing can be much harder and time-consuming than people expect, check out our how to pack boxes section. 
  • If you are doing some/all of your own packing arrange to purchase cartons and other packing supplies prior to starting. They are available at a nominal cost and are much stronger than discarded cartons from the grocery store.
  • Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids and flammable cans. Check out our list of "non-admissable" items.
  • Use up food from your freezer and pantry. Clean your freezer and pantry 24-48 hours prior to your move to give these appliances time to properly dry. Put a charcoal filter or baking soda fridge pack inside to keep the appliance fresh. Leave lids and doors open until they dry. Our movers offer to pick up the unwanted, non-perishable food items and deliver it to our local food bank.
  • Make sure ou have/obtain a written appraisal for antiques, high-value artwork, etc. to verify their value prior to the move. Provide a copy to your Kings Transfer Van Lines moving consultant.
  • Appliances like washers and items like grandfather clocks need special servicing before and after the move. Make arrangements with a licensed person or ask us to make arrangements for you.
  • Movers do not remove items affixed to ceilings and walls. Remove drapery tracks, curtain rods, blinds or other such items before the movers arrive.
  • You can leave lightweight items in dresser drawers but do not put books, linens or other heavy items in them. Be sure to remove valuables like jewelry and fragile items.

A few things you can do to cut down on the move time are:

  • Disassemble beds at your current location and re-assemble them at your new home
  • Take apart bookcases or any items that require disassembly prior to the move
  • Have items like lampshades, lamp bases, small prints, and glass shelving packed/wrapped
  • Roll area rugs and tape them in 2-3 places depending on the size

Happy moving!

Spring - The Best Time To Move

Yes, it is true that we often don't have a choice on which Season to move in, but if you do, let me advise you that Spring is the ideal time of year for those lucky enough to be able to choose, At least for those of you moving locally.

So why is Spring such an excellent time of year to move? Weather is on your side: Scorching hot days or winter blizzards can put a damper on even the best thought out moving efforts. Mild temperatures will surely make for a better moving experience.

Availability: A moving companies availability is likely to be better as this is the time right before their busy season. People think that summer is the best time to move so why not beat the rush and get ahead of the crowd?

Kids are still in school: The thing that I like best about the fact that kids are still in school is the few hours a day that I have to plan and coordinate with my movers without having to worry about entertaining the children. 

Be summer ready: Summer is a great time of year to relax and enjoy outdoor life with family and friends, it is also a time when a lot of people want to take holidays or visit family, so it seems a bit intrusive to have to move during this period as well. Plan your move early and be ready to have your housewarming party just in time for summer!
 

Ways To Recycle Your Moving Boxes

You did it! Your move is done, and you've managed to unpack everything. But what do you do with all of the moving boxes? If you want to avoid seeing all of those boxes go to waste, we've come up with helpful ways for you to recycle moving boxes after your move and put them to good use.

1 Re-Purpose The Boxes For Home Use:

Before trying to find a way to get rid of your boxes, think about the possibility of keeping them. Would you be able to use them in your home? You might need sturdy boxes for storing winter clothing, holiday and seasonal decorations or maybe you just want to keep some for future donations to the food bank, your local library or bottle drives. 

2. Ask Your Neighbours

Many communities now have Facebook Groups and community centers; these are both great options on where to offer up your boxes. Take this chance to be an angel to someone else and don't forget that what goes around comes around. Your neighbors will surely appreciate the kind gesture, and you might even make some new friends!

3. Ask Your Community Centre Or Local Charity

Your neighborhood community center might be able to use them; local charities are also great places to check, why throw your boxes away when you can do some good by just offering them to someone who might be able to use them. It might take a bit of time, but a few calls will let you know if they need them or not.

4. Put Them On Kijiji

Remember when you were looking for boxes? Well someone out there is looking as well. Kijiji is a fast and easy way to post items for sale or to give away, and it's free!  If you are in the US, you can try BoxCycle which allows you to sell your boxes the easy way. 

5. Your Local Recycling Program

The City of Calgary has great advice on how to recycle your used boxes. They suggest using your blue cart or your community recycling depot. If you live in an apartment, townhouse or other multi-family complex, cardboard boxes should be accepted in your building's recycling program.

6. Aim For The Starts

Feeling crazy ambitious? Build your kiddos a super cool cardboard box playhouse. We found this great post: 16 DYI Carboard Playhouses. Don't forget to have fun!