Thursday 18 April 2013

Plan ahead, Pack early

Like the trees and flowers, moving season is in full bloom in Montreal. After the prank mother nature pulled last week with the hope-crushing 15 cm of random snow the cold winter has passed and the longer days are filled with promise of a summer soon to come.

Summer time is also moving season in Montreal. Whether moving out of your parents house, moving in with a loved one, upgrading, downgrading, moving for work, etc there's no avoiding the fact that you'll have to move (despite your best efforts to ignore it). All of your stuff is going to have to get packed up and moved to a new place whether it be at the other end of the city or across the street.

Due to Quebec's famous 'Moving Day" over 80,000 Quebecers' spend Canada Day packing boxes. Also, lease patterns tend to end between May and August resulting in a large number of people having to move at that time. Companies therefor experience a huge amount of over demand during those peak times and charge higher rates.

Here are a few tips on how to save time, effort and money when hiring movers during the summer rush.

BOOK EARLY - Save Money - Booking in advance ensures that you will get a decent rate from your moving company. If you wait until the day before you can expect to pay higher prices.

BOOK EARLY - Save Time - Early bookings mean that you will be able to reserve easily. If you wait until the last minute you may have to contact multiple companies before finding one with openings and may end up with a company that you would never hire otherwise.

AVOID THE LAST DAY/FIRST DAY- Of each month. This can sometimes be tricky due to lease patterns but if your moving date is flexible and your budget is tight then avoiding these days are your best choice. These dates have higher demand and higher prices.

MID MONTH MOVES - The middle of the month can a quieter time for movers. By reserving a date between the 10th and 20th of each month, you may be able to benefit from a lower rate

There you have it! A few friendly tips from the team at Bust a Move Moving regarding your upcoming move in Montreal this summer.

Monday 8 April 2013

When life gives you lemons, fill them with furniture.

Bust a Move moving started off with a 1993 Toyota pickup that was composed of more putty than steel. After helping a friend move her mattress, she secretly put an ad on Craigslist titled, " Student Mover with Truck".

It's safe to say that 70% of our customers muttered  "Whaaat the Heeeeck" under their breath as they witnessed this truck roll up to their front door.

We upgraded to a covered truck.  This cool looking 1972 Grumman Kurbmaster was better suited to serve ice cream to screaming kids in the park but we made it work. When I bought it had an "Antique license plate" I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing at the time.
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1984 Grumman Curbmaster
Check out those rims! We loved this truck. You could drive it with the doors wide open, and the horn was an air pressured device which sounded like a train.

We then progressed to something a little more modern. Nothing too interesting to say about this thing. It was a 14 foot cube truck that ran well and helped us secure larger scale moves.

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14-foot Ford E-450

The next step was to invest in a reliable, large moving truck that would enable us to offer a better service and undertake larger moves once again.

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20 foot - Ford LCF Truck
Stored inside of this guy are dozens of protective blankets for your furniture, dollies, tools, straps, mattress covers, packing tape, shrink wrap, floor mats and everything else needed to complete your move in an efficient manner. The truck is clean, reliable and great for inter city moves.

And then this happened;

And then this;

Et voila, there is a history of our fleet which is always modernizing and improving to best serve our customers. It only makes sense, they deserve it.

Until Next time!