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Is Moving Day getting you down? Dreading the annual occurrence? Then follow these helpful tips to survive the traditional Canadian holiday known as Moving Day, which occurs every year on July 1.

What is Moving Day?

The holiday (which also falls on Canada Day) is so named for the government's former fixed lease rules for tenants in the province of Quebec, which once determined the start and end date of all leases.

Despite no longer being mandated by law since 1974, the day is still traditionally celebrated by citizens and landlords alike.

Book in advance

Since a large majority of leases end around the same time, it is important to book your moving services and vehicles as soon as possible.

Your best bet would be to make arrangements up to six months in advance to limit your stress level and avoid the rush.

To ensure you book the best mover to cater to your needs, you should:
  • Get at least three estimates from different moving companies
  • Beware of scams
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations
  • Don't always go with the cheapest option just because it's the cheapest - there's usually a reason why

Save up

With increased demand comes a rise in moving costs and the rate could be tripled due to a hectic schedule and a limited amount of movers.

If you plan on changing locations on Moving Day, it's going to cost you, so you may have to budget in other areas or save for your move.

Consider going green

To help with the lack of movers on Canada Day, a green moving service was created using bicycles and bicycles trailers in place of large moving vans and trucks.

It may take you more trips, but using Déménagement Myette (and these other green ideas) is definitely more environmentally conscious.

Be cautious

With large majorities of people heading out on Moving Day, it's important to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Look out for pedestrians as you load and unload your apartment or home
  • Be wary when moving through communal living spaces
  • When driving to and from your new place, watch for pedestrians and other movers
  • Be cautious and courteous when trying to manoeuvr around others

Dress weather appropriate

Moving Day originally took place on May 1 when it was a tad cooler for tenants, but all that changed in 1973 to take advantage of the summer weather.

Make sure you dress smartly (read: in layers if things start off chilly) and don't forget to stay hydrated and apply sunscreen.

Know the trash schedule

To make up for what can already be an overwhelming experience, cities in Quebec offer additional garbage and recycling pick-ups to help with overflow.

Make sure to check with your city if you want to dispose of anything on a non-regular pick-up day.

Wind down with some Moving Day media

After the arduous moving process is complete, take the time to celebrate a job well done with a little bit of relaxation.

You may enjoy the 2004 comedy: “Premier juillet, le film” which follows the misadventures of three households as they navigate Moving Day.

If you follow these tips, your real life Moving Day is sure to be smoother than their fictional one.

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on May 30, 2014 - Moving Expert
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