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What are Long Distance Movers?

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Making the decision to move to another province or across the country can be stressful. If you want to hire help to transport your belongings from your current home all the way to your new location, you will require long distance movers. A long distance move is considered anything over 100 kilometers, and log distance movers usually charge by the weight and volume of the shipment, and the distance of the move. 

Once you have decided to take the plunge and relocate, finding the right long-distance mover will ease your burden so you can focus on your new place. 

Finding a reliable long distance mover.

Unlike local moves, a long distance mover is going to ship most of your stuff to your new location. You won't be able to stay with your belongings or travel alongside the truck. Avoiding mover fraud with a reliable company is very important. The Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada provides guidelines to movers for good practice. 

A reliable moving company will:
  • Provide you with a pamphlet outlining all customer and mover rights, responsibilities and liabilities
  • Provide written estimate that describe costs for all services requested by the customer
  • Tag all goods and prepare and sign an inventory prior to leaving
  • Promptly and fairly resolve all disputes
  • Maintain clean facilities and working equipment

Research, research, research.

Before committing to a moving service, it is a good idea to do a background check to make sure you are using a legitimate company. Read customer reviews on the company website or here at, and ask questions. Make sure you have all the information you need to before you make your decision.

  • Will someone be staying with my stuff for the duration of the shipment?
  • Is the shipment expedited?
  • How many stops will you make along the way?
  • Is there a guaranteed delivery date?
  • How will my stuff be packed so that it isn't damaged?
  • Who handles the transportation and logistics?
  • Who can I contact for status updates?
  • Are you a mover or a broker?

The difference between a mover and a broker.

When looking for moving company, you might come across a broker instead. Using a broker can be okay, it can simplify the moving process. But be aware that a broker is NOT the same as a mover and there fewer regulations placed on brokers.

  • Work with you directly to schedule your move and estimate the price
  • Provide their own services to move your stuff
  • Have staff that will pick up and deliver your belongings
  • Will communicate with you over the phone or provide an in home estimate
  • Handle all the logistics with their moving company to transport your stuff
  • Provide an estimated price quote for the movers they use
  • Communicate between you and the moving company
  • Do not actually carry out your move themselves
A reliable broker will let you know upfront that they are not a moving company and they will give you access to the movers they are using. Make sure that if you do use a broker, you are able to research the companies that they contract out to.

Getting accurate cost estimates.

Moving all of your belongings across provincial borders can be expensive. When researching movers, find a mover that will do an in home estimate. This means they will come to your house to take a rough inventory of everything you're moving and estimate the weight of the shipment. This will end up being more accurate than getting estimates over the phone. Check with the movers to find out about any additional fees. The can include:
  • Specialty services. If you have something extra large like a piano or fragile like artwork, check first to make sure your mover will take the item, and second make sure to find out if there will be any extra handling charges.
  • Packing services. Packing is generally not included in a standard moving package. It may be cheaper to pack most of your stuff yourself, but check with your mover for affordable packing options.
  • Storage. Your moving company may need to put your belongings in storage if it arrives before you. Some companies will have their own facilities available for an extra fee.
  • Long carries and stair carries. Your moving company may charge extra if they have to carry heavy items up the stairs or a long distance from the truck to the door. Avoid surprise fees by planning where your items will go before the movers arrive at your destination.  
When you're ready to begin planning your move, come back to to fill our free, no hassle quote from and start comparing long distance movers today!

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on May 10, 2016 - Moving Expert
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