Mississauga Movers

Frequently asked questions

Hourly pricing is the most commonly used pricing model in Mississauga. It’s simple, the company will provide you with an hourly rate and charge you based on the time it takes to complete your move. The more prepared you are, the less it will cost.

In your quote, movers will provide you with an estimated labor time, so they can precisely estimate the final cost. 

Services considered in the labor time: 

  • Wrapping and protecting 
  • Dismantling and reassembling 
  • Packing/unpacking (additional service if requested)
  • Loading and unloading the truck 
  • Miscellaneous requests 
  • Driving from the pickup to the drop-off location (and to/from their office) 

To cover travel time and fuel, movers may charge you for the time it takes them to drive to and from their office. Alternatively, they may charge a pre-established truck fee, which will be based on the distance to be driven and the size of the truck. 

Certain services are included in the final price such as: basic insurance (release value protection), moving blankets, moving equipment and sometimes wardrobe boxes. 

All moving companies in Mississauga have diverse fee-related policies. Generally, packing and unloading specialty items will be an added cost to your moving bill for their fragility (extra protection required), weight (more workers required), and extra space they may take up in the truck (additional truck required). 

The moving company may charge extra fees for heavy items like sports equipment and appliances. Extra stair fees (above 2nd floor) and overnight or storage fees (if the move was not completed in one day), may be charged. Also, fuel fees could apply, especially for longer distances.

There are two types of moving insurance protections: release value protection and full value protection. 

Release value protection covers the damages happening in the moving truck and can cover $0.60 per pound of the damaged item. The cost is typically included in the price and there is no deductible.  

Whereas, full value protection applies to damage done in the moving truck and in your home. This can cover anywhere between $5 to $10 per pound of the damaged item. Expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for full value protection, and know that there is a deductible and that it will vary.

Condominiums in Mississauga have rules that ensure that the community lives in harmony. We recommend contacting your condo board before your move to learn about specific moving regulations, such as:

  • Elevator reservation: Depending on the condo, some have a service elevator used for moving. The condo board will install protective pads on the elevator and may charge you a fee, or they will ask your moving company to do it. Pro-tip: ask your moving company in advance the approximate time that they will use the elevator so that you can reserve it accordingly.
  • Parking regulations: Ask about the most suitable place for parking the truck, or if it is possible to use the guest parking. Pro-tip: consider proximity to the elevator door or stairs to get the job done faster and avoid disturbing residents.
  • Noise level restrictions: Condos typically have noise restrictions caused by moving furniture that include the use of elevators, but the specifications may vary based on their own rules. It is recommended to control the noise levels during any time of the move, especially during weekdays from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., while on weekends or holidays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Time of move: To prevent interference with other residents in the condo, the most convenient time for moving would be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The amount of tip you should tip your movers depends on a few factors, such as the distance, the difficulty, and the size of the move. 

In Mississauga, the typical tip amount is $5/hour per mover. Note that tips are not included in the moving service amount quoted, and that it is better that they are paid directly in cash to the movers once they have finished the move.

For short-distance moves (4–5 hours), you can tip each mover $20 – $25 on average, and for long-distance moves (8–10 hours), you can tip each mover $40 – $50 on average.

If your move was particularly difficult, and you received exceptional service, you may consider tipping more to show your appreciation for their hard work.

This may vary depending on the specific moving company you are working with. However, many of them have similar cancellation policies that include the following:

  • Cancellation period: moving companies require a certain period of time to be noticed before a cancellation can be made without a penalty. Normally is between 48 and 72 hours before the scheduled date of the move. If you cancel the move after services have started, it may be considered a breach of contract and could lead to legal action being taken against you.
  • Cancellation fee: if you cancel your moving outside the cancellation period, you might have to pay a fee, around $150, but this varies depending on the moving company.
  • Deposit: if you already made a deposit for your move, the cancellation fee can be deducted directly from it.

We recommend that you read the cancellation policy of your moving company before signing any contract or agreement with them, as well as read your rights as a consumer in case you want to cancel a service early.

Moving scams can be a problem, and it is important to be cautious when choosing a moving company in Mississauga. Here are some tips to help you detect potential scams:

Movers don’t provide detailed written estimates 

A reputable moving company will always provide a detailed written estimate that outlines all their services, and costs. Be alert and reconsider your choice if your mover only gives you a verbal estimate or refuses to provide one in writing. 

Movers licensing information is nowhere to be found 

It is essential that a moving company has a license because it shows that they are a legitimate and trustworthy business that complies to all regulations from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Here you can check if they are registered.

Movers do not offer basic insurance (release value protection)

Moving companies must provide basic insurance coverage to protect your belongings based on their weight, usually at a rate of 60 cents per pound. Without it, your items may not be covered in case of damage or loss.

Movers with bad ratings or not registered with the CAM or BBB 

This may suggest they have a bad reputation, a history of complaints, and lack necessary certifications. It’s advisable to reconsider your choice and look for a more reliable moving company. It may help your choice to also review other sources like ratings from Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

Movers without physical address 

A moving company without a physical address or local presence could be a warning sign that may not be legitimate. Ensure that your moving company has a physical address, phone number, and a professional website to avoid any potential scam.

Movers ask you for a large deposit in advance

Legitimate moving companies usually require in advance a small deposit of $100-$250 to reserve your spot in Mississauga. Be aware of those asking for a large deposit, as anything over $300 for a small apartment (450 cu ft. in volume) may indicate a fraud.

Yes, hiring a moving company for a small move can be worth it for several reasons:

Convenience: even if you consider your move as small, it might take you a lot of work and time. By hiring a moving company, you can save physical efforts, avoid stress, and gain time for doing other things during your move.

Professional expertise: moving companies have the experience, and the equipment necessary to ensure the protection of your belongings. 

Insurance coverage: when you hire a moving company, they should offer you a basic insurance coverage to protect your belongings in case of damage or loss, something that couldn’t be covered if you do it yourself.

Customized services: moving companies can provide different services tailored to your needs, such as moving pianos, storage services, or whether you need help packing, loading/unloading, transport, they are there for you.

It’s a good idea to prepare your house for the movers before they arrive, but it is not mandatory. This will help ensure that the move goes efficiently, and your belongings stay protected. Here are some steps you should consider:

Declutter & organize your belongings to make it easier for movers to pack and load. 

Pack a first-night-box with essentials that may include toiletries, a change of clothes, and medications.

Pack & move your valuables yourself like jewelry, artwork, antiques, electronics, or any items of sentimental value. They might need extra care, and you can ensure that they will be safe and secure during the move.

Take previous pictures of valuable items to keep evidence of their previous condition. 

Label your boxes with what’s inside them and the room they belong to. This will help movers know where they go. 

Disconnect & disassemble your appliances like TVs, your refrigerator and washing machine, to make it easier for movers to handle them, move faster, and prevent damage during the move.

Empty certain items like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, cabinets, and lawnmowers. 

Clear the path to ensure that the movers have a clear space to work in and that your belongings are not damaged during the move.

How far in advance you should schedule your move depends on both the distance of your move and the season in which you plan to move.

In Mississauga, the busy moving season is from April to September. If you are moving during the busy season, it is best to schedule your move at least 8 weeks in advance. Whereas, in the low season (October to March) there are no limits, and you can even book last minute moves, however, the odds of finding more affordable moving options are reduced.


Low season

High season

Local moves 

(<50 km) 

2 weeks in advance

6 weeks in advance


(>50 km) 

8 to 4 weeks in advance

12 weeks in advance

Last minute moves

1–2 days

in advance with little chance

As soon as possible. Less likely to find availability

Booking in advance helps you save money, as some moving companies offer discounts for customers who book their services early.

The cheapest days to move are Weekdays (Mon-Thu), rather than weekends (Fri-Sun), as the demand for moving services is lower because most people are working, lowering prices for moving services.  The cheapest months to move are October through March, as fewer people move during the colder months, which translates into lower prices and greater availability of movers. Also consider that at the end of the month, movers are busy with leases ending and may raise prices.

Weekdays ✅

Weekends ❌

October-March ✅

End of the month ❌

Cheaper rates + more moving services offered from Mon–Thu. 

Higher prices and less availability for moving schedules.

Cheaper rates due to lower demand for winter season + more availability of moving options.

Avoid moving at the end of the month, as leases end and moving companies are particularly busy.

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