Hourly pricing is the most commonly used pricing model in Toronto. 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:
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 Toronto have diverse fee-related policies. Generally, there is an added cost to your moving bill for packing and unloading specialty items. This is due to their fragility, which requires extra protection. It is also due to their weight, which requires more workers. Additionally, they may take up extra space in the truck which could end up requiring an additional truck.
The moving company may charge extra fees for heavy items like sports equipment and appliances. Extra fees may be charged for stairs above the second floor. Another common extra charge is overnight or storage fees if the move is not finished in one day. 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.
The Highway Traffic Act obliges the City of Toronto to allow the parking of moving trucks on the street as long as they are loading or unloading. Yet, they must still comply with parking and traffic regulations on the street signs.
If you are parking a moving container, a temporary street occupation permit will be needed to keep the equipment on the road or boulevard.
The common amount to tip movers in Toronto is $5 per hour for each mover. Tips are not included in the quoted moving price and should be provided once the move is completed. Your tip should be based on their productivity and your satisfaction with their work.
For a small move of 4 to 5 hours, it is recommended to tip each mover more or less $25 but if it is a large move of 8 to 10 hours, it is recommended to tip around $50 per mover.
As Toronto is a large city with an elevated cost of living, your movers may expect a tip on the higher end of the average.
Condos in Toronto have rigid rules in place to ensure proper order, especially when it comes to moving. Once you know your move-in/move-out date, it’s recommended to contact your condo board to organize your move and gather important information about the factors below.
Elevator reservation – Depending on your building, you may have a separate elevator that is used for various delivery services. This is the elevator that would be used on moving day. The condo board will install protective padding in the elevator or possibly, yet rarely, ask your movers to do so. You may also have to pay a small fee. Pro-tip: ask your movers how long they’ll be using the elevator for, so you can reserve the elevator for the right amount of time.
Parking regulations – Inquire about where the moving truck can be parked, and your condo board will let you know the most appropriate place to avoid bothering the residents.
Timing – Even though moving can be stressful, it is crucial to be mindful of your new neighbors. A regular working day in Toronto is from 9 to 5, and it would be not only the most respectful time to move, but the most convenient time, as fewer people will be around.
Noise policies – The City of Toronto’s Noise Bylaw prohibits noise deriving from loading/unloading objects and moving container drop-offs/pick-ups from 11PM to 7AM on weekdays and 11PM to 9AM on weekends and statutory holidays. If a neighbor complains to the authorities about noise deriving from these sources, you may be fined from $500 to $700.
Pack and move valuables yourself – Move your jewelry, expensive items and small valuables yourself to limit liability on the movers. If you have any highly valuable items, ensure you notify your movers in advance, so they can prepare proper protective gear.
Empty certain items – Before moving, remember to empty items that can be filled, like lawnmowers (gas), dishwashers, clothing dryers, and cabinets. Movers are forbidden from moving propane tanks, firearms, flammable, hazardous and explosive items.
Prepare based on the weather – If you are moving between the months of June and mid-September, humidity can be at its peak in Toronto. It is recommended to prepare cold water bottles as a kind gesture to the movers, so they can keep hydrated while taking care of your belongings.
Contact your condo board or building manager – Inquire about parking, elevator reservation and any other rules in place to avoid fines. Once you have this information, inform your movers as well.
Practical tips: Remove items hung up on the walls like frames and posters to save the movers time and to keep your items from being damaged. Another tip is to color coordinate boxes and label the items with each room they will go to in your new home.
While your move-in and move-out date will depend on your availability and circumstances, you may want to consider the following factors before hiring movers.
During summer months (June – August), movers in Toronto will charge higher rates due to the higher demand. The best time of year to move to get a good price is from mid-September through April.
When leases are up at the end of the month, movers get invaded with moving demands, therefore raising their prices. Weekdays (Mon – Fri) are cheap as most people are at work and not available to move. Weekdays come with benefits if you’re living in a condo or apartment, as there will be fewer people in your way and the elevator will be available.
End of month ❌
June to August have the highest rates.
To be avoided as leases are up and movers are particularly busy.
The demand is lower throughout mid-September and April.
Cheaper rates offered Monday through Thursday. Weekdays are quieter, making the move go more smoothly.
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