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Moving day can be an emotional rollercoaster, from the thrill of a new beginning to the stress of managing the logistics.  But remember, you’re not alone in this! We recognize that moving often brings a flood of questions.

That’s why we’ve gathered the Burly Boyz moving experts to tackle your most frequently asked questions head-on. Whether you’re wondering how to pack fragile items, calculate your moving costs, or determine what particular services you need, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s explore the world of moving FAQs and empower you with the knowledge you need to seamlessly transition to your new home.


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What Services Does Burly Boyz Offer?

Burly Boyz Storage and Moving Company offers a comprehensive range of services to cater to various moving needs. Here’s a detailed look at the essential services they provide:

  • Local Moving: Burly Boyz offers local moves within a city or region. This service includes packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking your belongings carefully and efficiently. Whether moving to a small apartment or a large house, Burly Boyz ensures a smooth transition.
  • Long-Distance Moving: Burly Boyz specializes in long distance moving and offers long-distance moving services for those relocating across provinces or the country. They handle all aspects of the move, including route planning, secure transportation, and timely delivery, ensuring your belongings arrive safely and on schedule.
  • Packing Services: Packing can be one of the most daunting parts of moving. Burly Boyz offers professional packing services to relieve this stress. Their experienced team uses high-quality materials and techniques to pack your belongings securely, protecting them from damage during transit.
  • Storage Services: Burly Boyz provides secure, climate-controlled storage options for temporary storage during a move or long-term storage solutions. Their facilities are designed to keep your belongings safe and in good condition until you’re ready to move them to your new location.
  • Specialty Item Handling: Some items require special care during a move, such as pianos, antiques, artwork, and large appliances. Burly Boyz has the expertise and equipment to handle these specialty items, ensuring they are packed, transported, and delivered without damage.



Burly Boyz understands that every move is unique and offers customizable services to meet individual needs and requirements. Here’s how they tailor their services:

  • Personalized Moving Plans: They work with clients to create personalized moving plans that fit their circumstances. This includes choosing the correct moving date, selecting the appropriate size of the moving crew, and determining the necessary equipment and materials.
  • Flexible Packing Options: With professional guidance, clients can choose the level of packing assistance they need, from full-service to partial or DIY packing. This flexibility allows clients to control costs and decide how much help they need.
  • Storage Flexibility: Storage services can be tailored to fit the duration and size requirements of the client. Burly Boyz can accommodate your needs, whether you need a small unit for a few weeks or a large space for several months.
  • Special Requests: If you have specific items needing special handling or unique moving challenges (like tight schedules or difficult access points), Burly Boyz will develop customized solutions to address these issues. They take the time to understand each client’s needs and create a moving strategy that ensures a smooth and efficient move.

For instance, a family moving from a large house in Toronto to a new home in Ottawa might need a comprehensive moving package that includes packing, transportation, and temporary storage.

Burly Boyz would work with the family to develop a detailed moving plan, provide the necessary packing materials, safely transport their belongings, and store items securely until the new home is ready.


How Do I Get an Accurate Moving Estimate?

An accurate moving estimate is crucial for planning and managing your budget. Here’s a detailed guide to obtaining one from Burly Boyz Storage and Moving Company.


Initial Consultation

The process of obtaining an accurate moving estimate begins with an initial consultation. This step is vital for understanding the scope of your move and gathering essential details.

  • Contacting Burly Boyz: Reach out to Burly Boyz through their website or by phone to schedule an initial consultation. During this consultation, you’ll discuss basic information about your move, such as the moving date, origin, and destination addresses, and any specific requirements you might have.
  • Information Gathering: The consultant will ask questions to understand the specifics of your move. This includes the size of your home, the number of rooms, and any special items that may require extra care. This initial discussion helps lay the groundwork for a more detailed estimate.


Inventory Assessment

A detailed inventory of your belongings is essential for an accurate moving estimate. This step involves listing all items that need to be moved.

  • Detailed List: Create a comprehensive list of all your belongings, including furniture, appliances, and smaller items. This list should be as detailed as possible, noting the size, quantity, and special handling requirements.
  • Photos and Videos: Besides a written list, images and videos can be beneficial. They provide a visual reference for the moving company, making it easier to understand the volume and nature of the items to be moved.
  • Special Items: Highlight any items that require special attention, such as pianos, antiques, or fragile items. Noting these items ensures they are handled appropriately and included in the estimate accurately.


In-Home Estimates

An in-home estimate is one of the most accurate ways to calculate a precise moving cost. It involves a representative from Burly Boyz visiting your home to assess your belongings in person.

  • Scheduling the Visit: Arrange a convenient time for the estimator to visit your home. Ensure all areas of your home are accessible, including attics, basements, and garages.
  • Conducting the Walkthrough: During the visit, walk through your home with the estimator, pointing out all items that need to be moved, including items in hidden or less accessible areas. The estimator will take measurements and note any special requirements.


Benefits of In-Home Estimates

  • Highest Accuracy: Seeing and measuring the items in person allows for the highest accuracy in the estimate. This reduces the likelihood of surprises or additional costs on moving day.
  • Personalized Quote: The in-home visit allows Burly Boyz to provide a detailed and personalized quote that considers the unique aspects of your move, such as special handling for specific items and any accessibility challenges.



For example, during an in-home estimate, the Burly Boyz estimator may discover that your sizeable sectional sofa needs to be disassembled to fit through the doorway.

By identifying this requirement upfront, they can include the disassembly and reassembly service in your estimate, ensuring a more accurate and comprehensive quote.


What Should I Know About Packing?

Packing is crucial to any move; doing it right can make the process much smoother. Understanding the essentials is vital, whether packing yourself or opting for professional services.


Packing Materials

You must use suitable packing materials to ensure your belongings are safe and secure during the move. Here are some essentials and where to get them:

  • Boxes: Use sturdy, corrugated cardboard boxes in various sizes. Specialty boxes, like wardrobe boxes and dish packs, are also helpful. These can be purchased from moving companies, home improvement stores, or online retailers.
  • Packing Tape: High-quality packing tape is essential for sealing boxes securely. Ensure you have enough tape to seal all your boxes properly.
  • Bubble Wrap: Ideal for protecting fragile items like glassware and electronics. It can be bought in bulk from office supply stores or online.
  • Packing Paper: Use packing paper to wrap items and fill empty spaces in boxes to prevent shifting. It’s available at moving supply stores.
  • Markers and Labels: Clearly label each box with its contents and the room in which it belongs. This makes unpacking much easier. Markers and labels are available at office supply stores.


DIY Packing Tips

If you’re packing your belongings yourself, here are some tips to ensure everything is packed efficiently and securely:

  • Start Early: Begin packing well in advance of your move to avoid last-minute stress. Start with items you use less frequently.
  • Pack Room by Room: Pack one room at a time and label each box with its contents and destination room. This keeps things organized.
  • Use Small Boxes for Heavy Items: Pack heavy items, such as books, in smaller boxes to make them easier to carry. Lighter items can go in larger boxes.
  • Protect Fragile Items: Wrap fragile items individually in bubble wrap or packing paper. Place them in boxes lined with packing material to cushion them.
  • Disassemble Furniture: Take apart furniture that can be disassembled to save space and make transportation easier. Keep screws and small parts in labeled bags.
  • Fill Empty Spaces: Use packing paper, bubble wrap, or towels to fill empty spaces in boxes. This prevents items from shifting during transit.
  • Seal Boxes Securely: Use packing tape to seal all boxes securely. Reinforce the bottom and top seams with extra tape.


Professional Packing Services

Opting for professional packing services can take much of the stress out of your move. Here are some benefits of using the packing services offered by Burly Boyz:

  • Expertise and Efficiency: Professional packers are trained to pack items efficiently and securely. They use high-quality materials and techniques to ensure the protection of your belongings.
  • Time-Saving: Packing an entire home can take days or even weeks. Professional packers can complete the job much faster, often in just a few hours.
  • Stress Reduction: Packing can be one of the most stressful parts of moving. By hiring professionals, you can focus on other aspects of your move and reduce your overall stress.
  • Insurance Coverage: When you use professional packing services, your belongings are typically covered by the moving company’s insurance. This provides additional peace of mind in case of damage during transit.
  • Customizable Services: Burly Boyz offers customizable packing services. Whether you need full-service packing or help with certain items, they can tailor their services to meet your needs.


How Do I Handle Special Items?

Moving special items requires additional care and expertise to ensure they are transported safely and securely. Burly Boyz Storage and Moving Company offers specialized handling services to meet these unique needs.


Special Handling Needs

Certain items require special handling due to their size, weight, fragility, or value. Here’s how Burly Boyz handles these particular items:



Moving a piano is a complex task that involves careful planning and specialized equipment. Burly Boyz movers are trained to handle pianos of all types, including grand, upright, and baby grand pianos. They use padded covers, dollies, and straps to protect the piano and ensure it is securely transported. Additionally, they have the expertise to navigate stairs and tight spaces without causing damage.



Antiques are often valuable and irreplaceable, requiring extra care during a move. Burly Boyz uses custom crating, bubble wrap, and packing paper to protect antique furniture, artwork, and other delicate items. Their team has experience handling antiques, ensuring each piece is carefully packed and transported.


Large Appliances

Moving large appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and ovens requires proper disconnection, secure packing, and careful handling. Burly Boyz movers have the tools and knowledge to safely disconnect and move these appliances. They use padding and secure strapping to prevent damage during transit.


Fragile Items

Items like glassware, ceramics, and electronics need special attention to avoid breakage. Burly Boyz uses high-quality packing materials and techniques to safeguard these items. Fragile items are packed with extra padding and clearly labeled to ensure they are handled carefully throughout the move.



Insurance is crucial when moving valuable and delicate items. Here’s why insurance is essential and how Burly Boyz ensures your belongings are protected:


Comprehensive Coverage

Burly Boyz offers comprehensive insurance options to cover the full value of your belongings. This coverage provides peace of mind, knowing you are financially protected in case of damage or loss during the move.


Valuation Options

Clients can choose between valuation options, such as full-value or released-value protection. Full-value protection covers the cost of repairing or replacing damaged items, while released-value protection offers minimal coverage based on the weight of the items.


Claims Process

In the unlikely event that an item is damaged, Burly Boyz has a straightforward claims process. Clients can file a claim to receive compensation for any damages, ensuring they are not left out of pocket.


What Are the Costs Involved in Moving?

Understanding the costs involved in moving is crucial for effective budgeting and planning. Knowing various factors influence the overall cost can help you manage your expenses better.


Cost Factors

Several factors determine the total cost of a move. Here are the main elements that can influence moving costs:

  • Distance: The distance between your current home and your new location is a primary cost factor. Local moves (within 100 kilometers) generally cost less than long-distance moves (over 100 kilometers) because of reduced fuel and travel time expenses.
  • Volume of Belongings: Your belongings’ total volume and weight impact the cost. More items require more packing materials, larger trucks, and more labor, which increases the overall cost.
  • Special Services: Additional services like packing, unpacking, and handling special items (e.g., antiques and pianos) can add to the cost. These services require extra care, materials, and sometimes specialized equipment.
  • Time of Year: Moving during peak seasons (summer, weekends, and end of the month) can be more expensive due to higher demand. Off-peak times can offer lower rates and more flexibility.
  • Accessibility: Homes with difficult access, such as narrow staircases, no elevators, or long carry distances from the home to the truck, can increase labor costs due to the added complexity and time required.


Typical Rates

Understanding typical rates can help you anticipate your moving budget. Here’s a general idea of what you might expect for local and long-distance moves:


Local Moves

Moving companies typically charge by the hour for local moves within Ontario. Rates can range from CAD 100 to CAD 200 per hour, depending on the moving crew’s size and the move’s complexity. For example, moving a 3-bedroom house with a team of three movers might cost around CAD 150 per hour, with the move taking 6-8 hours, totaling approximately CAD 900 to CAD 1,200.


Long-Distance Moves

Long-distance moves are usually calculated based on the distance traveled and the weight or volume of the belongings. Costs can range from CAD 1 to CAD 2 per kilometer. For instance, moving from Toronto to Ottawa (approximately 450 kilometers) with a fully loaded truck could cost between CAD 2,500 and CAD 5,000, depending on the volume and weight of the items.


Additional Costs

Beyond the basic moving costs, there are additional expenses that you should consider:

  • Packing Services: Professional packing services can add to the cost but ensure that items are packed securely. Depending on the amount and complexity of the items to be packed, the cost for packing services can range from CAD 300 to CAD 1,500.
  • Storage Services: If your new home isn’t ready immediately, you may need temporary storage solutions. Storage costs vary based on the size and duration of storage needed, typically ranging from CAD 50 to CAD 200 per month.
  • Insurance: While basic insurance might be included, additional coverage for valuable and delicate items is often recommended. Full-value protection insurance can cost around 1% to 2% of the total value of the insured items.
  • Special Handling: Items that require special handling, such as pianos, antiques, or large appliances, may incur additional charges. These costs depend on the specific requirements and difficulty of moving these items.


How Does Burly Boyz Ensure the Safety of My Belongings?

Burly Boyz Storage and Moving Company prioritizes the safety of your belongings during a move. They implement several safety measures and offer climate-controlled storage to protect your items from damage and ensure they arrive at your new home in perfect condition.


Safety Measures

Burly Boyz employs various safety measures to protect your belongings throughout moving. These measures include advanced packing techniques and secure transportation methods.


Packing Techniques

Professional movers at Burly Boyz use high-quality packing materials and techniques to ensure the safety of your items. This includes using sturdy, double-walled boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and furniture pads. Fragile items are wrapped individually and packed with extra padding to prevent breakage. Large and heavy items are carefully disassembled if necessary and securely wrapped to avoid scratches and dents.


Labeling and Organization

Each box is clearly labeled with its contents and the room to which it belongs. This organization helps during the loading and unloading, ensuring that items are handled carefully and placed in the correct location in your new home.


Secure Loading

During loading, items are placed in the moving truck to maximize space and prevent shifting. Heavy items are loaded first and secured with straps, while lighter and fragile items are placed on top. This method minimizes movement during transit, reducing the risk of damage.


Experienced Movers

The moving team at Burly Boyz is highly trained and experienced in handling various items, from everyday household goods to delicate and valuable items. Their expertise ensures that each item is handled with the utmost care and professionalism.


Climate-Controlled Storage

Burly Boyz offers climate-controlled storage facilities to keep your belongings safe when temporarily stored. These storage units provide several benefits:


Temperature and Humidity Control

Climate-controlled storage maintains a consistent temperature and humidity level, which is crucial for preserving sensitive items like wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, and antiques. This controlled environment prevents damage caused by extreme temperatures, moisture, and humidity fluctuations.


Protection from Elements

Climate-controlled units protect your belongings from dust, pests, and other environmental factors that could cause damage. This is especially important for long-term storage, where items must be pristine.



The storage facilities at Burly Boyz are equipped with advanced security features, including 24/7 surveillance cameras, secure access controls, and on-site personnel. These measures ensure that your belongings are safe from theft and vandalism.



Clients can access their stored items when needed, providing flexibility during moving. Whether you need short-term storage while waiting for your new home to be ready or long-term storage for items you don’t immediately need, Burly Boyz can accommodate your requirements.


What Should I Do to Prepare for Moving Day?

What Should I Do to Prepare for Moving Day - Burly Boyz Moving

Preparing for moving day involves more than just packing boxes. A well-organized approach ensures everything goes smoothly and reduces the stress of moving. Here’s a detailed guide to help you get ready.



Creating a checklist of tasks to complete before moving day can keep you organized and on track. Here are the essential steps to follow:

  • Sort and Declutter: Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or throw away. This reduces the volume of items to move and helps you start fresh in your new home.
  • Notify Important Parties: Inform utilities, banks, insurance companies, and other relevant parties of your change of address. Schedule the disconnection and reconnection of utilities at your old and new homes.
  • Gather Packing Supplies: Ensure you have enough boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and markers. Consider eco-friendly options like reusable moving bins.
  • Pack Non-Essentials Early: Before the move, start by packing items you won’t need, such as seasonal clothing, books, and decor. Label each box with its contents and the room to which it belongs.
  • Prepare an Essentials Box: Pack a box with essentials you’ll need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, important documents, and essential kitchen items.
  • Take Inventory: Make a detailed list of your belongings. This will help you keep track of items during the move and is useful for insurance purposes.
  • Arrange for Child and Pet Care: If you have young children or pets, arrange for someone to take care of them on moving day to keep them safe and out of the way.
  • Clean Your Home: Clean your old home after packing to leave it in good condition for the next occupants. Consider hiring a cleaning service if needed.



Clear communication with your moving team is crucial for a smooth moving day. Here’s how to ensure everyone is on the same page:

  • Confirm Details: A few days before the move, confirm the moving date, time, and address with Burly Boyz. Provide any special instructions or requests you have.
  • Exchange Contact Information: Ensure you have the moving team’s contact information, and they have yours. This is important for any last-minute changes or emergencies.
  • Discuss the Plan: On a moving day, walk through your home with the moving team. Point out items that require special care and explain the labeling system you’ve used. Make sure they understand your priorities and any concerns you have.


Last-Minute Tips

To ensure everything goes smoothly on a moving day, follow these last-minute tips:

  • Keep Important Documents Handy: Ensure essential documents like ID, moving contracts, and financial information are easily accessible.
  • Charge Your Devices: Make sure your phone and other essential devices are fully charged. Keep chargers accessible if you need them.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Moving involves a lot of physical activity, so being comfortable is essential.
  • Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Moving can be exhausting. Keep water and snacks on hand to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.
  • Perform a Final Walkthrough: Before leaving, do a final walkthrough of your old home to ensure nothing is left behind. Check all rooms, closets, and storage areas.
  • Coordinate with the Movers: Be available to answer any moving team questions. Clear directions and guidance can avoid misunderstandings and ensure a smooth move.


Final Words

Moving can be a complex and daunting task, but with the correct information and support, it doesn’t have to be. At Burly Boyz Storage and Moving Company, we understand the challenges and intricacies of relocating, and we’re here to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our team of experts is dedicated to delivering exceptional service, from offering comprehensive services tailored to your needs, providing accurate moving estimates, and ensuring the safety of your belongings to handling special items with care and offering climate-controlled storage options. By following our detailed tips and leveraging our professional packing and moving services, you can ensure a seamless transition to your new home.

If you have any more questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Burly Boyz. Our experienced team is ready to help you every step of the way. Share your moving experiences or ask questions in the comments section below. Your insights and inquiries not only help us improve but also assist others in our community who are preparing for their moves.

For personalized advice and a tailored moving plan, contact Burly Boyz today. Let us make your next move your best move.