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Moving to a new place is exciting!  But it’s also stressful. Finding a new place, new job, packing, and the actual move can be one of the most stressful things  you ever do. ( some people do it more than once  😉  )

Planning ahead and doing your research will make your move a lot less stressful, and you are less likely to have ‘mover issues’.

Some people hire a  moving company hoping to make their move easier but end up with horror stories. To keep it from happening to you, look for a licensed and reputable moving company.  ( Ask your Go Mini’s representative for recommendations)

Always do your research ahead of time.

Ask for references from both the moving company and from friends and family. Find out who they used when they moved.

Make sure your moving company has a physical address that ties them to the community.

Don’t hire from ‘help available’ ads online or in the newspaper. The majority are fly-by-night operations who do not have your best interests in mind.  The lowest price is not always the best deal.

Never, EVER pay the entire amount up front.  Reputable companies will never ask you to do this.

Be very clear   (and honest)  with your expectations when requesting a quote from your movers. Get several quotes for comparison.  If you have steep stairs or Grandma’s piano, tell them ahead of time. You don’t want to be bargaining with them on moving day.

Get everything in writing so you will have something to fall back on should the need arise.

If you are packing your own things, make sure to do so with care,  and the thought that someone else is going to be lifting and placing these things when you are not looking.

Speaking of not looking, SUPERVISE your movers at all times. This may require help from  your friends and family.

If you are hiring movers to pack for you, it is not a bad idea to pack extra fragile or sentimental items yourself anyway, and if possible, move them in your own vehicle.

Do you have pets? Don’t forget that moving is highly stressful for them too, even more so than for you. Make sure they are secure, and have all identification information  on them, including your phone numbers,  old address, current address, and an emergency contact for in between. If possible leave them with a trusted friend temporarily  so you can avoid stressing them on  your actual moving day.  Cats in particular go missing on moving days when the crate accidently opens and they bolt away.

Professional movers do this for a living. They will know how to maximize the space in your MINI, making sure everything fits in there just perfectly, and securely .

The use of moving blankets, straps and the correct cartons will ensure all your precious items arrive in the same condition you packed them in.

Your GO MINI’s representatives have the answers to all your questions. Call us today and we can help you find a mover, give you ideas for packing your items safely, recommend the correct size MINI you require for your household goods, and take away a lot of the inevitable stress that pulling up stakes and moving can bring.

We’re here to help! We are your neighbors and we’ll do everything we can to make your move go smoothly.

Call us today for a free, no obligation quote. We will recommend movers who we trust.

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packing fragile items

Fragile items are always a challenge to pack because they need different types of protection against pressure, heat, dents, punctures, breakage and drops. Fortunately, anything can be packed to withstand most threats, provided the correct boxes are used and there is sufficient protective material to form a barrier around the item. Here are practical tips for packing fragile items for moving or shipping:

Choose the Right Box

Always choose a sturdy box that allows a minimum of 2 inches between the box and the wrapped item. Hard plastic, rubber or metal boxes are best for providing protection against external pressure but a good, strong corrugated carton box will work just as well. It does, however, require some reinforcements. Before packing fragile items in a corrugated box, seal the bottom of the box with packing tape. Place about 2 to 3 layers of packing tape for good measure.

Packing Breakable Items

Breakable items include glass, crystal, china, decors, porcelain, dishes, and many types of collectibles. In most cases, each item will have to be wrapped individually using paper, such as old newspapers, kraft or newsprint paper. For very delicate items such as crystal stemware or handcrafted glass, use bubble wrap for each piece and tape the ends to keep it secure. If packing several pieces of stemware and glasses, use a carton divider with the box.

Mirrors and Frames

Secure the mirror to its frame using tape to prevent it from shifting during moving. Do the same for picture frames that have glass covers. For added protection, use specialized corner protectors to protect the edges of the frame. Wrap the frame with paper and secure it with tape. For an extra layer of protection, use polyethylene foam or bubble wrap. Always lay the frame flat on the packing box and pack larger pieces individually.

Computers, Electronics and Other Gadgets

When packing fragile items such as computers and other electronic gadgets, it is best to use the original boxes since these are already designed to keep the items secure. In the absence of the original box, pack the items in a slightly larger box that can be stuffed using styrofoam or bubble wrap to prevent the gadgets from shifting. Pack and secure individual pieces such as speakers and components separately.

Remove or unplug any accessories still attached to the computer such as USB cables, flash disks, external hard drives, DVDs or CDs. If the computer contains important files, make backup copies just in case a problem occurs in the system during moving or shipping. Secure all wires, jacks and cords with twisty wire and label them for easy reference later. Pack the wires with the gadgets they are used with. Once the gadgets are packed inside the box, label them “Fragile”. It is also a good idea to label them for identification later, for example: CD Player for Living Room or CPU for Office.

Use a Crate for Special Items

A crate is often the best option when packing fragile items such as valuable art, large picture frames, heavy marble or stone, large pieces of art, vases and large glass or porcelain pieces.

Pack Fragile Items the Right Way

Once the box has been secured with tape, place a layer of packing material on the bottom for cushioning. Use bubble wrap, styrofoam pellets or noodles, or foam peanuts. Place the item or items securely in the middle of the box, leaving about 2 inches of space from the inner surface of the box. Fill the empty space with more packing material.

If necessary, put packing material between the items as well. Fill the box and put a layer of packing material on top of the item. To check if the item is indeed secure within the box, try shaking the box. If the item moves, consider adding more bubble wrap and securely wrap it with packing tape. The key is to ensure that the item is secure and will not shift inside the box. Layering of multiple items can also be done to save space, provided the heavier items are placed on the bottom. Once done, seal the box with packing tape at least twice and mark the box “Fragile” on the top and on the sides. Make sure to mark the box with an arrow to indicate which side should be on top.

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Bin on driveway

Shipping items has become easier and more efficient over time; however, there still exists a number of shipping problems. For those who are directly affected by such misfortunes, a basic understanding of the essential shipping problems and solutions can go a long way in improving the situation. Some of the most common shipping problems include:

Damaged Deliveries

This is by far one of the greatest shipping problems today. In case you receive your delivery faulty or damaged, the best thing to do is to inform your shipping agency. Afterwards, you can register a complaint or file a claim with the agency. It is wise to be familiar with the shipper’s terms with regards to guarantee for damaged items. Some agencies will offer compensation others won’t.

Lost Items

If you have confirmed that your order is lost and cannot be traced, you should file a claim with the shipping company. Most shipping corporations are insured against loss of items on transit so your claim should be addressed promptly if valid.

Wrong Shipping Address

If an error is detected in the shipping address prior to sending the package, e.g. through verifying with other authoritative records, the customer can be informed and requested for the right address. In this case, an alternative address can be given. However, the case will be different if the order has already been shipped. In this case, the delivery might have been shipped to a non-existent address or to a different person.

Reshipping of items comes at an extra cost; therefore, you need to be certain who bears the responsibility—the shipper or you! It is important for you to have some kind of proof that the shipping address you gave the shipper is the right one.

Wrong Quantity Shipped

This happens when the right item is delivered but in wrong quantities. This is common especially in cases where the shipper is handling huge amounts of similar items destined for different locations. The most common and worse of this situation is where the delivered amount is less than what was ordered/ expected. To mitigate this shipping problem, ensure you review the invoice from the shipping entity.

Delay With Order Processing

The main reason behind processing delays is lack of stock or delay in verification of some records, among other factors. If a delivery is delayed, the shipper should inform in advance.

Wrong Tracking Code

At one time or the other, you might receive a tracking code that is invalid, or one that belongs to a different item altogether. The problem originates from the shipper’s end and it can be eliminated by cross checking the tracking codes prior to sending them to clients.

Wrong Item Sent to Client

This unfortunate occurrence gives the client a bad impression of the shipping company. The problem is actually linked to poor customer service. Although this is not frequent, its effects are detrimental particularly on the shipping agency. In such a case, it is good to know the terms and procedures regarding the return of wrongly delivered items.

If you need portable storage containers in Mississauga, call Go mini’s at 416-777-9400. We have a variety of mobile storage units ready to deliver to you. Don’t forget to check out our Packaging Supplies and Portable Storage Containers. We also offer storage solutions for Commercial Services.

car delivery inspection

When transporting your car to a certain destination, it is important to be acquainted with a few car delivery inspection tips to ensure that your car is sound before celebrating the successful delivery. We have identified 10 important notes and moving tips on inspecting your car at delivery point, the first one being a preliminary procedure.

Vehicle Inspection Before Shipping

Before having your car shipped by the shipping agent of choice, it is imperative for the car to be thoroughly inspected. The car shipper or mover should give an official car inspection report indicating the condition of the car, which should specify any kind of damage existing in the car prior to shipping.

Record Pre-shipment Damage

Clients are strongly advised to keep a record of any pre-shipment damage and also take photographs of the car, have them dated, and attached to the inspection records. This will serve as proof/ verification of the pre-shipping condition of the car. With photographs attached, it can serve to counter check the car’s condition upon delivery as well as provide evidence in case of any claims.

The 10 areas that require close attention include:

Verify the Car’s Condition upon Delivery

Once the car arrives, conduct a thorough inspection of the car’s condition. The pre-shipping inspection checklist will come in handy and you can use it to confirm the initial condition of any part if you have any doubt. Look for any form of damage not registered on the initial report. Read the mileage for changes and carefully assess every part of your car including the interior, underneath and on the roof. Look for apparent damage or changes to the car’s condition that might have occurred during the shipping.

Put any Discrepancy in Black and White

Note down any difference you identify between the car’s pre-shipping condition and its current condition. Once you are done with confirming all the changes or disparities between the before and after conditions, make sure that the car’s driver signs the bill of landing for accountability purposes.

Do Not Perform a Car Delivery Inspection in the Dark

Once the car has arrived and you are required to pick it, be careful not to be in a rush. Do not accept the car at night or under other circumstances that may hinder thorough inspection or impair your judgment of the car’s condition.

Check for Missing Items

Confirm that all accessories, electronic equipment, and other key items are intact and in working condition. Check whether the lights are still functional.

Test Drive Your Car

Test driving your car is also important since you can detect problems with the engine. A test run will confirm whether the vehicle is in good working condition or otherwise.

Check The Spare Wheel And Related Accessories

Confirm that the spare wheel is intact and that all the associated tools like the jack, spanner, among others are present. You can also confirm whether the wheels have locks.

Documentation Issues

Confirm that all your car’s documents and records are legible, appropriately filled and signed where applicable. Do this for all relevant documents including sale certificates, payment receipts, invoices, manual, and warranty documents.

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Transporting vehicles

A few simple moving tips can make the process of moving to another city less frustrating.  One of the topics people most frequently need advice on is moving their vehicle.  Thankfully, transporting a vehicle is not as difficult as one may think.

How to Transport Vehicles

Listed below are several easy steps drivers can take to move their vehicle from one location to another.

1.  Select a Good Vehicle Transport Company

As there are several transport companies out there, consumers will need to select one.  The best company will have a good reputation, reasonable prices and an insurance policy on offer.

2.  Check for Visible Problems With the Car

When a vehicle is shipped, there is always some risk of the vehicle getting damaged.  This risk can be minimized by taking the following steps:

3.  Remove Personal Items and Custom Products From the Vehicle

As transported vehicles need to be inspected, loaded and unloaded multiple times, they are usually unlocked.  Removing person items from the car will decrease the risk of theft. Some transporters may refuse to transport vehicles that contain personal items as they are not licensed to transport them.  If these items are discovered while the car is on the move, there may be penalties and delays.  Not to mention, items moving around in the vehicle may cause damage.

4.  Prepare the Car for Transport

Getting ready for shipping involves fully charging the car battery and making sure all the fluids in the vehicle are topped up.  The car should only have a quarter to an eighth of gas in the tank.  This will save weight on the vehicle.

5.  Check if There Are Any Problems With the Vehicle

Ideally, consumers will keep an eye on their vehicle for at least two weeks before it its transported.  Doing so will allow them to spot any leaks or problems.  If a problem is discovered, the consumer can alert the driver who will then inform the shipping company. If possible, mechanical issues should be documented.  This document needs to be passed on to the driver or the shipping company.

6.  Ensure That The Vehicle Does Not Get Damaged During Shipping

Making a few small changes can reduce the risk of damage considerably.  These changes are securing the tops of convertibles, adding a wind-resistant tarp, retracting the antenna and folding back the mirrors.

7.  Get Insurance

Many people will be surprised to learn that their vehicle insurance is invalid when the vehicle is being shipped.  This means that buyers need to purchase a special policy to protect their car during shipping.

That being said, if vehicle transport is sorted out, consumers have one less thing to worry about.  As moving house is time-consuming and physically demanding, consumers may want to hire a company to pack and ship their belongings on their behalf.  Alternatively, you can get a portable storage container, put everything in it and then move to your new city.

If you need portable storage containers in Mississauga, call Go mini’s at 416-777-9400. We have a variety of mobile storage units ready to deliver to you. Don’t forget to check out our Packaging Supplies and Portable Storage Containers. We also offer storage solutions for Commercial Services.

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