Moving Tips

What truck size should you order for your upcoming move? 1 ton or 5 ton truck, maybe you are even considering a cargo van for very small moves? Need to consolidate your shipment for cross Canada moving services in a semi trailer?

1 ton moving truck

Deciding on what moving truck size to choose will depend on more than simply the amount of furniture you have. The distance and the time frame you have available will also make a difference. But here are some general guidelines to help you help us choose the proper moving truck size. 1-2 bedroom apartments usually require a 1 ton truck as long as the distance from point A to point B is not too great, 1-5 kilometers in downtown Vancouver on average. This usually includes the West End, Yaletown, Gas Town, East Vancouver, Kitsilano, North and West Vancouver (please be advised however that the Lion’s Gate bridge might warrant the use of a 5 ton truck, especially if the move needs to be executed in rush hour), please advise us before hand if a no travelling time discount was offered to you.

5 ton moving truck

This is the largest truck size available (short of tractor trailers better suited to cross Canada Long Distance moves). This truck size is for larger than 2 bedroom suites or longer distance moves. Even if the truck is not filled to the maximum this is sometimes the best option to save on traveling time, especially if the difference between the original and destination address is more than 15 km. Sometimes a 5 ton truck is appropriate for moves to Coquitlam, White Rock , Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Langley and Abbotsford areas.

Best Time to Move

The best time to move basically depends on 3 parameters. The date, the time and the season. Try stay away from the end of the month if possible. Getting the first spot in the morning is best, next best moving spot is between 1-3 PM. Avoid moving on holidays and the winter months if possible. It’s also a good idea to avoid moving late at night as your movers might be very tired and it makes the job take longer.

Packing Supplies and Moving Boxes

Looking for boxes and packing supplies in Vancouver or any major North American cities?

It is always a good idea to buy (or find for free) some good condition boxes and packing supplies. In some cases the appropriate moving boxes and corrugated cardboard cartons can save a few hours on the cost of your move. We also sell all related packaging supplies, like packing tape, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, wardrobes, plastic moving crates and much much more!

Another new very handy option is recyclable plastic moving crates, bins and totes. The movers can do all packing for you and this will save the environment in addition to saving you money since the plastic boxes are made from 100% recyclable plastic and are reusable again and again. This is sometimes the best solution for corporate office moves as the company can purchase the recyclable plastic boxes and use them again without having to purchase moving boxes from their movers every time.