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Best Moving Companies Kingston - Find the perfect moving company for you.

It’s hard to know just what to look for when searching for a good moving firm. Some people opt for just the basic services to help get their belongings from one place to another whilst others are looking for a lot more. Beyond the basics, a good moving firm can offer a wide range of service whether its packing services, short/long term storage options or the ability to move and install entire businesses. However, is it necessary to have all these options at your disposal? Here at MovingWaldo, we have done all the research you need to see whether these options are helpful when looking for the top movers in Kingston.

MovingWaldo’s list of the 5 best movers in Kingston

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Our network of movers you can trust is carefully built based on professionalism, years of experience, accreditation, awards and social proofs from customers. We care to help you through the maze of information the web provides about this unique industry. You can trust the movers listed here to guide you and your family safely into moving day!

Are you a good moving company?

4.9/5

4.9 stars based on 47 reviews from around the web

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About

In such a short space of time, Kingston Pro Movers have quickly made a big name for themselves. Despite only being founded in 2018, they have developed a strong name for themselves helping out customers with all their moving needs for both their domestic and professional needs. They have also branched out to the different groups within the community offering discount to specialist groups such as the elderly and students. Having become an affiliate of industry giant U-Haul and having gained BBB accreditation, it’s no wonder why they have become one of the top movers in Kingston.

Services offered in Kingston

  • Local Moving Services
  • Local Office Moving
  • Local Apartment Moving
  • Moving Blog and Tips

Contact for quote

BBB Bureau Rating

A+ (Accredited since 2019)

In Business Since

2 years

Area Covered

Kingston and Frontenac County

10 Runnymede Road Kingston, ON K7M 2A1

Google Logo Ratings
4.9/5
Facebook Logo Ratings
5/5
4/5

4.1 stars based on 44 reviews from around the web

Metropolitan Movers

About

Metropolitan Movers is a reputable, professional and award-winning moving company that seeks to put their customers as a priority with every service provided. This has earnt them an excellent reputation, evidenced by their A- rating on BBB and their 5-star google rating. They operate throughout Canada and are an excellent choice for anyone who is seeking a professional moving service in the Kingston area.

Services offered in Kingston

  • Moving and deliveries
  • Apartments and condo moving
  • Disassembly and Assembly
  • Packing / Unpacking
  • Delivery of packing materials
  • Storage of various sizes
  • Piano/ Pool table moving
  • Commercial and residential service

$90 to $120 for two men (excluding truck)

BBB Bureau Rating

A-

In Business Since

2010

Area Covered

Kingston and the area

Pros

  • Provides industrial, commercial and residential moving, packing and storage solutions
  • Assembly and Disassembly of furniture and workstations
  • Packing supplies
  • Special item handling such as Piano / Pool table

Cons

  • Do not offer portable storage
  • Do not offer international shipping
  • End month dates fill up fast
  • Do not accept personal cheques
Google Logo Ratings
4.1/5
4.7/5

4.7 stars based on 38 reviews from around the web

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About

One of the most experienced names in the region, Frank’s Worldwide Moving has been around for over 30 years. Over this time, they have grown to offer a host of services that have expanded not just around the local area but to involve regions around both Canada and the U.S.(via the Great Canadian Lines network). Not only are they involved in the whole moving process, they give customers the option of using storage facilities as well if they are unable to move everything at once. With an extended professional network and a wealth of experience, it’s not hard to see why they are a popular choice for many Kingston residents.

Services offered in Kingston

  • Local Moving Services
  • Office & Industrial Moving
  • Long Distance & International Moving Services
  • Packing/Unpacking Services
  • Large Object Moving
  • Storage Facilities
  • Warehouse & Distribution Services

Hourly rate – contact for pricing

BBB Bureau Rating

A+ (Accredited since 2008)

In Business Since

31 years

Area Covered

Kingston & Greater Toronto Area, National (Vancouver, BC & Halifax, NS), International (USA)

60 Rigney Street, Kingston, ON K7K 6Z2

Google Logo Ratings
4.7/5
4.7/5

4.7 stars based on 63 reviews from around the web

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About

If you are looking for something that has everything covered, it’d be hard to find a better option that Walkers Moving & Storage. They have all the resources someone may need for when they are moving and can even provide boxes for customers should they need it for packing things up. In addition, they have garnered quite a professional network partnering with MoverOne International for business overseas as well as being a member of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. With such strong links and coverage, it’s hard not to debate why Walkers are one of the top movers in Kingston.

Services offered in Kingston

  • Local Moving
  • Long Distance & International Moving
  • Commercial Moving & Installation
  • Storage Solutions
  • Packing/Unpacking Services

$800-$3000 (Local), $690-$14000 (Long-Distance – Canada)

BBB Bureau Rating

A+ (Accredited since 2016)

In Business Since

33 year

Area Covered

Kingston, Trenton, Deep River (Local), All-Canada (Long Distance), International

56 Railway Street, Kingston, ON K7K 2LB

Google Logo Ratings
4.6/5
Facebook Logo Ratings
4.8/5
3.7/5

3.7 stars based on 7 reviews from around the web

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About

Frost The Mover has been around for over a century and has become one of the well-known names in the Kingston Area. They have grown their business to cover large swathes of the surrounding region and serve customers both in Canada and the U.S. With such a large reach, they look to give customers plenty of options to move items as well as store it in multiple sites. By having so many options to consider, it has enabled them to become one of the top movers in Kingston.

Services offered in Kingston

  • Local Moving Services
  • Long Distance & International Moving Services
  • Office & Commercial Moving Services
  • Storage Solutions
  • Packing/Unpacking Services

Contact for pricing

BBB Bureau Rating

Not accredited

In Business Since

115 years

Area Covered

Southern Canada and Northern USA

143 Russell Street, Kingston, ON K7K 2G1

Google Logo Ratings
3.7/5

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Frequently Asked Questions about Moving

When is the cheapest time to move?

In general, it is cheaper to move in the middle of the week, in the middle of the month, and during the winter.  

Moving prices change a lot throughout the year. Like Uber, the more demand there is, the higher the prices are. The general rules to get a discounted rate are:

  • It is usually cheaper to move during the week than during the weekend. For instance, some companies will have a different hourly rate on Wednesday than on Saturday. This is likely due to the fact that people avoid taking time off from work to move, hence, there is more demand on weekends.
  • Moving in the middle of the month is likely to be cheaper than moving on the last or first day of the month. This is due to the fact that most leases are renewed on the first day of the month, hence, there is more demand on this day.
  • Moving during the winter is usually cheaper. December, January or February are most likely less expensive months. April to September is often more expensive since it coincides with the end and the beginning of the school year.

How many movers will I need?

Usually, a moving company will provide 2 or 3 movers. The number will depend on the company politics as well as the size of the move.

For instance, if you are moving from a one or two-bedroom apartment without large appliances, two movers will likely do it. On the contrary, if you are moving a house, 3 movers will be a better option.

If the moving company charges by the hour, the total hourly rate will be higher if there are 3 movers. This said, your move could also take less time, and the movers are less likely to accidentally scratch some furniture out of tiredness.

How many hours should I plan for my move?

For a same city move, the minimum will be 3 to 4 hours, but it is likely to be more than this. A two-bedroom apartment can take 4 to 6 hours, and a complete home could go up to 10 hours. Keep in mind that many things can influence the number of hours a move will take:

  • The number of movers, usually 2 or 3.
  • The number of boxes and furniture. Boxes are fast to move around, but appliances, sofas and specialty items can take a while. If a piece of furniture does not fit the stairs, for instance, you can count up to an hour to take it out through the balcony.
  • On what level is your home located? Moving from the tenth floor will take more time.
  • How long will it take for the movers to drive from their office, to your current home, then to your new home, and finally go back to the office? Most movers charge from door to door.

Try to evaluate how many trips will the movers need to load and unload everything, then estimate the time for each run. Finally, add the travel time and you should have a first approximation.

How much does it cost to hire a moving company?

Moving services rates are usually around 60$ to 80$ per hour per man. For instance, at $60 per hour, a 6 hours – 2 men move would cost 720$. You would then need to add gas, insurance, and tip.

Here is some sample data. Please make sure to get a proper quote to budget your move, as every move is different!

  • Two-bedroom townhouse between $870 and $1,015
  • Two-bedroom apartment with an elevator between $870 and $1,160
  • Three-bedroom house around $1,600
  • Four-bedroom home around $2,300.

Read our full article on the cost of moving.

What should I consider when choosing a moving company?

Selecting a mover is always a tricky thing to do. Since you do not move every year, you usually never had experience with the mover we end up selecting. There are rarely very poor decision, but here are a few things to consider that will help you make an appropriate choice:

  1. Make sure the moving company offers insurance for your belongings.

  2. Look for the BBB Rating. A BBB rating is a measure of customer satisfaction. The highest, the better. Note that not all companies use this rating.

  3. Look for the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) accreditation. Again, not all companies participate, but it can be a good source of credibility.

  4. How long have they been in business? It is often a great thing when a company is in business for 50 years. We are not saying that young companies are not good, but harder to evaluate.

  5. Where are they located? The closest to you and your new home, the cheaper it will be.

  6. Do they hire full-time employees, or work with contractors? Full-time employees will often give you a guarantee that the reviews are relevant to the team.

  7. Look for reviews from friends and family or turn to online reviews. Take the time to read the reviews and understand it.

  8. Make sure you get more than one moving company quote!

How much should I tip movers?

First, let’s settle it. Yes, you should tip movers, especially if they did a great job and were respectful of you and your furniture. Moving is not an easy job!

  • For an average or small size move of 3 to 4 hours, a reasonable tip would be $25 per mover.
  • For a larger move, or if it is a very hot day for instance, do not hesitate to go up to $50 per mover.
  • In addition to tips, movers are likely to appreciate non-alcoholic beverages, such as water or Gatorade, or small snacks during the course of the move.
  • It is usually recommended to tip at the end when paying the final bill.
  • Final note: Reviews. The moving industry is not easy, and online reviews are very important for these companies and also for other families that will be seeking their services later on. Share your experience!

For more information, read our full post here on how much to tip movers.

Should I hire professional movers or rent a moving truck?

There are a number of things to consider before deciding to hire professional movers or moving by yourself, but the quick answer is: hiring movers is definitely a simpler choice, but will often be more expensive. Here are the things to consider:

  1. What are you moving? Do you only have a few boxes to move, or are you moving a full-size home with a piano and pool table? Try imagining yourself moving the largest piece of furniture, could you do it?
  2. To the first point, how is your physical health? Moving is hard on the body, and you surely do not want to break your back over the cost of moving. Hire movers if you think the effort could be too much.
  3. Are you on a tight schedule, or can you move furniture over a week or a month? The more time you have, the easier it is to do it yourself.
  4. Do you have specialty items, such as a pool table, a hot tub or a piano? These are expensive and need technical skills to be moved without properly. Make sure to get professional movers.

What are 5 tips for a perfect move in Kingston?

  1. Plan your move. The more planning, the better.
  2. Take measurement at your current and new address. Make sure everything fits.
  3. Create a Google Drive with all reservations, quotes, lists, insurance, and documents related to your move.
  4. Label your boxes!
  5. Always double confirm every reservation.

For MovingWaldo’s ultimate printable moving checklist, click here!

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