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Looking for the best moving companies in Ottawa ? Here’s how we help. We’ve built a list of curated movers that you can trust, based on consumer reviews from around the web. Trust us to find you the best movers near you in Ottawa. From home moves to apartments, condos, townhouses, and high-rises – those moving companies have experience to meet all of your requirements.

MovingWaldo’s list of the 5 best movers in Ottawa

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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?

4.1/5

5 stars based on 280+ reviews from around the web

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About

First Rate Movers is a well-respected Ottawa moving company in operation since 2003. They have earned an excellent reputation, exemplified by their 5-star rating on Google. Only a few moving companies in all of Canada offer their level insurance coverage, indicating very high confidence in their professional moving staff. This coupled with BBB accreditation and CAM membership, ensure customers receive the highest level of service in the industry.

Services offered in Ottawa

  • Local Moving – within 100 KM of Ottawa City Hall
  • Local Long-Distance – to or from Ottawa within Ontario
  • Consolidated trips to or from Toronto and the GTA
  • Free short-term storage (fully-insured)
  • Packing
  • Piano Moving
  • Furniture Hoisting

From $140 per hour (detailed estimates available online).

BBB Bureau Rating

A+ (Accredited since 2006) 

In Business Since

2003

Area Covered

Greater Ottawa, moves to or from Ottawa within Ontario.

6-995 Moodie Dr, Nepean, ON K2R 1H4

Google Logo Ratings
5/5
5/5

5 stars based on 9 reviews from around the web

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About

BigSteelBox is a Canadian-owned and operated container moving and storage company that makes moving and storage feel better! They can move you across town, or across Canada. Their local moving price includes the 1-month rental of a 20′ BigSteelBox, so you can pack at your pace, and all movements of the container. Plus, if you need storage in between homes that’s no problem because storage is built right into their moving service and easy to add on.

From their storage facility in Carp, ON, they’re able to provide moving services and portable storage container rentals and sales to residential and business customers in Ottawa, Gatineau, and several other cities and towns across southern Ontario. Whether you need secure storage at home or on the job site, or you’re moving to a new home, BigSteelBox can help.

Services offered in Ottawa

  • Local Moving
  • Long Distance
  • Moving Commercial Moving & Storage
  • Container Moving
  • Storage at Your Home
  • Storage at their location
  • Boxes and Packing Supplies
  • Packing Services
  • Free Quotes

$574*

* Price includes the 1-month rental of a 20′ BigSteelBox, empty delivery, movement of the container to your new home, and empty pick up. Price is subject to change without notice and does not include taxes. Price is based on moves within the local service area of this city only. Additional charges may apply to frieght for customers outside the local service area.

BBB Bureau Rating

A+

In Business Since

1999

Area Covered

Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding area

107 Walgreen Rd, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

Google Logo Ratings
4.8/5
4.9/5

4.9 stars based on 110+ reviews from around the web

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About

Ottawa Moving Logistics facilitates the highest quality moving and packing services with both residential and commercial clients. Their services include both local and long-distance moves to and from Ottawa/Gatineau and the surrounding areas. Ottawa Moving Logistics is a locally owned and operated moving company. What we love about them is their promise to go the extra mile.

Services offered in Ottawa

  • Local and long distance moving
  • Storage
  • Warehousing
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Delivery
  • Commercial relocation and assembly
  • Senior moving

$120.00/hr for two men and truck and $160.00/hr for three movers and a truck

BBB Bureau Rating

A+

In Business Since

2003

Area Covered

Ottawa and the surrounding area, Ontario and Quebec

2259 Parisien St, Gloucester, ON K1B 3N3

Google Logo Ratings
5/5
Facebook Logo Ratings
4.8/5
3.6/5

3.6 stars based on 400+ reviews from around the web

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About

Metropolitan Movers is an award-winning moving company across Canada. The Ottawa branch has been operational since 2010. It has won a series of awards, including the 2012 Consumer Choice Award, the Canadian Franchisees Choice Award between 2014 and 2018, alongside the Top Choice Award between 2014 and 2018. They offer a range of traditional moving services, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking for a professional mover in the Ottawa area.reputation in Montreal with an overall satisfaction of 98% and over 7,000 customers. Using bike moving service, they are environmentally friendly. If you have too many items for a bike move, you are moving too far or during winter, their movers will use their truck. Perfect for long distance moves.

Services offered in Ottawa

  • Delivering packing materials
  • Disassembling
  • Packing
  • Moving and deliveries
  • Storage
  • Unpacking
  • Assembling

Available on demand

BBB Bureau Rating

Not accredited

In Business Since

2010

Area Covered

Canada

3105 Chemin Hawthorne Road, Ottawa, ON K1G 3V8

Google Logo Ratings
3.6/5
4.9/5

4.9 stars based on 85+ reviews from around the web

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About

Ottawa Pro Movers is a moving company that provides services in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. It provides a plethora of different residential moving services and has garnered an excellent reputation, which is demonstrated by its 5-star rating on Google. They explicitly state in their mission statement that customer service is at the forefront of everything that they do, making them an excellent choice for anyone moving in Ottawa and the surrounding area. They claim that 80% of their customers come from friends and referrals!

Services offered in Ottawa

  • Residential Moving Services
  • Packing and Unpacking
  • Assembly and Disassembly

From $75/hour for two movers + travel fee

BBB Bureau Rating

A+

In Business Since

N/A

Area Covered

Ontario and Quebec

250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R6K7

Google Logo Ratings
4.9/5

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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.

Note: Are you moving in Quebec? The moving rates over the weekend of Canada Day can go as high as three times the normal rate. How’s that possible you say? Most of Quebec’s lease agreements end on July 1rst. Quebecers call it Moving Day

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 charge 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 rate 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, ready 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, are 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 spa 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 Ottawa?

  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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