Frequently Asked Questions

Moving is an exciting, but the busy, experience. A residential move is a chance to start a new chapter of your life. Whether you’re moving around the corner or within GTA, SOKOL MOVING can move you there! Our experience and commitment to quality allow us to offer household moving services that are unsurpassed in the moving industry. This is why families and businesses trust us. Let us show you how we can save you time and money and still have the security of a professional mover. We offer a complete complement of moving services that are designed to make your next residential move your easiest yet.

Our local moving company offers services like:

  • Packing including fragile items (with blankets or bubble wraps);
  • Disassembling and reassembling furniture;
  • Large items moving, like pianos, safes, etc.
  • Cleaning before and/or after you move;

If your new home won’t be ready when you leave your old one, research storage options in your new community or ask Sokol Moving about storage options.

The moving process involves either moving long-distance or locally. When you’re moving, it’s important to know what type of move you’re involved in.

Sokol Moving provides long distance moves throughout Ontario and local within GTA. Any move within 50 km is generally considered a local move. Local moves are the most common type of move in the moving industry and charged at an hourly rate. The hourly rate can depend on the size of your home and the specific items you are moving.

The size of your current home will determine the number of people needed on a moving crew and helps to estimate approximately how long time your move might take. The more people you have working on your move, the faster the move can be completed.

Moving throughout Ontario (traveling more than 50 km away), in addition to hourly rate, a travel time fee might be added to the cost of the move to cover fuel/mileage expenses for the drive to your new residents and back. Price will be dictated by how much stuff you’re moving, how heavy it is, and how far the shipment will be traveling to your new home. Cutting the costs for a long-distance move is simple: move less stuff (or less heavy/bulky items). If you have heavier items that you have not used for a long time, it may be better to dispose of them before moving. Whichever your move may be, long-distance or a local one, you will most likely need professional help so don’t hesitate to contact Sokol Moving and request a quote.

Finding the right boxes and packing supplies is one of the first steps you need to take when moving your home or business. We have all the moving and storage supplies you will ever need.

We use professional grade and environment friendly packing materials to prepare your items for transport. Our boxes come in many different sizes and strengths to help ensure safe and efficient moving.

Packing materials are available for all your moving, packing and shipping needs at competitive prices if you prefer to do your own packing. Reach our office to get more info about packing materials such moving boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, wardrobe boxes, picture boxes, stretch wrap, moving blankets, packing tape, mattress covers, etc. Whatever box you use, and wherever you get it, be sure that boxes are sturdy enough to support the weight of what you pack inside. Don’t over pack your boxes and keep the weight of each box under 40 lbs to make it safer and easier to lift the box.

The answer depends on several factors, such as the kinds of plants, distance they will travel, and time of year/weather conditions.

When it comes to moving plants in a pot, there are a few very important things to consider. If you’re moving long distance throughout Ontario (a distance of over 150 km) or locally, it would be kinder to your plants to transport them yourself. Make sure you water your plants the day before they will be transported. The soil has to be moist, not wet. Wrap your plants in a cone shaped form to keep all its leaves and soil from falling out or breaking. For breakable ceramic or clay pots, wrap the pot (but not the plant) in bubble wrap before packing. Just be sure you have a box large enough to protect the leaves and tops of the plants. Fill the extra space in the box with packing paper and newspaper. Consider covering the tops of your plant with a plastic bag for extra protection.

Most moving companies won’t move plants. There’s a high risk they will be damaged during the moving process. Remember, a plant is a living thing. Plants should be loaded into a truck last and unloaded first.

Your plants will be going to a new home and need acclimation to new surrounding and light. Expect some lost leaves it is all a part of the moving to a new home.

Sokol Moving will collect payment before unloading of the truck at the destination point, taking into consideration time needed to unload your belongings. If you wish, you can proceed with a payment at the time your goods are loaded into a truck. We accept many types of payments:

  • E-transfer or debit card
  • Cash (you pay directly to the driver)
  • Master Card or Visa credit card (Please keep in mind that any credit card payments will result a 2% processing fee on a top of the charge.
We do not accept cheques (exemptions for businesses), gift cards, prepaid Visa card, and money order or American Express credit card.

A moving estimate is a moving company’s assessment of your potential moving costs. Getting a moving estimate is something to be taken seriously and shouldn’t be left to the last minute.

Sokol Moving estimates your move costs by figuring the size of your possessions. Be prepared to provide all the necessary information to our representative in order to receive an accurate quote. Sokol Moving offer free quotes over the phone or on-side visit, when our representative will come to your home and evaluate things.

The cost of a move is determined by the size of the move/or weight of the shipment, the mileage between the origin and destination, and the labor costs. Factors that affect this hourly rate include labor costs, services such as packing or climbing an excessive number of stairs, assembling furniture, long carry charges and extra stops, etc.

Depending on the size of your current home and the amount of items to be moved, we can give you estimates based on the date (weekend and summer moves tend to be more expensive), amount of time, and number of movers we think you will need. Feel free to contact our office in order to receive your quote estimate.

One of the main factors that will influence the moving estimate is how many items you are planning to move to your new home. It also depends on several factors, such as where you are moving from and to, time of year, type of the building you are moving from and to. Time spent on moving day depends on what kind of items you are transporting and how many belongings you need to move. More items it always takes more time to finish the job.

Generally speaking, two professional movers can load:

  • 10 to 16 foot truck in 1 to 2 hours
  • 20 to 24 foot truck in 3 to 4 hours
  • 26 to 28 foot in 4.5 to 6.5 hours

An average move, including loading, local travel time and unloading, following estimates with professional movers might be:

  • Studio to one-bedroom apartment: 2-3 hours
  • Three to four-bedroom house: 6-8 hours
  • Five or more bedroom house: 9-11 hours

Below some factors that will increase moving time:

  • Negative weather conditions. Heavy rain or snow will make the driving slower and the unloading more difficult. Busy traffic time on a road.
  • Unexpected challenges: flights of stairs, long walking distance, any appliances or specialty items such as unmentioned piano, pool table, exercise equipment, or poor disassembly of furniture, last minute packing/unpacking request will make the average time of your move take longer.

Talk to us about all your timing requirements. We want to meet your expectations. Sokol Moving is here for you to make your move smooth less stressful.

Let’s be honest, whether you’re moving neighborhoods or long-distance, moving is expensive. Maybe you are moving just a few boxes, some pieces of furniture or perhaps a small apartment? Its common sense that any moving job needs time to get the job done. Most likely you question: ‘’How many hours it take for small move?’’ If none of the below are applicable to your situation, an average time to complete your small move might take 1 to 2 hours (up to 10 items and few boxes).

Here is a list of factors that might affect your moving time and why your small move is considered as full size move:

  • Driving distance from point A to point B (where point A is your currents place and point B is a new residence) the far you’re going the longer move takes. For move distance 10-20 km expect around 15-20 minutes, for distance over 30km the time will be roughly 1 hour depending on the traffic. The travel time from point A to point B will be included in the local hourly rate.
  • Long walking distances over 40-50 feet, be sure to include 30 minutes up to 1 hour extra for the entire move. Depending on circumstances that might take even longer to load/unload the truck.
  • Stairs will add extra time to your move: depends on a size of the move and how many flights of stairs involved, expect at least 15-30 minutes of extra time.
  • Narrow spaces such as hallway/door: If any of your belongings don’t fit through the narrow staircase, down narrow hallways or door, most likely it required to hoist them through a balcony or window. Keep in mind to advise our sales representatives to avoid any additional hoisting fee last minute. This case is also require extra care.
  • Last minute packing: We will need more time if you ask us to pack your possessions.
  • Disassembling/Reassembling of the furniture: even though our crew have all the necessary tools and equipment, as well as all of them are full time experienced movers, taking furniture apart takes time. You can add 30 minutes up to 1 hour if any furniture needs to be disassembled/reassembled.
  • Difficult accessibility to your pick-up or drop-off location: If your current or new location has forbids access for a truck (for example because of a narrow road or side parking) our movers would need to find another way to park a vehicle. If the moving truck is parked at a distance of under 10-20 feet to the main entrance of your place, then you shouldn’t worry then but if distance is over 40-50 feet, be sure to include extra time to your moving.

Since there are so many different factors to consider, we have listed out the common types of moving factors that might affect moving time of your small move. Hope you find this information helpful and you can arrange the best way to move that fits your budget and objectives.

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