Moving Tips: The 3 Types of Moves in Halifax

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So, you’re moving to Halifax, you just found a new apartment and your move in date is in a month (and not tomorrow). What do you do now?! You have to plan your move! And I don’t mean your next move in a chess match, but the physical move of your belongings to your new apartment.
Packing your belongings can be overwhelming and transporting them (sometimes a great distance) can be even more exhausting. Don’t get scared of the task, but start planning ahead. Before you start gathering you belongings and putting them into boxes, you have to figure out what type of move you what want to do!

There are 3 ways to go about the move. The first way is the traditional, pack everything up and move it yourself. The second way would be to rent out a truck. And the third way would be to hire a moving company. We are going to talk about each move.

1. Traditional Move

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Traditionalists (not to mention the ultra frugal) are attracted to this one. Halifax is full of them! Extreme traditionalists will go as far as using their own smart car! A traditional DIY mover will research truck rental options, choose one, and then do everything– from packing to loading and unloading the truck.

Usually, they do the driving, unless they opt for portable storage units or freight trucks (in which case your stuff shares space with other people’s stuff and, don’t worry, doesn’t get cooties). Depending on the size of the truck you need and the distance you have to travel, a rental could run between a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

For this move, smart people recruit and convince the naïve, kind family and friends, who are willing to put in a “few hours” of hard labor in exchange for pizza and beer. We all know about the, “it will only take a few hours” sales pitch which in actuality always takes the length of back to back baseball games. Including pregame and post game!

Cost Level: Low

Other than refreshments, some toilet paper for your loved ones, who are pitching in, and the price of the rental truck (and gas for it), you have no other costs. By far, this is the cheapest option.

Pros: Duh! You are saving a lot of money.

Cons: You’ll be physically exhausted. Compare the labor to working out 4 hours in the gym. You might lose family and friends either through verbal abuse or deadly exhaustion. You could run up costs, especially if you’re not used to maneuvering a big truck and take more time with the rental than estimated.

2. The Full-Service Moving Compnay

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This is a breeze. You call up reputable, full-service moving companies, have them come to your home to give you an estimate (although this part could take up to a week, which let’s be honest, Halifax Millennials like us don’t have time for), and you pick the one you like best.

Then, they do all the work while you sip lattes and decide how to arrange the furniture in the new place. If you have a flat-screen TV, that’s going to be your responsibility to pack and you’ll have to gather up essentials that you’ll need even during the transportation phase of the move (think clean underwear and your toothbrush and toothpaste).

At this point, you’re thinking, “Oh yeah, the full-service move is for me.” Of course, everyone wants this one because it’s easy breezy. But there’s a catch. It’s super – and I mean super – expensive. It can cost thousands, depending on the size of your apartment and the distance of your move.

Unless you have a bank account the size of Montreal or a physical ailment that prevents you from doing much of the work involved in moving, it’s hard to justify that steep of a cost.

Cost Level: Super High

Pros: The only time you’ll lift a finger is to dial the service company.

Cons: You’ll go broke (unless, of course, you really are Warren Buffet, in which case you’d have someone reading this for you anyway).

3. The Halifax Hybrid Move

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The genius way to approach the move. Instead of hiring a company which will charge you an arm an a leg, you rent a truck and hire labor workers at $15/hr to do all the heavy lifting. This is Halifax thinking at its best!

Buying pizza and beer is almost equivalent to hiring 3 guys and paying them for 3-4 hours of work. No one hates you and if you really want to save some money, you may offer to lend a hand to speed up the process and reduce the number of hours. At the end of the move, you still have friends, family and can still pay your rent!

Cost Level: A little more expansive than the traditional route

Cons: You have to do your homework to find the right prices from legit vendors, so you don’t get ripped off. And you have to become the great organizer and delegator. If you’ve never hired someone to do labor work, this may be a difficult task.

Pros: You get to do less work at a fraction of the cost of a full-service move. Both your cousin Jimmy and your back will thank you.


If you need a truck rental, we would recommend U-Haul Truck Rental

If you need a full service mover, we would recommend Freshman Services

If you need works to help you move, we would recommend Labor Work job openings