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Movers recommendation from California to Toronto

Hello all,

I am relocating from the San Jose, CA to Toronto, ON and would really appreciate some recommendations for affordable and reliable movers that any of you might have used in the recent past for USA (Bay area) -> Canada move. I live in a one bedroom apartment and have the usual furniture, TV, clothes mix of things. I would really appreciate it you could mention a ballpark figure of how much it cost you so that I can better assess my position. Thank you very much and really appreciate your help and time very much!

Here is a link to my answer to a previous post.

Since you are in California (and if you are not planning U-Haul, or U-Pack), then there is another option I almost committed to. I know a mover friend of mine based in San Diego, and he can move your stuff upto the US border. From there, you could either U-haul or get a Canadian mover to ship. It does need some coordination, and was a little bit overwhelming for me with 2 kids. So we opted out of it. If you wish to explore this, let me know and I can connect you to my friend.

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Thanks @usa2can!

This is useful! Just wanted to check if you by chance happen to recollect if they charged you by the pound and if they included full value coverage insurance for the items in this amount. Also, did they have like a minimum weight they charge for? Thanks!

Since you are in California (and if you are not planning U-Haul, or U-Pack), then there is another option I almost committed to. I know a mover friend of mine based in San Diego, and he can move your stuff upto the US border. From there, you could either U-haul or get a Canadian mover to ship. It does need some coordination, and was a little bit overwhelming for me with 2 kids. So we opted out of it. If you wish to explore this, let me know and I can connect you to my friend.

Yeah, this might be a bit overwhelming to coordinate for myself as well. But thank for letting me know!

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I think it was all by Volume. All big international movers have a fixed size of container, and there is a ratio of ~ 7:1 to the volume to weight in lbs. a typical 2 bedroom is around 700-800 cu ft and converts to around 4500 lbs.

As long as your stuff is within this range, you pay the amount you signed for.
Make sure your contract is binded.

They will also provide you insurance options, and it’s not very expensive, around 200-300 USD.

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Thanks @usa2can! Appreciate the information and suggestions!

I called Atlas, but for some reason they have not reached back to get a quote. Will try again, in the meanwhile, just wanted to check-in again to see if you any has any more recommendations for movers?
The biggest issue I’m facing is that the ones I have tried till now (Mayflower & United Van Lines) have a 3400 lbs minimum and I am well below that limit, so the cost comes up quite high for me.

Appreciate your suggestions and time! Thanks!

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try QMM (quality movers and packers). They are canadian based and have collaboration with allied.

They were my next choice.

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Thanks @usa2can, will reach out to them!