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The Best Movers in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 13, 2013

movers torontoThe best movers in Toronto can be a better alternative to bribing your friends with pizza and beer. These hired guns are known for being efficient, professional and (generally) transparently priced; they come equipped for local or long moves and will at least alleviate your back, if not your stress levels.

Keep in mind that in Toronto it is common practice for rates to vary seasonally, by day of the week and time of the month. When hiring prospective movers, be realistic in gaging the extent of your stuff; a bigger truck can mean less Tetris-like-loading, more movers can mean faster moves.

Be sure to ask lots of questions upfront: some companies bill travel time, mileage or a fuel surcharge additionally. When in doubt, take advantage of handy resources published by the Canadian government like The Consumer Checklist for Choosing a Moving Company and The Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers.

Here are the best movers in Toronto.

See also: The best self storage in Toronto

Cargo Cabbie
This 4-truck fleet of movers based out of Leslieville primarily services the downtown core without any additional travel fee. In business since 2010, the company boasts new trucks and crew of fit, non-smoking and friendly movers who'll do single item moves or large scale home, condo or office moves. Prices vary per type of job (and flat rates are available) but typically jobs start at $200 for the first hour plus $50 for each additional half hour.

Two Men and a Truck
A top choice for home or business, local or long distance moves, this franchised corporation offers packing and unpacking services, single-piece furniture or piano moves, and, will even make stops along the way. Rates vary at the 21 locations across Southern Ontario and are quoted at an hourly rate.

Rent a Son
Since 2000, this North York-based moving company with eight trucks has offered friendly, efficient moving and packing services across the GTA. Estimates are calculated per size of the job and mileage between destinations so you won't pay extra if the truck gets stuck in traffic. They also offer a price match guarantee on comparable quotes from the competition.

Your Friend with a Cube Van
Based in Cabbagetown for over a decade, this moving company offers a full range of services including packing/unpacking, furniture assembly and supplies. A cube van and two movers is billed at $200 for the first hour and then another $40 for each extra half hour. The minimum is only one hour though and there's no additional charges for fuel or travel in the downtown.

Joe the Mover
Founded in 1970, this business has grown from just one man and a truck to a fleet of six reliable trucks staffed by friendly, courteous movers. Rates begin at $65 per hour plus one hour travel time. Additional services include packing, storing and plastic bin rentals (which btw, are really great. Also try FrogBox, Condobinz or City Boxes).

G&S Moving and Storage
Greg and Sons, based in Scarborough has been moving people across the GTA and Canada since 1985. In addition to "trouble-free moving" the family owned and operated business also offers storage facilities and packing supplies. Each job is quoted during an onsite survey and hourly prices fluctuate seasonally and at different times of the month.

El Cheapo
In business for 20+ years, this moving company really is one of the most cost effective. Rates for a 16-foot cube truck and two movers start at $110 for the first hour and are billed at $33.75 every quarter hour after that. Rates include insurance, gas, mileage, industrial blankets, dollies and shrink wrap so there's no hidden costs.

Energy Crew
This moving company guarantees its crew will show up and get the job done or your move is free. The company doesn't bill for travel time or fuel within the downtown core, prices start at $150 for the first hour including a 16 foot cube van manned by two efficient pro movers, and then each additional 30 minutes is billed at $42.50.

Firemen Movers
Servicing the GTA, this moving company employs off-duty firefighters for residential and commercial moves. The base rate for two men on a job is $109 per hour (minimum 4 hours). Travel time and a $45 fuel surcharge are billed additionally.

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