Moving Tips Blog

Before Moving Anything In

Before moving any of your belongings into your new home, its important to make sure that everything is as it should be. You may have had a list of repairs you expected or this may be the first time you’ve seen the house empty. Take some time to go around with a notepad and check all of the sockets for obvious signs of wear and tear and look for damage that you might be otherwise liable for.

Ensure that any cupboards are empty, free of damp, mold or bad smells, and keep a close note of what where the electricity, water and gas stopcocks are. While doing this, you’ll also be getting a feel for where you can place any furniture, how to get it up any stairs or even just into the house. Note down any damage or concerns you have to be discussed with whomever you’re dealing with . It’s important to have these notes before moving anything in so that you can get the problems remedied as soon as possible.

If you’re renting, your landlord should also give you contact details, emergency repair numbers and any paperwork pertaining to these emergency repairs that you may need. You may also want to get bank details or arrange a good time to come and collect rent. Any final paperwork can be signed now, and then you can start making your new place your own.

You should also ensure that the central heating and boiler are working correctly and collect any manuals for these from the previous occupants.  These manuals will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.




My wife and I have used numerous moving companies in the past and have never had better service than with Dale.  Very professional, polite, efficient and honest. Cares about your possessions and you!!!

Highly recommend this company

I would like to bring to your attention Movers Alliance Management, and how very pleased I am with the moving experience I had with Dale. This was an extremely difficult move given the short period of time we had to work with. I was being evicted by my ex. I am a woman with a disability, MS, and we had 3-1/2 days to work with to get me and my 1300 sq. ft. household, packed and gone to a destination that was known only to us.

Not only did these folks go above and beyond (wayyyy beyond) the call of duty to get me out, the last two days of the move was without much of my help because I ended up in hospital with cardiac problems. With keys in hand and not knowing exactly what was going and what was staying except for a bunch of post it notes affixed to a bunch of things, Dale and his crew completed a miracle.

On top of that, the last day of the move, they were subjected to harassment. Dale handled the matter brilliantly, legally and professionally and kept on working. He got everything out, EVERYTHING! And as I kept apologizing from the hospital all he was worried about was my health and that I was OK. This man and the company were my Angels those days. People that I didn’t even know took charge on their own, did what had to be done, never b#$%@#d or complained, and never charged me a penny more than they had quoted. On top of that, at the receiving end, they made sure my bed was set up, food unpacked and in the cupboard, pots and pans, dishes and cutlery, in cupboards in case I was not able to unpack and had no one to unpack for me.
I would unequivocally recommend this company to anyone looking for a mover. These people are honest, professional and took on a job that was a nightmare. They didn’t even back out or back off even under threat. I doubt if any other mover in this city would have done what they did. Movers Alliance Mangement are my heroes.


These guys are super professional, efficient and careful with your possessions! I would highly recommend Movers Alliance Management!


Mary & Ron Malicky recommends Movers Alliance Management
Again, we had to move from one province back to our old province…what do we Dale at Top Notch Movers and as before excellent service. Very same type of move, nothing damaged, broken, cracked etc. Arrived on time for move and arrived on time to our destination. The entire crew were very professional and helpful in every way possible. Thanks guys for a job well done. We would highly recommend them
Kathy and Rodger Kostner recommends Movers Alliance Management.
Rodger and Kathy K. highly recommend Dale and his team. We have used several movers in our history and have never encountered such a high standard of excellence and professionalism. We can say only good things about this company. There was not a single hiccup with our move which was truly a pleasant experience for us both


Moving Calculator

Step 1.

Use our moving calculator to determine the weight of your content. This is particularily handy for Long Distance moves, but still gives us a great idea of cubic volume and size of truck needed to execute your local move. Once you have your total weight, proceed to Step 2


Step 2.

Enter the cargo weight into the calculator in the top right hand of the estimate form and continue to fill in the questions regarding locations, access etc….



Moving Checklist

Most commonly asked question – How much will my move cost?

Answer: That is up to you!

Any of the following tasks can be performed by the mover, however, any of these extras that you do will result in money you saved.

Check List to Save Money on Your Move:

  •  Clear the access of any obstructions, including snow & ice removal in winter.
  • Do your own packing; have boxes packed & ready to go on moving day, be READY.
  • Use boxes or containers that are solid enough to hold your goods, close & seal the lids.
  • Empty your closets, have clothing packed & ready to go.
  • Label your boxes as to which rooms they are to be placed in at your new address.
  • If you pack small boxes with odds & ends, label them for later convenience.
  • Arrange to take personal care of valuables such as jewelry, money and documents.
  • Remove mirrors from dressers.
  • Disassemble beds – label & package all parts.
  • Disconnect appliances; see that the motors of appliances such as washers and dryers are securely fastened down.
  • Dispose of perishable goods from refrigerator and freezer.
  • Unplug lamps and remove shades.
  • Take down any fixtures such as blinds & drapery rods if you are taking them with you, also pictures, fans, hanging lamps and plasma TV’s.
  • Plants are moved at your own risk and pets are not the responsibility of the mover.
  •  Some items such as flammables, firearms and ammunition, CANNOT be moved or require special consideration. Consult your move coordinator.

It is important to have a responsible person prepared to stay at the truck during loading and off-loading; theft is a possibility when cargo is left unattended. If this is not possible be sure to book a large enough moving crew, 3 man minimum.

Before the truck departs, check your closets, basement and garage for possible leftovers.

Things that should be coordinated by you:

  • Someone representing you must be in attendance at your move at all times.
  • Be certain that all moving and elevator restrictions are approved by your building management prior to the day of your move.
  • Be certain there is adequate truck parking at both the pick up & drop off locations.

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Currently we have several MA Certified Good Practice affiliates of moving companies in the following cities AND surrounding communities:


  • Calgary and surrounding cities
  • Edmonton and surrounding cities
  • Coming soon………. Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Lethbridge & Grande Prairie

British Columbia

  • Vancouver and surrounding cities
  • Coming soon……… Victoria, Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna
          We are also able to service Long Distance moving to virtually anywhere across the country!

If you are a moving company and you would like to learn more about our services, please download our free information kit before contacting us.



Areas Of Service

Calgary Moving Company

We are your #1 choice for a Calgary Moving company.  We have an affiliation of companies that adhere to our strict “good practice” moving guidelines.  Instead of just one mover, we will have multiple to choose from that have all met our standards of excellence, and carry the Seal of Approval badge we offer to proven moving industry leaders.  Consider us the #1 agency for quality control in the moving industry.  With our Calgary movers you can trust that we will have only professionals on your moving job.

Here are some of the services our Calgary moving partners provide:

Basically we have any of your moving needs covered through our multitude of diverse moving companies within our network.  Move with one, and store with another.  Our movers work together as Moving Alliance Management partners and will honor other companies rates when it comes down to getting your job booked.  Never before was there such versatility, options, and quality under one moving companies roof.  That is because we are not 1 moving company.  We are the BEST OF THE BEST.

If you would prefer to speak to someone live to confirm availability of dates and to get a moving quote, please call us directly at

Local Calgary:  403-253-6633

Toll Free:  1-888-668-3016


If you prefer an online quote, just fill in the information on the form to the right.


Piano Moving

Piano moving is a specialty.  There are 3 types of piano moves.

  1. Upright Piano Move
  2. Upright Grand Piano Move
  3. Grand Piano Move.

There are many bargain companies out there where you can get a flat rated piano move.  Some of these will be very tempting because their price “seems” so much better than an hourly rate quote.  Here are some important things to consider in a piano move.  If a piano move is too cheap, you are likely dealing with an uninsured move.  A piano move is one of the highest risk when it comes to insurance claims.  You want to make sure that your moving company is fully insured, and has the right piano moving equipment.  If you choose a company that flat rates it, be prepared for surprises.

Pianos can weigh anywhere from 250 lbs all the way to over 1000 lbs, so be aware of this, and be sure to inform your move coordinator of access descriptions very thoroughly.  If you omit that the staircase at the move to location has a tight turn, you may be in for some surprises.  If our move coordinator is properly informed (and they will ask a lot of questions), you will have a smooth piano move.  Our guys are insured, and have the right equipment and years of experiencing in moving all types of pianos, in all types of circumstances.

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Packing Services

Our movers are full service movers.   If you need packing service ahead of time, please book in enough advanced time.  We can supply boxes, or rental cartons based on availability of the city you are in.  Usually if you are packing and moving a house, we would advise to come a day ahead and do all the packing the day before the move.  That allows you to use your house right up until almost the last day, to minimally interrupt your normal living conditions.  However, you are the customer and we will work with your schedule.

We carry all sizes of boxes, packing materials, shrink wrap, corrugated cardboard, file boxes, and any other special needs your packing services may require.  Be sure to discuss in detail what you have with our move coordinator so they can assess your needs and bring the appropriate amount of supplies.

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If you would prefer to speak to someone live to confirm availability of dates and to get a moving quote, please call us directly at


If you prefer an online quote, just fill in the information on the form to the right.