Community Organizations and Moving Assistance
With the months of June and July fast approaching, many tenants are already preparing for an upcoming move. Every year, 211 receives many requests from people looking for low-cost or free moving services, or asking for volunteer movers. Unfortunately, many obstacles make it difficult for the community network to offer services addressing this need.
There are no community organizations that offer moving assistance services such as lending trucks for moving furniture and household items or using volunteers to operate a truck.
Consideration for the safety of persons and personal goods hinders the possibility for community organizations to offer moving services. In order to do so, organizations shall be insured against the risks of accident and physical damage to the movers or the recipients’ personal belongings. However, the costs of insurance, not to mention truck rental and gas fees, all constitute amounts that exceed community organizations’ financial capacity. Finding volunteers with the ability to lift heavy equipment is an additional struggle.
Preparation for the move
However, assistance in preparation for the move may be available in certain forms. Painting, odd jobs, housekeeping and packing boxes are services that are offered to a range of audiences, for free or at a low price. Click here to find community resources offering preparation for the move services.
Donation pick-ups services
Many organizations are also in a position to collect any items you may not want to keep directly from your home. This can include furniture, smaller household items, clothing or any article that could be given a second life. The items will either be sold at a low price or distributed for free to people in need. Click here to find donation pick-ups services.
For the citizens of Laval, in only one clic, you will find the nearest recuperation centre near your home, so you can dispose of used products or objects, like household items, construction material, organic waste, recyclables, electronic equipment, hazardous waste, sport and leasure equipment, cars and clothing. Here is the link: Recuperation centres in Laval
Choosing your moving compagny
Moreover, we advise you to be careful when selecting a moving company to hire. Checking with the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) to find out if any complaints have been lodged against it before you book with a company can help you avoid any problems: Office de la protection du consommateur
To help you get started, the Association du camionnage du Québec (ACQ) offers a list of mover members:Association du camionnage du Québec (French only).
Finally, newspapers and classifieds ads are also a good source of information for finding local businesses or individuals who offer less expensive services.
Change of address
Furthermore, don't forget to inform your providers and service distributers, like Hydro-Québec Gaz Métro, your telecommunication provider for your cable, internet, phone service, etc. of your change of address.
Concerning governmental services, le Service québécois de changement d'adresse (SQCA) offers you the possibility of transmitting your new address, in one operation, to 6 ministries and governmental agencies : le Directeur général des élections du Québec, le ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, Revenu Québec, la Régie de l'assurance-maladie du Québec, Retraite Québec (including la Régie des rentes du Québec) and la Société de l'assurance-automobile du Québec. Click here: Service québécois de changement d'adresse
Have a great move !