How to negotiate painlessly with your mover

How to painlessly negotiate with your mover


If you are hiring a mover for July 1st, here are some tips to guide your negotiations.

From 200,000 to 250,000 Quebecers would move on July 1. 

My colleagues from the newspaper 24 heures indicate that the government of Robert Bourassa would have made it a law in the years 1970, taking up a tradition dating back to the adoption of the first Quebec Civil Code (1866). This measure is no longer mandatory.

To better protect yourself, you have to shop around for your mover, especially online: or Otherwise, a good mover will ask for the number of rooms and furniture, if there are elevators, parking, the departure and arrival floor… Expect to shell out around $160 to $200 per hour for a move on July 1st, which is almost double the usual hourly rate for two men, excluding mileage. A mover normally takes an hour per room. 

According to a recent survey commissioned by HelloSafe, one in three Quebecers give up moving because of cost.

Ask questions

Check the mover's registration with the Commission de transport du Québec ( ;

Ask for proof of license and insurance (his liability insurance should be a minimum of one million). Does it cover your property (new value, less deductible)?

If you give a security deposit, it should be as low as possible. Pay the balance only at the end of the move (the mover has the right to refuse to unload a last item without having been paid…).

Demand a written contract, which contains the hourly rate , the mileage, the various costs, the method of payment, the deposit, the full contact details of the mover, the dates and addresses of departure and arrival (details: https://www.opc.gouv.qc. ca/consumer/good-service/home-renovation/moving/advice/ask-for-a-contract/)


  • Call your insurer before moving. Normally, your belongings are covered by your home insurance (info: 
  • Ask for recommendations from relatives who have recently had this experience. Beware of movers who only advertise in the classifieds and offer no civic address. Has your mover been given formal notice by a customer? We check here:
  • If possible, choose a mover located near your new home, as the mileage is calculated from its head office or garage. 
  • Identify your needs and hide nothing from the movers, especially if you have a piano, valuable or fragile objects, if your departure or arrival is accessible by spiral stairs etc.
  • Be prepared: ALL your boxes, ALL your items must be packed the day before the move. Label the contents of your boxes, especially for fragile contents. Mover's mattress pads are a must! 
  • It's best to move plants, important documents, jewelry, trinkets and artwork, electronics and computing in your personal vehicle.  
  • If you have to move twice quickly, some movers offer a temporary storage service. 
  • Film (with your phone) the state of the accommodation you are leaving once emptied) and that of your new accommodation before moving in; keep this proof in case of a dispute with your landlords. 
  • Offer water or juice if it's hot and tip ($10 or $20 per person ). 
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