What is the cost of 25 new cardboard box Vs. 25 GoBac moving bins

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What is the cost of  25 new cardboard box Vs.  25 GoBac moving bins 

Price of 1 #moving #box 4.99

Add tape $7.00

Add $10.00 for gas

Total $141.75

4-5 hours to build the boxes

With GoBac.ca so easy.

Order online: 25 moving bins

Delivery : free

Pickup: free

TOTAL $75.00

Economical Efficient  Eco Friendly  

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Flooding: A New Trend

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Living by the water can be a serene and peaceful experience, but with increasing climate change one needs to be prepared. Flooding has become a growing concern, as it can happen at different points during the year (December to January or March to May). The city of Montreal points out several different causes; spring melt, damming and frazil (accumulation of soft ice). The latter occurs when colder temperatures follow warmer ones, whereas spring melt, occurs due to increased snowfall and rapid melting during the change of season.

An overflow of water in a residential area can last for days, as the water is slow moving  and asphalt and concrete are non-absorbent. GoBac can help you manage these unexpected disasters. Property damage, increasing costs and time, become an unwanted burden. GoBac offers a stress free solution, with their water resistant, environmentally friendly, reusable plastic moving boxes.

Why Choose GoBac reusable plastic moving boxes?

  • Affordable, quick and easy
  • Pick-up and Delivery
  • Solid and Water Resistant
  • Easily Stacked
  • Clean, Efficient and Eco-Friendly

Go Healthy!

Flooding can cause moisture to stay in the air and cause mold build up. GoBac boxes keep bacteria caused by humidity out. Gone are the days of flimsy cardboard boxes, filled with dust and mildew. GoBac reusable plastic moving boxes go through an extensive cleaning process and offer a cheap, safe, and non-absorbent alternative.

Cardboard Headaches v.s. GoBac Relief

  • Cardboard absorbs unwanted water while GoBac boxes are water resistant
  • Cardboard is easily broken while GoBac boxes are solid and sturdy
  • Cardboard boxes attract dirt while GoBac boxes are clean and dust-free
  • Cardboard boxes require pick-up while GoBac boxes are brought to your door
  • Cardboard boxes are expensive while GoBac boxes are affordable and flexible

Make a Positive Change!

Don’t miss the opportunity to protect your belongings from the damaging effects of flooding. GoBac will save you time, space, and energy. Give yourself some peace of mind and choose GoBac.

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An Inside Look at How We Clean Our GoBac Bins

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A very important priority for us, cleaning our GoBac bins is an involved process. As such, we have developed a multi-step system in order to clean and sanitize the bins in the best and most efficient manner possible. This way, when we deliver your GoBac plastic moving boxes you can rest assured that they are as sanitary and hygienic as possible.

Where It All Starts

Every day, when we pick up our GoBac bins from our clients, they are brought to our special facilities in Montreal where they are stored. The building that houses these facilities is set up with a humidity control system that keeps our reusable moving boxes at just the right temperature at all times. This means they are kept nice and cool during the summer and very warm during the winter.

No Dust

Our facilities also have an air circulation system that keeps dust out of the building at all times, 24/7. On top of this, as soon as the bins arrive at the facilities, after pickup, we use air compressors to remove any and all dust that might have accumulated while they were being used, ensuring that they always remain dust-free.

The Cleaning and Sanitizing Process

The first thing we do with our bins once they arrive back at our facilities is check for damaged boxes and remove any labels that may have been left on them.

After that, each GoBac bin is placed on a table and, one by one, is thoroughly washed with a pressure washer system.

Once the cleaning portion is complete, our plastic moving boxes are all placed on a rack to dry. Once dry, the bins are sanitized and inspected to make sure they are all perfectly ready for the next client who will use them.

This same process is also used for the cleaning of our wardrobe boxes.

Cleaning the Green Way

All products that we use as part of the cleaning and sanitizing process are certified as environmentally safe, guaranteed and without exception. On top of this, we implement various other environmentally-friendly practices, such as the recycling of the labels that are used on our GoBac bins.

Dedicated to Our Clients

At GoBac, our number one concern is satisfying the needs of our clients. As such, we are proud of all the positive feedback we have received about our clean and sanitary bins. Please visit our testimonial page to view some of the kind words our clients have to say about GoBac.

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Moving Tips to Help You Save

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money saving

Budget can be a factor in planning a move. Whether planning to move yourself or hiring a professional, here are some tips to consider when preparing for move day.

Plan well

If you hire movers but still want to save on moving costs, research, research, research! Choose movers for their reputation of speed and efficiency; do some investigation and read reviews (get at least three quotes, and ask the same questions to get accurate comparisons. One important decision factor can include the mover’s distance to you, so find out when their clock starts (some may charge from their point of departure).

Be prepared for your move. Lack of preparation costs money. If you plan a self-move, rent a truck in advance. Likewise plan any other purchases in advance – last minute arrangements can always cost more. More importantly, be realistic about your own abilities (physical, or available resources).

And do pack early – the more time you leave yourself, the more leeway you allow for any new ideas and or unforeseen hiccups or obstacles.

Downsize before moving

From the avid ‘accumulator’ to the amateur collector, we all tend to store items beyond our necessities (check out these amazing statistics)*:

  • 80% of what we keep we rarely use AND we wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time
  • It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home
  • the U.S. Department of Energy reports that 25% of people with two-car garages fill it with too much stuff that they can’t park a car inside
  • According to the (US) National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in the average home

Try to start reducing unneeded items a few months before move day. Donate clothes to your local collection bin. Larger items can be donated to local charities; some will even arrange to collect them from you. A garage sale is also a great way to de-clutter before the move, earning you some extra money towards moving expenses.

Simply put, do not move things you are not using or know you will be throwing out. Also remember to plan around your municipal large collection day (especially if is monthly).

Be efficient with time

Aside from the actual planning, make moving day count. Don’t waste time, especially on a mover’s clock. Remove obstacles, and or doors ahead of time, if necessary. Pre measure and be aware of any possible space restrictions (both moving out as well as in). Also, clearly mark items being moved, if moving from a shared space.

If your timing itself is flexible move outside of peak season or off-peak time of month. This can keep costs down significantly.

Save more money by…

  • DIY what you can DIY. For example, pack yourself if you are able (again remember your realistic abilities) rather than paying a mover’s packing service. DIY but do get help – from friends, family.
  • If feasible, renting a van for less than a truck. If you are moving a short enough distance and can do a DIY move over a few trips, a van can save money (of course calculating the time and gas mileage to factor in) overall.
  • Looking for utilities specials (such as free installation packages, or moving promotions). Shop around, and give plenty of notice.
  • Skipping novelty items like fancy bubble wrap. This can be bulky, expensive and hard to recycle. Use simple packing paper and or your own towels and linens.
  • Renting boxes, don’t buy. Did you know that a simple garment box can cost as much as $15 – $20 to buy? Or a cardboard box $4? Not to mention, the hassle of having to buy, transport then dismantle / discard them.

GoBAC rents reusable plastic moving boxes and other moving accessories, plus delivers and collects them.

*Source: The statistics of clutter, becomingminimalist.com

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Point A to Point B: Tips to Master a Smooth Move

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move tips

Moving involves change, emotions, decisions and energy! From rental boxes to utilities to moving in, here is a checklist to help you with a more efficient and organized move.

Before the move:

  • Get at least 3 estimates from moving companies (if you plan to hire)
  • For a DIY move, approach and designate helpers for the various move aspects (packing, moving, unpacking…)

Utilities, Subscriptions, Change of Address

  • Notify providers (Canada Post, Hydro, phone/internet, magazine/newspaper subscriptions) at least 1 month prior to your move date.
  • Arrange the utilities disconnect for the day after the move, and connect a few days before arrival in new address
  • Don’t forget about notifying credit card companies, banks, friends and relatives, drivers license, employer, any other necessary companies and organizations
  • Arrange to have any pets watched by friends / family or a kennel in order to eliminate potential stress or misplacement

Preparing to move:

Pack One Room at a Time and…

  • Label sides of boxes rather than tops (so when stacked, labels remain visible). Clearly label each box with your name, its general contents, “Fragile” if contents are breakable, and which new room each box will belong in. Refrain from noting anything valuable on the outside of a box.
  • When disassembling furniture, keep all hardware in a small sealable plastic bag and attach it with tape to the corresponding piece
  • Have basic tools on hand for disassembly
  • Use boxes that are clean and dry. Wardrobe boxes are best for moving hanging garments.

GoBAC will drop off reusable moving boxes for your move and pick them up afterwards. We also provide packing paper, labels and other rentable moving supplies.

  • Have a pen and notepad on hand.
  • Note inventory, if you are doing a self move, including inventory valuables for replacement value in case of insurance claim.
  • Have any area rugs professionally cleaned before moving. They will be available to pick up from the cleaners pre-rolled, wrapped, and ready for moving.
  • Use cling-wrap to secure doors and or drawers on cabinets and chests. Since it adheres to itself it will leave no adhesive residue.

For your arrival

Pack a first-night box. After a full and hectic day of moving, you will be thankful to have access to some immediate necessities for your first night (and not have to go searching far through boxes):

  • Basic tools
  • Bed linens
  • Change of clothes for everyone in the household
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plates, glasses, and cutlery (consider disposable)
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Light bulbs
  • First aid kit (including medicine)
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Snacks
  • Telephone
  • Toiletries
  • A few towels
  • Toys for children and pets
  • Garbage bag(s)

 Last thoughts

Remember to:

  • Lock windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Close doors
  • Take a final tour after the move is finished, to make sure nothing is left behind.
  • Have cash on hand to pay your movers, and / or for ordering food at the end of your big day.
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Moving Day: How Quebec Adopted its Famous Moving Date

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This tradition dates back to an 18th century New France bylaw, protecting tenant farmers from being evicted by their seigneurs before the winter snow was gone. It was therefore common during this era to move in the spring time.

The bylaw later evolved into a requirement that all urban leases begin on May 1 and end on April 30. In law history, this was passed into the Civil Code of Lower Canada in 1866.  May 1st became known as “Moving Day”.

Moving Day

Fast forwarding to 1973, the Quebec government then decided that it would be best if Moving Day be moved to the summer, allowing for students to not have to move during the school year. The new law then overthrew sections of the Civil code: fixed terms were set for leases as of 1974 but allowed for a 2-month extention of previous year leases in order to transition.

To date, this tradition has held strong and the majority of today’s leases are still 1 year in term and begin Jul 1st.  A 2004 figure claims that on (or around) July 1st, approximately 120,000 households moved (about 4% of the Quebec population). Notably, this is also a national holiday time (June 24th La Fête nationale du Québec followed by Jul 1st Fête du Canada), allowing for ideal move preparation time with statutory public holiday.

Moving services

Moving Day is a peak period for commercial moving service, supply and truck rental companies. In some cases it could be required to book several months in advance. Montreal is now seeing the rise in green moving concepts such as GoBAC reusable plastic moving boxes, as well as heavy-duty bicycle trailers.

In Montreal, 2002 statistics revealed that only 36% of residents owned their own home, making Moving Day a particularly busy day. Typically it is an event which leads to an abundance of empty cardboard boxes left on the side of streets. The city predicts a collection of approximately 60,000 tonnes of discarded items during the Moving Day weekend.

Choose GoBAC reusable moving boxes as an alternative to cardboard boxes.

Other interesting facts:

  • According to Hydro-Québec, more than 700,000 Quebec households moved in 2009, including 225,000 on the island of Montreal.
  • The annual Quebec ritual is the theme of Gabriel Roy’s classic novel Bonheur d’occasion, describing a traditional fever surrounding Moving Day in the Montreal suburb of Montreal
  • Quebec film director Philippe Gagnon sets his 2004 comedy Premier juillet, le film in Montreal and features 3 households involved with the excitement of Moving Day

Find a Montreal moving or truck rental company.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Moving Day (Quebec)

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Your best vehicle for the job and Moving Truck Rentals Montreal

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Your best vehicle for the job and Moving Truck Rentals Montreal

Are you planning a do-it-yourself move? One of the most important considerations will be renting the right vehicle for your needs. You will need to think about things like the size of the truck, items you will be moving, distance of the move, when your move will take place, necessary moving equipment, who will be driving and budget.

Choosing the right vehicle

You will want to keep in mind the size of a moving truck or van, depending on the extent of your personal properties. Too much excess space inside the vehicle could actually cause items to slide around. Ideally, you do not wish to move with an unnecessarily large ride, in order to optimize fuel consumption. On the other hand, do not underestimate your capacity needs, causing extra trip(s), mileage and time.
Many numeric guides are available on the internet to give an idea of how many cubic feet of truck per bedroom or fully furnished room to calculate. One rule of thumb is to estimate 3 cubic feet of truck per room to move. So:

  • if 7 rooms, a 20 foot truck. Or,
  • 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room.
  • 12 ft truck = 450 cu ft;
  • 16 ft truck = 800 cu ft;
  • 22ft truck = 1200 cu ft;
  • 26 ft truck = 1400 cu ft.

Go Bac boxes
Watch how GoBAC stack a 20 ft truck!

Moving Tips

  • prepare a moving checklist by walking through your home and making notes
  • Don’t move worn-out appliances or furniture. These are heavy and bulky items and can add to your moving costs. Depending on the condition, consider selling or donating them for a more cost-efficient move

What do you need

A self-move will require a bit of extra planning on your part. You will need certain tools and items, such as moving boxes, a moving dolly or hand truck, packing paper and helping hands. Also find out if the truck you are considering has a ramp or hydraulic lift.

Contact GoBAC to rent reusable moving boxes as well as other moving products for your move.

When will you move?

Depending on your situation (renter, buyer) you may or may not have flexibility as to your moving dates. As a buyer, ownership date can be negotiated to a certain degree. As a renter, you will likely be subject to the availability and lease conditions attached.

Keep in mind, summer (May-September) is peak period for moving. Additionally, the end of the month can be busy for truck rentals, as leases tend to operate on a first-to-last-of-month term. Make reservations early, especially during these peak times.

Moving locally? Find Montreal truck rental companies.

Also be mindful of weather / temperature factors. If moving during peak summer, you may wish to ask whether the vehicle is air conditioned.

GoBAC plastic moving boxes are weather-resistant, for all-weather moving concerns.

Cost considerations

Some questions you may wish to ask about your moving rental vehicle when considering budget factors:

  • Do the trucks have gas or diesel engines?
  • How many miles to the gallon will the truck get when it’s full of stuff?
  • Are there mileage charges or insurance fees on the vehicle?

Who will be there?

Remember, do-it yourself moves will require helpers. Recruit at least one or 2 committed family members or friends to give you some extra hands to make the job easier on you. Decide who will drive and think about asking:

  • Do the vehicles have automatic or manual transmission?
  • How many adults can ride comfortably?

The better you plan for your move day, the less surprises you can expect and the faster you can get the job done!

Find truck rental companies in Montreal

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