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

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

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10 Questions To Ask a Professional Mover

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10 Questions To Ask a Professional Mover

Looking for a Montreal moving company? From moving boxes to storage to the actual move, here are some questions to ask the pros:

1.What are the rates/estimate ?

Find out what the moving rates are, if they are fixed or hourly, and ask for a written copy of the estimate.

2.Are there additional fees ?

Inquire as to whether there are any additional fees for special/additional items or services, insurances.

3.Is the company licensed/Insured ?

Ask about whether this company is licensed. And what is their insurance policy for workers, as well as for your belongings? Does this insurance cover extraordinary valuable items, and are there additional fees?

4.Do they have referrals/recommendations?

Ask if this company can provide referrals and or recommendations from previous clients.

5.What about packing/storing services?

Find out about whether this company offers packing services, and what is their charge? What about storage, short or long-term, and what is the cost?

GoBAC rent plastic moving bins for moving or storage needs.

6.When will your items arrive? What is the expected move time?

Inquire as to the specifics about when you can expect your items to arrive, and what is the estimated duration of the move. These details are important in your planning process.

7.What are the terms of payment?

Ask about how and when you are to pay for their service, as well as what are the payment methods available.

8.What type of equipment, materials does this company use?

It is important to be provided specific information about the type of moving vehicle being used, its size / capacity especially in the event of over-sized or unusual items. What other equipment is provided?

GoBAC rent reusable moving boxes and other moving products.

9.What is their availability?

Make sure to ask about the availability of their moving services. If you are flexible with your time frame, inquire if there is there a better time to move, and if it will affect the rate.

10.How do I prepare?

Ask specifics as to what you may need to do in preparation of your move. For example, doors or windows may need to be removed. A building elevator may need to be reserved in advance. You may decide to pack things in a specific order in cases of multiple locations moving. Let the movers know about any particular concerns you have. Remember to shop around to obtain an estimate / advice from a few companies.

Contact GoBAC for plastic moving box rental services, including delivery and pick up at your door.

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Cardboard or Plastic?

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Cardboard or Plastic?

When it comes to moving, there are now options to facilitate the move while reducing environmental impact. Consider the task at hand, and what really matters to you in terms of packing and relocating your items. In the end of the day, what makes life easy is what counts. So why choose plastic over cardboard boxes?

Assembled, delivered and secure

Anticipating the to-do’s of a move can actually cause more anxiety than the move itself. So imagine this: with GoBAC plastic moving boxes delivered to your door, they are already assembled and ready to go. No pushing of cardboard boxes into a corner, waiting to be assembled and wishing to be forgotten. The plastic moving bins allow you to get going right away at packing up your belongings. They can fit more than the average cardboard box, are more easily stackable than cardboard and have handles to make lifting easier. In the event of a need to check the contents, your belongings are easily accessible without having to tear open a sealed box. Or if extra security is required, GoBAC plastic bins can be secured with a tie-wrap or lock.

Resistant and reusable

Whether you are planning a self-move or to hire movers, plastic boxes offer numerous solutions and advantages. Plastic bins are not only much more weather resistant than cardboard, but will not leak liquids in the event of a spill. Since they are reusable, any exposure to moisture or spill during your move can easily be quickly cleaned and dried. Plus, GoBAC guarantees that boxes are sanitized. Not to mention, plastic boxes are reusable. Not only is this reducing waste to the environment, but to your individual move as well…since you can easily and immediately unpack and reuse boxes during your rental period, need be.

No hassle

Once at destination, there will be no temptation to have your move tasks linger more than necessary. Your rental agreement period with GoBAC will ensure the appropriate unpacking time, with no hassle of dismantling / storing / disposing of cardboard. The plastic bins are then promptly picked up at your new location, allowing you to complete your move and focus on your new surroundings!

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