Let’s face it, local moving can be stressful. It’s a huge disruption to your life and your kids’ lives too. There’s so much to do, and so much to organize. You may be worried that your belongings won’t arrive safely, or about damage to your home.
Cassidy’s knows that moving should be an adventure, not a chore.
Our Ottawa Best Moving Services
We provide a variety of local moving services in Ottawa or long-distance moving services in Canada and the rest of the world:
Sales of moving boxes and packing supplies.
Experienced Ottawa Movers Make the Difference
Cassidy’s is one of the oldest moving companies in Ottawa. Founded in 1908, you could definitely say that experience has taught us a lot.
Primarily, it has taught us that packing and moving carefully are skills. We hire honest, bondable workers who care about doing a good job, and we give them training on everything from packing glassware to loading trucks properly.
Our core team of career movers takes personal satisfaction in having everything arrive safely. Many of our movers have been with us for 10 years, 15 years, or even longer.
Every Cassidy’s moving team includes veteran movers. We ensure we always partner newer workers with our experts every time a piece of furniture is picked up and placed in the truck.
Learn more about some of our team members, and the things they do to make Cassidy’s one of the best moving companies in Ottawa.
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How Our Ottawa Moving Services Work
It all starts when you contact us for your free moving estimate.
- You complete the free quote form on this page.
- A moving consultant visits your home to review what needs to be moved.
- We discuss all the options with you and provide pricing.
- You receive an estimate in writing.
- You contact us to confirm you’d like to book us, and we confirm your date.
- Moving day arrives, and the fun begins!
Questions? Ask for a free quote to find out more.
“Having moved 6 times in 12 years, we've had plenty of recent experience with moving companies. Cassidy's outdid every other mover.”
– Diana Wolfe, Ottawa
How Cassidy’s Gives You a Better Moving Experience
Bonded Ottawa movers supervised by team leaders with 10 – 15+ years’ experience.
Guaranteed Ottawa moving estimates in writing.
Full insurance that even covers damage to your home.
We Respect Your Home
We protect your floors with floor runners and blankets.
We Arrive Prepared
Free use of high-quality boxes and blankets are included with our full packing services. We also include free mattress bags and furniture wrap to help make the moving experience smoother.
“I really appreciated that 3 guys showed up for the move instead of only 2 that many standard moving companies provide. This helped to facilitate a smoother (and much faster!) move.”
– Karalee B., Ottawa
Our Ottawa Service Area
We service the entire Ottawa area and beyond – for everything shaded on the map, our local rates apply. If you’re moving long distance, we have additional information just for you.
If your town is in this area but not on the list below, it’s probably still a local move.
Local Moving FAQ
Does moving cost an arm and a leg? The quick answer is no!
When you work with moving professionals, your move is more affordable, saving you money and time. If you’re moving within Ottawa, there are three types of things that will affect how much it costs to hire movers: storage, packing, and amount of belongings.
Other factors that will affect the cost of your local move include which season it is when you move, the number of movers required for your move, the time it takes and the travel time to your new home. Read our pricing guide for local moves to learn more.
So, what’s considered a “local move”? Any change in residence within your current city or within a 100-mile radius is considered a local move.
At Cassidy’s, the cost for a local move is calculated by adding a number of movers plus the total number of hours needed for your move. Any packing costs are extra. Not only can our team of professional movers get you packed and moved, but we also have all kinds of moving day planning resources available, too.
You’ve got to ask the right questions when hiring movers. There are many scam movers who aren’t honest about their pricing and might not have the experience to move your belongings safely.
If a moving company requests a large deposit upfront, beware that they may disappear once you pay it. Or, they show up on moving day and demand a surprise fee when your belongings are packed in their truck.
To avoid being scammed, you want to make sure the company is Industry Affiliated with the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). Next, always check that the moving company is accredited with the better business bureau. Learn more about choosing professional movers now.
Why Shouldn’t You DIY Moving?
1. You Have More Stuff & More Responsibilities Now
Moving — like life in general — used to be a lot simpler when you were single. All you had to do was pile a few boxes, a futon, and your favourite houseplant into a car and off you’d go.
Now you’re blessed with a family, which probably means you own *real* furniture… and maybe a few oversized valuables like a home gym that needs to be handled with special care. Your move also involves more responsibilities, such as making sure your kids don’t go into meltdown on the big day. Better to hand off all that packing and hauling to professional movers.
2. Rental Truck Costs Add Up
You’re probably considering a DIY move to save on the cost of moving. Surprise! Surprise! Renting a truck might look cheap on the surface but all those extra charges add up fast. Let’s see; there’s:
Kilometres. Some truck rental places throw in a few kilometres for free, but after that, the meter starts running.
Fuel. Remember, a fully-loaded moving truck will take a LOT more gasoline than your compact car.
Insurance. Your auto insurance probably won’t cover driving a rented truck. Plus, many rental businesses have a mandatory protection plan.
Equipment. You’ll have to shell out extra to rent equipment like dollies, moving blankets, etc. Ka-ching!
Friends Aren’t Movers. Your pals are always willing to share life’s little ups and downs. That is unless they’re swamped at work or experiencing a last-minute childcare crisis on your moving day. Even if they show up, they just won’t take your move as seriously as professionals will. Plus, if you ask friends to help you move, you’ll be obligated to help THEM next time.
3. Heavy Lifting Can Be Harder Than You Think
Have you tried lifting one end of a 150-kilo couch lately? Whoa! Heavy lifting, when you’re not in top shape (like experienced movers are), can endanger your safety plus the safety of whatever you’re trying to lift. And strained backs or broken boxes can mean unexpected expenses. Think about replacement costs for your belongings or chiropractor bills for yourself.
4. DIY Moves Are A Lot More Time Consuming
There’s an art to packing a 16-foot (or larger) truck efficiently, an art that takes time. The whole process of DIY moving consumes a lot more time than going with the pros. For instance, you’ll need extra time to:
- pick up the truck
- disassemble and load your stuff
- get used to driving a much larger vehicle than you’re accustomed to
- unload your things and set up furniture
- fill up the gas tank
- return the truck
- head back to your new home by bus or taxi (whew!)
Why You Should Hire Professional Movers
1. Experience & Efficiency
Have you ever watched experienced professional movers in action? Man, those guys GO. They know what they’re doing. They have the know-how and training to make your move as smooth as it can be.
A reputable moving company takes care of the insurance on their trucks and their workers. (TIP: In case any of your goods are damaged or lost, movers’ standard liability covers only $1.30/kilo per item, so consider purchasing additional coverage for valuables.)
3. Full-Service Moving
Whether you need to move in a hurry or you just don’t want to deal with the headache, hiring professional movers lets you relax. An experienced crew will take care of every detail of your customized full-service moving package. You can count on luxuries like high-quality moving supplies, expert packing services, reliable transportation, and even short or long-term secure storage if it makes your life easier.
4. Industry Affiliated
The best movers have solid industry affiliations. You can check out their rating with the Better Business Bureau and accreditation with CAM (the Canadian Association of Movers). That will give you peace of mind, which is uber important at this busy time.
5. Trusted Local & Long Distance Movers
Cassidy’s is a trusted Ontario company that handles local and long-distance moves. We have over a century of professional moving experience to back up our reputation. We also have tons of satisfied customers… like Cindy-Lee C, who wrote us this 5-star Google review:
Thanks to Chris and Jarred for making the move for my son go smoothly. Very professional and handled everything with care. We will definitely be using your company when we move and referring you to friends and family. Thanks guys.
Don’t just guess at the cost of hiring movers vs doing it yourself. Contact us for your free estimate today!
How to Choose the Best Local Moving Company in Ottawa
Before you make that first call or hit “Contact Us,” gather basic info on your mover-to-be. Check whether they’re certified with the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). Cassidy’s is!
Membership in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is another clue you’re dealing with a trustworthy business.
Check that the moving company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. You want a mover that the BBB rates A+, not F! The Bureau publishes consumer complaints, together with actions the moving company has taken to resolve them.
Some of the best reviews are word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends. When browsing online, check unbiased sources like Google, Facebook, and Canada’s own HomeStars. Read enough reviews to get an overall picture of the mover’s performance.
If past customers mention problems, make sure satisfactory solutions were provided. Alternatively, do clients describe features or services they especially liked?
For example, here’s one of Cassidy’s Google Reviews following a local Ottawa move:
Had a great experience with Cassidy’s. We were moving from a 3-bedroom townhouse for a local move.
I really appreciated that 3 guys showed up for the move instead of only 2 that many standard moving companies provide. This helped to facilitate a smoother (and much faster!) move. They were quick, efficient, and professional. You could tell they definitely had a good system. Everything was handled with care, and all of our belongings were well taken care of.
On the customer service side, their representative at the office responded to all my email inquiries and questions beforehand to ease any concerns or worries we had. I would most definitely recommend this company to anyone who is moving.
Rogue moving companies are a real threat. The Canadian Association of Movers and the Better Business Bureau receive thousands of complaints from folks who’ve been fleeced by these scammers every year.
Fortunately, you can protect yourself against rogue movers. Look out for red flags like:
- Estimates given over the phone
- Prices substantially below market rate
- No written contract — or a blank one!
- No brick-and-mortar address on their website
- No GST number or proof of workers’ comp
- Unmarked moving trucks
Ottawa Local Moving Services
Moving to one of Ottawa’s best neighbourhoods like Kanata, Alta Vista, or Barrhaven? We know the area like the back of our hand. If you need stress free commercial or residential moving services, our team of quality movers can help you with all your local moving needs, including secure storage and professional packing services. We’ll do the heavy lifting and make residential moves a breeze. Pizza and beer can only go so far, and nothing can replace the best moving company in the Ottawa area.