Halifax Moving Guide

Guide to Moving: Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Whether you’re taking up residence here in Halifax or heading across the country, moving is an immense task with many steps involved. If this is your first big move—or the first in a while—you may not be up to speed on what lies ahead. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a pro like Burgess Transfer - here’s the lowdown on what to expect.

Take a survey of your belongings

The first thing to do to get ready for your move is to take stock. Doing so will allow you to know what size truck will be required and what you’ll need to pack. You’ll want to take inventory by going to each room in your home and recording a list of all your major belongings. 

This list should include:

  • Appliances and furniture pieces, with details about each one’s condition and current market value.
  • Details about valuables such as artworks and antiques.
  • A generalized itemization of your belongings (not necessarily a listing of each individual unit). 
If you hire a professional moving company like Burgess Transfer - we can provide you with a free estimate and assist you in the planning process with details such as increased carrier liability coverage.

Get packing supplies

Sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap and tape are among the tools you’ll need to start packing. You can purchase high-quality supplies directly from Burgess Transfer & Storage.


Packing up an entire household is a huge task. If you’re planning on getting it done with your own two hands, then the single most important thing to remember is to start early. Packing up one or two boxes every evening over the span of several months is much easier than trying to get it all done the week before. Alternatively, you can save time and energy by hiring us to do all the packing, wrapping and boxing for you.


If you hire professional movers be prepared to have someone to greet them and oversee their work. Expect that movers will be coming in and out of your home until all items have been loaded into moving trucks. Do a last look-around before locking up and make sure the movers know how to contact you while on the road.

After the move

Once everything has been unloaded in your new home, inspect your belongings to ensure they’re in the condition they should be. If any items have been damaged, let your movers—or other representative of the moving company—know immediately.

A Halifax moving company you can count on

Burgess Transfer & Storage is available for your next move. Contact us today for a free estimate on our residential moving services. Save your back and ensure your belongings get from point A to point B safely by hiring professional movers with a commitment
to quality service.

Burgess Transfer & Storage has served Halifax for over 60 years and with our competitive prices, well-trained staff and state-of-the art equipment, we’re able to provide you with all that you’ll need for a seamless move. Be sure to make arrangements well in advance to guarantee availability.
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