Bristol Moving Tips

MOVING TIPS

Plan Ahead

Packing a rental truck has been compared to playing a game of real life Tetris, trying your best not to turn it into a game Jenja! So be sure you are not leaving any open spaces to allow for shifting or moving of boxes causing them to fall during transport. Be sure all boxes are labelled to which room they go to and if they’re fragile.  Know which boxes are heaviest to lightest before packing the truck, therefore heaviest ones can go on the bottom, with lightest stacked on top.

Handy Tip – take pictures of all your computer wires, tv wires, or complicated appliances at your currently residence. Then come moving day, you can refer to these pictures for quick set up!

Buy Moving Boxes and Supplies

Having moving boxes of all the same size makes for much easier stacking. Bubble wrap is not just for popping…it saves your most valuable of possessions. Purchasing plain newsprint for wrapping causes less mess and won’t leave behind ink on your dishes and breakables. For a nominal rental fee, renting dollies for appliances and boxes takes away many multiple trips back and forth to the rental truck, on an already exhausting day.  Rent a dolly, it’s worth the investment.

Distribute Contents Evenly

This is a must!  It makes for easier loading and unloading, but more importantly makes driving the truck easier and safer.  Fill any gaps between furniture and appliance with smaller boxes. Take a step back after each layer to see if items can be packed tighter.

Appliances First or Last?

Movers are split on which practice is best. Some believe packing them first ensures you have the room for them all. Others believe stacking all your boxes in first, up against the backdoor of the truck will create a neatly stacked wall capitalizing on as much space as possible, either way can be effective. We suggest that if you have a gas fitter or plumber coming to your new place on moving day to install your appliance, put the appliance in last, this way the appliances come off the truck first. This way allows for your installers can get to work as you are unloaded all other items.

Mattresses and Box Springs

These big items should be used to line the side walls of the truck to maximize space.

Disassembling of Furniture

If space is an issue, disassembling all tables and bed frames before loading them on the truck. Tip – place all hardware for each furniture item in a plastic bag, then tape the bag to the headboards or tables for easy re-assembly.

Suitcases

Don’t pack empty ones, fill them!  Also, depending on how long a move you are making, packing suitcases as an overnight bag is a great idea. Pack them with towels, toiletries, and fresh clothing this way once you get to your new home you can easily get ready for another day without having to unpack all your boxes at once.

Dressers

If possible, and if not too heavy, keep clothing in dressers, and tape drawers shut.  Wrapping dressers with blankets once in the truck is a good idea to prevent scratches.

Fragile and Odd Shaped Items

These odd shapes items like lamp shades etc., should be positioned on the truck last and on top, and secured with ties.

Valuables

Items like daily medications, heirlooms, jewelry and important documents should stay with you in either the front of the truck or with you in the car while driving to your new home.  This way, they won’t get mixed up with all your other items, and you know where they are at all times.

Other Quick Tips

  • Pack couches on their ends, if possible. Couches packed on the truck horizontally take up a lot more trucks space. Tie them to the sides of the truck.
  • Rugs – roll them up, tightly and tape them up. You may want to pack these in the truck after the furniture. That way they come off the truck before the furniture so you’re not having to move the furniture again at the new house to make way for the rugs.
  • Televisions and monitors – the back of these are just as important as the front, wrap them both.
  • Mirrors and Glass – after wrapping in bubble wrap, these can be placed in between mattress and box springs in the truck for additional protection.
  • Bookcases – once loaded on the truck, maximize space by stacking smaller boxes on their shelves.
  • Artwork – bubble wrap, bubble wrap…also tape the hanging hardware to the back of artwork and pictures. This goes for curtain rods too, put hardware in a bag and tape it to the rod.
  • Tape all cords to the back of all small and large appliances.
  • All-purpose tools – keep some of the tools for assembling your furniture handy, like in the glove box of the rental truck.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough tips to make moving day a lot less stressful. Congratulations, and enjoy your new home!

 

Look Who’s 30! Bristol Car and Truck Rentals Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Thirty years passes so quickly. I am proud of the Managers and Staff at Bristol who have served our loyal customers with such care over the years. As a Canadian owned company we operate 12 local Rental Branches solely in the Greater Toronto Area. It is our way to treat all of our staff and suppliers with the utmost respect and our customers with the highest level of service.
Thanks to you all who shared in helping achieve this milestone.
~ Jory Kesten
President and Owner, Bristol Car and Truck Rentals

Why Renting Is Better Than Buying!

Why Buy When You Can Rent!

Businesses always struggle with whether they should invest in purchasing or signing a long-term vehicle leases vs. renting, no matter their size. There are some real upsides to renting trucks for your business. Here’s a few of the advantages of why renting is likely the perfect solution!

Frees Up Capital Finances

No need to add that depreciating asset to the books! By renting, it frees up those finances to invest in more of your products, people, and technologies that keep growing your business.

No Maintenance Fees

That’s right! No more booking those maintenance appointments and taking care of the bills. By renting a truck the maintenance costs are taken care of for you. This includes licensing of the vehicles and annual safety inspections!

Flexible Fleet Size

Business needs change and change quickly! You may have a seasonal business or going through a busy time. This is when renting really works in your favour! With no long-term commitments, you can scale up your fleet temporarily to meet your needs. It also works when your business slows down and you need to scale down quickly. Renting takes the headaches away of being stuck in a lease or trying to sell your fleet fast and worrying about residual values, you simply return the rental truck.

Are You Prepared if Stranded in the Snow?

It’s been a while since Ontario, and particularly the GTA, has experienced the amount of snow we received early this week. The storm left motorists stranded on many roadways and highways, for hours on end. This is a stark reminder to us all to ask, “Am I prepared?” It’s essential to carry a winter safety kit in your vehicle, no matter if you drive a compact car or a full-sized SUV, when there’s a jack-knifed tractor trailer blocking the road, no one is getting by.

We thought we would remind everyone what a great winter emergency kit contains. Remember, when renting a car be sure to transfer your emergency kit into the rental vehicle!

Here are items to include in your kit:

  • Warm blankets
  • Hat, gloves and boots
  • Snowbrush/Ice scraper
  • Spare tire and a tire iron
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow rope
  • Traction aid – salt/sand or non-clumping kitty litter
  • Flashlight
  • Candles with a deep can and matches
  • Water bottles
  • Food – nonperishable snack foods like; energy bars/meal replacement bars/granola bars
  • First aid kit
  • Portable charging block for cell phones
  • Road flares
  • Toilet paper

In the unfortunate event that you find yourself stranded in your vehicle, it’s a good idea to do light exercises to keep good circulation.  Also, start your vehicle for 10 minutes every hour to maintain heat, however be sure to check that the exhaust is not blocked by snow.

Remember that fuel = heat. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep your fuel tank topped up whenever possible, but particularly in the winter months.

Happy driving and stay safe out there!

Helping Those Helping Others

Shelter Movers is one of a kind in Canada, and Bristol is a proud partner and supporter of their mission.

Their services helps survivors of gender-based violence transition to a better and safer life.

Shelter Movers collaborates with local businesses and community services (e.g. shelters, police, schools, services) who refer clients that have decided to leave an abuser, and have a safer place to go. Shelter Movers makes all the arrangements to move and store survivors’ belongings securely, on the clients’ terms. To learn donate or learn more about Shelter Movers – visit their website at https://www.sheltermovers.com/.

The Gift of Warmth – Winter Coat Drive 2021

This October, the staff at Bristol Car and Truck Rentals kicked off a Winter Coat Drive in partnership with the Salvation Army of York Region. Thank you to our employees that kicked us off  with their donations. This is an important initiative that provides warmth to those in our community that need it most.  We all have a few coats taking up space in our closets, put them to some great use this season through donation.

2021 Dodge Grand Caravans Join Bristol’s Fleet

New to the Bristol rental fleet

Welcome to the Team, 2021 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT!

With light at the end of the Covid-tunnel, Bristol is ready to get you back to what’s in your future! Maybe a weekend get-a-way, summer vacation, a wedding, a golf trip, or a team or corporate events! All do-able in the newly designed 2021 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT.  With its famed Stow ‘n’ Go seating, it allows quick conversions from back row seating to cargo area! Really, the perfect rental vehicle.

2021 Dodge Grand Caravan Rental

 

 

 

 

 

Notable features:

  • 7 passenger seating
  • Stow ‘n’ Go seats
  • Reserve back up cameras with touch screen
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • USB ports
  • 3.6 litre engine
  • V6 – Automatic transmission
  • Cruise control
  • ABS system
  • Front seating – front and side airbags
  • Driver select “Fuel Economizer”
  • Air conditioning – front and rear
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks/Doors/Windows/Mirrors
  • Tinted windows

Bristol Adds a 3rd Toronto Location

Bristol is proud to be opening our newest location in Midtown Toronto. This is our 3rd rental location within the city of Toronto and will make picking up a rental from Bristol even more convenient in the city.  This new location carries Bristol’s full rental line up including rental cars, moving trucks, commercial vehicles, and refrigerated vans and trucks!

Reserve by calling (416) 546-1800 or simply book online at Midtown Toronto.

 

 

 

Bristol is Open for Business in Barrie

Bristol is pleased to announce the opening of our newest rental location in the amazing city of Barrie, Ontario. As a Canadian owned and operated company with are excited to be joining the great Canadian community of Barrie. This location carries our full rental fleet; from compact rental cars to SUV rentals, to our whole moving truck line up of cargo vans and cube trucks. Bristol also offers a commercial line of rental trucks ranging from straight trucks, flat beds to refrigerated rental trucks.

You can find us in Barrie at 200 Essa Road, right off Hwy#400, beside the Comfort Inn. Making a reservation is easy by calling us direct at (249) 880-4091 or reserving online at https://www.bristoltruckrentals.com/locations/barrie-car-and-truck-rental/