Finding movers is tough.
Any time I need to move the same options get considered: do I do it myself, call one of the big moving companies, press my luck on Craigslist, send a message around and see who’s moved recently, etc. For my recent move from Ottawa to Toronto, I went for option two. After a big of searching, I ended up going with TriServices (based out of Ottawa) – and I’m happy to report they were great.
They kept in good contact with me in the run-up to moving day, packed and wrapped everything securely (major furniture only – I packed everything small into boxes myself), showed up exactly when they said they would, and charged me no more and no less than what their first email estimate said. Plus, both guys spoke excellent English, and answered their mobile phones eagerly when I would call and ask for an update (the answer was inevitably “everything’s on schedule”). In terms of movers, that’s pretty much my perfect list of behaviors right there.
If you need to move things from Ottawa to Toronto or around Ottawa, I would recommend these guys without hesitation.
For the record, I haven’t been paid for this endorsement (or been asked to write it) – consider this an attempt to help out the Internet hive-mind.