News & Events from Westmount Moving

June 21, 2014

Westmount Moving in the PROFIT 500 List once again

By: Heather @ 12:39 pm

 

Westmount Moving ranks No. 361 on the 2014 PROFIT 500

–      PROFIT magazine unveils 26th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

Montreal, June 12, 2014. Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Westmount Moving No. 361 on the 26th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the July issue of Canadian Business and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.

Westmount Moving made the 2014 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 126%.

“The members of the PROFIT 500 are the elite of the country’s entrepreneurial community,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. “Their stories are lessons in business strategy, innovation, management excellence and sheer tenacity.”Westmount Moving is honored to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking,”states Joe Gagnon “This accomplishment reflects the impeccability of our services, the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

Our company has grown substantially since its inception in 1938 as a small neighborhood company. We have now become the preferred moving company for many businesses, including Canadian Pacific and McGill University. We are thrilled to remain the official movers of the Montreal Canadiens, the Kitchener Rangers and the Ottawa Senators.

Westmount Moving is also a proud member of the International Association of Movers (IAM) and Canadian Association of Movers (CAM). We proudly support several local and national charities dedicated to helping underprivileged families.

About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com

PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 32 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a readership of more than 800,000, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

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Filed under: News

January 21, 2014

5 Tips For Stress-Free Moving

By: Heather @ 9:18 pm

5 Tips For Stress-Free MovingLet’s admit it: moving to a new place is a tedious and time-consuming task that can become overwhelming if you don’t plan ahead and are not organized. We’ve gathered five useful tips to make your moving experience more enjoyable and hassle-free.

1- Plan In Advance

The earlier you plan, the more money, time and stress you’ll save yourself. Nothing makes your moving more unpleasant than running out of time. Prepare checklists of everything you need to accomplish, get your boxes from a local store or a moving company, and start pre-packing the things you don’t use on a daily basis, such as seasonal clothing.

2- Team Up!

Play it safe by hiring an experienced crew to assist you with the moving. You’ve already done the “messy” part, leave the rest to the professionals. They will move your belongings at a fraction of the time and, most importantly, without damaging your furniture and appliances.

3- Make The Necessary Changes

It may seem trivial, but most people forget to make the necessary address changes. Call your bank, insurance, driver’s license, phone company, etc. before you move or right after. By doing so, you ‘ll save time by receiving your mail at your new address.

4- Pack Efficiently

Packing strategically is the key to ensuring a smooth move. Avoid excess clutter and leave out unnecessary belongings. If you haven’t used them in the past, chances are you won’t in the future. Make sure you label your boxes appropriately so that your moving crew can strategically place the boxes where they belong in your new home. Plus, it saves you the trouble of opening every box looking for one particular item. Keep your clothes on hangers and wrap them in a plastic bag. Better yet, many moving companies will rent out “wardrobes” for you to pack your clothes effortlessly.

5- Have Fun

The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun. You’re embarking on an exciting new journey, so make the most out of it. Following these tips should give you no reason to worry. Order food, have friends over, and enjoy your moving day! It will be over before you know it.

Filed under: Moving Tips

December 16, 2013

A Montreal Moving Company That Shares The Warmth

By: Heather @ 7:48 pm

Share the WarmthWho They Are

Located in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montreal, Share The Warmth is an organization helping the community since 1989. It provides food, a second-hand shop, as well as school, youth, and other programs to solve problems within the community. Their main goal is to awaken hopes and dreams by supporting youth and families break away from the cycle of hunger and poverty.

Their Impact On The Community

Every week, Share The Warmth provides food for thousands of kids and many others in need. Their music programs give kids the opportunity to learn music instruments and even join a choir. In addition, the organization has a tutoring and mentoring program, employment training; scholarships to financially help students for high school and post-secondary education. Having a low-cost second hand shop, they help families with tight budgets and their free dental clinic program offers free basic dental care to members as well as workshops for those wanting better oral care.

How You Can Help Them Make A Difference
Share the Warmth
During the holidays, Share the Warmth reaches out to the community to make the holidays memorable for those in need. Anyone can help by donating non-perishable food items, clothing, gift certificates, or by volunteering. Since 2006, Westmount Moving gets involved during this time of the year by picking up your donation boxes throughout the city. If you would like to make a difference in someone’s life during the holidays, contact Share The Warmth today or share this information with anyone that could benefit from it.

Happy Holidays!

Share the Warmth Contact:

Phone: 514-933-5599
Fax: 514-933-7270
Email: info@partageonslespoir.ca
Web: http://www.sharethewarmth.ca/

Address:

625 Fortune
Montreal, QC H3K2R9
Canada

Filed under: Community,News,Sponsorship

October 17, 2013

It’s All About the Children

By: Heather @ 1:29 pm

Westmount Moving and Warehousing employees care about the community. We are proud to support several local and national charities dedicated to improve the lives of others. One of these, is the Children’s Wish Foundation.

The Children’s Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with high-risk life-threatening illnesses. The Foundation can fulfill upwards of 800 wishes annually and is proud of the fact that the Foundation has never denied an eligible wish and, has been able to fulfill some of the most complex wishes imaginable. Westmount Moving and Warehousing through the activities of its agent network is a Silver Sponsor of this charity.

Within the spirit of helping sick children, the Montreal chapter of Westmount Moving and Warehousing is also a contributor towards the Montreal Children’s Hospital and have participated in multiple fundraising events to raise money for the hospital. Supporting the Montreal Children’s Hospital and all that they do is the Montreal Children’s Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support excellence in care. To attain this mission, the Foundation focuses its efforts in three main areas: The first being to acquire cutting-edge medical equipment and supporting innovative programmes, support for research into childhood diseases and finally, the advancement of teaching.

Within the coming months, the Foundation is planning a number of events that are both fun, educational and will contribute greatly to their mission and goals for the hospital.

Please click on the link below to view the list of events and be a part of helping the Foundation to accomplish and fulfill their goals.

childrenfoundation.com/events

October 8, 2013

Montreal duo battle it out on CBC’s Battle of the Blades

By: Heather @ 6:48 pm

Montreal duo battle it out on CBC's Battle of the BladesMathieu Dandenault and Marie-France Dubreuil. Who are they and why are their names everywhere? Let’s start with Mathieu. This Sherbrooke native is a three time Stanley Cup Champion (1997, 1998, 2002) and also grasped the 2003 World Championship. Drafted in 1994 to play for the Detroit Red Wings, he was with them when they broke the 1995-1996 record and had 62 wins! (This remains un-broken). Aside from winning three Stanley cups during his hockey career, he also assisted Team Canada to win gold in Helsinki at the World Hockey Championships. His last NHL team that he played with was the Montreal Canadiens and he later retired in 2010.

Let’s take a look at Marie-France Dubreuil. This talented lady was a two time silver medalist at the World Ice Dance Competition in 2006 and 2007, five time Canadian Ice Dance Champion (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007) as well as a two time Olympian in 2002 and 2006. This Montreal native became famous when her and her now husband Patrice Lauzon team up in 1995 and became extremely well know for great technique and presentation that was simply astonishing. In 2008 they turned professional and started to tour with Stars on Ice. They now own a skating school in Montreal and develop young ice dancers for the Quebec Skating Federation.

Now that you know a little bit about these two professional athletes, what do they have to with each other and why are they so popular these days? You see, Mathieu and Marie-France are teaming up as skating partners in the Canadian figure skating reality show called Battle of the Blades. To differentiate itself from other reality show’s alike, the show’s premise is that Battle of the Blades brings two very different styles of skaters together: hockey players are paired with prominent figure skaters to perform figure skating routines. They are scored as one would be scored at an official skating competition. Slowly but surely, couples are eliminated and the winning couple receives money to donate to the charity of their choice. For Mathieu, his charity is the Montreal Canadien’s Children Foundation and for Marie-France, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This pair is bound to stand out and be noticed. Mathieu has speed and versatility on his side and Marie-France is back for a third season of Battle of the Blades. Go luck!

Register and vote for Marie-France Dubreuil and Mathieu Dandenault pair.

http://www.cbc.ca/battle/

Filed under: Community,Events,News

October 1, 2013

Seniors Day & Supporting “Bowling with the Stars”

By: Heather @ 1:20 pm

seniors

October represents a lot of things to many people. For some, it’s the official start of autumn, for others it means summer has run its course. For others, the season brings senses alive: time for thanksgiving, pumpkin spice this and that, apples, the smell of burning leaves…etc. However, there is something else that October brings that we might not all be aware of: National Seniors Day! Yes, October 1st is the day where we Canadians honour the seniors that have helped construct our country and continue to help out in the community and society.

At Westmount Moving and Warehousing we do many things and are involved in many aspects of what goes into a move. With this being said, we also have services that tailor to seniors and understand how to best conduct a move. We recognize that seniors facing a move are often stressed by the idea of leaving their family home and starting a new phase of their lives elsewhere. These moves also may involve multiple parts; for example, extra deliveries to adult children, or storage of goods as a result of downsizing. Recognizing that the experience may be daunting for our senior clientele, we take extra care to prepare our moving professionals to work with seniors. This includes special training of sales consultants and our crews to address the particular needs of seniors. Our fully-uniformed and courteous professionals will put seniors at ease with the process and make their transition to a new home easier. Aside from tailoring our moves to suit our senior clientele, we also stay very involved in our local community and try and give back whenever we can.

On October 27th 2013, the Alzheimer’s Group Inc (AGI) is having a charity fundraiser called “Bowling with the Stars” where all the proceeds go towards Alzheimer’s research. This event is being held at Laurentian Lanes and the concept it to team up and bowl with the stars from sports and media in a spirited bowling extravaganza. It is going to be fun afternoon when more than 200 bowlers including Olympic and Professional athletes from the Alouettes, Canadiens and many more. Westmount Moving and Warehousing is proud to be donating to such a special cause and we hope you take advantage of this National day and apply it to everyday!

September 23, 2013

Downsizing for Seniors

By: Heather @ 3:32 pm

Downsizing for seniors

Guest blogger, Kathleen Murphy of Organizing Options

Are you a senior? Is the prospect of downsizing and moving from a home you’ve lived in for 30 plus years a daunting prospect that’s holding you back from your next transition? It doesn’t have to, trust me…

I know what a comfort it can be to be live with your well-loved possessions that surround you in your home. A collection of knick knacks, a well-used set of mixing bowls, the display cabinets… you name it! In each room, a quick glance will highlight our favorite things… and trigger the stories behind them… not to mention the relationships.

Often it is this emotional tug of our “stuff” that can holds seniors back on moving to the next step, the new location.

Keep reading (on OrganizingOptions.com)

Filed under: Community,Moving Tips

September 12, 2013

Downsizing: Closing one door and opening another doesn’t have to be a downer

By: Heather @ 12:04 am

You’re moving into a smaller place. You’ve decided to downsize and start fresh elsewhere. Facing a move (whether large or small) often make the occupants stressed by the idea of leaving their family home of many years and starting a new phase of their lives elsewhere. Just because you have decided that you want to downsize doesn’t mean you need to carry the extra weight of your old home on your shoulders. In fact, studies have shown that downsizing can create several investment opportunities and have a positive effect on your lifestyle. For one, smaller place, smaller expenses (taxes, heating, maintenance…etc). If the change is at first to hard to handle, you could always rent out your home and settle into your new place. With all this being said, as human beings living a materialistic world, we get attached to certain items. However, when these certain items cannot all fit into your new dwelling, what is there to do? You still want to keep these items because of how much they mean to you, but there physically isn’t space. Maybe you want to keep them around to give to your children or use at another time.

How can we help?

Westmount Moving and Warehousing is more than just a moving company. We are also a Montreal & Quebec storage company, offering short and long-term Montreal storage facilities. Our government approved warehouse is bonded, climate-controlled and equipped with a security and fire alarm system. Household goods are stored in sealed wooden storage vaults for secure, clean storage. A detailed inventory of each vault is maintained. Our warehouse is an ideal option for the short and long-term storage of your belongings.

Montreal storage services include:

  • Long-term and short-term Montreal storage space
  • Palletized storage and Palletized Rack Storage
  • Sprinkler system for fire protected storage
  • Security system for secure storage
  • Quebec storage facilities located in Montreal – Storage space for virtually anything

Now your prized possessions can be safe and sound as you transition into this new phase in your life!

Filed under: Moving Tips

September 6, 2013

The Hockey Journey

By: Heather @ 9:35 pm

Hockey, hockey, hockey! The season is so close, we can almost taste it! Fan summits, newscasts, all forms of social media and etc, are all about hockey and this year’s current predictions. It won’t be long until we all become immersed in the sport the defines us a nation. As the official movers of the Montreal Canadiens, we at Westmount Moving and Warehousing take pride in our team and follow them closely pre-season, current season and of course post season. This week, two amazing stories were presented in the news, two stories that demonstrated the beginning of a pro-athletes journey and the end of one.

This past Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp began and so did the hype as journalists and sports commentators speculated as to which rookie to look out for this coming season. Among those were Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, Michael McCarron, Zachary Fucale, Tim Bozon, Ben Duffy, Magnus Nygren, Darren Dietz, Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto. We definitely added size and strength to the team, with players like Tinordi (6 foot 6 defenseman) and McCarron (6 foot 5, 240 pounder) and of course incredible talent. Hudon was a standout at the world juniors and the others mentioned all have incredible stats to go along with their names. We look forward to watching them this season!

At the end of his hockey journey, this former Montreal Canadiens player is now beginning a new career path that looks as promising as ever. Mathieu Darche retired from the NHL last February and for the past month has begun his new career as the director of business development and public relations for Delmar International Inc. This career change is not a step back or a last resort scenario. He always wanted to end up in business after receiving his international business degree from McGill in 2000. While he is excited for his new adventure, Darche will not be far from the hockey world. He will still be in the RDS studio and be a hockey analyst and is also a sponsor of TSN Radio 690’s Canadiens post game show. Aside from his new business venture, Darche will also be participating in a renowned charity event this coming October for the Alzheimer’s Group called Bowling with the stars. For more information please visit (http://www.bowlingwiththestars.ca/ ) Good luck Mathieu!

Filed under: Community,Events,News

August 30, 2013

The joys of Labour Day weekend!

By: Heather @ 5:29 pm

Happy Labour DayOh the joys of Labour Day weekend! The classic, ‘last weekend before summer ends’ trip with the family and/or friends! The family get-togethers and feasts, the parties and the memories! What would we do without it?

Well, people did survive without it for quite some time. The day only was made official in 1894 to celebrate various labour associations’ strengths and contributions and to give a much needed day of rest. However, we, in modern times view this day a little different. Sure, it could still be a ‘day of rest’ but for most, it is exactly the opposite!

For many, Labour Day is viewed as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events! For teens and university students it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighbourhoods (maybe yours), there are fireworks, BBQ’s and other public events. Let’s not forget football season starts and many teams play their first game of the year during Labour Day weekend.

If moving/relocating is in your Labour Day weekend plans we have a few tips that will make the move as easy as can be! These tips could make your move quicker and more efficient, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your Labour Day weekend! Jump in a pool, go biking, see the sights, catch up on your gossip and most of all, rest up and take full advantage of the time off.

Tips and Moving Checklist

Before you move:

  • Determine what you’re going to keep, discard or donate
  • Gather your valuable documents in a safe location
  • Dismantle furniture and/or disconnect electronics-this service may be offered to you

When planning the move

Change of address

Cable/Internet/Telephone/Mobile

Also think about advising your:

  • Financial institution
  • Life insurance company
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Family doctor/Pharmacy

The day of the move

  • Is the elevator available (arrange with concierge or building manager)
  • Has parking been arranged?
  • Did you make sure to provide an easy access for the movers
  • Have your considered your kids being baby sat?
  • Did you provide your cell phone number to the moving company
  • Have arrangements been made for your pets?
  • Have you emptied your fridges and freezers?
  • Make sure you have cleaning products available for the final round
  • Advise the new occupants of your new address

Don’t forget to take a final look outside!

(Shed, under the balcony, etc)

Filed under: Community,Events
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