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Cottage Moving Day - In, Out and Around Muskoka

Cottage Moving Day - In, Out and Around Muskoka  

Moving to, from or between cottages in Muskoka is exciting however not many people I know get excited at the packing and moving part. Your cottage or lake house is full of treasures: furniture, heirlooms and, sentimental items. The last thing you want is to experience upset or disappointment that something has been damaged en route.  

Murray Steben of Premiere Van Lines tells me that in fact not all moving companies are created equal and he’s not just tooting his own horn! CBC Marketplace recently conducted an investigation as complaints against such companies have been on the rise.

Rest assured, for many years now I have been referring my clients to Murray for all their moving needs.

Let’s see what Murray has to say about moving in and about Muskoka and why Premiere Van Lines are the movers of choice.

Jack: What do your customers say is the best part of moving?Moving Muskoka Cottage or Lake House by barge -Premiere Van Lines
Murray: Thank you Jack. Starting all over and redecorating nevertheless in a lot of cases thrilled to be moving closer to family, upsizing or downsizing the cottage or, moving to a lake house for the first time.

Jack: What is the worst part of moving?
Murray: The worst part of moving is packing and letting go. There are a lot of memories in a cottage.

Jack: If you could list a few handy tips for moving a lake house or vacation home what would they be?
Murray: Dispose of flammable items for starters.

Also be sure to lead the packers around your house or cottage and make sure they understand all of your instructions. On loading day the crews use a “special instruction sheet” that highlights your concerns. We take pride in careful handling and moving of treasured possessions.

Jack: Many properties on the lakes are steep and have many steps. How do you deal with this?
Murray: With care, using appropriate dollies and if necessary additional man power. Ramps are also a consideration.  For steep properties or islands we make use of barges. 

Jack: How do you deal with rainy days?Moving Muskoka Cottage by barge Premiere Van Lines
Murray: Every piece of furniture is protected using heavy moving blankets throughout the moving process. Floor runners are also used to protect and absorb excess water being tracked into the home.

Jack: Murray is there anything else unique to moving cottages in Muskoka that you could share with us?
Murray: Although rare, a move in late winter or early spring is always a concern. However if that does occur; all entrance ways, drive ways and steps must be cleared of snow. Other than that, the Art of Moving will be performed at all times.

Jack: How is it that Premiere Van Lines is a step above the rest?Murray: On top of our staff being highly trained, as an Atlas agent, Premiere also provides each customer a Quality Assurance Certificate.

Moving consultants take the time to explain each phase of the moving process and your signature on the Certificate confirms this was done.

Not only that Jack but Atlas Canada and their agents, such as Premiere, are the movers of choice around the world. For over 46 years, their quality service and ethical business practices have been providing customers with a positive, stress-free moving experience. 

Jack: Stress free is the way to go!

Murray can be reached at 705.719.7856 or via email

Moving the Lake House or Cottage in Muskoka Atlas Premiere Van Lines

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Thank you Murray for all of this information and for continuing to provide a valuable, trustworthy service to cottagers and residents of Muskoka and area. Enjoy your weekend everyone!