Every move is stressful. But when you’re planning a looking for long distance moving advice, you’ve got a recipe for supersized stress.
Is there a way to make your selection of a long-distance mover easier? You bet. Our guide will get you through with flying colours.
1. Don’t Delay Your Planning
“I wish I’d started planning my long distance move later and been less organized,” said no one ever. You might be tempted to put off planning because the task looks overwhelming. Actually, the earlier you begin, the less pressure you’ll feel… and the more likely you’ll get everything done on time.
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2. Create A Schedule
Once you’ve planned a moving checklist of chores to accomplish, create a schedule showing when to do each one. Use an online calendar or simply paper and pen — whatever you’re comfortable with. Pay special attention to time-sensitive tasks, like enrolling your kids in their new school or updating passports for an international move.
3. Choose A Trusted Moving Company
Compare reputable movers who offer long distance moving to your destination. Look for a company that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Canadian Association of Movers.
Request moving quotes based on:
- the services you need AND
- the volume of possessions involved
Have a detailed evaluation performed by a professional Moving Consultant. This can be done either in-home or virtually. Don’t trust a company that gives their bid by email or over the phone.
4. Calculate Moving Costs
There’s a difference between local moving costs and long distance. Estimate the approximate total of your moving costs so you can budget wisely. Besides calculating long distance movers‘ fees, consider additional expenses like moving insurance, or a hotel stay for the first night in your new city.
5. Sort Out Important Documentation and Utilities
Check (and double-check!) the necessary documentation for your move — customs declarations, visas, valid driver’s license, etc.
Ensure utilities are set up before your arrival. It won’t be much of a welcome if your new home is freezing cold, has no hot water or lacks internet.
6. Start Packing Early
If you are going to be doing some or all of your packing, start early. You should begin boxing up things like out-of-season clothing months in advance.
PRO TIP: Don’t leave your kitchen for last. It contains many fragile items that need to be packed with special care.
Don’t pack what you don’t use. (And don’t pay to ship it either!) Declutter before your move by selling, giving away, recycling, or discarding anything that won’t fit into your exciting new life.
8. Create A “Do Not Pack” List
If you’re moving to a brand new province or country, be aware that you’re not allowed to transport certain items between provinces or countries. Marijuana, for instance, is legal in Canada but prohibited in many areas of the United States. Other restrictions apply when you move back to Canada from abroad.
9. Make a Plan for Furniture and Appliances
Furniture is heavy, making it expensive to move. Unless you own a collection of valuable antiques, you might be better off downsizing and purchasing replacement furnishings once you arrive. (This way you can choose couches, tables, and accessories that complement your new home.)
The same goes for appliances — even more so if you’ll be living in Europe or another location that uses a different voltage system.
10. Organize Belongings by Room
Organizing as you pack will make your eventual unpacking and settling in much easier. Keep your belongings separated by room. For instance, group together all the bedding, clothes, and toys for your child’s bedroom.
11. Buy Quality Moving Materials
One of the best moving de-stressors is having plenty of high-quality supplies on hand. Buy moving boxes large enough to protect a mirror or sturdy enough to hold your favourite books. Tape guns, bubble wrap or clean packing paper, and markers are other must-haves.
12. Pack For Long Distance
Long distance moving can be hard on your stuff, so pack carefully. Give breakables extra TLC; pad them securely to minimize jostling.
An excellent option is to hire a packing service. This will save you precious pre-move time. Plus, reliable professionals know the best ways to protect your possessions.
13. Label Boxes and Heavy Items
Your Stittsville movers are likely to be carrying several loads (belonging to multiple families) in their truck. Make sure your boxes won’t get lost in the shuffle. For safety’s sake, label each one with your name, new address, and phone number.
14. Hold Onto Valuables
Keep extremely delicate, expensive, or sentimental belongings with you in your car… or hand luggage if you’re travelling by plane. Pack with care and label with your contact info, in case they somehow go astray.
Don’t forget to bring along a moving day survival kit of essentials like medication or baby’s favourite “blankie.”
15. Plan Your Travel Arrangements
By now, you’ve found a great long distance moving company to transport your things. It’s time to think about transportation for your family. If you are driving to your new locale, get the car tuned up and filled with gas before the big day. If you’re flying, book your seats.
Don’t forget to make arrangements — and buy secure travel crates — for your pets, as well. (PRO TIP: Airlines often require a recent veterinary-issued health certificate.)
16. Prepare for Your Movers
Reserve parking and elevator times for your movers, if necessary. Also, make sure that the path to your door is clear of all potential obstacles.
Group all boxes and other items to be moved in one area of your home as much as possible. When the moving team arrives, show them where everything is and then stay out of their way.
Prepare cold drinks for the crew …. plus, have some cash to tip them when you receive excellent service.
Choose Cassidy’s For Your Long Distance Move
You’ll appreciate Cassidy’s solid experience as long distance and international movers. Be sure to ask for a customizable moving quote based on the unique services you need.