Sooner or later, many of us end up having to make a long-distance move—sometimes even relocating to a different province—often for professional or family-related reasons.
Professional moving companies generally consider any move of more than 70 km to be a long-distance move.
If you want your long-distance move to be a success, you must plan it carefully.
The key is organization!
Moving is always a difficult, tiring, stressful event—even more so when you’re moving far away.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you effectively prepare for this adventure so that it goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible.
1. Start the preparations early
To increase the chances of success and decrease the cost of your move, you must plan out every aspect as far in advance as possible. But don’t get ahead of yourself! Organization is essential!
To avoid any unpleasant surprises or unnecessary expenses when moving, set as precise of a budget as you can and try to stick to it.
Make sure you’re able to move on the date you’ve chosen by scheduling the appointment with your moving company as far ahead of time as you can. Keep in mind that, during certain times of the year, movers are fully booked for several weeks in advance.
2. Move only the essentials
Why not take advantage of the opportunity to sort through your things (papers, clothing, equipment, etc.)? Only move the things that are important to you and that you use regularly, and only take as much furniture as will fit in your new place.
To facilitate unpacking, label every box with the precise content.
3. Choose a specialized professional moving company
When you’re moving far away, it’s nearly impossible to rely solely on the help of your friends and family. It will be essential to call on the services of a seasoned professional moving company
that specializes in long-distance moves.
Experienced movers will know how to organize the moving truck in such a way as to ensure that your furniture and personal belongings will remain securely in place throughout the trip. They’ll use all of the appropriate materials and equipment (covers, mats, harnesses, etc.) to protect your possessions. If necessary, they can even provide you with storage services in a secure facility.
Get an estimate from at least three different movers and make sure that the estimates include all of the services you’ll need. And don’t forget to verify that the moving companies have sufficient insurance to cover all of your belongings.
4. Submit your change of address paperwork
Before you get to your new home, you’ll have to inform numerous institutions and companies (financial institutions, both levels of government, Canada Post, Hydro-Québec, your internet provider, etc.) of your change of address.
To simplify the process, you can take advantage of this practical application: Moving Waldo.
The emotional aspect
Often neglected, the emotional aspect of a long-distance move shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Take a moment to remember the good times you spent in your current home and then focus on the memories you’ll create in your new living situation.
To ensure that your long-distance move comes off without a hitch, call on the specialized professional movers at Déménagement Constant. They’ll provide you with all the assistance and services you need to make this important event a success.