Moving can be a challenging task no matter how far you have to go. But moving a long distance such as to another town or even across the country can be especially challenging and stressful, particularly as there will be a sense that you are jumping into the unknown.
To keep the process as stress free and manageable as possible, we’ve put together a few great tips for moving a long distance in British Columbia.
1) Pack like the pros:
There are many clever little tricks you can use to pack your household items more efficiently. If it makes sense in your situation, pack as many clothing items as you can inside dresser drawers for example. Try not to leave any loose space in boxes.
You can also pack smaller items inside larger ones. For example, put your cutlery inside your Tupperware. Wrap linens and towels around your dishes and other fragile items and use them as packing cushion in boxes.
It might not be glamorous, but it is a great way to be efficient, and efficiency is key when preparing for a big move.
There is no better time than when moving to purge your old unused belongings for a fresh start. Even if the new house is similar in size and style, you’re likely not going to want to bring everything with you. If it isn’t something you absolutely need or love, now will be the best time to sell it or give it away.
Often times people move with all their possessions, only to find months later they are still surrounded by boxes they have never unpacked. Some people do this more than once, moving with boxes they haven’t opened in over a decade! If it’s not something you truly love or need, you probably won’t miss it very much.
Also, if some of your larger furniture costs more to ship than it’s worth and you don’t have much attachment to it, you might want to consider leaving it behind.
3) Take caution if hiring movers:
To be on the safe side, it’s usually best practice to keep sentimental items and valuables, such as jewelry, collectibles or family heirlooms with you if possible. For larger items of value, such as art or antiques, that you won’t be moving on your own, have the items insured in case they are lost or damaged.
Also, make sure to clearly mark boxes (big bold print) with your name and address as some large moving companies may move several families items on one large truck going to the same destination
4) If possible, take the time and drive your car:
If you’re moving some distance away, take advantage of the journey to see the county (or province) and make it an adventure. Shipping a car isn’t cheap and can sometimes come with random and inconvenient dates of arrival. Most shipping companies will wait until they have multiple vehicles to move before getting your car loaded up and on the road. Being in a new city without transportation could get very frustrating.
5) Be prepared to buy a few new things:
As with any relocation, there will always be items you will inevitably need (or want) when moving into your new home. Think a new dishwashing tools, cutlery organizer, paper towel holder and other smaller items. If it’s in your budget you may even want to buy some larger items such as furniture or art that works better in your new home.
If you have the time, plan ahead and put some money away for these purchases. It’s best not to add any additional stress to your move by worrying about buying the little things you will want or need to make your new house a home.
6) Be patient and give it a week or two:
When you find yourself in a new town, it is more than just physically settling into your new house, you’ll need to settle in emotionally as well. It may take a couple of weeks (or months in some cases) to really feel comfortable and “at home” in your new town.
Take some time to do some exploring and get to know the area. Make the effort to meet some new people. Be patient and you will feel right at home in no time.
Do you need to move quickly and are looking to relocate without any stress? Give Lifemark Properties a call now at (604) 961-6765 or fill out this form, and we will be in touch right away!