Planning a Long Distance Move

Long distance moves are generally defined as a relocation that is over 700 kilometers (435 miles). While moving might seem like moving whether it’s a local move (same city) or a short distance relocation (another city but less than 400 miles away), packing for a long distance relocation can be challenging. Local and short distance moves give a person relocating the freedom to make multiple trips. But when planning a long distance move, it’s even more important you have a plan and stay on track.

Pick a Date and a Vancouver Moving Company

Planning is fundamental to a smooth long distance move. The more details you can include, the more efficiently the move will go. Pick a moving day date and hire a Vancouver long distance moving company at least three months in advance. Ensure that the moving company is reputable – ask family and friends for references and get a minimum of three estimates. Once the moving truck has been booked, you will know the time frame you have to work within. This will give you enough moving and packing time to get everything done at your own pace.

Make a Budget

An essential part of a successful long distance move is to make a budget. Being prepared for the total cost of your relocation will help you feel more confident about the whole process. Decide what additional moving and packing services you will need – you might not mind packing to move out of your old house, but you want to relax in your new home while someone else unpacks for you. After you’ve accepted the estimate and hired your moving company, factor in 30% more for unexpected expenses and fees.

Decluttering and Downsizing

 The first step to packing properly is to declutter and downsize. The more you take with you, the higher the cost of your will be. Don’t think of it as getting rid of stuff – think of it as lightening your load. When decluttering and downsizing use the one-year rule – if you haven’t used the item in the past year, sell it or donate it to a local charity. For “instant” downsizing, remove broken items and appliances, furniture, etc. that can’t be repaired. Take your new home into consideration as you are decluttering and downsizing. The couch might be in perfectly good condition but won’t fit into your new smaller-size living room.

Pack Properly

Packing properly, if you are self-packing, is even more vital for a long distance move. Once you have weeded your household belongings and decided what stays and what is going with you, you are ready to start packing your long distance move. Keep in mind that most Vancouver moving companies reserve the right to refuse moving poorly packed boxes or boxes that are too heavy to lift.

Start with household goods, seasonal clothing and other items you won’t need in the next couple of months. Use the right size of moving box for the items you are moving and packing. For example, pack heavier items such as books and appliances into small boxes, so they are easier to load into the moving van. Nothing should rattle or shift when the box is lifted – use packing paper, bubble wrap, etc. to secure the items inside the moving box or plastic container; pay particular attention to fragile collectibles, dishware, and glassware.

Get Your Paperwork in Order

Arrange to have utilities and services discontinued (old home).

Arrange to have utilities and services connected and started (new home).

Request necessary documents you might need to take with you such as medical and dental records, school records, and pet-related shots/tag information.

Gather together in one place other important papers including birth certificates, insurance information, registration for each vehicle you own, and passports.


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