Tips to Make Moving Across Canada Easier
The good news…you have just landed your dream job! The bad news is that it is in another province, but the job is too good to pass up on. Or maybe you are retired and want to move back to the area where you grew up. Whatever the reason, moving across Canada requires careful planning. This can make the difference between a smooth move and a nightmare experience. Here are some basic tips to get you started on your moving plan.
Choosing a Reputable Mover
- At least a couple of months before you plan to move, begin your research to choose a moving company. Ask for a referral from family, friends, co-workers, realtors and other people you trust.
- Use the internet to research companies who specialize in moving across Canada. Visit their websites, check their Better Business Bureau rating, and read on-line reviews.
- Choosing a company that has a branch or affiliate in your destination city will make getting settled much easier.
- Warning …As wonderful as the internet is for accessing information, it has also allowed some less than reputable companies to misrepresent themselves to the consumer.
Spotting a “Rogue Mover”
- Remember, a slick website can mask rogue operators who do not actually own any trucks or have warehouses or properly trained personnel.
- Check for a physical address. Using Google Earth or V-Pike allows you to view the building and property. A real moving company will have an office with staff, warehouse and a truck yard.
- Be wary of a company who only has a cell phone and no physical business presence. This is a red flag for someone who will be brokering your move out to a low bidder third party.
Getting a Cost Estimate
Professional movers calculate the cost of a long distance move based on the total weight of the items being shipped and the distance involved. There will be an extra charge for any special services such as packing of boxes, disconnection or reconnection of appliances, shipping an automobile, storage, cargo protection premium and more. To control costs and to establish a moving budget, you should do the following:
- Go through every area of your home including the basement, attic, garage, garden sheds etc. and decide what items you do not need. Have a garage sale or donate them. By reducing the weight of your shipment, you reduce the cost for your move.
- Once you have chosen two or three reputable companies, make an appointment for their moving consultant (estimator) to come to your home to view the contents of what is to be shipped and what other services you require. If the company refuses to send someone, this can also be an indicator that they may not be a full service mover.
- Sometimes an estimate for the cost of moving the contents of a small apartment can be done over the phone. However, having an in-home survey will provide the most accurate estimate, especially when moving across Canada. That way there will be no unpleasant surprises.
- Decide if you are going to have the mover do all of the packing of boxes for you, if you want to do a partial pack, or do all of your own packing. You can purchase materials from your mover at a reasonable cost.
- Compare your cost estimates. The total weight estimated should be similar. If one company has a much lower weight, ask them to provide you with their item-by-item inventory list. Ask for a detailed, written estimate itemizing all charges.
- Be suspicious of a really low price or a request for a large deposit.
Avoid Peak Periods
If you have control over the timing for the move, do not choose the last weeks of the summer months (June, July and August). Earlier in the month will ensure that equipment is readily available and movers and their crews are not as rushed or tired.
When Will Your New Home Be Ready?
- If you know in advance that your new home will not be ready for a number of weeks or months after you move out, then short or long-term storage will be required.
- When moving across Canada, short term storage is usually for a period of up to 60 days from the date the belongings are put on the truck.
- Ask your moving representative for the options available through their company.
- Warehouse storage is usually the best choice to ensure your belongings are properly protected.