Have A Realistic Budget for Your Cross-Province Move
Depending how far away you are moving, you have to come to terms with the fact that a cross-province move is going to cost more than a standard local move. A lot of clients are wishful thinkers and hope that they have enough to cover the costs of their move. But to really be smart about a cross-province move you have to properly budget. Below are the lists of common costs associated with interprovincial moving:
- Get a free estimate with a long-distance moving company like Total Distance Solutions. They should provide you with a detailed list of expenses for all their services. The types of services you need will determine the cost of hiring the cross-province movers.
- Know your timeline and plan for where you will stay during the moving process. A cross-province move can take a few days to a few weeks depending on where you are moving to and from. A drive across Canada traveling 250 km a day in perfect road conditions can take about 3 weeks! So, you have to factor the weather and time of the number of tolls, traffic, etc. If you are flying to your new destination, where will you stay until your moving truck arrives? If you have friends or family to stay with, bonus! If not, you have to account for hotel costs. If you are driving, you will also need to budget for hotel stays along the way. Take if from our cross-province movers, oftentimes booking these hotels in advance can save you money, rather than just showing up on the day of, and looking for a room. Keep in mind, part of the fees from your cross-province moving company will be to include accommodations for the long-distance movers. This will be outlined in your estimate when you contact an interprovincial moving company.
- If you are driving don’t forget the cost of gas. If you are flying, budget for your flights. This is pretty self-explanatory, but these costs can add up to a lot. In fact, with the cost of gas these days, you may be better off flying to your new destination. A cross-province moving company, like Total Distance Solutions, will move your vehicle along with your move.
- Don’t forget, you have to eat! If you are driving to your new destination, most of your meals are going to be at restaurants and fast food, which can easily add up. Don’t forget to consider the cost of meals while you wait for your items to arrive and to settle into your new home during your cross-province move.
- Utilities hook up. Once you get to your new home in your cross-province move, you will need to pay all the set-up fees for your electricity, water, gas, waste disposal, cable, internet, etc. Oftentimes utility companies in a new province will ask for deposits and connection fees. Our cross-province movers suggest that you do your research before moving so you know how much you need to budget for.
Having a detailed budget before you make your cross-province move will take a huge amount of stress off your plate and also give you a sense of what you can afford when it comes to long-distance moving services. Read on to learn about the services our interprovincial moving company provides.
Pro Packing Tips for Your Cross-Province Move
If you were moving a few blocks, it wouldn’t be a big deal if you threw a bunch of random items in a box. Most of them would likely arrive without any harm done. But take that same box on a cross-province move? You could pretty much guarantee all the items in there would be damaged in some way.
When your items are being moved by a long-distance moving company, our cross-province movers understand that there will be a lot of bumps along the way. Traveling sometimes dozens of hours, even the best-packed boxes get jostled around to some degree. And that opens up the possibility of things getting broken or damaged.
But there are techniques our cross-province movers will share with you to guarantee your items will be kept safe no matter how far away your cross-province move may be.
Tip 1. Use the right-sized box for the job. Packing a huge box full of books is a moving failure according to our interprovincial movers who specialize in packing. The box will be too heavy to safely lift. For heavy items, use smaller boxes. Fill large boxes with lighter things like clothing, linens, and stuffed toys. Or pack full of a variety of heavy and light items.
Tip 2. Never pack a box more than 50 lbs. 50 lbs is a good rule of thumb when it comes to the weight of a box, regardless of the size. This allows cross-province movers to easily move these boxes to the truck and then to the room in its new home.
Tip 3. Use protective paper, bubble wrap or even foam peanuts to keep your items safe. Items that are breakable, like picture frames, small trinkets, and knick-knacks, lamps, etc. can be easily broken even with the smallest shift. Wrapping these things with paper or bubble wrap can give them an added layer of protection. Foam peanuts can insulate the spaces between items in a box.
Tip 4. If you don’t have foam peanuts (or want to save money and the environment by not buying them), use soft items like stuffed toys and clothing, to act as an insulator to protect breakables. Use a few shirts or sweaters between objects to buffer them from bumping into each other during the move.
Tip 5. Interprovincial movers suggest wrapping sharp miscellaneous objects with foam and tape to secure in place when making a cross-province move. The last thing you want is a sharp item to cut through a box and possibly stab an unsuspecting mover. Make sure all sharp objects like trophies, candlestick holders, ornaments, mirrors, and beauty utensils are safely wrapped when packed in a box for a cross-province move.
Get Rid of Things to Make Things Easier in Your Cross-Province Move
There are all kinds of things in our homes. Things that we use a lot, things that help us, things that look nice, things that make us feel good, things we really, really wanted but don’t use, things that just take up space, things we should have gotten rid of long ago.
We live in a world where we all have too many things. Do we need all these things? Probably not. But what to do with all the things? The answer is quite easy actually: get rid of them!
Now is the time. You have hired an interprovincial moving company and are moving to a new home, a new city, a new province. Start fresh and get rid of all the things that are no longer serving you. How to get rid of all the things:
- Donate. The things you don’t want anymore may be things others need. Find a donation center, goodwill, or a local charity looking for things. Or ask your interprovincial moving company for suggestions.
- Recycle. Some of your things are not safe to dispose of, so find a recycling center to drop off your things. Our long-distance movers can also take care of bringing items to the trash of a recycling depot.
- Sell. Some of your things may be valuable to others. Consider a consignment shop to sell clothing or try an online marketplace like Facebook or Kijiji.
Getting rid of unwanted things can save you a lot of money and headache as you’ll have less to move and will require less space on an interprovincial moving truck. A cross-province moving company will have less to transport in your cross-province move, resulting in less cost to you. A win-win for you and all your things!