Moving long distance can be an awesome way to open yourself up to a new adventure. Starting a new life in an unfamiliar place is important, do it right so that you can fully enjoy this new chapter in you life! Once you’ve decided to move from the USA to Canada, it’s time to prepare for your international move. Let’s look at some tips to make such a considerable move go smoothly!
- Time and cost of moving
Moving isn’t cheap, and the costs may get higher the farther you move. Give yourself enough time to do a thorough search for movers. With the right movers it should be reasonably affordable but still, it will cost you less, mostly by planning ahead. Try to be flexible on dates, and get multiple bids. Spend as much time as you can to research the companies. You can get better discounts, and be able to negotiate if you try to book a move from late September through early May and avoid summer moves completely. Also, it is better not to move during the last week of the month, because leases end at the end of the month.
- Moving Plan
Making a plan is key to a smooth, long distance move. It should include everything that needs to be done from the day you decided to move to the day you move into your new location. If you are organized from the beginning, it won’t be that stressful for you! Here is an example of what you should start to do at least 2, 5, 7 and 8 weeks before a moving day.
- 8 weeks before moving: Compare long distance moving companies.
- 7 weeks before moving: Notify your bank and insurance companies, contact your kid’s school.
- 5 weeks before moving: Declutter your home, sort out valuable possessions, inform lawyers, doctors, dentists. Also call to disconnect the internet, water and electricity.
- 2 weeks before moving: sell, donate or give away unwanted items and pack your belongings.
A good way to do this is to create a checklist. Write down in a notebook all the things that need to be done in chronological order. It gives you a clear picture of what you have accomplished so far and what needs to be done.
- Moving team
One of the most important parts of organizing a long distance move is to divide the responsibilities for everyone you can involve in the move! Make sure that the interstate moving company is reliable and professional. Don’t forget to tell family and friends of his or her responsibilities for each day. Think about professional packing help.For an hourly rate your movers will pack everything if you don’t tell them otherwise. The full-service movers pack your stuff, load it onto the truck, drive it, unload it at your new place and more. You will just need to unpack the boxes at a new home. A full-service move is a good choice for those who are too busy to pack up their stuff and value their time. Remember, if you do it on your own, not all storage totes are meant to survive a long distance move, for example, if you fill each one to the top.
- Prepare your pets
If your pets are moving from the U.S. to Canada with you, they will need up-to-date vaccines and the paperwork to prove it. Start this process in advance, since many countries are quite strict about allowing foreign animals to cross the border. Also, the long journey is not easy for your pets so you can talk with your vet about how to prepare them correctly.
- Making a future budget
Be sure you’re prepared by making a budget well ahead of time. Consider the expenses of hotels and meals along the way, as well as some of the expenses as soon as you reach the destination: renting a car, buying furniture, etc. Also, make sure you talk to your bank about your over the border move. Some banks provide international transactions, free of charge, but some don’t — so be sure you won’t be getting fees every time you pay for something.
- Check on customs requirements in Canada
Different countries have different customs requirements. It can affect what you can’t bring internationally. Probably your houseplants will have to stay behind, so find them new places before you leave. An international moving company with experience in these questions will be able to help you determine what can and cannot be shipped. And be sure you are well prepared with your carry-on luggage, too.
- Choose someone to be your USA point person
It has happened: a forgotten item, a missed bill or something that needs to be addressed back home. Make sure you appoint someone you trust who can take care of these things if needed. You can add them as a signatory to a discretionary bank account (not your primary account) so they can pay for any surprise bills or expenses.
In conclusion, once you’ve decided you are going to live in Canada, it’s time to prepare for your international relocation! Get all paperwork in order, choose an experienced international moving company, prepare your pets, budget and be organized having a good plan from the beginning!