So, you’ve decided to move all the way to the other side of the country. No matter if we’re talking about Canada or the US, the vast distances involved in the whole process make this experience unique and drastically different than a local move.
Naturally, there are a lot of moving parts in such an endeavor, from the date, the weather, road conditions and so much more. Most people don’t want to handle such a long moving trip alone, which is why they will inevitably consult a moving company.
In order to get all of the information right, we consulted a Canadian moving company, CA Movers, whose expertise are long distance moves. Here’s what they recommend you consider before taking the plunge.
Moving to a new place can be all kinds of exciting. However, if you’re moving to a completely new part of the country, you really should do some research before you actually decide to go. Even though it is the same country, with huge places like Canada and the US, regional differences can be stark, not to mention the differences in climate which you may not anticipate. Going from a temperate central region to a perpetually rainy and cold Pacific coast may be more difficult than you originally thought.
Even once you’ve settled on the place where you want to go, there’s still a matter of finding your way around. Things like which highway exit you need to take, where the closest grocery stores are, how far is it to the post office, to a bank, and numerous other things – all of those are something you should research before you start the move.
Logically, if you’re moving cross country, the cost of the move is going to be more expensive than if you were just moving locally. The logistics, the fuel and man hours required for a long distance move necessitate a higher price overall.
That being said, not all moving companies will offer you the same conditions and price. This is why you need to take a look at your finances and determine how much money you can allocate to the move. Once you have that figured out, you can move on to the next step – actually finding a moving company that can give you the conditions you need for the price you can afford and are willing to pay.
Now that you’ve got the basics down, all you have to do is pack and be on your way, right? Well, not really. Just like with every other type of business out there, moving companies exist in different tiers, depending on what you are after. If you want to get the cheapest service possible, you can find it. Chances are you will be sacrificing something like comfort or security for the price, but you can find it.
Thanks to modern technology and the internet, it is incredibly easy to find a lot of moving companies and compare them. Aside from the price, you might also want to consider if the company is insured (in case something happens to your things), how reputable they are, and how long they have been in business. Finally, once they give you quotes, compare them and decide which one suits you the most.
Only now are you truly ready to start your cross country move. But before that can happen, you need to pack. But packing for a long moving trip is a whole separate topic we might cover some other time.