Survey: Canadians Think Moving is One of Life's Most Stressful Events

Moving and packing tips from BigSteelBox for a less stressful moveThe results of our 3rd annual nation-wide moving survey are in!

And, as expected, Canadians still feel that moving is one of life’s most stressful experiences.

The survey showed that nearly 60% of respondents reported high stress levels associated with a recent move. In fact, 28% of those surveyed said they actually consider moving to be more stressful than planning a wedding (13%), quitting smoking (12%), or starting a family (11%).

Ontario residents are the most stressed out, with 21.3% of respondents saying moving is “extremely stressful”, up 4.5% from last year. British Columbians have the second highest stress levels associated with moving, with 18% reporting extremely high stress levels.

While lower overall than Ontario and BC, Albertans showed an increase in their moving-related stress levels this year at 16.6%, compared to 12.5% one year ago. Saskatchewan residents are the most laid back, with only 12% reporting extreme stress levels during a move.

Why Do Canadians Find Moving So Stressful?

How to reduce stress when moving - give yourself more time to pack“It’s not surprising that so many Canadians are reporting such high stress levels associated with their moves,” says Brian Hawkins, Director of Operations at BigSteelBox.

“Many people try to complete their entire moves in 1-2 days, which isn’t always necessary. Solutions like BigSteelBox, allow people to take their time packing and unpacking. They also have a place to keep their stuff if they can’t move into their new home right away.”

More Canadians than ever have reported cost shock from their move as well, with 31% reporting their moving costs were higher than budgeted for.

“Inconsistency in moving company quoting and pricing is another pain point for many Canadians,” says Hawkins.

“For a family moving to a new city, quotes from movers are typically based on the weight of the contents. Instead, we quote based on the container size and distance so people know upfront what their move will cost.”

More Highlights from the 2019 National Moving Survey:

● Procrastination is a high source of stress for Canadians, with 26% admitting they leave packing until the days before a move.

● 36% of Canadians say the stress of moving lasts for 1-2 months after the actual move.

● More Canadian women report stress during a move (64%) than Canadian men (52%).

● 20% of Canadians cope with the stress of moving with a glass of wine, while 33% manage their stress by organizing.

Tips for a Lower Stress Move:

BigSteelBox has supported nearly 40,000 Canadians with their moving and storage needs over the years. With that in mind, here are some tips we've learned to help make your move less stressful:

1. Give Yourself More Time to Pack and Unpack

While planning your move, be sure to allow for plenty of time to sort, organize and pack your items. Give yourself more time than you think you need! Packing often takes longer than expected and it’s important to not leave it to the last minute.

2. Do your research!

Be sure to take a look at all of the moving options out there and then make an educated decision based on your budget, capacity, and physical abilities.

3. When Packing, Keep a List

While packing, label your boxes and create a master legend. This helps make unpacking a quicker, less stressful experience because everything is already organized.

4. Don’t overwhelm yourself

Take your moving process one step at a time. Focus on the parts of your move: organizing, sorting, packing, loading, unpacking. It's also helpful to just focus on one individual room at a time.

5. Know What Your Move Will Cost

It's important to understand the different costs associated with each moving options and how the company charges. Most full service long distance moving companies will charge by weight, which is hard to estimate upfront and can lead to a final bill much larger than the initial quote. BigSteelBox charges by the size and number of steel shipping containers you use, so we can guarantee your quote will match your final charge.

6. Consider a Container-Based Moving Solution

Using a container-based solution like BigSteelBox, is one of the best ways to reduce stress, because you have more time to complete your move. The Box rents by the month, so you can have a couple weeks before and after your move day to pack and unpack at your own pace.


If you think that BigSteelBox might be a good option for you moving needs, contact us today for you free quote at 1-800-373-1187 or request a quote online.

Results based on a survey conducted by BigSteelBox of 1,000 Canadians in June 2019.

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