4 Tips to Make Sure Your Long Distance Move Goes Smoothly

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We hear you! The task of moving can be daunting and time consuming, especially if you're relocating to a new city or province.

Not only are you dealing with choosing the right long distance moving company, but you also have to keeping track of all the small details, worry about packing up your home, and overall, being ready for moving day.

We know long distance moves can be tough.  That's why we’ve come up with four simple tips to help ensure your long distance move goes as smoothly as possible.

Top Long Distance Moving Tips:

1) Make a Plan


Start laying the groundwork early for your long distance move to ensure that everything goes as planned come moving time.

Consider where you’re moving to.
That includes things like weather, space and lifestyle.

Are you still going to need that snow blower? Will there be enough room in your new basement or garage for everything you’re storing now? This is the time to make some tough decisions about what you’ll take with you and what you should leave behind.

Make a work-back schedule.
Knowing what you need to be doing two months before the big move, one month, and a week ahead is crucial to keeping yourself on track. Map it all out for yourself and have fun checking everything off your list.

To help you start planning, print off this Moving To Do List.

Don’t do everything on your own.
It’s ok to ask for help with this huge task!

If you have family and friends nearby, find out when they might be able to help you pack or clean once you’re done packing. Just promise them pizza and cold drinks when the work is done! If you choose to move with BigSteelBox, we’ll deliver and pick up your container on your schedule. Plus, you’ll be able to take your time throughout the packing process - don’t try to squeeze all the stress of moving into one day!

Make a moving binder.
There needs to be a home for all the documents, quotes, records, lists and receipts you will collect during your planning. Keep a full inventory of the number and the weight of furniture and appliances in your home.

This will come in handy when getting moving quotes and help after the move if there are any issues with the final invoicing.

If everything is in one place you will stay organized and always know where you are in your timeline and have all records on hand if any discrepancies pop up.

2) Pack Strategically

Once all your planning and logistics are laid out, you still have to get down to the packing. It can be tempting to just fill boxes with all of your things as quickly as possible, but that will definitely lead to a headache down the line when you’re unpacking in your new home. Instead, pack strategically to save yourself time and effort.

Declutter before you pack anything.
There’s no reason you should bring your whole junk drawer with you on your long distance move, so sort through that mess ahead of time. This is a great time to really assess what adds value to your life and to toss things you’re not using.

Colour code your boxes.
Assign a colour to every room in your new home and use those colours to label your boxes. Create a master list that clearly indicates the colour assigned to each room. By colour coding your moving boxes, anyone helping you unpack will know where each box needs to go.

Pack things properly to avoid breakage.
The way you pack dishes is different from the way you pack shoes, so take the time to do it properly. If you’re looking for detailed packing tips, check out this post: The Best Packing Tips For Moving Across Country!

3) Research Moving Companies

Not all moving companies are created equal, and not every mover will meet your needs. So, it’s important you do your research before you choose a moving company.

For a long distance move especially, you should look for a company that specializes in that area, and one that can transport your belongings for you. Here are a few more things to consider:

Pick up the phone!
Call moving companies in your area and talk to them about their moving solutions. Find out who will give you a comprehensive quote, how long they have been in business, and what kind of terms and cancellation policy they have.

Ask for an estimate and get all the pricing details.
What is included in your moving contract? Are there seasonal rates, mileage fees or weight limits? Make sure you know exactly what you will be paying for before you sign on so you aren’t surprised with costs after the move is done.

Most long distance moving companies charge by weight. They will typically estimate the weight based on a description of your home and contents, or they will do a walk-through of your home. Once the truck is loaded, it is weighed at a scale and that reported weight is what the final cost will be based on. Obviously, this is where you can experience a significant additional charge if the weight was not estimated correctly.

Understanding how the moving companies are estimating can save you a big surprise down the road. Make sure you compare the cost per pound and not just the bottom line. In our experience, the average contents weight of full 20' BigSteelBox used for a long distance residential move is 7,500 lbs. If you have a 3 to 4-bedroom home, and the company is estimating less than 4,000 lbs, you should be aware that the actual cost could be much higher. A 20' BigSteelBox can hold up to 10,000 lbs.

Looking for a more detailed price comparison? Check out this post: What Is The Cheapest Way To Move Across Canada?

4) Consider This: Will You Need Storage in Between Homes?

Sometimes move-in dates don’t line up (especially when you’re moving long distance) or perhaps you’re still looking for the perfect home in your new city.

If you’ll be staying somewhere temporarily before or after your long distance move, you may find renting a portable storage unit useful.

Portable storage containers, like BigSteelBoxes, are extremely secure and can be picked and delivered on your schedule. If you decide mobile storage is an option that will work for you, look for a company that can combine the temporary storage service with the long distance moving service.

Benefits of Moving with a Portable Storage Container

With BigSteelBox, you pack your things in a mobile storage container, and we move it for you. You can store your container on your property, or we can keep it at one of our secure storage facilities until you’re ready to unpack at your new home.

What are the benefits of moving with a BigSteelBox portable storage container?

1. It allows you to pack and unpack at your own pace.

2. For 2+ bedroom single family homes, using a BigSteelBox for a long distance move is usually 20%-40% less expensive than traditional movers who charge by weight.

3. BigSteelBox has 17 full service Stores across Canada, so we can provide long distance moving and storage solutions to several cities and towns across the country.

4. We do the driving! We’re already transporting storage containers across the country everyday, so you can leave the logistics to us.

5. Your belongings will be safe in our wind, water, and rodent-proof containers.

6. With BigSteelBox, the price quoted for your moving and storage services is the price you’ll pay. There won’t be any surprise mileage fees charges.

If you’re ready to let BigSteelBox help you with your long distance move, request a free quote online today, or give us a call at 1-800-373-1187. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about your long distance move and storage services in between homes.

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