Canadians identify moving as one of life’s most stressful experiences

Canadians identify moving as one of life’s most stressful experiencesSpring and summer are by far the busiest moving seasons in Canada, and we all know that with moving comes stress.

At BigSteelBox we’re committed to making moving and storage as simple and straightforward as possible for our customers, so we recently did some research to get a better understanding of just how stressful packing and moving can be for Canadians.

What we found in a survey of 2,000 Canadian adults is that over 65% identify the process of moving to a new home as a stressful life experience, and 22.4% of those found the process “extremely stressful”.

We believe that moving can be less stressful when people have more time to prepare, pack/unpack, and have a trustworthy moving company there to support them along the way. That's why making the moving process easier is our top priority.

Here are a few more insights moving survey from our moving survey:

1) More than 25% of Canadians say moving has been one of their most stressful experiences

Our study revealed that more Canadians (25.7%) list moving as one of their most stressful life experiences, compared to starting a new job (24.3%), getting divorced (17.8%), starting a family (10.1%) or planning a wedding (9.8%).

Residents of Ontario are the most likely to feel the stress of moving (68.6%), with BC coming in a close second (66%). It is women (70.2%) who experience the most stress when it comes to moving to a new home.

Fortunately, the stress caused by moving is something that can be managed, or dramatically reduced. Unlike divorce or starting a new job, for example, there are many controllable factors in the moving process.

Planning ahead is the biggest factor. Choose a moving company that will work for your timelines, budget and schedule. Give yourself enough time to pack, load and unpack – it doesn’t have to be done in one day, and really shouldn’t be. These are just a few bits if advice we offer all customers, but read on for a more detailed look at the survey results and some tips to alleviate stress.

2) Canadians put off packing to the last minute

Even though moving to a new home is an exciting milestone, Canadians find the act of packing up so daunting that 14% stated they put off their packing until the night before, and 25.6% do most of their packing only a few days beforehand. Men (16%) were more likely than women (11.7%) to put off packing until the night before.

Of course, there are items in your home that you will need right up until the day you move out of your home, but again, planning will help. From pre-planning meals to being ready with enough packing boxes and supplies, there are a number of little things you can do that will make a big difference and ease stress in the end.

Check out this post Top 6 Packing Hacks to Make Your Move Easier for some great moving tips and tricks.

Did you know?
Canadians in the prairie provinces are more likely to be last-minute packers and take the longest to settle into their new homes after a move; 15.9% admit to leaving packing to the night before, and 24% take several months to unpack.

It doesn’t stop there; 51.7% of Canadians admit that once they move, they don’t unpack in their new homes within the first few weeks of moving in. And, unless all these people have chosen to move with a moving container company, like BigSteelBox, which provides them with on-going storage on their property after a move, chances are that all these unpacked boxes are piled up in their new home causing them even more stress!

Learn more about choosing the right type of moving company for you.

3) The stress of moving doesn’t disappear overnight

25% of Canadians said they feel the stress of moving for over 3 months or longerHow long does the stress of moving last? More than half of the Canadians we surveyed (57.8%) said they feel the stress of moving for at least a month after getting into their new home, and of those people, 25% said they feel the stress for over 3 months or longer!

Sources of the lasting stress after a move will of course vary from person to person. If you’re downsizing after living in your home for many years, you’re going to experience more stress than a young adult moving out of their parent’s basement. However, the scope of the move is not the only factor.

From feeling the pressure to complete a move in a very short time frame to dealing with a higher bill than expected, we have a few insights as to what they are and what people can do to avoid the possible causes.

Our researched showed that nearly 50% of those surveyed said they have received help from family and friends when moving, and the same number chose to hire professional movers. These are both great ways to take some of the pressure off during a move if you are lucky to have help nearby or the budget to bring in professional help.

In our experience, after supporting over 38,000 Canadians with their moving and storage needs, many BigSteelBox customers say that the extra time and flexibility they have by using a portable storage company like ours significantly reduces the stress they experience.

4) Cost certainty and security are top of mind for Canadians during a move

What else is on Canadians’ minds during a move? Many want to know how much they’ll be spending on their move, and that their belongings are going to be safe.

Avoid Unexpected Costs
Predictable costs are a major concern for Canadians; 30.9% listed unpredictable pricing as a point of contention when dealing with a third-party moving company, while 39.5% of Canadians noted that after their last move, their costs were higher or much higher than expected.

When choosing a moving company, it’s important to be aware of how they charge for their service. Some companies charge by weight, by the hour, by distance, or a combination of some or all of those factors.

There are also other costs you should factor in depending on the type of mover you choose. If you’re moving long distance with a rental truck, remember to budget for travel expenses (gas, meals, nights in hotel, etc.) and extra insurance for the moving truck and your belongings. If you choose to hire full service movers, make sure you have them come to your home during the quoting process to give you an exact estimate on the expected weight of your items, and you might also want to be prepared to provide the movers with a tip after the move is complete.

We’re proud to say that with BigSteelBox, the price we quote per box is the price you’ll pay – there will never be any hidden fees or unexpected costs.

Learn more about how moving companies charge for moving services.

Using a Third Party Moving Company?
In our survey, 37.9% of people said lost or broken items is their main concern when using a third party moving company. We found this interesting because this is perhaps the biggest controllable of a move. Of course, there are risks of damage with any type of moving company or form of transportation, but if items are packed properly they should be protected during the moving process.

What are the biggest reasons accidents and damage happen? Quite simply, it’s usually a result of being rushed. When you try to cram all the work of moving (packing, loading, moving stuff from point A to point B, unloading, and unpacking) into one day, the stress level is extremely high and you will feel pressure to get things done quickly. Even professional movers can fall victim to this when they’re feeling pressure from the customer to get things done within a quoted time frame. This is when corners get cut, and things can go wrong.

What’s the solution? Choose a moving option that allows you to take your time!

Make sure items are packed so they are protected, and take the time to load things properly. This means taking the time to pack in sections and tying them down with straps as you go so nothing will move in the truck or moving container.

Learn more about how to pack and load a moving container.

5) Canadians deal with the stress of moving in different ways

At the end of the day, how do Canadians deal with the stress of moving? Everyone winds down differently, but almost 20% of Canadians admit to taking refuge with a glass of wine. Another 27% relax by organizing their belongings, and a mere 7% wind down by socializing.

We were a little surprised that beer and pizza didn’t make list! But seriously, moving is a hectic time for anyone, and it can be even tougher if you’re moving with children and pets. If you’re looking for advice on how to best manage your move, check out this post: How to Cope With Moving.

BigSteelBox has some tips to help Canadians battle stress during a move

family packing a BigSteelBox - take your time packing and unpackingMoving to a new home can be an exciting time, and good planning will help minimize stress and save money. At BigSteelBox, we recommend three key practices to Canadians to ensure a successful and stress-free move:

1.  Do your research ahead of time and find a moving company with upfront costs and no hidden fees. For example, rather than charging by weight like most long distance moving companies, BigSteelBox charges by the size and number of steel shipping containers used. This ensures that the final bill will match the quote. Learn more about moving company quotes.

2.  Take your time packing and unpacking. Cramming all the stress of moving into one day is very common, but can be avoided. BigSteelBox delivers a shipping container to your home and you pack it at your own pace. You can keep your box on your property for as long as you need it, or BigSteelBox can pick it up and move it to one of their secure storage facilities until you’re ready to have it delivered to your new home.

3.  Ensure your belongings are safe and secure throughout your move. BigSteelBoxes are made of corten steel and fitted with a steel lock box to protect a padlock. These features make them wind, water, and rodent-proof, and virtually impossible for thieves to break into. Furthermore, you keep the key, so only you have access to your belongings.

Let us help make your move stress-free. If you’re looking for a moving or mobile storage solution, request your free quote online today, or give us a call at 1-800-373-1187 to speak directly with a BigSteelBox Consultant.


Written by BigSteelBox and conducted using Google Surveys, June 2017.

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