Canadians Very Likely to Procrastinate When Packing for a Move

Family with moving boxesAccording to a recent survey, packing for a move is considered one of the most stressful activities people deal with. As a result, packing is often avoided and put off for too long. And, you don’t have to be a moving expert to know that procrastinating when packing for a move will just end up causing more stress.

In May 2018, BigSteelBox surveyed over 1,000 adults across Canada. Of those surveyed, 64% had recently moved, and of those people, 75% admitted it was a very stressful experience.

Here are some other highlights from the survey:‚Äč

  • 35% of Canadians admit to doing their packing in the last few days before a move
  • BC Residents surpass Ontario as the most likely to feel stress about moving

  • 30% of Canadians consider moving to be more stressful than quitting smoking or starting a family

  • British Columbians also experienced the most sticker shock when it came to their moves, with 46% saying costs were higher than expected

Tips to make packing less stressful

The busiest moving day of the year, June 30, is fast approaching. We found that Canadians are 9% more stressed about moving to a new home than they were in 2017, and to add fuel to the fire, the downturn in the real estate market combined with the new mortgage lending rules has led to increased worry and anxiety.

The stress Canadians face around moving is likely a huge contributing factor to their procrastination when it comes to packing. We found that Ontario residents are the most likely to put off packing with 38% admitting leaving packing until a few days before the move.

Canadians in the Prairie Provinces take the longest to unpack with 58% saying they wait at least one month or more to finish setting up their homes. Some survey respondents even admitted they would rather update their social media than start unpacking immediately after a move.

Tips to Making Your Move Less Stressful

We have supported over 38,000 Canadians with their moving and storage needs, so we’ve learned a thing or two about relieving some of the biggest causes of stress during a move. Here are a few tips we know will help:

  1. Don’t procrastinate. Give yourself time more time than you think you’ll need. Packing often takes longer than expected and it’s important not to leave it to the last minute. Check out these packing tips to help you get started.

  2. Do your research. Look into all of your moving options and then make an educated decision based on your budget, housing situation, and physical abilities. Take into consideration the timeframe of your move (Can you do it all in 1 or 2 days?) and the possible need for storage in between homes if your possession dates don’t line up.

  3. Stay organized and don’t overwhelm yourself. Focus on packing/unpacking one individual room at a time. This will eliminate extra movement around your home, and make the process more efficient. When you’re packing, label your boxes and create a master legend. This helps make unpacking a quicker, less stressful experience because everything is already organized. Learn how to unpack like a pro.

  4. Compare Quotes. Make sure you understand the costs of different moving options. Most long distance moving companies will charge by weight, which is only verified after the tuck is loaded. This is difficult 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, as long as the load is under our maximum weight capacity. Learn more about comparing moving quotes.

  5. BigSteelBox moving container outside of a homeConsider using a container-based moving solution. At BigSteelBox, one of the biggest ways we help reduce stress for our customers is by providing more time to complete a move.

    We will deliver your BigSteelBox as far in advance as you need it. It rents by the month, so you can have it for a couple weeks before and after moving day (or even longer if you need it!). We’ll also deliver your Box, pick it up, and move it on your schedule. And, as we mentioned in #5 above, the price we quote you is the price you will pay - there are never any hidden fees.

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

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