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Whether you’re staying in the same neighborhood or moving far from your current home, moving isn’t always easy. On the other hand, a long-distance move often feels like a leap into the unknown, and generates additional stress.

To help you stay in control as much as possible during the process, we’ve put together the best tips for preparing a long-distance move in Quebec.

1) Make your boxes like a pro:

Tips For Moving Long Distance - packingThere are a ton of little tricks, each more brilliant than the last, that you can use to make your boxes effective. If possible, lock your clothes in your dresser drawers. Don’t leave any empty space in the boxes.

Fit your things together. For example, put your utensils in your plastic dishes. Stack your dishcloths and towels in large black garbage bags and use them to protect your cans.

It may not be very elegant, but it’s excellent for efficiency, and when you’re planning a big move, efficiency is the key to success.

2) Sort it out: 

Moving is the perfect opportunity to get rid of old things and start afresh. Even if your new home has a similar style, you don’t want to take everything with you. If you don’t particularly like something, it’s time to sell it or give it away.

Too often, people move everything they own only to find that, months later, there are still boxes (never opened) lying around. If you get rid of something you don’t need and that has no sentimental value for you, you probably won’t miss it.

One last point: if your furniture costs more to move than to buy, you should consider leaving it where it is.

3) Choose your movers carefully:

As far as possible, keep your valuables (jewelry, for example) and the things you hold dear with you at all times. Take out insurance to cover loss or damage to valuables you cannot transport yourself.

Be sure to write your name and address on each box: many large moving companies will transport your belongings in the same truck as those of other families.

4) If possible, drive your car:

Think of it as an adventure, and take the opportunity to see the country. Having a vehicle delivered can be very expensive, and the arrival date is often uncertain. Many companies will wait until they have several cars to transport before hitting the road and delivering your vehicle.

Finding yourself in a new city with no means of transport can quickly become frustrating.

5) Be ready to make new purchases:

After the move, you’ll inevitably need a few new items, like a new dishwasher drainer, cutlery tray or toilet paper holder.

Plan ahead and set aside some money for these purchases. You don’t want to add a layer of stress to the move, and worry about those little purchases that will make your home a warmer place.

6) Be patient:

Moving to a new city is a big adjustment. As well as physically settling into your new home, you’ll need to adjust emotionally. It will take a few weeks before you feel really comfortable in your new neighborhood.

Explore the area and be patient; you’ll feel right at home in no time.

Do you want a stress-free move? Call Vendre Maison Vite at 514-320-1000 now or fill out this form and we will contact you shortly!