preparing for your cross country move

The offer is accepted and you're starting your Saskatoon chapter—now what? Moving across the country can be an exciting adventure, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. As a seasoned REALTOR® with years of experience helping clients navigate long-distance moves, I've seen it all! In this comprehensive guide, I'll share valuable tips and tricks to make your cross-country move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Plan Ahead

  • Start planning your move well in advance. Ideally, aim to start the process at least 2-3 months before your moving date.
  • Create a detailed moving checklist to keep track of tasks such as decluttering, packing, hiring movers, and changing your address.
  • Research your new city or town to familiarize yourself with the local amenities, schools, healthcare facilities, and neighborhoods.

Declutter and Downsize

  • Invest in sturdy moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and other packing supplies.
  • Pack room by room and label each box with its contents and destination room in your new home.
  • Use protective padding for fragile items and consider hiring professionals for specialized packing services if needed.

Pack Strategically

  • Moving across the country is the perfect opportunity to declutter and downsize your belongings.
  • Go through each room in your home and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard.
  • Consider hosting a garage sale or selling items online to lighten your load and earn some extra cash for moving expenses.

Hire Reliable Movers

  • Research moving companies thoroughly and read reviews from previous customers.
  • Get estimates from multiple movers and compare prices, services, and insurance options.
  • Choose a reputable moving company with experience in long-distance moves and a proven track record of reliability.

Prepare for the Journey

  • Plan your travel route in advance and consider factors such as weather conditions, road closures, and rest stops.
  • Pack essential items for the journey, including snacks, water, medications, important documents, and a first aid kit.
  • Make arrangements for pet care if you're traveling with pets and book pet-friendly accommodations along the way.

Prepare for the Journey

  • Upon arrival, take some time to unpack and organize your belongings.
    • Connect utilities, set up internet and cable services, and familiarize yourself with local regulations and services.
    • Explore your new neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and start to feel at home in your new community.

Moving across the country may seem daunting, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be a smooth and rewarding experience so you get busy enjoying your new neighbourhood. By following these tips and tricks from your favourite seasoned REALTOR®, you'll be well-equipped to tackle every aspect of your long-distance move with confidence. Happy moving!