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Long Distance Moving

Oh, Canada! A land of breathtaking landscapes, syrupy delicacies, and distances that can make even the most seasoned traveler’s head spin. If you’re looking to haul your life from one corner of this majestic country to another, you’ve stumbled upon the holy grail of guides. Moving long distance in Canada isn’t just about switching postal codes; it’s an adventure, a challenge, and, let’s face it, a bit of a logistical nightmare. But fear not! Our ultimate guide for moving long distance in Canada is here to transform that nightmare into a dream. Buckle up, eh? We’re about to dive deep into the world of packing tape, moving trucks, and the great Canadian road trip.

The below are the most common options for relocating your household long distance within Canada:

Truck rental DIY. This is the cheapest option, as you will do it all. You will rent a truck, load, transport and unload. You will be liable for everything that will go wrong, such as damages to your belongings, truck, etc. This option might be attractive to people that like road trip adventures, not afraid to drive larger moving trucks, people without little kids and large pets.

Container shipping. There are many container rental companies that also offer container shipping services. Some will ship only from and to major Canadian cities, like Calgary, Toronto,  Montreal. Other will ship only within a certain part of Canada (eastern or western Canada). They will deliver and drop off a container at your residence. You will then load your belongings inside container, strap load securely, lock the doors, then container company will pick it up and ship to your destination either by rail or highway. Upon arrival, you will need to unload everything to your new home. This option will work if you are moving from house to a house, as in this case container can be dropped off on your driveway or street in front of your house. If you live in busy downtown area or a high-rise apartment building, where parking is restricted, there might be difficulties obtaining parking permit for a container. In this case, container company might offer you to rent a truck or hire a local moving company to deliver all your belongings to their yard and to load a container there. This adds an extra step to the moving process, as well as an extra expense.

Freight shipping. Freight shipping companies can transport your goods, if you get all your furniture and boxes stacked on skids (pallets) and ready at a warehouse your Origin residence. They will pick up from a warehouse and load onto a trailer and transport to a warehouse near your destination. You will then need to pick up the skids and deliver and unload to your new place. This option works for both house and apartment moves.

Full-service moving companies. This option will require the least amount of effort from your side. Moving companies will do it all – from packing boxes, preparing a detailed inventory, loading, transportation, unloading, unpacking boxes at your new home, and much more. If anything goes wrong, moving company will be liable to will address and rectify any issue in a timely manner. For a large home move, they will typically pack boxes on one day and load everything on the second day. At the time of delivery, they unload and set everything up in one day, so that you can move in at the end of that day. If you require, they will unpack boxes on the following day. This is by far the most expedient relocation option, taking least amount of your effort and allowing you to seamlessly transition to a new place with least amount of interruption. This option does not need to be that much more expensive than the other ones as one might think.

This article outlines different ways to cut cost when relocating long distance across Canada. These tips apply to all the relocation modes mentioned above.

When aiming for an economical relocation within Canada, consider these cost-effective strategies:

  1. Sell or Donate Unnecessary Items: Reduce the amount of stuff you need to move by selling or donating items you no longer need or use. This not only saves on moving costs but can also earn you some extra cash.
  2. Use Free or Low-Cost Packing Materials: Instead of buying expensive packing materials, look for free options such as collecting boxes from local stores, using newspapers or towels for cushioning, and utilizing items you already have, like suitcases and bags, for packing.
  3. Compare Moving Quotes: If you do decide to hire a moving company, shop around and compare quotes from multiple companies to find the most affordable option. Most importantly, consider moving company reputation by carefully researching their online reviews.
  4. Choose Off-Peak Times: Moving during off-peak times, such as winter months, and/or middle of the month, will result in lower service rates.
  5. Plan Ahead: Last-minute moves can be more expensive due to rush fees and limited availability of resources. Plan your move well in advance to have time to find the best deals and make cost-saving decisions. Booking your long distance move over 3 months in advance is recommended.
  6. Stay with Friends or Family: If possible, arrange to stay with friends or family members temporarily to save on accommodation costs while you search for more permanent housing options, or while your goods are in transit.
  7. Take Advantage of Discounts and Deals: Look for discounts or promotions on moving services, rental trucks, and other related expenses. Many companies offer special deals, especially during off-peak times.
  8. Minimize Travel Costs: If you’re moving a long distance, compare transportation options such as driving, flying, or taking the train to find the most cost-effective way to travel to your new location.

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About Sparta Movers

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