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How to Move Long Distance

Moving to another part of the neighbourhood is one thing. But moving to a new city or province? That’s a whole other story. Let’s face it – long-distance moves can be stressful. From the planning and packing to the costs and the time it takes to hire the right moving company, moving is no easy feat. Luckily, Atlas Van Lines is here to help. Not only do we offer top-notch long-haul moving services in Canada, but we’re also moving experts. And today, we’re going to share our top tips on how to move long-distance. Check out our step-by-step guide to long-distance moving below. 


Step-By-Step Guide to Moving Long Distance


Follow this step-by-step guide, and we promise your long-distance move will go off without a hitch. 


1. Start Planning Early


Long-distance moves take careful time and attention. For this reason, we always recommend starting as early as possible. In the early planning phases, you should be researching moving companies, developing a rough timeline, and building a to-do list. Keep in mind that the more you put off planning your move, the more pressure and stress you will feel down the line. 


2. Create A Checklist


When planning a long-distance move, it’s important to create a checklist. Each item on the checklist should be accompanied by a due date or realistic timeline of how long it will take to complete. Examples of items on your checklist might be enrolling your children in their new school, packing up each room in your current home, or hiring a moving company. If you have a clear timeline of events related to your move, it will make it easier to stay organized and on top of things. 


3. Hire A Reputable Moving Company


Hiring a reputable moving company is the third (and perhaps most important) step in planning your long-distance move. Begin this step by using your research from step one. Narrow down your list of prospective long-distance moving companies and then reach out to each for a quote. When requesting moving quotes, try to be as specific as possible. This way, you will receive the most accurate quote possible. To provide an accurate quote, you will need to know the basic information about your move, including the services you need, the addresses of your current and future homes, and the possessions being moved. Some companies will perform a detailed evaluation free of charge, where they examine your home either in-person or virtually to provide an accurate estimate. It’s also a good idea to check each moving company’s availability, especially if you strongly prefer a certain moving date. Ultimately, if you aren’t sure which moving company to pick, we recommend basing your choice on reputation, reliability, safety, flexibility, and customer service – all things we pride ourselves on here at Atlas Van Lines. 


4. Set Your Budget


Before settling on a certain moving company, consider your budget. Local moving costs are vastly different from long-distance moving costs, so you should expect to pay more for a long-haul move. Once you’ve received quotes from multiple moving companies, compare them (as well as what is included with each company’s services) and decide which one best aligns with your budget. Keep in mind that there may be additional costs associated with your move to consider, like the cost of moving insurance or the cost of a hotel room for the first night in your new city. 


5. Gather the Necessary Paperwork 


To ensure your move goes off without a hitch, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Depending on where you’re moving, this could mean visas, valid driver’s licenses, customs declarations, and more. 


6. Hook Up New Utilities 


The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home only to realize there is no running water or electricity. That is why you should always hook up the utilities in your new home before you arrive. Ideally, the utilities should be turned on before your arrival or in the case of internet and cable, scheduled for a day or two after you arrive.


7. Get Packing


You don’t want to save packing to the last minute. Start collecting cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing materials early so that you can pack at your own pace. You might begin with rooms that seldom get used or out-of-season items, like packing up your winter clothes during the summer months. Take special care when packing fragile items and remember to leave soft items, like towels, linens, pillows, or clothing, to wrap around breakables for extra protection.  


8. Declutter and Donate


When packing for a long-distance move, we always recommend taking the opportunity to declutter. In other words, don’t pack what you don’t use. If you come across something that you haven’t used or worn in a year, or perhaps you didn’t even remember you have, it’s likely a sign that it should be donated, recycled, or discarded. 


9. Leave Out Items That Can’t Be Moved


There are certain items that long-distance moving companies don’t allow you to move, such as hazardous or flammable materials, like hairspray or nail polish remover. Be sure to leave these out of your boxes. In addition, if you’re moving cross-border, you’ll need to research the laws in that country. 


10. Pack and Label Boxes by Room


The simplest and most effective way to pack up your home is to pack it by room. This will make it easy to unpack on the other end. Beyond packing your boxes by room, be sure to label them accordingly so the movers know exactly where each box is going.


11. Invest in Quality Moving Materials


Moving materials can make or break a move – literally! If your items aren’t packed in the right materials, they can be prone to breakage. And the last thing you want is to open a box of your belongings at your new house to find a bunch of broken knick-knacks. To avoid this, use sturdy moving boxes reinforced with packing tape. We also recommend bubble wrap and clean packing paper. Of course, fragile items should be wrapped individually and all boxes should have some kind of shock-absorbing materials, such as crumpled newspaper. 


12. Consider A Moving Container


For the utmost security, consider renting a moving container to load your items into. Moving containers, like Atlas Van Lines’ Affinity Vault containers, are extremely safe and secure. They also act as a temporary storage solution, so if you aren’t sure when your new home will be ready for occupancy, you can keep your items in your moving container for as long as you need. All Atlas Van Lines moving containers are tracked and stored in one of our security system-monitored, climate-controlled moving centres. 


13. Keep Valuables With You


Although reputable moving companies like Atlas Van Lines are known for their safety and security, it might be wise to keep valuables with you. For example, anything delicate, expensive, or holding sentimental value, such as jewelry, might be better off packed in your car or carry-on luggage. 


14. Make Your Travel Arrangements


You’ve hired a trusted moving company and packed up your belongings – now what? The last step is to make your travel arrangements. Depending on the distance between your current home and your new home, you might opt to drive between them. If this is the case, be sure to gas up the day before so you can hit the road as soon as the movers leave. Alternatively, if you’re travelling to your new home by plane, book your plane tickets well in advance and be sure to make arrangements for your pet (if applicable). 


Contact Atlas Van Lines for a free estimate on your upcoming long-distance move


Are you ready to start planning your long-distance move? You’ve come to the right place. Atlas Van Lines specializes in long-haul moves. So whether you’re moving to another city, province, or even country, we will take care of everything. Contact Atlas Van Lines today to request a free estimate on your upcoming move. 

Tips For Long-Distance Moving

If you’re planning a long-distance move and aren’t sure where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Atlas Van Lines has been in business for over 55 years, which means we know a thing or two about moving. As long-distance moving specialists, we are here to share our expertise and resources to ensure your move goes off without a hitch. Without further ado, check out a list of top tips for long-distance moving below.


1. Schedule your move during the off-season


Many people plan to move during the summer, and because of this, the summertime is one of the most expensive times to move. If you want to move on a budget, consider moving during the off-season or on a weekday in the middle of the month. 


2. Make an inventory list


As you start packing boxes, it can be easy to forget what you’ve already packed. For this reason, before you start packing, we suggested making an inventory of your belongings. Once you’ve packed an item, check it off the list. When you make an inventory list, you’ll always have something to refer back to when you unpack in your new home to ensure everything made it safe and sound. 


3. Plan where items will go in your new house


Before moving, visualize your new home and think long and hard about where you’d like each item to go. This is a great way to ensure you only pack what you need. For example, if you’re downsizing, then chances are all of your existing furniture won’t fit in your new home. If this is the case, don’t bother bringing it with you. The more items you pack (especially bulky or heavy items like furniture), the more expensive your move will be. So compare the square footage and floor plan of your current home to your new home and plan out where each item will go. If you don’t have room for a certain item, make a plan to donate, recycle, or discard it. 


4. Declutter, declutter, declutter


There’s nothing quite like a move to make you realize what you don’t need. Moving forces you to go through your belongings, which will likely make you realize just how much stuff you don’t use. Take this opportunity to declutter. Make piles of items to donate, recycle, or discard so you avoid packing them “just in case.” For example, if you’ve never touched a certain old kitchen appliance, have books or magazines on your shelf that you know you’ll never read again, or clothes you haven’t worn in over a year, it’s likely a sign to say goodbye.   


5. Separate valuable items you want to keep with you


As you begin to pack, be sure to separate valuable items that you want to keep with you. Depending on the value of the item, you might get stressed at the thought of it being thrown into a box with a bunch of other items. For example, you may wish to pack jewellery, money, or items with high sentimental value in a separate box that you take with you in the car or plane on moving day. 


6. Pack a box of items you will need upon arrival


Some items are more important than others, especially on the day of arrival. Think about what you want to have easy access to on day one, like towels, bedding, toilet paper, a few pots and pans, and a couple of sets of dishware. In essence, the items you need to eat and sleep on that first night in your new home. Pack a box with these items and label it clearly. 


7. Organize and label boxes as you pack


While it might be tempting to throw belongings into boxes haphazardly, this will only make your job harder on the other end. For this reason, we recommend packing your boxes by room. For example, the beginning, toys, and decor in your child’s room should all go in their own boxes. Similarly, kitchenware should also be in its own series of boxes. If you want to get fancy, you can create an inventory list and assign each box a corresponding number. Speaking of which, remember to label your boxes. It won’t matter how organized the inside of your boxes are if they aren’t labelled correctly. Make it easy on yourself and your movers by clearly labelling the contents or corresponding room of each box. 


8. Buy moving coverage


Moving coverage is important, whether you opt for moving insurance or content protection coverage. Moving insurance provides peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong, you will be financially protected. Moving insurance can be purchased directly from an insurance company. However, most moving companies also offer their own coverage plans. For example, Atlas Van Lines has two types of content protection coverage available to customers: full value protection and minimal protection. Full value protection is strongly recommended to protect your household goods. With this valuation option, Atlas Van Lines would repair any lost, damaged, or destroyed items or replace them with items of like kind and quality, or offer you a cash settlement for the market value of the items. In contrast, minimal protection allows you to file a claim for a lost or damaged item. Claims are based on the item’s weight multiplied by 60 cents per pound.


9. Hire experienced long-distance movers you can trust


Our final tip for long-distance moving? Hire movers you can trust. Reputable movers have years of experience in the industry and offer top-notch customer service from start to finish. To ensure you choose a trusted moving company, compare quotes, read customer reviews, interview prospective candidates, and then choose the mover that best fits your budget and needs. 


Contact Atlas Van Lines for a free quote on your upcoming long-distance move


We hope this list of long-distance moving tips will help with your upcoming move. In the meantime, if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Atlas Van Lines today. One of our customer service representatives will be pleased to assist you. We can also provide you with a free quote on your upcoming long-distance move. No matter where you’re moving to or from, or whether you’re planning a residential or commercial move, the Atlas Van Lines team is here to help. Contact us today to get started.  



How far ahead of time should you plan your long-distance move?


Long-distance moves should ideally be planned no less than two months (eight weeks) in advance. 


What is the first thing to pack when moving?


Out-of-season items or items that are in your home for aesthetic rather than functional purposes can be packed first. Essentially, any items that you won’t need to use between the day of packing and your moving day can be packed first. 


What makes a good long-distance moving company?


A good long-distance moving company is one that is experienced, professional, reputable, flexible, and secure. For example, Atlas Van Lines prides itself on its customer service. We have earned the reputation as the go-to long-distance moving company in Canada, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. How have we earned that reputation, you might be wondering? It all comes down to our standard of service. First, all of our movers and van operators are both experienced and professional. They will safely and carefully load all belongings into the moving truck, using protective blankets, quilted moving pads, clear plastic, and furniture pads to safeguard your items. Further, to protect your current and future home, runners will be put down to protect the floors. The Atlas Van Lines crew will also assemble and reassemble all necessary items, such as bed frames, quickly and efficiently. Beyond our high level of experience and professionalism, we understand that flexibility is a key part of any long-distance move. After all, a lot can happen when transporting items from point A to point B. We make a concerted effort to accommodate your schedule at all times. Finally, as a full-service moving company, we not only offer long-distance moving but also secure storage solutions. We have moving containers of all sizes for you to transport and temporarily store your items in, should you wish to do so. Ultimately, a good long-distance moving company is one that meets the criteria above. 


What should you not pack in a long-distance move?


Items that you should not pack for a long-distance move include anything alive, such as houseplants, perishable food that is likely to spoil in transit, and of course, hazardous or flammable materials, such as paint, aerosols, pesticides, gasoline, and more. As an extra precaution, we also recommend packing valuables, like money or jewellery, separately and travelling with them on the day of the move.

Cottage Living in Canada


It is no secret that cottage living in Canada is beautiful. Canada has some of the most spectacular lakes, forests, and mountains in the world making it very desirable for vacation homes. If you’re looking to buy a cottage, a great view isn’t the only thing you should consider. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular places, real estate trends, and pros and cons of cottage living to help you decide if investing in a cottage is right for you.



Top 3 Most Popular Places to Cottage in Canada


Sunshine Coast, British Columbia: Just north of Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast feels like a remote cluster of islands. These islands include waterside communities, ancient forests, inlets, and mountains. Just under a four-hour drive from Whistler, BC, the Sunshine Coast makes you feel secluded and yet still close to home.


Muskoka, Ontario: The heart of Ontario cottage country is Muskoka, Ontario. With 30 public beaches and over 1,600 lakes, there are many fun activities to do including boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, waterskiing, cycling, ziplining, and golfing. Only about a three-hour drive from Toronto, Muskoka makes for a perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia: Located in Northern Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy is home to some of the highest recorded tides in the world. There are tons of excursions and beautiful sites to see such as whale watching, fossil hunting, sampling fresh seafood, and touring the grounds of the award-winning Annapolis Valley wine vineyard.



Real Estate Market in Cottage Country


Real estate in Canada is shifting as the Bank of Canada interest rates climb and inflation is at an all-time high. Cottage prices in Canada are expected to reach an average high of $640,710 by the end of 2022, according to Royal LePage. Even though supply doesn’t match demand, there are many great options to consider across Canada to help satisfy your cottage craving. Instead of purchasing a cottage in the current market, there are always options to rent short term or for an extended period of time. By renting on sites such as; Airbnb and Vrbo, you will not have the major responsibilities and added expenses that come with owning your own cottage. Maintenance and bills are left up to the Host of the property. You, as the guest are only responsible to pay a nightly fee and take care of the property for as long as you’re there.



Pros and Cons of Cottage Country Living


  • Quick getaway from the city
  • Quiet living compared to city life, more relaxed and peaceful
  • Stunning views
  • More spacious property
  • Close to nature, wildlife, lake/swimming, boating opportunities


  • Fewer amenities nearby
  • Will need a car or boat to go to majority of places
  • Maintenance can be costly on both the cottage and property
  • Any extras desires such as a boat, jet skis, canoes are an added expense


Over the past few years cottage living has certainly changed, but the beautiful views and relaxation have stayed the same. As you can see there are many advantages to living the cottage lifestyle, but it’s important to always do your own research before making the move.