Uprooting and moving your life to a new city can be a pain… but it doesn’t have to be. From furnished apartments Vancouver to packing techniques, there are ways to make your move a breeze.
1. Make a List, Check It Twice
Just like Santa Claus, organization is key for a successful relocation operation. A to-do list and to-pack list are just two of the many ways you can use lists to keep yourself on track.
2. No Place? No Problem
Haven’t found the perfect place yet but need to move ASAP? A short-term furnished apartment is a great option that allows you to be selective while you’re finding that perfect place to call home. Don’t settle, find the best without having to worry about a roof over your head.
3. Hire Professional Movers
Even if you get your own van, make sure you hire professional movers on both ends. They’re professionals and ensure none of your prized possessions end up damaged in the move. You’ll also save yourself from the heavy lifting—trust us, your back will thank you!
4. Know What Your Company Offers During this Time
Many companies will offer to cover services during your move. From gas coverage to realtor assistance, it’s essential to check with your company before you begin the moving process. If they don’t explicitly offer coverage for a service you need, go ahead and ask for it. The worst that can happen is they say no.
5. Do Your Research
Know what you’re getting yourself into. Important things to research are the real estate market, living costs, and the economy.
6. Pack Smarter, Not Harder
The best tip for packing is to go room by room, leaving the essentials until the very last. Labeling each box also helps you on the other end know what needs to be unpacked right away and what can wait.
If you’ve been holding on to some items in your house that don’t give you joy, now’s the perfect time to say goodbye. Limiting the number of items you have to pack and unpack will make you much happier. As an added bonus, you can either sell or donate unwanted items. Either option is a win-win.
8. Join a Meetup Group Before You Arrive
Making friends in a new city can be difficult. Sure, you’ll meet new people at work but it’s important to broaden your friendship horizons outside of corporate relationships. There are tons of meetup apps that allow you to find like-minded people in the area you’re moving to. This will help ease your relocation anxiety and help you settle in in your new home.
9. Take Advantage of Tax Savings
Great news, your move might be eligible for tax deductions! CRA tax-deductible moving expenses include:
- Transportation and travel costs
- Storage costs
- Old lease cancellation costs
- Real-estate related costs (both selling and purchasing)
- Change of address costs
10. Get to Know Your New Coworkers Before Moving
Platforms like LinkedIn provide a great opportunity to connect with your new coworkers before meeting them in person. Reach out and say hi! This will make your first day much easier, as you’ll already recognize many familiar faces.