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    Preparation tips for your long distance move – Part 1

    The requirements for a successful long distance move are a lot different than a move across town or to a neighbouring city.  There is far more planning and preparation as well as other logistics involved in any long distance move.  As the premier Castlegar movers, we would like to share the following tips to help you prepare for a worry and stress free long distance move.

    Find the Right Company

    The most important decision that you will make when it comes to your long distance move is the company that you choose.  Using the right company will ensure that your long distance move is done properly and the utmost care is taken with your belongings.  Before deciding on a company, make sure to get an estimate and inquire if they specialize or even do long distance moves.

    At Kootenai Moving, we have years of expertise in long distance relocating.  We consider a long distance move to be over 300 km and provide no obligation free estimates.  We also offer international moving expertise as well as packing and crating services.  We will ensure that you are fully satisfied with your long distance move and will properly protect and wrap your belongings to keep them safe on their journey.

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

    Because long distance moves are based on weight, it is important to determine what belongings you are taking with you and what belongings will not make the trip.  A long distance move is also a great way to downsize and remove clutter and other unwanted junk from your life.  Take some time to determine if you are going to need an item before making a final decision.

    Here’s the deal:

    If you are moving from Castlegar to Vancouver, you will not be needing any snow shovels or other snow removal tools such as a snow blower.  It is best to sell, donate or give these types of items away.

    Get Packing

    It is never too early to start packing, especially for a long distance move.  You will also want to have your packing supplies and materials ready as there is nothing more annoying than running out of boxes midway through the packing process.  Your packing supplies should include:

    • Strong and undamaged cardboard boxes.
    • Packing tape and a sharpie for labeling each box’s contents.
    • Blankets to wrap your furniture and electronics.
    • Newspaper and bubble wrap to shelter any breakables and to prevent contents from shifting in boxes.

    Pack it Right

    Take the extra time to pack your items properly.  A lot can happen over the course of a long distance move, so you will want to protect your belongings and prevent any damage.  Properly label boxes so that you know the contents of each.  This will save you time and unneeded stress when you are unpacking.

    Do not over pack boxes as you do not want their contents falling out mid move.  They should not be overly heavy as they could injure you or one of the movers.

    These simple tips will have you well prepared for your long distance move.  If you would like other tips on how to prepare for a long distance move or are interested in our free quote, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your moving team.