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Kelowna Movers Offer 4 Tips to Streamline Long-Distance Moves

Posted on February 05, 2016

Our Kelowna movers have a number of tips to make long-distance moves easier.

Our Kelowna movers have a number of tips to make long-distance moves easier.

When it comes to moving long distance, being prepared is a cornerstone of success. Our professional movers have seen what happens when people fail to plan ahead, and it’s not pretty. To avoid making the same mistake, we’ve come up with a number of simple steps to assist you when relocating. 

These guidelines are meant to help you, no matter where you’re headed: 

  • Outside of the Okanagan
  • Into Northern BC
  • To another province
  • South to the United States
  • Overseas

1. Understand the Process

Before you pack a single item, it’s a good idea to first learn how your move will unfold. For long-distance moves within BC, or even within Canada, you’ll need to become familiar with how your Kelowna movers plan to transport your items. For example, moving companies like Bekins Movers and Storage partner with United Van Lines for out-of-province moves. 

If you’re heading stateside or overseas, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with additional procedures such as:

  • Border crossings
  • Shipping fees
  • Customs
  • International documentation

Your chosen moving company staff should be able to explain this to you so there are no surprises or hidden costs.

2. What Stays, What Goes?

Once you commit to moving, one of the first things you should do is take a look at everything you own and determine what you want to take with you. Ideally, you should do this before you get a quote from your Kelowna moving company. 

By being proactive about this, you benefit in a number of ways:

  • De-clutter excess or unused items from your life
  • Save money on shipping costs
  • Simplify the moving process

You might surprise yourself when you see just how much stuff you have that you really don’t need. Plus, you can always sell, donate or give away your excess belongings to those who truly need them.

3. Hire a Professional Moving Company

While you might be tempted to forego paying for the services of professional movers, it may actually save you money down the road. It takes a certain amount of skill and experience to pack items safely, and if you’re unable to do so, things can get damaged during transport.

This holds especially true if you’re moving specialty items such as:

  • Hot tubs
  • Safes
  • Pool tables
  • Pianos 

To learn more about moving specialty items, read our post: 5 Reasons to Use Professional Kelowna Movers for Specialty Items.

4. Effective Communication

If your long-distance move requires the help of third-party companies (i.e. other trucking or shipping companies), it’s a good idea to establish contact information for each leg of the journey. This will can greatly reduce stress and provide you with peace of mind throughout the move.

If an issue does arise, you’ll be able to use these contacts to track the whereabouts of your possessions and determine the status of your move.

Long-distance moving requires careful planning to execute properly. The Kelowna movers at Bekins Moving and Storage have a professional network of industry partners to help you move anywhere in the world. Call us to begin planning your move.