Preparing for a Long Distance Move – Part 1

The logistics of a long distance move vary greatly when compared to moving across town or across the street. There is far more planning and forethought required for a long distance move, as well as the need for a larger budget.  As the premier Kamloops movers, we would like to offer the following tips on how to prepare your home and yourself for a long distance move.


Before you even begin the moving process, determine what is going with you and what belongings will not be making the journey.  In a long distance move, you are paying by weight, so the more you take, the more you will be paying.  Think of your move as the perfect time to get rid of the items that you either do not or will not need.

If you are moving from Kamloops to Vancouver, you will not need your snow shovels or snow blower.

Get the Right Movers

Once you have determined what items you are keeping and what items you are not, it is time to find the right movers for the job.  Talk to different companies to see what services they provide and secure a moving date that works for you.  At Pioneer Moving, we consider a long distance move to be over 300 km and have experience with not only across province or across country moves, but also international moves.  We can assist in crating, packing, as well as insurance and export document preparation.

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It is essential that the moving company that you choose understands and can assist you in all aspects of a long distance move.

Get a Head Start

It is never too early to start the packing process.  The packing procedure is more than just stuffing a few belongings in a suitcase.  You will need the following supplies:

  • Heavy duty cardboard boxes, packing tape and a felt marker to label boxes.
  • Newspaper and bubble wrap to protect breakable and fragile items.
  • Heavy duty blankets to protect furniture and appliances during the move.

You do not want to run out of packing materials or boxes midway through your pack.

Start packing all the non-essential items such as seasonal items or clothes that you normally do not wear far before moving day.  Remember to label all boxes and store them in an out of the way area, ready for moving day.

Pack it Properly

Take the extra time to pack belongings properly.  Your items are not just going across town, but will be travelling great distances where they may be jostled or shift.  You want to protect any delicate electronics to prevent damage.

Try to pack similar items together and clearly label each box, so that when you are unpacking you know the exact contents.  For personal items such as bank statements, passports etc. pack these separately in file folders or large envelopes, label and keep with you during the move.

By following these tips, you should be well prepared for your long distance move and can put your time and focus into other important facets of life.  If you would like more tips on how to prepare for a long distance move or are interested in a free long distance quote or a list of some of the moving services that we provide, please contact us today.  We look forward to being part of your long distance moving team.



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