Moving from one end of the country to another is a big job and you may be feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness. There is so much to look forward to, but also a lot to think about before you start packing up your things. Moving house locally is fraught with stressors and frustrations and these are only compounded when you add greater distance to the equation.

The good news is that there are some things that you can do to make the move a lot easier. By following the tips below, you will be able to avoid some of the mistakes that many run afoul of when they plan a big move across the country.

1. Plan the transportations well in advance

Moving house is a lot different from going on vacation. You will be taking all of your possessions, packing them up and transporting them across the country. This requires a great deal of planning as you will need time to figure out all of the logistics. You will need to decide on the method of transportation as this will inform you on how you need to pack your things.

2. Planes, trains and automobiles

Deciding on the method of transportation that you’re going to be using, you need to make sure that you have planned everything out perfectly in advance. Renting a truck is one of the easiest options, however, it might not be ideal if you have to travel for several days. Especially if you are not used to driving a truck.

Shipping your possessions and furniture by bus, train or airline is another option but it all comes down to budget. While this may be more expensive, you will save a lot of time and energy this way.

3. Hire the professionals

If you want to get the job done right, it is always best that you get in touch with a team of movers with many years of experience moving across the country. If you are looking for the safest, most affordable and a secure way to move your things then you should go for this option.

4. Make sure that you have set up a mail forwarding service

This is good advice for any move. No matter how far ahead you have planned things or have made sure that you have thought of everything there will always be that one bill that you have forgotten about. Making sure that you have spoken with Canada Post about your move and set up a mail forwarding system will save you from having bills and other correspondence sent to your old address. Not only does this mean that you won’t miss any birthday cards or bills, it also protects you from identity theft.

5. Get rid of things you don’t need

When you cost out shipping your couch across the country it may occur to you that you really don’t like it very much. You can easily pick up something in your new location. The same goes for a lot of your old things. By taking a long look at the things that you are packing you may find that you can leave a lot of it behind, give it to friends and family, sell it, or even put it into storage. This can be very useful for cheaper, yet fragile of large items. An example would be your plates, pots and pans, and other cooking equipment. You could just as easily pick up a new set of plates at your destination so that you don’t need to spend time packing them so carefully.

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Mo is a seasoned traveller and an adventurous spirit who dreams of visiting every country around the world. When he's not travelling, you might find him writing and cataloguing about his recent trips.