Whether you’re moving from a rental into your first owned home, downsizing as empty-nesters, changing neighbourhoods for work, or some other reason, there are a few important tips you should know about moving in Vancouver. The city has a lot of unique elements that can have an impact of your moving experience, so you’ll need to do your research and ensure you (and your moving company) are fully prepared for your move.
Here are 4 tips for moving in Vancouver you need to know:
1: Know the Lay of the Land in Your New Community
When you’re moving in Vancouver, it’s important to get to know the “lay of the land” in the new neighbourhood you’re moving into. We live in a very neighbourhood-centric city, and each little community has it’s own unique features and formalities. When you’re moving, try to learn as much as you can about how things work in whichever neighbourhood you move to.
Are there a lot of cyclists? If there are no bike paths, do cyclists share the road or the sidewalk? Where are the public transit stops? What’s the general etiquette at the local dog park? Which playgrounds are most popular with kids? All of these things and others like them are important to know about your new community if you want to have an easy transition and make a good first impression.
2: It Might Rain on Moving Day – Be Prepared
Living in Vancouver, we all know, means the potential for rain at pretty much any time. Even on your moving day. That means you need to be prepared for any extra steps or preparations you’ll need for rainy day moving. A good moving company will always have floor runners to protect your floors, but you might want to consider additional protections for furniture and boxes in case of rain.
3: It's Critical to Choose the Right Moving Company
There are a lot of Vancouver moving companies out there – but not all of them will be the right choice for you. When choosing your Vancouver mover, you first want to make sure you’re picking a company that knows the city. We all know that traffic and general navigation can be difficult here, so you have to hire movers who know how to deal with all of that with ease.
4: Know the Access Points for your Moving Company
Like we mentioned above, traffic and the layout of streets and neighbourhoods can be a challenge in Vancouver. For that reason, it’s important when you decide to move that you understand and confirm the building access points at both your current and new address for your movers.
A truck may need to be parked outside of your homes for a few hours, and movers will need to be carrying heavy furniture to and from it so it’s very important that you confirm this access will be possible. Make sure to let your movers know about any concerns or special requirements for parking/accessing your home or building. Be sure to ask your movers any questions you may have about access they need!
If you’re planning a move right now and looking for a Vancouver moving company – look no further! Start with a free moving quote from Robust Move and we’ll be happy to continue to guide you through your Vancouver move. We're a fully licensed and insured moving company with a mission to put an end to stressful moves - and to move your items as if they were our own.