Moving to a new town or city is a significant life event, and it can be stressful. Not only do you have to learn the layout of a new city, but you also have to make new friends and get used to a new job. But this is far from the biggest stressor: the ordeal of actually moving. Prepare for your move by hiring a reputable Ottawa moving company. Hiring a team of movers will expedite the process and allows you to enjoy your first day in a new city.
Cost of Living in Ottawa
Ottawa is a diverse and multicultural city situated on the banks of the Ottawa River. It’s an hour away from the US border and two hours away from Quebec. Ottawa is consistently rated as having one of the highest standards of living of any large American city. Worldwide, Ottawa is ranked as the 14th best city to live in. It’s the second-cleanest city in Canada and boasts a diverse array of indoor and outdoor activities, catering to anyone’s interests and needs.
Large Canadian cities have a reputation of being almost prohibitively expensive to live in, but Ottawa is only slightly above the national average. Apartments are available to rent from between $700 and $1,400, depending on the location and size of the apartment. Luckily for tenants, utilities are commonly included in the rental price. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, be prepared to pay a bit more than you’d like. A pint of beer can set you back as much as $9 if you’re in a popular and touristy area.
Everybody dreads moving day. It’s stressful, expensive, and physically and emotionally draining. Unless you can afford a moving company that does everything, including packing and unpacking your belongings, you’ll likely have to sweat a bit yourself. The best thing you can do to handle your moving day like a pro is to plan ahead. Make sure you’re as ready as you can be when moving day finally arrives.
Declutter your life
The less stuff you have, the less you have to pack and later unpack in your new home. Take the opportunity to declutter your life and get rid of items that you haven’t used and most likely never will. You can follow some sorting rules to decide whether an item is something you want to keep, throw away or donate. Many of us have a ton of clothing that we don’t often wear, so why not donate it instead? While packing, you’re likely to encounter many other items that you haven’t used in the last year. A good rule of thumb is to either donate or throw out these items.
Get the right packing material
What you pack your items in can matter as much as how you pack them. Make sure to get boxes of all shapes and sizes, and always get a couple more than you think you need. Also stock up on protective materials, such as packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and protective sleeves to ensure that all your fragile items arrive safely. Make sure you have enough tape to close up all your boxes and consider investing in a tape gun to make the process even easier. Markers are an essential moving tool. They allow you to label all your boxes, so make sure to have at least a couple of new ones on hand on moving day.
Have a schedule
There are many aspects of a move that you can handle weeks, if not months in advance. Make sure to cancel any utilities and subscriptions at your old address, and update your details for anything that requires a home address. You can use the weeks beforehand to scout out the perfect Ottawa moving company as well as start using up all the frozen foods in your fridge.
If you like lists, make up a list of things that need to be attended to before the move and put it up somewhere where the whole family can see. Having a visual reminder will help you stay on track and tackle those things that still need to be done before moving day.