Moving from Canada to the US for work! Many challenges ahead

1 Jul by Dr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

Moving from Canada to the US for work! Many challenges ahead

Alt: Moving from Canada to the US for a job.

Key: Moving from Canada to the US

Meta: Moving from Canada to the US for work is probably exciting to you! However, moving to another country brings its own set of challenges.

The US is a land of opportunities, and we guess that you know many Canadians who moved to the US for a better job. However, moving from Canada to the US for work or any other reason has its own set of challenges!

Last time, we checked out what awaits US citizens once they move to Canada, and now, we are going to explore the opposite case!

Moving preparation

Although moving from Canada to the US isn’t as complicated as moving to another country, you still have to prepare well for the move. There are many things you need to manage and take care of, so make sure to have a couple of weeks to do so.

Prepare your documents!

Make sure that all of your documents required for moving to the US are valid and that you have them all. Thankfully, the US doesn’t require too much from Canadian citizens, but you still need to make sure that you can stay and work there.

Moving from Canada to the US for work requires some documents. Check with your employer what you need.

Alt: Talking about moving from Canada to the US.

It would be a good idea to get in touch with your employer about the documents. Your employer certainly has all the details figured out about employee relocation.

Organize your move

Many people skip this part of the moving process, thinking that they’ll have everything figured out when the time for relocation comes, and quite often, they end up not having all they need for the move. This can make them experience moving stress, which can only slow down the moving process. If you want to avoid that, make sure to have everything prepared in advance. And to do so, you will need some moving tips. The Internet is your best friend here as many professionals share their knowledge and expertise online. Just follow the instructions of experts, and you should be good to go.

Not organizing a move in time can lead to a lot of moving stress.Alt: A person stressing out.

The first thing you should do is to roughly calculate your moving expenses. This includes everything from the expected cost of hiring a moving company, expected rent of a storage unit, cost of packing supplies, and so on. Also, it would be a good idea to leave some financial margin for unexpected events since you can never know if something’s going to go south.

Hire moving professionals

If you don’t want to have a modern-day Oregon Trail experience, you should hire someone to move your belongings from Canada to the US. People like that exist, and they are called moving professionals. And yes, you should call professionals to deal with the task of moving your belongings to another country. Neither Canada nor the US is a small nation, and traveling from across the national border on your own can be a tiresome and expensive process.

Try to save some money on relocation

Most moving companies calculate the cost of the relocation by including two factors: the weight of the baggage and the distance traveled. Of course, there are many more factors in play, but those are the two main ones.

People who move far from their homes tend to bring everything they own. This is a classic moving mistake since it can raise the cost of the relocation without many benefits. Many things can be more expensive to relocate than to buy new ones at the new location.

Also, you’ll just be bringing clutter from your old location, and that can be a massive problem if you end up living in a smaller home than your previous one. So, make sure to know exactly what you need to move and be ruthless with unnecessary stuff.

There are a few ways to get rid of the stuff you don’t need.

The first one is a donation. The chances are that you already have a donation center nearby. Check with them if they need anything you own. Clothes and toys are always in demand.

The second thing you can do is to throw away the stuff you don’t need. We recommend doing that only for the items you can neither donate nor sell and for those that won’t be useful to you in any shape or form.

And the last thing you can do with your old stuff is, you’ve guessed it, selling them. We recommend selling your belongings online since the pandemic has virtually destroyed all garage sales. Also, you can find more customers online. With that money, you can cover a good chunk of your moving expenses.

Packing

Packing is one of the most critical parts of the moving process. Many people tend to overlook this process and put most of their stuff into a few boxes or containers. However, this approach is very wrong as you increase the chance of breakage and damage in the moving process.

The first thing you should do is to find proper packing supplies. Thankfully, packing materials are usually not that expensive, and you can get them at the nearest supermarket.

There are many different strategies for packing, but the most common one is a room-by-room system.

A room-by-room system is a very efficient way of packing for the relocation.

Alt: A box with something written on it.

If you don’t have the time and energy to pack your stuff, we recommend checking whether your moving company offers packing services. If that is not the case, feel free to hire professional packers.

Renting a storage unit

One of the most overlooked things when people move is storage options. Sure, you might know how big of a home you will have in the US, but you could never be too sure that it has enough space for all of your stuff.

This is where storage comes into play. With a storage unit, you can be sure that you won’t lack any space once you come to the US. And if you want to kill two birds with one stone, try to find a moving company with storage capabilities. This can make moving from Canada to the US for work much easier and safer.

 

ByDr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

20 years experience in the field of moving and relocation. Sharing tips and expertise in the proper ways to move, pack, and arrive at your destination. Managing Moverzfax.com, the leading consumer protection portal for the moving industry

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