Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, ranks frequently as one of the world's most livable cities, and it was frequently ranked as one the best city to reside in North America. Being one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Canada it has an estimated population of about 610,000 of which above 50% of its residents do not speak English as their first language, hence making the city linguistically and ethnically diverse.
Many factors make life, living in Vancouver, an explorative one. The coastline of the city offers great beaches and amazing views and the mountains shows snow sports and hiking trails. Vancouver is special due to its settings; it’s surrounded by the mountains and the sea. It has a metropolitan area and to some extent provides its residents the best of nature. As a new resident who wants to reside in Vancouver, you need to know all it takes to know about the place ranging from the weather to the cost of living.
New residents usually have a tougher time adjusting due to Vancouver’s relatively high cost of living. Vancouver is among the least affordable cities to live in Canada. Many residents pay over 50% of their wages towards their rent or mortgage. If you are planning on renting a 3 bedrooms apartment in city center, you should be expecting rents within the ranges of 1,800 to 2,700 CAD and you should not be forgetting about the utilities too.
Here is a short list of things you need to do when moving:
The Pre-moving stage:
- Start by creating a budget as moving will take a toll on your bank account. Creating a budget and a savings plan will help ease of the pressure of moving as there would be many unforeseen payments to be covered.
- Go through your belongings and start getting rid of the things you do not want or have any need for (hint: If you haven’t used it in the last five years then you don’t need it). It would make more sense to sell some outdated items then to ship them. Don’t forget to factor in what you might save in time, money, and energy.
- Schedule a cancelation or transfer date for all your utilities: gas, electricity, internet, water, etc
- Decide on if you want the move to be all done in a day or in batches. Things you should consider include, the amount of things you own, the number of movers/helpers, your schedule for the following day, etc. If moving in batches is the better option for you then you should consider where you would want to sleep for that night? If you are planning on sleeping in the new place then you should move the bedroom first and vice versa if not.
- Examine your new place carefully for parking spots, hallways, stairs elevators. It would help if you could carry along a measuring tape and note down the sizes of the space you would move to. Examine your environment for restaurants and restrooms as they would come in handy on the moving day. Measure all your big furniture and make important decisions on the things that would be hard to move or that would hardly fit in the hallways or elevators of your new apartment. Any misjudgments on the measurements could potentially halt your moving day and turn all that excitement you had into anger and frustration.
- By using the best strategies for packing, you should be done packing few days earlier to your moving day, remember to label each box with what’s inside. It would be easier if you pack by room to make unpacking easier. Put all your essential things that would have everything that you would need for your first night in your new place in a box and label it accordingly. To ensure you are packing as efficiently as possible, it is recommended to follow a packing checklist to keep you on track
- Ask your new landlord to reserve a parking spot on the moving day.
- If you aren’t planning to bring along your kids with you on moving day you should consider getting a nanny or a friend to care for them.
- Arrange temporary storage if you are moving into a smaller space.
- Check the weather a day earlier and make proper arrangements accordingly. Make sure you have a backup plan for if things don’t go as planned.
- Wake up earlier than usual and eat a good healthy meal. Don’t forget to prepare some snacks for the day as you will be using up all your energy since you will be doing a lot of manual labor.
- Avoid moving in rush hours at all costs, rush hours at Vancouver are usually between 7am - 9am and 3pm - 6pm Monday to Friday.
- Get a head start or ask your friends to be there earlier and unlock the apartment/house before you arrive.
- Make sure you take pictures and detailed notes of your apartment as this would be important when it comes to getting your security deposit back.
- Deal with the hardest tasks first and prioritize the larger household furniture as these items would be the hardest to deal with when it comes to its weight or maneuvering it in tight spaces. Doing this will ensure you that by the end of the day you would have fewer things to worry about and less intense things to move around. This also helps to give you plenty of time to account for problems early in the process with things not fitting. As mentioned earlier either start with the bedroom if you are planning on sleeping at your new place.
- Remember to tip the movers and invite your friends who helped out for dinner if possible.
Moving days are packed with emotions of excitement, fear, and worry. The day could easily turn into a nightmare if things go wrong as many things are to be considered and many little details could be easily overlooked. Detailed planning should be made prior to moving (at least a month) to avoid the major issues that might occur.