Logistics of long haul moves

Have you ever thought about what might be needed for a long distance move..? Become a monk, give away all your worldly possessions.. Might not be the step you were thinking.

This is some of our stuff ready to go. My family is still packing the last stuff. There is so much in our locker.
I still need to pallet wrap some of the furniture. We will keep our bed up till the morning we rent the truck to get things to the crate.

Where do you start, what options work the best for you? It takes a lot of research and calling around to find a fitting option.

Calling in movers to pack and move your home is one way to go about it. As I found out, not all movers do long haul. They seem to charge by weight so they can give you an estimate but nothing exact on the cost. They can look at all you got and if it is packed up already it is a guess. This can run you for a three bedroom town house with some outside equipment like barbeque, hoses, planter, lawn mower, composter and outdoor patio. $14,000 CAD To move it in Travel time 3 hours 15 min, and store it for 6 days. That is with a toll on the Ferry. For a standard vehicle like our Van is $62.00 plus $18 per passenger. They want a detailed list of what is going and they do a walk through estimate. or they talk on the phone and give you very poor information. When you look up movers for distance on the internet look up ‘Long haul moves’

They have 4 different sizes

You can rent a storage crate, this has many options also. Our neighbor rented from Big Steel Box for their move 12 hr 6 min, 1133 km (704 miles ) from here and they loaded in the crate storage yard. This option worked wonderfully for their family due to not having a place right away to move into. So they stored in in a near by yard and will have it dropped off at the new home.

Not all crate services do long haul. You can have a crate dropped off at your home as long as you have enough space to off load it and pick it up (70 feet). There is a fee for loading and unloading. We need a 20 foot crate. They come smaller but we have lots of stuff. If they can’t drop it off or you want to try to save money your options are to have movers take your stuff to the crate and load it for you, or to load the crate yourself at the yard. 


You can rent a truck, load up your stuff and take it to the crate. That is what we will do. That in our area is $30 CAD plus 47 cents a kilometer plus fill the tank back to where it was.  We got a 15 foot truck, so better than doing it all in the van it will be multiple trips but still faster and bigger than our family mobile.

My guidance to you if you are hoping to save costs is pack all your own belongings. Then try to find a rental truck that has a one way drop off at the end location. Load the truck, drive it and off load it yourself. Downfalls to this is poor health, not having 1 way destination drop off and having to deal with the logistics if you are going on a ferry. Weight truck scales, booking the ferry for an over length and weight truck…

I’m not at the stage in my life that I want to do things all in one day anymore. There is the factor that you are completely liable if anyone or anything gets hurt or damaged.

If you are moving soon, safe travels have a safe end of summer. 

Blogging In The Middle Of Chaos!

So many things went through my scrambled brain this week. I was thinking, do I start the blog with “this blog is brought to you by the letter ‘S’ and the number 13..!” or “Star date April 14, 2022.. Captain’s log..”

My organized chaos.

If you have been reading or even enjoying my blog for sometime you will know sometimes I keep it real, show you the human side of this blogger.

I almost was going to post a short note blog to tell you I will be back in a week or two.. I must tell you being in disorganized chaos with packing an overstuffed townhome as one packing, sorting and repairs. I’m tired, overwhelmed and feeling like there is no light, maybe no tunnel.

Some of this week’s repairs like re caulking a bathtub and changing different ceiling fixtures will be topics for upcoming blogs.

This fan came down without threats of ripping it off the ceiling, blog topic for latter.

This week we changed out old lights and fans to more modern led lighting. I helped a family member paint a room at their house and tried to defrag my living area. I had it down to small boxes of hair things and jewelry, house hold things like door stops and reno junk, kitchen appliances that are older than me, lost toys of younger times, Lego… how do I still have a Ziplock of Lego? Personal hygiene stuff, office thrift store bin… Ziplock of board game pieces that escaped… 

I have no idea how they became separated from their boxes.
Lego in a bag is less scary then in a dark room on the floor.

To say my mountain of donations is growing is an understatement. Finding a good place to donate is not always easy. I like to share in a way that people that need something can do it without financial hardship. I found a cool place that asks for a small fee to come in and people can pick out what they need and love. Clothes 2u really helps people!

New Led light!

In the busyness of my life I was missing plants. They have already gone closer to my ‘hope to be soon new area’. So I sprouted a garlic clove my neighbor gave me so I had something growing near me.. My friends and family are sure I’m a crazy garden person. Perhaps they just think I’m crazy.. I don’t recommend you ask them. I’m sure you will get an ear full. 

Have a great week, if you would like to cheer me up share a moving or reno story..

Packing Books

The last while I have been going through books and deciding what to keep and what to donate. Since some don’t know me, telling you I have books does not tell you the extent of my collection. Let me give you a mental idea of the size of my library. We own 3, 7’ by 3’ (35 inches)  wide bookshelves. We also have several other smaller bookshelves around the house. All of these shelves are full. I would say hundreds fit on one shelf. Tips for sorting packing books

One of our shelves some already off and packed

I always said if the bookshelves don’t fit, I’m not moving there.

That is a lot of books, moving that many books can be a pain. I strongly recommend sturdy boxes. This is the size I have used 12-5/8″ x 16-3/8″ x 12-5/8″. The amount of books that fit in this size makes it very heavy. Fill any gaps with crumpled up paper.  

Some of the photo logs

The best way to know what books are where is to do a photo log of the books packed in the box. Because We have 3 shelves and a number of small shelves I put the shelf number and the book unit number, this will help to make sure when I put them back they go on the right shelves. 

Marked boxes

I also put tape over the holes the shelf pegs go into when I look at the back much easier.  I wrote the shelf number and the unit number on painter’s tape. Then all the hardware I put in a ziplock bag and tape it to the unit before wrapping the unit to move.

Lifting boxes or anything heavy, with your knees hip width apart, bent, put your bottom back without your knees way forward and lift with your legs. and back straight. Hold the box into your body to help reduce the strain on the body and back. I’m not sure how much all the books weighed but wow what a workout! 

A couple years back when we had a flood. that is the three shelves and our books

What books do you love, have you had to pack before? How did you decide what books to give away?