Living Costs & Relocation Tips if You’re Moving to Surrey

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Just between the Fraser River and the U.S. border is the city of Surrey. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains that gleam at dusk and down, Surrey offers a unique mix of urban and rural life. If you’re planning a move to Surrey, you should be incredibly excited.

However, anyone who has ever moved knows the hassle and time-consuming process that relocating entails. Organizing logistics can be hectic when you’re trying to sell your current home as you’re searching for a new one. On top of that, you’re likely seeking employment while you’re trying to figure out when to give notice at your current job. With all this on your plate, it might not be a bad idea to hire a Surrey moving company to help you do the heavy lifting.

Cost of Living in Surrey

When compared to other places in Canada, the cost of living in Surrey is comparable, and certainly more affordable than Toronto. A one-bedroom apartment costs an average of $971.88 a month, with utilities hovering around $102.46. Gasoline prices are a bit higher than in most nearby cities, at $5.35. Public transportation comes out to $95 a month, which can be a decent alternative to fueling your own vehicle. Groceries run parallel to the national average prices, as do the costs for eating out or paying for entertainment. Overall, Surrey isn’t the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive city to live in.

Moving Tips

The biggest mistake people make when they move is not planning ahead. By planning ahead, we mean months in advance. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the astronomical work moving seems to entail, take a look at our time-incremented checklists below. It’ll make your life a lot easier to work on moving over a broad timespan. Cramming it all together is a surefire way to have a chaotic move. These should give you a good idea of the kinds of to-dos you should be trying to tackle.

1 or 2 Months Before Moving Day

  • Contact a moving company for a free estimate.
  • Keep track of your moving expenses so you can deduct them on your taxes.
  • Inventory your belongings.
  • Gather packing materials if you plan to pack yourself.
  • Organize a garage sale to clear excess clutter and things you don’t want to move.
  • Make travel arrangements like renting a moving truck or booking hotel rooms.
  • Collect your medical records and transfer prescriptions to a new pharmacy.
  • Turn in a change of address forms.
  • Transfer memberships like the gym, church, or other groups.

2 to 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Reserve dedicated use of the service elevator in your new apartment building.
  • Switch your utilities to your new address.
  • Transfer newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  • Confirm your travel reservations.
  • Arrange for a cleaning service to clean your existing home, your new home, or both.
  • Check your safety deposit box and make sure you have a safe place to store your valuables while moving.
  • Start packing and label every box with contents as well as an inventory list and fragile stickers if necessary.

A Few Days Before Moving Day

  • Arrange to leave your keys with the landlord or new owners.
  • Disconnect your appliances.
  • Pack last-minute items.
  • Double-check all rooms to make sure they’re empty.

On Moving Day

  • Make sure your Surrey moving company is clear on your destination address and exchange contact details with the driver.
  • Shut off appliances.
  • Do a final walkthrough with the crew to make sure your instructions were carried out correctly.
  • When you arrive at your destination, walk through the place to ensure everything is in the correct room.
  • Carry important documents and valuables with you and don’t give them to the moving company.
Moving is stressful, and there’s not a lot anyone else can do to fix that for you. However, hiring a moving company can take care of all the heavy lifting. All you’ll have to worry about is getting from point A to point B in one piece. You already have enough on your mind thinking about the details.


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