Living Costs and Relocation Tips if You’re Moving to Montreal

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Montreal is one of Canada’s most vibrant and popular cities. People have a high quality of life here, due to the relaxed atmosphere and great indoor and outdoor activities. No matter what you’re interested in, chances are you’ll find it in Montreal.

If you’re moving to Montreal, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll be living in one of Canada’s best cities. However, you first have to get there, and most people find that moving day is stressful at best and harrowing at worst. So why not check out our relocation tips that will help you settle into your new home as fast as possible.

Cost of Living in Montreal

Montreal is Quebec’s largest city and has remained mostly untouched by the skyrocketing housing prices that have gripped other Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto. However, as tighter regulations take over these cities, many investors are looking at Montreal as the next potential housing market.
Luckily, while house prices have been rising, they are still much cheaper than the other big cities in Canada. Tenants can expect to pay around $1,200 for a one-bedroom apartment, or $1,7000 for a two-bedroom. On average, rental prices are $800 cheaper than Toronto and $500 less expensive than in Vancouver. Dining out is relatively inexpensive, as are alcoholic drinks, and you can expect to pay around $70 for a good quality dining experience. You generally don’t need a car in Montreal, as the public transportation system is both affordable and convenient. A yearly OPUS pass will set you back $85 and will cover all your daytime transportation needs. You can also take advantage of the bike-friendly streets, though how viable this is in winter will be up to you.

Moving Tips

The best thing you can do when planning a move is to set up a tailored schedule that accommodates your needs. There are so many little jobs involved in a move that it’s easy to forget about one and then have to deal with it on moving day. By planning out tasks and when they need to be done, you can already eliminate half of the stress of moving.

Find the right moving company

If you’ve decided to hire a Montreal moving company instead of doing the move yourself, you need to do some research to find the right one. A Google search will quickly bring up hundreds of moving companies. Take the time to read through reviews to identify a reputable company that’ll take care of your possessions. Get quotes from as many companies as possible. These quotes have the added perk of forcing you to write up a detailed household inventory, which you can then use to plan your packing strategy.
Make sure to check out recommendations and reviews to find out which companies respond to their customer’s complaints and which ones ignore them. Try to go for a company that has a good track record of both recent and not-so-recent reviews that also engages with its customers. Avoid companies that offer extremely low rates, as they’re probably cutting corners somewhere. It’s also smart to avoid companies that don’t respond to customer complaints. A lack of management feedback is a red flag that they may be unreliable.

Pack smart

How you pack will determine both how easy the move is, and how quickly you’ll be unpacked and settled in your new home. Make sure to pack heavy items in separate boxes to make them easier to carry. Use your larger boxes to transport lighter items that are tricky to move individually. Use useful short-cuts that expedite the packing and unpacking of loose items, like putting your hanging clothes in a trash bag,
Make sure to label every box clearly. If you’re feeling fancy, set up an Excel spreadsheet on a laptop that lists what items are in which box. That will help you find any item quickly when you start to unpack. Pack items away by room, so that you avoid unnecessary back and forth walking in your new home.
Pack all the necessary items, such as towels, bedsheets, and toiletries in one box that is packed last into the truck. It’ll be the first box carried inside, containing all of your most essential belongings.
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