Moving to Kelowna

Moving to Kelowna

Dan Shipley

Layer Cake Mountain in Kelowna, BC” by Ryan Van Veen Photography is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Have you always wanted to move from the Lower Mainland to the Okanagan Valley, and now it’s really happening?

Kelowna is a small city of 150,000 that spreads along the shores of beautiful Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, mountains, pine forests, vineyards, and orchards.

With this kind of surroundings, it’s an outdoor lover’s dream — a fact you might already be aware of.

But have you heard of Ogopogo, the mythical creature that some people say swims the depths of this very deep lake?

Stories about the creature from First Nations people date back to well before European settlers ever arrived in British Columbia. “Ogopogo” is a word derived from n ̓x̌ax̌aitkʷ in the Okanagan People, who believe it is a spirit that takes on the form of an aquatic serpent. 

Does this kind of thing excite you? Are you ready to pack your binoculars and hiking boots to make the move to Kelowna in hopes of catching a glimpse of the beast? You might find that there is a lot more to deal with than you thought.

The team at Robust Move is experienced in long-distance moves and is ready to answer any questions you might have.

7 of the most frequently asked questions from people making a long-distance move, asked and answered:

  1. I have some very expensive or sentimental items to move; so what about insurance?

Robust Move is licensed and fully insured, so no matter what items you may be concerned about, you can be confident that when you move with us you will be covered. 

  1. What can be done to protect these expensive or fragile items so they will survive the long trip in the back of a truck?

The experienced professionals at Robust Move can provide special boxes for the items and wrap them securely with shrink wrap. They always move them with care and ensure that they are well secured in the truck.

  1. What is the best time of the year to make a long-distance move?

There are many great reasons to choose different times of the year to move, and deciding what time is best depends on your individual circumstances.

Maybe you have children which makes spring and summer the best time for you because you can take advantage of their vacation time. Moving when the weather is nice can also be much easier.

However, if you choose to move in fall or winter, you can take advantage of off-season rates.

  1. What kind of items are not allowed on the truck when moving a long-distance?

Unfortunately, to provide you with a safe and efficient relocation to your new home, there may be certain items that need to be left behind. These items include paints, propane cylinders, aerosols, perishables, and more. 

The experts and Robust Move can give helpful advice on which items are not ok to pack on the truck.

  1. How soon should I start planning the big move?

The simple answer is – right now! If you know for sure that you’re moving, or even if you’re just considering it, there are many things to take care of. Even though you may be hiring a professional moving company, there are many things you can begin doing now. 

You can get a head start by sorting through your belongings and purging. Arrange to have your utilities transferred, fill out all your change of address forms, and perhaps learn some fun facts about the new community you’re moving to!

  1.  I have a lot of items to pack. What if I’m unable to do all of it myself?

The task of packing everything up for a long move can be time-consuming and very tiring. Maybe you just don’t have the extra time or energy. You want to have it done right so that your belongings are packed safely.

That’s where Robust Move Packing Service comes in. We can handle all your packing, whether it’s large, bulky, or fragile items, we know how to pack it all securely to prevent damage. And we save you even more time because you don’t have to go out and purchase all those packing materials yourself!

 7.  What if I can’t take everything with me right now, and I need to leave some items behind to be shipped later?       

There can be many reasons you might need to leave some of your belongings behind temporarily. Maybe you’re moving to a smaller house or apartment and you need to downsize. You’re making a temporary move and you want to keep those items. Or you’re just unsure about some stuff and just can’t make the decision right now. Robust Move is aware of these possible circumstances and so we provide an optional Storage Service that helps you deal with these issues.

We’ve partnered with Maple Leaf Storage to provide you with storage lockers of all sizes to accommodate furniture, boxes, and more. Plus you can save 35% on storage when you book through Robust Move!

Now that we’ve answered some of your questions you can get back to thinking about all the great things to expect when you move to Kelowna!

Here is a list of the top ten:

  1. Great weather – hot, sunny summers and cold, snowy winters
  2. Outdoor activities – camping, hiking, walking, cycling
  3. Recreation – golfing, skiing, boating on the lake
  4. Jobs – one of the top job markets in Canada
  5. Great views – much of the city is built on hillsides so you can see it all
  6. Affordable – housing is more affordable than in other major cities
  7. Friendly – people always say Hi and are willing to help their neighbours
  8. Culture – Kelowna is vibrant with history, arts, events, and restaurants
  9. Education – many great schools and colleges for your kids
  10. Wineries – Kelowna is becoming known as a top wine destination

Retiring in Kelowna. Kelowna has a thriving younger population but it’s also one of the top-rated Canadian cities to retire in Canada.

Are you planning a  move to Kelowna to retire? Do you want to take advantage of the great public transit, plenty of doctors, beautiful scenery, and peaceful surroundings?

Perhaps you’re downsizing to move to one of the great independent living centres that can be found in Kelowna.

You have a lifetime of belongings to pack, and you may have to part with some of them. Other family members might also be involved with the move.

We’re aware that for seniors it is more than just a move. We want your transition to your new home, in a new city, to be stress-free.

The professional staff at Robust Move is aware of the many concerns that might arise with senior moves. You can take comfort in letting a 5-star moving company take care of it all for you.

Are you moving your company to Kelowna to take advantage of the thriving local business community there?

When packing up an office or other commercial space for a long-distance move to another city, there are many concerns beyond just the physical move itself. 

Your mind will be occupied with issues like transitioning or acquiring new staff, possibly buying new equipment, and a myriad of other concerns that come along with running a business.

At Robust Move we’re always ready for commercial moves.

You’ll be busy taking care of everything else that’s needed to make your business transition seamlessly. You can count on us. We’ll make sure your items get packed and moved safely and securely.

Don’t let your commercial move suffer from a lack of organization. This can lead to lost or damaged items which can cost your business in terms of downtime and replacements.

  • We know how to properly pack office furniture like oversized desks and equipment into the truck for safe delivery.
  • We make sure every item is accounted for so you’re not left looking for items later.
  • We do this kind of move every day and we know how to move even the most sensitive pieces of equipment.

Whether you’re heading to a larger office or a smaller office, we’ve got it handled. Whatever your commercial move needs, we’re committed to making it happen fast and without the stress.

That’s what we’re all about at Robust Move. Commercial moves with local expert movers willing to give your move the time it deserves. Simple, hassle-free, and dedicated to serving our business community: that’s us!

Your move to Kelowna in the beautiful Okanagan Valley is just over the horizon and we can make it happen without any worries!

If you’re looking for long-distance movers from the lower mainland to Kelowna who have what it takes to provide you with a stress-free and affordable move – while answering all of your questions along the way – you should go with Robust Move!

If this long-distance move FAQ was helpful to you, then give us a call at (604) 389-3333. Visit our contact page with any further questions or to get a quote, or visit our location at 167-71 West 2nd Avenue Vancouver BC.