Sunday, November 25, 2007

Latest thoughts on our plans

We're thinking that we'll "land" within the time frame of the last week of January to the first two weeks of February (2008). For the actual Big Move, we're looking at April or July, leaning a bit toward the latter. There's more going on here in Seattle for us than expected, so I'm grateful that there's some flexibility in when we actually move. We are anxious to get the landing over with so that clock is not ticking loudly (has to be done by June 7 for us I believe).

We're still trying to decide how we'll actually accomplish the move. We'd like to get "professional" movers to load the truck but then have a friend take it (and us) across the border. We could either unload the truck with paid help on the other end or do it ourselves. Then our friend would take the truck back to the U.S. Yes, I know there are day-laborers one can hire, but I want people that are experienced and know how to pack a moving truck correctly. I don't want to have to supervise the loading (in detail).

The above is a compromise between having it all done professionally, which troubles us because of the border-crossing issue and the stories we've heard about getting stuff out of customs, and doing it all ourselves in which we don't feel very secure. This compromise allows us to stay with our belongings as we cross the border. We still don't know if what we want is even possible; we need to do more research.

I sway in and out of being excited and being anxious. Right now, there's a lot of non-Canada stuff going on and it's kind of taking the wind out of the sails. But soon enough we'll be on our voyage to a new home along with our hopes and dreams.


Blogger West End Bound said...

Hey guys, it looks like you will be landing the same time as us. We are looking at flying up 2/10 for a week or so. Obviously not bringing any "treasures" but will get the paperwork done, anyway. Also, guess we'll go ahead and apply for medical plan coverage, etc.

In April or May we won't be moving all of our stuff - you've seen the place, there's no room! - just the basics.

Have you done any apartment searching yet?

4:09 PM, November 25, 2007  
Blogger L-girl said...

Why don't you want professional movers to do the whole thing? It's expensive but I thought it was so worth it.

1:49 PM, November 27, 2007  
Blogger Tom said...

We're using Pods because we have to sublet before our condo is ready. Most of our winter clothing is in Mason and Nick's basement which we brought up last week.

The POD can be dropped off anytime and loaded at your leasure. They move the contents to Canada with your own lock on the box. In our case we have to go meet a customs officer and release the goods and PODS will store the container in Mississauga until we want it delivered.

7:24 AM, November 30, 2007  
Blogger Vancouver Isle Doug said...

Hello there,
I just found your blog and enjoyed the read. My hubby and I landed Oct. 9 this year after a 27 month process that at times left us frustrated. We are on Vancouver Island, about 45 minutes west of Victoria, in a lovely little town with awesome views of WA state. We rented a U-haul and drove up from WI, towing my car on a trailer with the hubby leading in his car with the dog and cat. It was quite an adventure but SO worth it. Everyone here has been fantastic and we are just another married couple in town - AWESOME! Congrats to you for the approval, and for hanging in there. If you want to touch base let me know. And Good Luck with the move!!!

4:40 PM, December 13, 2007  
Blogger Tom said...

OK Guys, it's been almost 4 months. We are way overdue for an update

9:11 AM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger West End Bound said...

We're with Tom . . . .

7:01 PM, February 07, 2008  

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