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

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Toronto is known for being one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world. Ontario’s capital boasts excellent job opportunities, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty to do for peplum of all walks of life. Whether you want to indulge your inner foodie or enjoy the outdoors, there’s something for everyone in this city.
If you’re planning to relocate to Toronto in the near future, you should already start planning for your move. Moving to a new city is always tricky, and having a stress-free move is the first step to comfortably settling into your new life.

Cost of Living in Toronto

Toronto has an unfortunate reputation for being a costly city to live in, and this is, unfortunately, true. The housing market has skyrocketed over the past few years. In the last year, the average cost of living has increased by just over $400, primarily due to an increase in rental prices. If you’re looking to rent a one-bedroom apartment, you can expect to pay just under $2,000 per month. A two-bedroom apartment averages $4,000 per month, and prices don’t show any indication of dropping.
Public transit has decreased in cost, and a monthly pass costs $146.35, or you can opt for the Presto pass, which costs $134.10 for a 12-month pass. Groceries are also expensive and are well over the national average. An average man can expect to spend $320 on groceries, which you’ll be buying a lot of since dining out is also expensive in the city. Most people don’t recommend getting a car in the city, instead choosing to rely on public transportation and Uber for those late nights.

Moving Tips

Whether you’ve only moved into your college dorm room, or you’ve spent the past couple of years moving from place to place, moving is a process that never gets any easier. However, most experienced movers suggest that planning and doing stuff ahead of time is the key to having a move that is hassle-free and relatively easy. Here are some of our tips to help you ease into your new Toronto lifestyle.

Set up a schedule

There are plenty of things that you can do ahead of time to ensure that you aren’t overwhelmed on moving day. For instance, you can start by clearing out all the junk that you own and don’t truly need. The less stuff you have, the quicker it will be to pack, transport and unpack on the other end. It will also be significantly cheaper. You can start this purging process well in advance of your move, giving you plenty of time to agonize over whether or not you need that tennis racket that you haven’t touched in years.
Your first step should be to make a list of everything you need to do in preparation for the move. You can divide these up into categories such as things that can be done months before, things that can be done weeks before, days before and on the day. You can use this list to draw up a calendar with deadlines, which will help you keep track of what you still need to do.
A schedule will give you plenty of time to address every aspect of the move, which means that on moving day, all you need to do is sit back and watch the Toronto moving company transport your stuff, and then unpack it.

Pack wisely

A large part of how quickly you’ll get unpacked is how well you packed your stuff. If you’ve just thrown things into boxes without thinking about it, you’ll spend a lot of time wandering back and forth between rooms. Instead, try to organize items by room. Label your boxes according to its contents and the room it belongs in. Doing so helps the movers place them in the appropriate locations. This way, you can unpack them at your leisure.
Also, be sure to pack one box of essentials that you want to be able to unpack when you reach your new house immediately. Think about things like mugs, milk and coffee, bedsheets, towels, and toiletries. Place all of these items into a clearly marked box and make sure that it’s one of the boxes that is loaded last so that you can unload and unpack it first.

Take some time to relax

It may feel like the entire day is just rushing by, but it’s worthwhile to take some time to yourself. Whether you quickly run away for a coffee break or take a drive away from the house, make sure to give yourself some time away from the move, especially when emotions are running high. It may cause a slight delay, but the results are worth it.