Moving To Canada-What To Expect?

Moving To Canada-What To Expect?

Living in Canada

Blame all those hundreds of Dutch people who emigrate to Canada every year! Who wouldn’t want to live in the second largest country? Canada is known for its seas and beautiful untouched nature. Moreover, you are immediately admitted as an ‘expat’, the Candese who emigrated from origin are very friendly and outgoing . House prices in Canada have increased a bit recently, purely because it is becoming more and more popular to live in Canada. A ‘luck in an accident’ is precisely that renting a house in Canada has become cheaper. Read all about living in Canada!

Culture in Canada

Canada is comparable to America : both countries are immigration countries and therefore have a mix of all kinds of cultures. English and French influence does predominate in Canada. In addition, there is also influence of the Indian and Inuit population. The special thing about Canada is that it is one of the few bilingual countries: both French and English are spoken. English does predominate there: for 63 percent of the Canadian population, English is the mother tongue and for the remaining 37 percent it is USA people.

Because Canada is so multicultural, there is also a lot of room for creativity. This is reflected in the large number of artists, writers and musiciansthat come from here. Canadians aren’t just creative, they’re super friendly! Canadian and Dutch culture is quite similar. Both countries have a culture where the individual is central. Canadian culture, like Dutch culture, is also characterized equality. Everyone gets equal opportunities, which is also reflected in the health care system. A big difference between American and Dutch culture is the difference in ‘masculinity’. You will notice this if you live or work in Canada for longer. In Canada there is still a somewhat more traditional society, where the man works and the woman takes care of the family. Of course this has been changing more and more recently.

Canada has 35,099,836 inhabitants, which is very little when you consider that the country is the second largest country in the world with its 9,984,670 km² area. That automatically means that Canada has natural treasures. There is hardly any country where nature is as pristine as in Canada. You will find extensive forests, rivers, high mountain peaks, endless rolling hills and beautiful beaches on the coast. Canada has a climate of extremes: in the summer it can get quite warm inland, but in winter it is even sometimes measured -40 degrees Celsius. The coastal areas generally have the mildest temperatures, which is why these areas are the most densely populated.

Unlike their neighboring country America, Canada really does have a traditional cuisine. As a vegetarian, you probably won’t like Canadian cuisine that much. Characteristic of this kitchen is the abundance of meat. Canadian cuisine, for example, has many dishes such as meat pies, salmon pies, stews and meatballs in sauce. Furthermore, the maple syrup will not sound unfamiliar to you. This one comes from Canada, from the Canadian Maple.

 

Houses in Canada

Canadian houses are very similar to American houses. A large proportion of Canadian houses are built of wood and almost all have a veranda. The houses are generally all a bit bigger than in the Netherlands. Simply because there is more room for it in Canada. An average house in Canada costs about $160,302. House prices in Canada are of course the most expensive in cities.

Buying a house in Canada is almost a piece of cake. The process is simple and straightforward, but keep in mind that you have to put everything on paper. The best way to find a home in Canada, whether you want to buy or rent it, is through the Internet. Once you have found your dream home, you submit a written offer. It is important to ensure that you have all personal documents with you. Think of recent bank statements and tax returns. Especially as a non-Canadian this is really a requirement. Another important point, as a non-Canadian buyer, is that you must include a 10 percent deposit of the suggested price with your offer.

It is also customary to negotiate the price in Canada. Once you have agreed, this will be officially established in the Offer of Purchase and Sale . This document is then signed both parties and forwarded to the lawyer. The lawyer further finalizes the purchase. Keep in mind that you have to pay a transfer tax when you buy the house. This tax varies between 0.5 and 2 percent of the value of the home.

House prices for owner-occupied homes in Canada are generally quite expensive, although they are still below house prices in Australia. In addition, interest rates are historically low these days. This automatically ensures that many tenants switch to an owner-occupied home. You can also choose to rent a house. The supply of rental properties is now very large in Canada. Landlords try to make the rental of their homes more attractive offering all kinds of extras. Think of a landlord who offers a free parking space or a landlord who supplies furniture.…

Costs of moving internationally in 2020 – Rates & information

Costs of moving internationally in 2020 – Rates & information

Are you moving internationally soon? Then you are probably curious about what moving your household effects will cost you. The costs of an international move depend on various factors and are therefore difficult to calculate, but we have listed the necessary information for you to give you an idea of ​​the costs!

The price structure of the costs of moving internationally

The costs of moving internationally are determined on the basis of several factors. This ensures that no two international removals will have the same price. The price is based on the following factors:

  1. The distance between your current and new home;
  2. The volume of the household effects to be moved;
    • TIP: to calculate the volume in cubic meters yourself, you can easily use Our Volume Calculator .
  3. The move date . Weekends and holidays are popular. You therefore pay more for the move due to the high demand;
  4. The accessibility of the house (s) . The closer to the home the moving van can park, the less time the move will take. This can make a difference in costs. Does a parking permit have to be arranged? Then this quickly costs several hundred euros, how to take this into account;
  5. The use of a moving lift . Can not all furniture be brought down via the stairwell? Or do you live in an apartment and there is no elevator here? Then the moving company can use a moving lift to get the furniture down quickly;
  6. The type of transport . Do you choose to have the contents transported plane? Then there is a bigger price tag than moving land or freighter;
  7. The time between booking the move and the execution . The further you book the move in advance, the less you pay. A last-minute move can be an expensive joke;
  8. Insurance . We will always recommend that you insure your belongings properly when you move abroad . Insuring your household effects during transport costs approximately 2% of the value of your household goods for most movers. Are your household effects worth $30,000? Then the insurance will cost you around $600. Does the container ship on which your contents were located sink? Then you are insured for the full amount. Therefore recommended;
  9. Additional options and services . Do you choose to let the moving company pack the boxes, have the furniture (dis) assembled and, for example, have lamps removed from the ceiling? Then you will see this reflected in the costs. 

Our tips to avoid paying too much

  1. Do not move too much and opt for groupage . This means that part of the container is filled with your household effects. The space in the container that is left is filled with the contents of others. The costs of international relocations are largely determined volume, so groupage is considerably cheaper than relocating a full container. We love that !;
  2. Start planning on time and book your move far in advance . The further ahead you can book the move, the cheaper you will be. A last-minute move is often more expensive. Booking earlier also saves you a lot of stress, so win-win;
  3. Help with the move yourself or arrange help for the move day. By doing more yourself, you not only save on the hours of the movers, but also on the extra services that you would otherwise have to purchase. You probably still have family members who can be persuaded to help you 😉

Finding international moving companies

Now that you have an idea of ​​the costs, the next step is of course to find a suitable moving company . You can compare moving companies via this website, but are you especially curious about which international moving companies are known as the best in the USA? Take a look at our Top 12 international moving companies in the USA. This list has been compiled on the basis of independent research and consumer reviews.…

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