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Guest Post: Things To Do Before Moving To Edmonton

Posted by Mani Bagga on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at 5:06pm.

Things To Do Before Moving To Edmonton



A night view of tall skyscrapers in Edmonton, Alberta with a beautiful bridge in the forefront.

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Are you considering relocating to Edmonton, Alberta? You are not the only one. More and more people are discovering how wonderful Edmonton can be and deciding to call this city their home. Whether you're coming from other parts of Canada or somewhere else entirely, Edmonton will welcome you with open arms. There are, however, a few things you must do before moving to Edmonton. We've put together a handy guide that will help you get one step closer to finding your happily-ever-after in this beautiful city.



Get to know all Edmonton has to offer

If you wish to know more about Edmonton before moving here, now is the time. This way, you will avoid purchasing a home and settling down in a city that doesn't fit your needs. Research everything you may think would be beneficial for you and your family.

If you are unfamiliar with the area, familiarizing yourself with the city in which you'll be spending your days is always a smart idea. Look at different neighborhoods in Edmonton and the schools and hospitals located near them. Do not forget the city's surrounding area with scenic views you will never tire of. Check the quality of life you can expect as well as the healthcare system provided to its residents. The current housing market is also quite important for any future homeowner.

While researching, you'll be pleasantly surprised by Edmonton's booming economy, safe neighborhoods, profitable job opportunities, high-quality schooling options, and fantastic healthcare. With so many benefits of moving to Edmonton, you'll want to do so right away. However, there are plenty of other things you must do beforehand.


A day view of a park nearby Edmonton during a sunny day.

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You will be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer when in Edmonton and its surrounding areas.


If you're an expat - understand different visa options

If you are not an expat, this task is not something you should concern yourself with before moving to Edmonton. On the other hand, if you are coming from other countries such as the US, you will have to get acquainted with different ways to get a Canadian residence. Do not worry; there are roughly 148 countries that do require a visa, which is why the Canadian government is striving to streamline the visa application process.

There are plenty of visa types you may choose to go with depending on your situation, such as the following:

  • Student visa: if you want to study in Edmonton

  • Work visa: if you want to work in Edmonton

  • Permanent Residency visa: if you have a permanent job, wish to open a business, or invest in Edmonton

  • Express Entry Program visa: if you have valuable skills that will help the economy

Moreover, you should start researching moving companies as soon as you know that you are relocating. Many people moving here from the US start planning two to three months ahead, and hiring international movers should be your priority. You will need all the help you can get, especially if you're coming from Florida, which is quite far away.


Do your best to find a job

If you haven't already, try to find a job before moving to Edmonton. You will not only have a better chance of getting a visa, but you will also have peace of mind. To have the best possible chances of getting a job, ask for references from previous employers. A letter of recommendation goes a long way when wishing to relocate to a new city. Do your absolute best, research which skills are needed, and apply to as many places as you can. This effort will be worth it once you are settled down in the wonderful city of Edmonton.


A woman in a stylish sitting area having a job interview while sitting on a black armchair.

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You will not have to travel to Edmonton to get a job since most companies offer online job interviews.


Find suitable accommodation

One of the most fun but also stressful aspects of relocating is finding your future home. Whether it is an apartment or house, you should pick the right neighborhood that fits your needs. There are many online resources that can point you in the right direction so you can choose an area that would give you all the amenities you would need. However, you will need to be more prepared if you are looking to buy a house. Whether you will attempt long-distance house hunting or visit Edmonton to do so, you will be happy to know the city has many homes you can call your own. This may make your decision more challenging, but it will also make your chances of getting a dream home that much higher.


Start the school enrollment process

As a parent, you might be wondering when you should start the school enrollment process. The answer is - as soon as possible. You may need to do it before or after relocating, depending on the school you choose. If the school allows online applications, you will need to submit a few important documents, such as your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of custody. Please contact the school for any additional information.


Get your documents and subscriptions in order

Before moving to Edmonton, you must not forget to prepare your documents and subscriptions. You will need to exchange essential documents such as your ID and driver's license in order to fully settle down in Edmonton. To stay organized and on top of all the paperwork, we suggest having separate folders for every member of your household. This way, you will be able to safely move them to the new location and won't have to worry about finding a document you may need. Finally, transfer any subscriptions or contracts to your new address!


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Paperwork and important documents are never fun to deal with but are needed before moving to Edmonton.


Prepare emotionally for the transition

Last but certainly not least, prepare yourself and your family for the big shift before moving to Edmonton. Selling your home, packing, and moving is physically draining, but don't underestimate the emotional impact such a move may have on you. If you are moving with someone, be sure to rely on each other, talk about your concerns, and find ways to cope with stress together. On the other hand, if you are moving by yourself, rely on family and friends around you and keep in mind why you've started this journey in the first place. Having an end goal in mind will always make any task easier to tackle.


As with any other move - you must prepare before moving to Edmonton. Just what do you have to do? Read on and find out.



Guest Author:

Beatrice White

Assistant Editor Marketing | Moving Offices San Diego

1 (619) 406-8157 | San Diego, CA


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