Moving home can be a very stressful process. I’m sure anyone who has ever moved house will know that, and they will probably tell you that it’s something that they never want to experience again! But what’s worse than moving house? The answer has to be a long-distance move. If you are moving to a different side of the country, then there will be a lot more than you need to consider, and it will take quite a bit more planning as there will be more details that need to be ironed out. But don’t panic just yet, though, if you are indeed in the process of planning a long-distance move. Here are a few tips that will make it a lot less stressful.
Don’t Waste Time With Your Planning
You shouldn’t delay with your planning at all. If you do leave this until the last minute, then the planning will be a very rushed job, and you could end up forgetting some important points. You might also not have enough time to book important services, like a removal firm, as they could already be booked up on the day of your move.
Consider A Clear-Out
Now is the perfect opportunity to go through all of your belongings and see if there are any old or unused items that you can get rid of. Ideally, you want to move as little as possible, and clearing out all your stuff can help you with this. If the things you want to get rid of are still in quite a good quality, then you could always try to sell them or donate them to a local charity shop.
Research Different Moving Companies
You will almost certainly need to book one of the local moving companies that operate in your area to help you with the move. After all, you won’t be able to squeeze in all your furniture and packed boxes into your car! It’s worth getting a few different quotes from moving companies to see which is going to be the better value for your money.
Don’t Move During Peak Season
As with most industries, the moving sector has high and low seasons. Generally speaking, high season will be throughout the summer months when the kids are off school, as most parents will want to move before the new school year begins. Other school holidays should also be just as busy. So, if you want to move for as cheaply as possible, it’s best to move during off season, which is usually when the kids are at school. You will also find that midweek moves are a lot cheaper than moving at the weekend.
Know Your Rights As A Homeowner
The moving company that you go with will have a certain set of responsibilities to look after your belongings while they are in transit. If anything does go wrong, you will need to know your rights so that you know exactly what you can claim for.
I hope your long-distance move goes smoothly!