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Tips for long-distance house moves across the UK

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When you’re undertaking a long-distance move across the UK, whether it’s for a new job, to be closer to family, or simply to enjoy new surroundings, there’s more to consider than with a regular move. That said, there are many things you can do to make the big move as stress-free as possible.

The best time for long-distance moves

Wherever possible, you should look to move long distances in the summer. If you have children, this prevents disruption to school, and allows them to settle in before starting somewhere new.

Plus, having more daylight hours will mean you can get more done each day. And there’s less chance of having to carry boxes through wind, rain and snow!

Choosing a long-distance moving company

If you’re moving long distances, it’s best to pick a removals company that has branches at both your old and new address. A company that offers nationwide relocation services will have local knowledge to ensure the best traffic routes are taken and the crew will be able to handle any unforeseen circumstances quickly and efficiently. After the move, your long-distance moving company will be able to collect any leftover packing materials and take any items for storage to their nearby storage facility.

Plan your long-distance move

You’ll need to plan your journey so you will meet your movers at your new home at the right time. To prevent any additional charges from unforeseen delays, you can invest in a late key waiver or cancellation waiver with your long-distance removal company.

Make sure to map out your journey well in advance, and plan any rest stops. The AA recommends taking a 15-minute break every two hours, and not driving more than 8 hours in a day. You might need to plan an overnight stay — book your hotel in advance to get the best price.

If you are travelling with pets, you’ll need to schedule extra time for water and toilet breaks. Children will also need more bathroom breaks, so don’t forget to factor this time in.

And it’s extremely important you remember to pack your car with all the essentials. You don’t want to be digging through boxes to find the kettle when you arrive, and you’ll want your important documents with you at all times.

Related Article: Choosing the right removals company.

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