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Tips for long-distance house moves across the UK

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When you’re moving a long distance 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 to move across the UK

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 removals 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. Their local knowledge will ensure the best traffic routes are taken and the crew will be able to handle any unforeseen circumstances quickly and efficiently. After the move, the local team will be able to collect any leftover packing materials and take any items for storage to their nearby storage facility.

Read our guide to choosing the right removals company for more advice. 

Plan your journey

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 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.

For more moving tips, make sure to look around our Moving Advice Centre. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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