While moving home is always an incredibly exciting prospect, the extensive planning can often somewhat dampen the move. Every property move takes immense preparation, but even more so if you are taking your venture just that little step further and moving long distance. Whether you are beginning a new chapter in a different town or perhaps even overseas, the more advice you get your hands on, the more organised you can become. Our top ten tips for planning a long distance move will be the perfect place to start!
10 Tips For Planning A Long Distance Move
Moving to a brand new location does make the process a little more tedious. However, it doesn’t mean that it must make your last few weeks in your existing property filled with stress. The long-running rule is that the earlier you begin the process, the more leeway you will give yourself and will avoid a last-minute rush. Rushing is one of the biggest culprits for causing you to forget minor details, so always aim to keep yourself cool, calm and collected.
With this in mind, we have devised a full guide to planning a long distance move filled with absolutely everything you may need to ensure that you never miss a beat!
1. Overestimate Preparation Time
As mentioned above, a long distance move requires meticulous planning, and there are several steps involved. To avoid overwhelming stress in the final weeks, always overestimate the amount of preparation time you think you’ll need. While you may feel as if you are ‘too organised’, the more time you allow yourself, the more time you have to focus on ensuring that every step is completed thoroughly before moving onto the next.
The recommended preparation time for a long distance move is 16 weeks. However, there are no limitations to how much this can be extended. In fact, completing steps such as hiring a removals company or finding an insurance provider will be easier in advance as there will be plenty of availability.
2. Manage Your Money
Before you can delve too deep into planning your big move, it is imperative to take time to determine your budget. Without a budget, you are likely to overspend and lose control over expenses. The last thing you want to be faced with when beginning your next chapter is a host of debts and forgotten payments. When considering a budget, remember that these are all costs associated with the move itself – not the purchase of your property or furniture.
The distance between your old and new property will be one of the most influential factors of your budget. Generally, the further you move, the more expensive the process will be. Consider whether you will be driving or flying to your new location, along with how your items will be transported. List all expenses you will need to pay out for and place an estimation next to it. Again, overestimation is better than underestimation. You can find a full guide on how to set a moving budget on Removals Reviews.
Another aspect of money management is getting in-home moving estimates. An in-home moving estimate involves a visual survey of all items that you plan to move. They will then provide you with an accurate price of your total move. Updater has a fantastic guide on everything you need to know about an in-home estimate.
3. Create A Schedule
Creating a detailed schedule will never fail you. Whether you prefer to have physical copies of plans or use technology to create digital alternatives, it’s essential to find an organisation method that works for you.
Spend time during the initial stages devising a list of everything you need to remember in order to move with ease. Included can be anything from purchasing packing materials to arranging storage. Once you have brainstormed, place each task in order of priority with a deadline date next to each. You could even consider purchasing a large calendar for all moving reminders – we love the selection on Calendar Club!
Strictly stick to your schedule. Don’t be tempted by the ‘it can wait until tomorrow’ mindset as before you know it, you behind schedule with just a few days to spare.
4. Arrange Insurance
Regardless of how valuable your items are, insurance is imperative to protect your move. Always double-check whether your current home and auto insurance covers moving property and if so, what distance you are covered for. If you are not insured, then you most definitely want to consider researching into a more comprehensive policy that will provide you with full cover at all times. You can find more details on this topic on the MoneySupermarket website.
5. Consider Storage
For those who are downscaling their property during their long distance move, considering storage is vital. Unfortunately, a smaller home does mean that there will be less room for your belongings. You will need to spend time deciding what items you aim to keep, throw away and place into storage.
Storage is a fantastic option, particularly if you opt for a unit that is nearby to your new home. Units vary based on requirements and come alongside extensive security measures to ensure that all of your items are in safe hands. Davis & Mac specialise in both storage and removals in Kensington, meaning not only can belongings be stored but also picked up from a location of your choice.
6. Decide How To Move Belongings
Now that you have a schedule to work from and a budget set, you can begin ticking tasks off the list. The first of which should be arranging how your belongings will be transported to your new home. Options include the following:
- Moving items independently – If you would prefer to move your own belongings, you would most definitely benefit from hiring a van. In doing this, you can avoid taking multiple trips, and larger furniture can be transported with ease.
- Hire a removal company – With years of experience providing removals in Hammersmith, we would highly recommend hiring a professional for an extra pair on hands. A removals company will be able to save you a considerable amount of time, excluding the need to worry about packing or loading your belongings.
- Shipping belongings – For those who are moving overseas or to a location that would take hours via driving, shipping items would be ideal. While air cargo is a little more costly, it is fast, efficient and almost guaranteed to get to your new home on time. The Spruce has a great guide on shipping belongings for more information.
7. Notify Everyone Of Your Move
While, of course, your friends and family will be the first to know about your move, there are a few others that will need to be notified. Any organisations that send important mail to your home must be informed of your new address, along with those responsible for legal documentation. Ensuring that you tell all those who tend to send letters will avoid your information from getting into the wrong hands. One of the most common causes of identity theft is confidential paperwork being delivered to the incorrect address, so don’t forget to put this task on your ‘to do’ list.
BBC Home has put together an incredibly helpful checklist which includes everyone you need to contact before moving into your new home. Health, finance and motoring categories are all included.
8. Begin Packing In Advance
Packing is going to be one of the most tedious and time-consuming steps of the moving process. The earlier than you can begin getting all of your items organised, the fewer tasks you will have to tackle nearer to the time.
Once items are packed up, you want to avoid re-opening boxes until you arrive at your new home, meaning it is always recommended to begin with the belongings that you use the least. Daily essentials, toiletries and personal necessities should all be left until a few days before the move.
Aim to organise your belongings as you go along to make the unpacking process as quick and easy as possible. Throwing items that do not quite correlate into one big box will make it considerably harder to get your new home organised. Instead, pack boxes by room. For example, all cutlery, utensils and cookware should be kept together. Ensure that every box is clearly labelled so they can be put straight in their relevant room when you move in.
Throughout the packing process, keep in mind that boxes will be travelling further, which means that items require additional protection. Opt for packing extra fragile valuables together layered with bubble wrap, newspaper or old cloth. More information on packing fragile items can be found on The Moving Blog.
9. Downsize Belongings
Having to filter through and pack up every belonging in your home gives the perfect opportunity to downsize. Especially if you opt for beginning the process in advance, you will have plenty of time to meticulously clear out every room. Not only is clearing out old, unused belongings great for simplifying the unpacking process, but it’ll also lower the price of your moving estimate.
When filtering through your belongings, separate your items into three categories:
- Keep – Everything that you absolutely must keep.
- Throw Away – Old items that are in bad condition and have no likelihood of a second life. Check whether these can be recycled on the Recycle Now website.
- Donate/Sell – Belongings that are in fantastic condition, but you have no personal use for anymore.
10. Explore The New Area
Settling into a new home is hard at the best of time, but even more so when you are in an unfamiliar city, town or village. With this in mind, amongst all of the hustle and bustle of moving home, take some time out to explore your new area. Take a wander around the local high street, find restaurants, shops or activities that you’d quite like to revisit post-move.
Along with the leisure aspect of exploring, also spend time locating a new healthcare provider. Ensure that all family members have been registered at a local doctors surgery, and all of their medical records are ready to be transferred.
If you have children, it is also essential to find a new school for the younger family members. To make sure that you keep disruption at a minimum, aim to coincide your move with the Summer holidays. In doing this, not only will children have a chance to settle in before starting school, but it also means that they will join on a new academic year.
Long Distance Moving Made Easy!
While we cannot guarantee that moving long distance will be entirely stress-free, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that the overall process runs smoothly. Always begin your preparations as early as possible, allowing yourself plenty of time to remain organised and on schedule.
We wish you the best of luck with your new chapter!