Whether for work, retirement or to be close to family, many of us will find ourselves moving from one end of the country to the other at some point in our lives. Whatever your reason, moving long distance takes a bit more planning and consideration than a typical local move. Here’s how best to prepare for your move across the country:
Move in the summer
The summer months provide more daylight hours, meaning you can get more done each day. Plus there’s less chance of having to carry boxes through bad weather.
If you have children, moving in the summer will prevent disruption to their schooling, allowing the kids time to settle in before starting somewhere new.
Plan your journey
Familiarise yourself with your journey before you travel, and plan for rest stops. The AA recommends taking a 15 minute break every two hours, and not driving more than eight hours a day.
Minimise delays by using a satnav or smartphone app that responds to traffic.
If you need to drive over multiple days, book your hotel or Airbnb well in advance to ensure the best price.
Pack the essentials
Load the car with plenty of snacks, music, and entertainment for the children.
Pack a small box with toiletries and a few kitchen basics so your new home will be functional as soon as you arrive.
Choose a national moving company
A large removal company with branches near your old and new address will have strong local knowledge to ensure the best traffic routes are taken, and will be able to manage unforeseen circumstances quickly and efficiently.
Many national moving companies provide local storage facilities to keep your belongings secure for as long as you need.
Pickfords is the UK’s largest removal company. With local branches and storage facilities across the county, we move customers’ belongings from and to every UK postcode. If you are planning a long distance relocation, contact us for a quote or request a call from your local move team.