A long-distance house move requires a lot of planning and preparation. There are many factors to consider such as transportation, the route you take and the petrol costs. This is why comparing removal quotes is essential as you need to find a company that will account for all of this.
You will need to find a moving company that hosts a variety of locations. If the company regularly assists with long-distance moves, they will know the best routes to take as well as how to adapt to any problems. They will also have the correct vehicles and will consider the additional petrol costs.
A long-distance journey will also need a thorough packing process to ensure every item is protected during transit. Removal companies that host a range of national locations will be able to store excess boxes and will have vehicles that can cope with longer journeys.
Preparation is key for any house move, but especially one that requires a long journey. When organising your removal plan, discuss the estimated arrival time with your chosen removal company. The process will be a lot smoother if you can arrive at your new home at the same time as them.
If you’re driving yourself, it’s advised you organise breaks to avoid accidents or exhaustion. The AA recommends that you take a 15-minute break every 2 hours. They also recommend dressing your car for comfort and getting fresh air to stay alert. Make sure your essentials are in the car with you and that everyone is fed and hydrated during the journey.
It's also important to consider the reason for your house move as it can impact the specific date and time you need to begin your journey. For example, if you're moving for a new job, your start and finishing dates will dictate your moving day. If you're moving to university, you will need to consider your state date.
For more helpful tips, read how to choose your moving date.
There are several unique struggles to consider when preparing for a long-distance house move with children or pets. It can be a very stressful process for everyone involved so it’s important that you’re organised.
When moving house or moving abroad with pets, it’s important to stay calm. Animals are very aware of your emotions - if you’re stressed, they will be too. Introduce them to the new house and try to arrange shorter car trips before the moving date. This will build their confidence before the long journey.
If you’re moving with children, prepare a moving day bag to ensure they’re entertained and comfortable during the long journey. Pack their favourite toys, snacks, music and clothes to help them settle. You could even work on a list of games to play to help make the journey feel quicker and more fun.
To learn more, read moving house with children and/or moving house with pets.
Our research discovered that summer is the most popular time to move house in the UK. This also makes sense when considering long-distance moves as the higher temperatures and longer days create the perfect travelling conditions.
There is also the opportunity of taking advantage of the school holidays during the summer months. Moving during term time can be stressful for students so many families prefer a summer move to ensure their education isn't affected.
As a long-distance move requires a lot more preparation, it’s understandable why this extra time would be desirable.
For more information, read when is the best time of year to move house?
Most popular months to move house in the UK 2021/22
Comparing removal quotes via a comparison site can save you both time and money, whilst also ensuring you’re connected with the best companies in your local area. By requesting a removal quote you can speak directly to the team to discuss your plan. This will help you receive an accurate estimate for the potential costs included.
During initial contact, you can enquire about additional services that may help with your long-distance house move. Some removal companies will offer packing services which can not only protect your items but also save you a lot of time.
One service that may be of most use to our long-distance movers is self-storage. Some removal companies will offer storage solutions to help you move items in batches. This means you can protect all non-essential items whilst also breaking down the process into more manageable steps.
To learn more, read a guide to moving house storage.
Before entering our network, all long-distance removal companies must pass our verification process. This means they must be covered with both Goods in Transit insurance and Public Liability insurance. We require proof of this before a company can become an official partner. This ensures you and your belongings are completely protected during the house move.
Goods in Transit insurance covers clients for any damage or losses to their personal belongings during the move. Every reputable removal company will have this type of insurance to protect its customers.
Public Liability insurance covers the cost of injury to any member of the public during the moving process. This includes yourself and anyone helping you. Sometimes this policy will also cover the cost of damaged or lost items.
For more information, read a guide to Goods In Transit insurance.
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