Most people move just a few miles away, maybe to a bigger house further out as their family grows, or to a smaller place once the kids have left. Some of us have a longer way to go, though – maybe across country or overseas – which is a different proposition altogether. There’s more things to consider and, unfortunately, more expense involved.
If you’re moving for a new job, then your employer will help with your costs, but even so, you need to try to keep them down. The best thing you can do is to get a number of moving quotes from companies and then decide pick your favourite.
After that’s settled, you can focus on the other aspects of moving long-distance.
Sort out your new utilities and amenities before you arrive
This doesn’t just mean your broadband and electricity; you need to find and register with a new doctor, dentist, vet and gym. You also need to get the children into their new schools. These are your priorities, as well as transporting your car or arranging to hire or buy a new one.
Use a professional packing service
Your moving quotes should have included this and it’s a false economy to think you’ll save money by doing all the packing yourself. If your possessions are being shipped or driven a long way in a van then they must be properly prepared for these rigours. Let the professionals handle this – it’s worth it in the long run.
Be ready to leave some items behind
For an international move, sometimes the cost of transporting very bulky furniture is more than buying a similar set on the other side. Do the maths (including the emotional cost), as this might save you some money.
You won’t be able to nip back to pick up forgotten items
Moving a long way away means you can’t just pop back to pick up the vase you forgot to pack in time. You need to use an online packing calendar so that your campaign is mounted with military precision. Ideally, you should be all done a day or two before you actually leave, which might be time for a quick city break.