How To Manage A Long-Distance Move

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With the rise in working from home, you may be thinking about moving to suit your lifestyle rather than your job. Even hybrid workers can now, potentially, move a lot further away from the office. This may be a great decision over the long term. Over the short term, however, it’s going to take a lot of management to make it a success. Here are some tips to help.

Choose your area carefully

House moves typically involve a lot of expense as well as a lot of upheaval. They can also take a lot of time to organize. If you’re thinking about an international move, then the level of cost and effort goes up even further. For all these reasons (and many more), you want to minimize the chances of you making a long-distance move only to end up wishing you hadn’t bothered.

The key to success here is to research your area carefully. Ideally, you want to visit it several times in different seasons and weather conditions. Try to find self-catering accommodation in the areas that interest you so you get more of a feel for how the locals live. See if you can find internet forums where locals hang out and can give you the real-world lowdown on the area.

Bring in professional movers

When you’re planning your moving checklist, moving your belongings is likely to be one line item on a long list. That one line item, however, actually breaks out into a whole long list of separate tasks. They not only take up a lot of brainwork, but they also require a lot of physical effort. Both of these can just eat up time you could use more productively elsewhere.

That said, it’s definitely worth taking the time to choose the right movers. Ideally, you want people with experience in handling long-distance moves. If you’re crossing any state/national borders then it’s advisable to use interstate removalists/international removalists.

You should also think carefully about what you want to take with you. Firstly, check if you can take it with you. There are effectively two parts to this point, the practical and the legal. In practical terms, some items just don’t move well. For example, your favourite garden plants will probably be happier staying where they are.

The legal side typically only applies if you’re moving across a border. You may find that there are some items you just can’t take into your new home. You’ll probably find that there are some items you can take as long as you make special arrangements for them. The obvious example of this is pets. They will often need proof of vaccination and possibly a spell in quarantine.

Recognize the need for closure

Hopefully, the place you live right now has brought you and your family many happy memories. It’s therefore entirely understandable that you may be sad to leave it even though you’re excited for what the future will bring. This also holds true for your children.

With that in mind, make sure that you allow plenty of time for emotional closure on your current home. Let your children visit their favourite spaces and do their favourite things. If possible, record them so they have a visual reminder of the memory. Reassure them that they can keep in touch with their friends and come back for plenty of visits after they’ve moved.

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