If you’ve ever moved home, you know just how stressful an experience it can be. Packing, deadlines, everything lining up just right so you can get into your house on time.
We’re all well aware about turning on utilities once we reach our destination and filling out a change of address form so that we don’t miss any important post, but when you’re doing a long distance move other factors can come into play that can make getting from here to there a bit trickier.
Here are some tips to make your long distance move a little easier.
1: Maximise space in the moving van:
This may seem like an obvious piece of advice that goes for any kind of move (and that is definitely true) but moving cross/out of the country can rack up big money fast If you’re not careful. As a result decluttering is an absolute must, so if you don’t love it or need it there is no sense in bringing it with you. Everything in that van is costing you money, make it worth it.
2: Pack soft items in heavy duty black bin bags:
It’s not glamorous, but it is smart. Filling heavy duty black bin bags with soft items such as duvets, pillows, stuffed toys etc. and using them as space fillers/cushioning for more delicate items could save you a small fortune on packaging. If you’re concerned about keeping items clean and protected, double up the bags, then tie and tape them shut. Always remember to note the contents to save yourself stress at your destination.
3: Move in the off season:
While it’s not an option for many people, moving companies tend to charge more during their busy Summer moving season than they do in Autumn, Winter and Spring. If you’re flexible with your moving dates you can you can save yourself a decent sum of money by moving off season.
4: Do your research:
Before moving country, always do your homework. You can do this through several channels be it Googling online, chatting in forums or talking with people who live or have been in your chosen destination. It’s important to know what has to be done when you arrive and where you have to go to do it.
5: Pick one or two items that make anywhere feel like ‘home’:
Feeling homesick is awful and while you may have grand plans about getting rid of all your old stuff and kitting out your new place, it’s always comforting to have a little reminder of home for those moments of insecurity. It could be a teddy bear, a photo album, your favourite mug, a blanket, basically anything comforting that could remind you of home.
6: Paint before you move in:
This is easier said than done, especially if you’re moving somewhere far flung with no family or friends around to help. However if you can get a weekend (or some very kind family/friends living close to your new destination to help out) getting the house painted while it’s empty is a lot easier than getting it done while it’s in the midst of unpacking.
7: Get advice before settling on a service:
Depending on where you’re planning on moving to, your choice of service providers could be a feast or a famine. If you have a few options for things like phone, TV or internet providers it could be worth your while asking around as your previous providers may not supply services to your new residence, or there may be something more cost effective locally available.
8: Give yourself time:
To get used to a new time zone, climate and culture.
Even if it’s somewhere you’ve lived before, allowing yourself time to get used to this being ‘home’ can be a relief, this goes double for families with children. A week or two to discover your local shop, park and pub will put everyone in better spirits.
9: Sign up for a local language class:
If you already speak the language, join a club or any activity that will allow you to make new friends and keep you busy. Language classes are the most useful however as you’ll not only develop important linguistic skills, it’s also a good place to meet others who are new arrivals too.
10: Be grateful, friendly and polite:
Remember the first few months in any place, especially a foreign place is going to be very stressful. Most people spend their entire lives very close to the place they were born. Your experience is something wonderful and unique (no matter how much it makes you want to tear your hair out at moments). You have a wonderful opportunity to see the world and experience something different, something many only dream about. Be friendly and polite even if it’s hard initially and you will have no issue making new friends and settling into your new home.