Hectic and stressful lifestyles are forcing many people to
address their work-life balance. This is resulting in some people
opting for a complete lifestyle change, including moving to a
It appears there is a growing urban-rural shift, as dissatisfied
home owners seek to expand their free time and reduce stress. If
you are planning a long-distance house move, here is some advice to
ensure your new relaxed lifestyle extends to moving day.
Get to know the new area
It can take six to eight months to feel at home in a new area so
make sure you are happy with your new house. Visit the area a few
times to get your bearings and spend time driving around
surrounding towns and villages. Depending on their age, children
may not be completely receptive to moving a long way from friends
so take them on a tour, pointing out schools, local parks and
opportunities for social activities. This will also help with
finding transport links - vital for lots of visitors!
Speak to the existing owner of your new house and ask them to
keep recent editions of local papers for you to provide information
on local clubs and events. Recommendations for local services such
as doctors and dentists are also vital, as well as takeaway
menus for that first night after a long drive!
If you have pets, it is worth taking a trip to your new area the
week before and arranging for them to board whilst you move. This
will minimise stress for you and them on moving day.
Make sure you have your car serviced, as a breakdown is the last
thing you will need halfway to your new home. Also stop regularly
for breaks and speak to your removal company as they are governed
by strict rules as to the length of time they can drive for and a
full removal lorry can't go very fast. You will want your
belongings to arrive the same day you do if possible.
Long distance moving is stressful enough but, with careful
planning and organisation, you can ensure moving day runs