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Moving house is up there as one of the most stressful experiences anyone can go through. In fact, it is thought to be one of the top five most stressful things there is, along with bereavement and divorce. It is hard work even if it is just a few doors down – once you have gone through the usually complex procedure of purchasing the new property and selling your old one, you have to pack, arrange removals, sort out utilities, change of address, mail redirection and so on. However, move hundreds, or even thousands of miles away, and that stress is magnified tenfold. You have the additional issue of finding work, schools, registering with new doctors and dentists, arranging interstate removalists, , getting to know a new area and getting to know new people. 

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We can’t take all of the stress away from you, as great as that would be, but we can share a few expert tips to help you to tackle a long distance house move and take away at least some of the pressure for a while.

Create a calendar for your move

A long-distance move requires a great deal more forward planning and so much more to think about. Aim to  start your moving calendar a good three or four months before your move date to give you plenty of time to put it all in place. The longer the distance you are moving, the longer you will need to plan, and do not forget to take into account things like border crossings, as they add another layer of bureaucracy.

Only take what you know you will need

Long-distance moves are going to be more expensive, so streamline your personal belongings to make sure you are just taking what you need. Bulky objects, such as furniture, are one of the most expensive things to ship, so if possible, have a house clearance sale to raise money for new furniture when you arrive at your new destination. While packing, it is a good idea to pack an essential box that is going to travel with you so that if it takes a little longer for your main shipment to arrive, you still have the essentials to keep you going.

Plan how you are getting to your new home

Once everything is packed and ready to go, it is time to decide how you are going to get your new home. Driving your own car is an option and will make it possible for you to fit in some last-minute items, but a long car journey may not be exactly what you had in mind, and if you have some serious distance to cover, you may be better off having your car transported, and flying your family to your new home.

A long distance move involves many more considerations on top of the usual ones of moving house. These tips will hopefully help to take a bit of the stress away so that you can settle into your new home and new life calmly and happily.