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Moving across the Country

Moving to a new city can be quite a stressful thing to do. While you will not have to face many of the problems, associated with international removals, there are quite a few issues associated specifically with changing cities. Changing your address, your job, building a new network of friends - all of these prospects can be extremely exciting, despite the stress that comes with them. One part of the relocation which holds much less excitement, however, is the removal. This is the one thing, associated with moving that you are never looking forward to. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible.

1. First of all, you will need to find the right removers. A cross-city move cannot be done on your own, unless you're moving to university or are in another situation where you have very few things to move. To find the right removals company, it is best that you look at removers, local to your origin city. You could also check out nation-wide companies or ones from your destination city, but using one of these will usually escalate the cost of your move. Do try to get an idea of the price ranges for cross city removals and which services can be covered by the company. This means planning what you want to do yourself and what you will need done by the removers. Ideally, you should just pack your personal items and leave the rest - especially fragile items or things that need to be taken apart - to the removers. While you may be able to pack everything adequately for a short trip, a cross country move will involve a lot of traveling, shaking and shifting for your belongings. You will want to make sure that everything is professionally handled.

2. If you plan on traveling for a few days and stopping at night, you will need to arrange the overnight storage of your belongings. This will usually be covered by the removers, but there may be an extra charge. Which leads to:

3. Whenever you're required to pay an extra charge - be it for in surance, storage, or anything that has not been mentioned in the original quote, think twice. Do not sign anything without reading through it in its entirety. Ask for advice from friends and online and look out for attempts to scam you at every junction. Usually, if you're working with a BAR (British Association of Removers) certified company, there shouldn't be any red flags. However, do keep your eyes open for any unnecessary charges that may be applied.

4. If you have any pets, particularly large pets like cats or dogs, you will need to pay special attention to them. There are comfortable pet carriers on the market right now, but simply using one will not be enough on a long trip. Dogs in particular need to be fed and given water more often during a trip to keep them calm. This means that you will also have to take breaks along the road to take your pet out, let it stretch its legs and distress. Because of this, you also need to remember to bring along some plastic bags, so as not to leave a mess behind.

These simple ideas and suggestions should help you enjoy a nice, safe and relaxed relocation.