Make Your New Home Work With Your Old Car
Can there be anything more stressful than moving home?
Imagine having to move your car too. It might not seem like anything out of the ordinary if you’re just moving in a bigger house a couple of streets away but what if you’re changing state, country or even time zone? What if you had to travel insanely long distances to get to your new address?
In fact, in a situation where changing address means moving far away, accommodating your old car to your new home can rapidly get your stressometre through the roof. There is a lot to think about when you find a new home, from discovering your new neighbourhood to considering the needs for renovation or redecorating in the property.
As a result, your car can fall down the to-do list. You might not even think that there’s anything to prepare. It is, after all, your mean of transportation and you have probably not imagined it couldn’t need any further attention than driving – or being driving to be more accurate – to your new place.
In reality, you need to think of your vehicle as one of your belongings. The clothes need to be packed, so they don’t get covered in dust. Your crockery needs to be secured in bubble wraps, so it doesn’t break and your books should be piled the right way up in the boxes, so the pages don’t get torn.
Ultimately, if everything is prepared carefully for the move, so should your car too.
New home, New facilities
With a new home, you discover new settings and rooms. For instance, if you’ve been looking for a property with a garage to park your car, it’s best to make sure you get the exact dimensions of the garage before you make an offer.
Indeed, not all garages are suitable for vehicles. Are you looking for a single or a double garage? It’s important to ensure that you can work with the actual figures – instead of trusting the owner or the real estate agent to give you their best estimates.
There’s nothing worse than a garage that doesn’t provide sufficient height to open your boot once inside, for example. Nobody wants to park the car in front of their house to empty the boot and only then move the car inside the garage. Additionally, you should also request to know the dimensions of the garage door(s) as well as test the mechanism.
If you own a long vehicle, it could be damaged by the movement of the door swinging open.
What if you prefer to keep the garage as a storage room for your gardening tools and your bicycle? There’s nothing wrong about that and you are allowed to park your vehicle on the road however, do make sure to discuss the issues with your potential future neighbours before purchasing the property.
While there is no legal entitlement to remove your car from the road, busy roads or crowded residential area can present difficulties when looking for a parking space. Besides, you wouldn’t want to get on your neighbours’ nerves the minute you arrive so, it’s best to check parking rules in the area before making any assumption.
Last, but not least, is the state of your driveway.
A lot of homeowners prefer to keep their car on the drive, so that they can get the vehicle off the road and still keep the garage as a storage facility.
However, if the new property has a gravel driveway, you might struggle to keep your car in a pristine condition. Gravels need regular relaying where the car wheels press against the surface.
Additionally, if you arrive too fast on a gravel surface, you incur the risk of launching mini stone projectiles all over your car body, causing indents and marks.
It’s not just a change of address
Your car is more than just a mean of transportation. It is also linked to a variety of travel agreements and protections, including your car insurance and breakdown cover.
There’s no need reminding you; you know that you shouldn’t drive your vehicle without ensuring that you’ve got these two elements covered but, as it happens, your car insurance and breakdown cover are not only calculated on the basis of your vehicle’s latest MOT and your driving history.
Your home address also plays a significant role in the final price. Indeed, where you live will determine two factors: namely how many miles you need to drive in a year – especially if you happen to live in a rural area with several miles to get to the closest town – and how much risk your vehicle will have to face on a daily basis.
Ultimately;, the rule of the thumb is that is you have to drive a lot, the risk of having an accident increases with the number of miles you need to drive.
Admittedly, this specific calculation occurs when you provide your insurers with your average mileage for the year. But your location is at the core of it.
Additionally, it’s essential to check whether the area you want to buy or live in is safe. The highest the crime rate or accident rate in the vicinity of your new property, the highest the cost of your insurance.
In other words, when changing addresses, it might be worth comparing multiple insurance providers to find out the best price for your new postcode. Indeed, customer loyalty doesn’t guarantee you the cost-friendlier coverage. It’s best to do your research before you move!
Getting your car to your new home
How do you get your car safely to your new address?
It’s a tricky question as the answer will depend on how far you have to move. If you’re travelling long distances – by which we mean if you need to drive over 3 hours in a day – it’s best to consider a car transportation interstate option for cross-state travel or international option for people who are moving abroad but want to continue to use their car.
If you’re moving abroad, in a country where vehicles drive on the other side of the road, it’s best to buy a new car once you’re there as it would be too risky and challenging to drive with your steering wheel in an uncomfortable setting. Getting your car transported directly to your new address means that you can choose a faster transport option, such as travelling by plane – to change location.
This is also the preferred solution for families with young children or elderly relatives as it limits the duration of the journey.
If you’re feeling up for a long distance road trip, do make sure that you’re sticking to safety rules and take regular breaks every 2 hours or so.
When you’re behind the steering wheel for an extended period of time, you need to remain extremely vigilant to the road and other vehicles to avoid accidents caused by inattention, fatigue and lack of reactions. Make sure as well to pack a sat nav with you, especially if you’re moving to an area you are not familiar with.
What do you need to change BEFORE the car arrives?
It’s not uncommon that your new home requires some love and renovation or improvement to match your expectations. As a rule of the thumb, you, of course, want to have the work done as soon as possible, preferably before moving in.
When it comes to the safety of your car, you want to ensure that all improvement projects related to the driveway or the garage are completed before the arrival of the vehicle. For instance, if you want to pave over your front garden, you may need planning permission if you choose to build an impermeable driveway.
Similarly, if you want to change the garage, by adding a storage area or installing a new door, you will find it easier to complete the work when you don’t need to worry about your car.
Additionally, for extensive home improvements, such as renovating a bathroom or building an extension, you’ll feel more confident in the building progress if you know that your vehicle is safe and stored away for the duration of the project.
Prepare your car for its new home
Moving home is not only a new adventure for your family, but it’s also the occasion to bring your car to a fresh start. If you haven’t been looking after it until now, it’s time to give your vehicle the full-on maintenance servicing care it deserves.
Start by changing your filters, especially if you’re moving to a new area. If you’ve decided to drive all the way to your new home, make sure that you take it easy on the engine.
Get your essentials checked out, from tyres to fluids, as there’s no way to ruin your start in a new town than by having to find an emergency garage!
Finally, clean the car before and after the move to remove all the grit and grime accumulated. This will reduce the risk of corrosion buildup.
There’s nothing wrong with bringing your trusted car to your new home.
In many ways, it’s like having a loyal friend with you in a new town but you need to prepare your car for the move. Otherwise, you might find that your loyal friend brings no comfort any longer!
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