Moving is demanding enough without the extra pressure created by transporting your possessions to another state. Following these tips will help to reduce the stress.
Consider your move in two parts - moving people and moving your belongings.
Decide whether you and your family will be driving or flying to your new home. If you decide to drive, book your car in for a service ahead of time. If you decide to fly, start looking at dates with the best flight times and prices.
With this in mind, start thoroughly researching your options for interstate removalists. You will need to take an inventory of large items and an educated guess at box numbers because you will need this information to gather quotes. And remember, if you’re moving a fridge it will need to be standing up while it is being transported.
Sorting and selling
Start by looking at the larger pieces in your home. If you’re downsizing, this will have a significant impact on what you take with you, and what you might want to sell. Similarly, upsizing can mean smaller pieces of furniture look slightly out of place. Sell what you can, whatever you can’t sell give to a second hand store, and throw out the rest.
When it comes to clothing and personal items the less you have to take the better, so now is not the time to get overly sentimental. Use this opportunity to start afresh with a pre-move cleanout.
With your belongings pared back, it’s time to start packing anything you don’t use day-to-day. Visibly label boxes with room and contents, carefully pack any fragile articles and clearly mark them to ensure they survive the trip.
Don’t underestimate the time all this will take - and as a rule of thumb, the longer you have been living in a place, the longer it will take to pack.
It's in the details
Often it’s the little details that trip people up during a move, so making a checklist early on will help eliminate any hiccups when you’re in the midst of it all and too frantic to think clearly.
Make sure you’ve contacted your current utility providers, alerting them to the fact that you’re moving, settle any outstanding bills, and arrange for your gas, electricity, water, phone and internet to be connected in your new home. You might want to use our fast energy quote and estimation tool to get a sense of the best energy plan for you and how your bills might change with the move.
Contact Australia Post to have your mail redirected so you don’t miss anything important. There is a fee for this, but it’s worth it to buy extra time to ensure you haven’t forgotten to let anyone know that you are moving.
If you bank with a smaller state-based bank you will need to look into where you can bank and which ATMs to use to avoid fees. It’s also a good idea to advise Medicare, the ATO, Centrelink, the Australian Electoral Commission, state motor vehicle authorities, the pet microchip registry, and your insurance company.
When it comes to moving interstate, the more organised you are and the more time you allow yourself, the better off you’ll be come moving day.