Moving houses down the street is stressful enough, but undergoing an interstate relocation will definitely put your patience and organisation skills to the test.
Planning your interstate relocation wisely is essential to make it an efficient and seamless process.
Moving to a new house in a different state involves much more preparation than a local move does, and there are diverse complexities to consider.
To mention a few:you want to ensure that your furniture, pieces of art or delicate electronic items are handled correctly and carefully by the removal company, and that they will be transported safely during the long trip.
You also need to be aware of any interstate quarantine restrictions that may prevent you from moving certain animals or plants between states, as this may have an impact on your move and what things you can move.
In this article we’re going to offer some savvy tips and tricks that will make your interstate relocation as stress-free as possible.
Allow Enough Time for Packing
It is easy to underestimate the amount of time it really takes to pack a house.
You should bear in mind that since you’re not moving around the corner it can be difficult to retrieve any items left behind at a later date.
It is advisable to start packing as soon as you know you’ll be moving, and to methodically label each box.
Don’t forget to take down detailed notes of the content of the box and the room where it should go, and label boxes accordingly.
An accurate inventory of your items will ensure you have a reliable record of all your belongings, and providing your removalist with this list early on in the process will ensure they’re aware of exactly what you have to move.
This will ensure that they will be able to accommodate your move without any surprises on moving day, and you will avoid the headache of having to leave items behind because they won’t fit on the truck, having not been accounted for in the quoting and planning stage.
Needless to say, be extra careful while packing your most fragile items such as vases, glassware or electronic items.
First of all you want to make sure that they are wrapped with enough wrapping paper and foam and placed in very resistant boxes so that they are not accidentally broken during the move. On top of that you want to try to keep them out of the way during the moving process to avoid the unmentionable.
Marking these boxes as “fragile” is also a great idea to ensure they’re handled with care.
Consider the minor details
As soon as you know your new address and more or less when you and your family will start living in your new home, it’s time to start considering the minor details so that you don’t leave any loose ends.
One of the things you should deal with is your mail.
Make sure that any subscription mail you receive, personal invoices and so on are changed over to your new address so that the next people that move in don’t receive all your private mail, and of course so you don’t miss out on receiving something important.
Months out from the move it is a good idea to start listing all the companies you receive mail from so you can systematically notify them of your change of address.
It’s also a good idea to arrange with Australia Post to have your mail redirected for a period after the move, to cover mail from any senders you may have forgotten about.
Do some research about the new area you’ll be moving to, as some things may be different.
Try to get information regarding garbage collection times, any paperwork needed to transfer your car registration and driver’s licenses, any school and college regulations and your local government offices.
Hire Professional Interstate Removalist Services
Hiring a professional interstate removalist company is one of the first things you should be working on when moving between states.
Knowing that you have the right professionals handling and moving your belongings makes everything much easier.
When looking for an interstate moving company, responsibility and reliability are two must-have traits you should be looking for.
Search the internet for recent reviews of the companies your are initially interested in, and ask them for a quote for you to evaluate.
Don’t just shop on price, for as the saying goes, often you get what you pay for. There may be good reasons for differences in quotes, such as the level of service provided, insurance cover inclusions etc.
In order to get an accurate quote from the removalist agents, it is advisable that you provide them with a detailed list of all the items they’d be carrying.
Take your time in creating this list so that neither you or the moving company gets any big surprises down the track.
A good removalist company will also be able to give you plenty of tips on what you need to consider when moving house and the most important factors to consider when moving interstate, so it’s a good idea to ask them plenty of questions.
So if you’re looking at moving interstate in the near future, remember it’s never too early to start the preparation process.
The more prepared you are in advance the less frantic things become, and the smoother the move will go for all involved (these tips are even more important if you have kids).
Feeling confident that you have everything under control can make a huge difference and turn the process into an adventurous and positive experience.
Following these basic steps will contribute to an more stress-free interstate move.