Many Australians end up moving interstate at some point in their lives. Whether it’s moving from Sydney to Melbourne or all the way across to Perth, an interstate move doesn’t have to be complicated. Get all of our expert tips and tricks for moving interstate – after all, we at EasyMove help Australians like you do it all the time.
Visit Before Buying a House
If you’re thinking about moving interstate, the best advice we can give you is to visit the area before buying a house. Sometimes people move even though they have never even been to their new location. This could be because you got a new job in that city, your partner is from there, or numerous other reasons.
Whatever the reason, if you get the idea in your head that you’re interested in moving to somewhere you’ve never been, you should visit it before taking the plunge. If you’re considering moving from Sydney to Melbourne, for example, you should visit Melbourne before buying a house there. This will give you the chance to familiarise yourself with your potential new city and see if it’s really a place you can see yourself living. If it is, then it may be worth making an interstate move.
Let Everyone Know
When moving interstate, start by creating a list of things that you need to get done for your big move. High on the list will be all of the calls you need to make. Don’t forget to find an excellent school in your new area to enrol your children in. You will need to call the new school to make arrangements for this, as well as calling their old school to let them know your kids are leaving. You’ll also need to inform your workplace, doctor, and many other people you deal with regularly.
Send change of address cards to not only your family and friends but also government agencies who will need to know about your interstate move. This may include updating your driver’s licence, vehicle registration, Australia Post, the tax office, your local council, Medicare, and more.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
One tip that will make your interstate move so much easier is to give yourself plenty of time. Get your big move underway well before your moving day. Weeks ahead, you can start decluttering your home, which will provide you with less to pack up and give you the chance to sell any unwanted items. You can also send out your change of address in advance, noting the date it is effective from. The more time you give yourself, the less stressed you will be when it’s finally time to shift.
When moving interstate, you must be extra careful when you’re packing up your home. When they are moving across the same city, most people are pretty careless about how they pack. Their belongings aren’t going far, so there is little risk of damage. You can get away with popping everything in a box with some crumpled newspaper and hoping for the best.
Moving interstate, however, is a whole new ball game for packing. You must delicately wrap each breakable item in bubble wrap or packing materials and securely put each object into its box. Make sure that you fill any extra gaps with newspaper so that your possessions don’t rattle around in half-empty boxes. Due to the longer distance your belongings are being shifted, there is more time for stuff to clatter around and break or rub against each other and cause scratches. That’s why you’ve got to be so much more cautious when packing for an interstate move than you usually would be.
Make sure that you keep everything you will need for your journey to your new home in a particular spot to take with you. This will include things such as your passport, handbag, wallet, some clothes, and anything else you will need on moving day.
You’re moving across the country, so there’s enough to deal with without forgetting where you put everything. When you get to your new house, you will want to unpack the most important stuff first. So, make sure that you clearly label each and every box.
An excellent way to do it is to label the boxes by room as well as the contents. For example, ‘Kitchen – Utensils’ or ‘Bedroom – Linen’. This makes it easy for your movers to see where they should leave each box, and you will easily be able to locate the items you are looking for when unpacking.
Hire Premium Removalists
To make your interstate move as easy as possible, hire premium removalists like EasyMove to do the job. We get the job done right the first time and pride ourselves on our attention to detail. We will come to your place with our 5-tonne truck complete with all the gear required for your interstate move. We’ll have moving blankets to protect your furniture from damage as well as dollies to lift and shift heavy objects and boxes with ease. Don’t try moving interstate on your own. This is a time when it is well-worth hiring high-end movers.
EasyMove also offers plenty of premium moving services, such as end of lease cleaning. If you don’t have the time or energy to clean out your old home before moving across the country, we can do it for you. We’ll have the place spick and span, ready for your landlord’s inspection or for the new owners.
Many people moving interstate with removalists also ask us to do their packing for them, and we are more than happy to oblige. Our experienced packers come in and organise everything into boxes for easy unpacking at the other end. They take great care to pad your breakables so that they won’t get damaged during the long journey to your new house.
Book in today to secure your ideal moving date with EasyMove. We take the hassle out of interstate moving so that you can concentrate on setting up your new life across the country. Give us a call today to discuss the many premium moving services we offer, or just book in online if you’re ready to take the leap and move interstate.