How to move interstate without going crazy.
Most of us who have experienced moving to a new home know how tiring and stressful it can be. The biggest tip we can give to ensure you avoid stressful moving syndrome is to get the help of professional interstate removalists. They can take care of as little or as much of the move as you require - the whole move; from packing, transportation to unpacking, or just transportation of items that you can’t do yourself, such as a piano or the outdoor spa. Now that’s moving made easy.
Not sure where to start or what to look for in a removalist? No worries, we've put together a short checklist of the important things to know and ask any company that you're looking at hiring.
Other than hiring interstate removalists, here’s a few more tips on how to move interstate with less fuss and minimal stress.
It’s all in the preparation
Before you make a mad last minute rush to organise the entire move in the last few weeks before moving day, check out our resources page for packing tips, moving suggestions and frequently asked questions we get asked. Planning and organising everything beforehand will definitely help make the whole moving process go smoother.
Before your move, let your furniture removals company know of any difficulties they may have accessing your new home. For example, narrow driveways, low hanging tree branches, one way streets etc.
Map out your house plan and where you would like large unboxed items to be placed when your removalist arrives at your new home. Let them know if there are any stairs, narrow hallways etc. that they will have to navigate.
Bring only what you really need
It might sound obvious but our homes are sometimes full of items we don’t actually use or need anymore. Before moving is the perfect time to have a good clean out to sort through the things you really need and those things that you don’t. Have a garage sale or donate items to charity. Having less to move is also a great way to reduce the cost of your move.
We might look after the location-to-location part of your move, but we’ve got some tips you might not have thought about on the post-move side of things as well. Here’s a couple of suggestions:
- Consider storing your move for a month or two while you check out exactly where in the new town or city you’d like to live. Most quality removalists will also offer short or long term storage options that can be organised as part of your move. Rent out a furnished apartment or house while you check out suburbs, amenities, proximity to work etc.
- Keep an eye out for rentals online. If you have friends or family in the city you’re moving to, get them to do a little groundwork for you by checking out ones you’re interested in.
- The faster you settle in and your new home feels like ‘home’, the easier the transition is going to be. Unpack areas such as the kitchen and living room fast. These rooms are where most of us spend a lot of time so by being set up and ‘finished’, it will make it feel more homely for everyone.
- Get involved in your new community and meet new people. Set up a support network fast and get involved at school, playgroup, the gym or local sporting club. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you’ll feel like part of the community and feel like you belong.
The wrap up.
We’re not guaranteeing a completely stress-free move, but with planning and forethought done early enough before move day, you’ll find your move comes to an end with minimal damage to your mental health. Got some questions you’d like to ask about moving interstate? Please feel free to get in touch.