How to Move Homes Interstate Checklist
If you’re relocating and planning to move interstate on your next move, this process can be slightly more challenging than that of moving locally. Moving interstate naturally increases the time and effort required, then that of moving to somewhere in the same state, because there are many other concepts to take on board and consider here. This often makes it a more confusing and downright tricky time for some people if they’ve never made such a jump before.
Fortunately, by creating a simple checklist, like that of one for moving locally, but adding to it the additional tasks you’ll need to attempt when you move interstate, you can make the process seem less stressful as a result.
Here’s a basic checklist of what to consider when you move homes interstate:
1. Try to see your new home in real-time:
Viewing potential properties online is no substitution for the real thing but if you must rely on the internet, at least look to get a 360 degree of the views both in and surrounding your potential home. Better still, if you have friends or family members in the area or nearby, look to their opinion, and overall impressions as word of mouth are often the better place to begin.
Could one of you travel out and look around or could you stay over in a particular area for a short time to get a real feel for it, before committing? That may be difficult to do when your move is Adelaide – Melbourne, with a prospect of 22 hours on the road to house hunt, but could you consider renting here first?
Similarly, if you’re looking at making a move, for instance, from Sydney – Brisbane or Brisbane – Sydney, and the idea of a ten-hour trip with an overnight stay doesn’t phase you, you could line up an arrangement of viewings for one specific full on day while you’re there.
2. Check out any rules and regulations of your new state:
Real estate rules can vary from one state to another, so this is another thing worth bearing in mind regarding any rules and regulations prevalent to each state. Whether it be gazumping, bond amounts, advance rental requirements, or standard periods, look at doing your homework before you begin your search.
3. Consider what is essential to be taken with you:
One obvious peril of moving interstate is whether you take everything with you or narrow it down. You must be able to think about what you can move with physically here, as well as what you can comfortably fit in at the other end.
However, though this may be a great time to think about significantly decluttering, you also perhaps don’t want to be taking minimal if it means repurchasing it all at the other end. Therefore, aim to take only those items that are essential and of good use to you when you arrive at your new home.
For anything you’re struggling to take or even decide upon keeping or ridding of, consider renting a small storage unit or even leaving it with family and friends – at least until you’ve made up your mind. You may find that out of sight out of mind means you’ll learn to cope just fine without many surplus things!
4. Get in touch with essential services and people and let them know of your move:
This includes those more important of companies such as utilities, internet providers, phone companies, and any other professional services all ahead of time. Look at making the switch to your new home a week or two ahead of your official move date.
Doing this online has never been easier but is essential if you want to keep your credit rating clear and pay up any last-minute bills to your old property – and subsequently wish to be able to settle quickly when arriving at your new one.
Though you may have to wait for a final bill from your old property, it’s possible to get up and running and ready in an instance at the other end for when you arrive and walk into a fully fuelled, heated, and indeed wi-fi enabled home after your long journey! Likewise, postal relocationis also a good idea to set up and a few weeks ahead of your move.
5. Look ahead to moving service availability, selecting those companies that move interstate:
This can be a costlier process when you move interstate, and many will find that what is referred to as a moving day often becomes a moving week here! First things first, check whether your intended moving company actually offers this option. The best way to do this and get a general idea of what is available is to search for a verified removalist. Look at things such as what transport they can offer you here, as this may be more significant if you’re planning on taking everything with you in one go instead of making several trips. You may also have to contend with using the service of more physical removalist’s when going interstate. Finally, as well as being able to move you interstate, can they move those more fragile and awkward of items? Alternatively, if you’re looking at going it alone and want to self-move, take some time out beforehand to ensure that this is the best removal method for your specific circumstances. Additionally, do a price comparison check here as to how much it will cost to use the professionals against how much it will cost you to move by yourself. If there’s relatively little difference in between here, you may be better of calling in the experts to relieve the pressure of such a long-haul move.
6. Pre-tackle the moving day itself:
On the actual day of moving, it can quickly feel as though it’s becoming a road trip when you have far to travel – and that isn’t the best feeling if you’re a larger family and there are small children and pets involved. This may not be too much of a problem for a move such as Sydney – Melbourne or Melbourne – Sydney, whereby you’re looking at an eight-hour drive which can be cut up into a couple of breaks. However, if your intended move is, for example, Melbourne – Brisbane or Brisbane – Melbourne, which is around a staggering eighteen-hour traveling time, you’ll be looking at possible overnight stops which will need to be included in your moving budget. Similarly, your designated removal drivers will not be allowed to drive continually for such long lengths of time and therefore need to factor in breaks as well.
- Pack up a small but easily accessible bag for all members of the family, not just the children. This should be kept with you in the car and close to hand. This ensures entertainment for the younger ones and, when you stop and need to freshen up, the adults will have something they can get to that isn’t on the removal truck!
- Add in plentiful stops and check out the distance from your home to your final destination to plot as much of your journey in advance beforehand, thereby ensuring you’re fully prepared for the drive ahead.
- For pets, this is a trickier one and will need careful precision beforehand, but make sure the furry and scaly members of the family feature on your checklist as to how they will travel safely to your new home.