Ask anyone who’s ever moved interstate whether interstate moving is difficult and the reply you’re likely to get is YES. Actually moving house is always demanding, more so when you’ve to move to a new state. While this is hundred percent true, there are several things you can do to make your interstate move relatively easier. All the tips discussed are easy and practical. There’s no reason why you can’t incorporate them. Remember, a little planning and preparedness can go a long way in making your interstate house move a comfortable and relaxing experience.
So, let’s start.
- Quarantine Laws
You may or may not be aware of the fact that Australia has very strict quarantine laws. As a matter of fact, compared with many developed countries, Australia’s quarantine laws are noticeably stricter.
But that’s not the only thing that makes interstate house moving more complicated. To make matters worse, the regulations and rules often vary from state to state. So what’s allowed in one state might be very well strictly prohibited in another.
Before you do anything, make sure to carefully go through the quarantine laws of the state into which you’re moving. Knowing them will obviate your facing any rude shocks later. It would be much better to leave behind things like plant, agriculture equipment, and animal products.
- Discard things you no longer need
There’s no better time to do away with things you don’t require anymore than house moving. While you’re sorting the belongings, put aside all the times which you no longer require. You can even earn a little extra cash by selling them through a yard or garage sale. In case you don’t think that would be feasible, consider giving them to a local non-profitable organization. And things, like old furniture, can be sold online.
By selling and discarding unneeded items, you can do something for the society, earn a little extra cash, and at the same item, ensure you would be need to transfer only the necessary things to the new home.
- Reaching the new home
The next important question to address is how you’ll travel to your new place. Do you enjoy road trips? If yes, you can consider it if the distance to cover is not huge and you don’t have young children or pets. In case your children are young or you’ve pets or the distance is too much, you might be better off traveling by air. The same is true in case you expect the weather to be inclement. Traveling by air is not only more convenient but also time-saving. You can take your pet by air, too, if it’s not averse to flying. Otherwise, talk to the moving company to find out a suitable solution.
- Inform the authorities
Don’t forget to inform the relevant authorities about the new address, such as the tax office, the electoral roll, health care funds, etc. In addition to these, notify the energy provider, insurance company and internet provider. Further, you’ll have to transfer your driver license, as well as car registration.
- Pick an appropriate moving company
In Melbourne, like elsewhere, you can get moving companies a dime a dozen. However, not all of them are equal. Stay away from moving companies with shoddy track record or new providers who offer a price that’s too good to be true. Instead select a provider that has a lot of interstate removal experience and offer great value for money. Always remember that price is not the only thing. Of course you wouldn’t want to pay through your nose for your interstate move, but at the same time you wouldn’t want a below-par service, which is exactly what many low-cost moving companies provide. Look for a provider which has both—a good track record and affordable rates. Also request the shortlisted provider for references. Contact its earlier customers either through email or phone and ask them about their moving experience. Finally go through the online reviews of the shortlisted provider on sites such as Yelp.
- Decide if you’ll pack yourself
It might be tempting to do the packing yourself, particularly when your friends are willing to lend a helping hand. With that said, it would be best to leave packing to experts, especially if you own many delicate or heavy items. Professional packers have the experience, expertise, and equipment to ensure all your belongings are packed safely.
- Insure the valuable items
When you’re moving interstate, it’s always a great idea to insure the valuable items. Even after careful planning, something outward can happen. Therefore, insurance is necessary. Talk to the provider about all the options available to you and pick the one that suits your needs best.
Well, with this, we conclude this list. Remember, all these are to-do tips. They will work only if you put them into practice.