If you are moving interstate, you will have a lot of planning and preparation ahead. This can be a stressful time, but it does not need to be. Read on for some useful pieces of advice.
tip #1 - Get rid of anything you don’t need
There is only one place to begin, and this is with having a clear-out! One of the biggest mistakes that people make is simply moving their clutter with them. If you currently struggle to find a place for all of your belongings in your existing home, why would you want to bring this problem to your new home? Instead, now is the perfect time to get organised.
You are going to need to dedicate a bit of time to this but it will definitely be worth it. You should have three different bags/boxes/containers. One should be for the items you want to keep, one for the items you want to get rid of, and one for the items you’re not sure on. You will go back to this box at the end so you can make your decision when you have seen how much stuff you have kept.
With the stuff you’re not going to keep, there are plenty of options, for example, you can donate to charity, sell the items for some money, or give them to a friend!
tip #2 - Plan, plan, and plan some more
The worst thing you can do is leave the planning of your move until the very last minute. The earlier you can get started on this, the better. Some days are going to be more expensive for moving than others because of busy traffic, public holidays, and such like, and so some careful planning can go a very long way, especially if you need to take some time off work. A checklist can help with your planning. Check out the Chess Moving moving interstate checklist which will help you keep on top of everything you need to do from one month out all the way up to the day of the move.
tip #3 - Get by with a little help from your friends
If your friends can look after your children while you’re managing the move, take them up on this! If your parents will watch the dog while you pack up your stuff, don’t say no!
tip #4 - Pack with a purpose
It is also important to pack with a purpose. Of course, this is something you can get professionals to do for you, and we will reveal more about this in the next section. However, if you are going to be handling the packaging yourself, you need to make sure you do so purposefully. There are a number of different tips you can follow to assist with this. This includes the following…
- Pack smaller items at the top and pack heavier items at the bottom. This will ensure you are able to pack the box all of the way to the top and keep everything balanced.
- Nest the smaller, sturdy objects in bigger, sturdy objects. For example, you can put items inside of pots and pans in order to save a bit of space.
- Store smaller objects inside of any objects that are like containers that you are going to be moving, for example, laundry hampers, bags, and suitcases.
Needless to say, most people would recommend that you save yourself all of this hassle and that you turn to professional removal experts instead. They will provide you with a team of expert packers who will have the knowledge and experience to know how to make the most out of every inch of space and every box inside of the moving truck.
tip #5 - Make the most of any extras that could save you some cash
One of the benefits associated with using the services of an experienced removal firm is the fact that they are going to have a lot of extra services available to you. These are services that can save you money and time. For example, rather than packing your own belongings, you could get the company to do this for you. This can help you in a number of different ways. It can save you money because it means you do not need to buy all of the supplies. It also means that you do not have to take any time off work. In addition to this, though, you can have peace of mind that everything is going to be packaged in the safest manner. Chess Moving have a wide range of moving services to help make your move as seemless as possible.
tip #6 - Hire an experienced removal firm
We cannot talk about moving to another state without mentioning the importance of hiring an experienced interstate removalist firm such as Chess Moving. If you attempt to move all of your belongings yourself, it is only going to cost more money and result in more hassle.
You should look for a firm that has tons of experience and can cater their services to suit you, whether you need specialist furniture removal or you need pet transportation services. They are there to make sure that your move is as easy as possible, so make the most of their service.
tip #7 - Don’t leave any loose ends
Last but not least, it is important to make sure you do not leave any loose ends when you are moving to another state. You must inform your change of address to the electoral roll, tax office, and any other appropriate organisations and governmental departments. It is worth taking advantage of a postal redirect service for the first few months just to make sure your mail does not go to your old address.
So there you have it: some handy pieces of advice when moving interstate. There is no denying that moving home can be stressful but with an experienced and qualified removal firm, it really does not need to be. If you are looking at moving interstate feel free to contact Chess Moving for a free quote. With over 100 years experience and offices in all major Australian cities (and some regional ones) we will be able to come up with a tailored moving solution to suit your needs.