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A Checklist on Preparing for an Interstate Move

So, you’ve already made the decision to pack your bags and move to another state. But, here comes the hard part: how do you get yourself ready for the big move?

To ensure that your long distance move goes as smoothly as possible, you need to plan out everything. Understanding the nitty-gritty details is also important to ease your moving process. And by using the guide below, you can significantly reduce your stress and avoid the hassles of a big move.

1. Come up with a master plan

How will you put your move in order? How much are you willing to spend for a moving service? There are so many questions you need to answer first so that you won’t get beaten by the hassles of a move. When moving out of state, time can either be your friend or enemy — depending on how you manage it.

By having a plan, you can allow for every single step of the moving process to make it a successful one.

Set a moving budget

A big interstate move can become an expensive exercise if you don’t set a budget. The better you play your cards, the more hard-earned money you’ll save in the end. You should know in advance how much the rough cost (estimate) of your interstate move will be.

Create a weekly planner

A detailed to-do-list made weeks in advance is the best way to stay organised and save valuable time during a move. Throughout the preparation period, have a weekly planner to keep you on track in terms of moving-related tasks. Once you complete a task, tick it off and move on to the next.

The success of your master plan will depend on your quick and efficient execution of moving tasks, and how much time you have.

2. Efficiently sort all items you plan to move

Before your moving day, if you are packing some items before the movers arrive, disassemble large items and use bubble wrap for extra padding. Pack items which are from the same room in the same boxes. Place the heaviest items on the bottom, and ensure that you can seal and close the box properly.

Avoid overloading the boxes with items because it’ll make it harder for the movers to stack boxes in the truck. By ensuring boxes only carry the right load, you also ensure the safety of your items.

– Make an inventory of all your items. List down all the things you’ll need for your new place. You’ll need to minimise the number of things you’ll be bringing with you if you don’t want your out-of-state move to be too expensive.

– Use the “keep, donate or throw out” approach when sorting and packing your items. Once you already know what to bring to your new residence, sell or give away those items you no longer need. The good thing about this is that it can help you save a bit of money for the big move.

– Make sure that everything is ready for the move. You wouldn’t want to suffer without utilities (gas, water, electricity) on your first day in your new home. After a long day of unpacking, your new home’s services and utilities should be running so you can relax and enjoy your new place.

3. Get a professional interstate removal or moving service

An interstate move is a long and exhausting process that you can’t do on your own. Hiring a removal or moving service is the most practical way to make your move easy, efficient and fast. But before hiring a mover, make sure you have made an informed decision.

Get quotes from different moving companies

This way, you can ensure that you’re getting the best value. Know that an affordable price doesn’t always mean a good service. Instead look to hire a reputable company with a good track record of successful moves.

Most removal services can provide a quote based on the information you can provide on their website or over the phone. For full house moves, arranging a free inspection at your house or premises is always the best option. A qualified removal consultant can estimate the volume of your goods far more accurately in person. This allows for an accurate price and a smoother move on the day.

Always choose an AFRA member

Unfortunately the removal industry is not heavily regulated in Australia. This means there are some low quality providers who cut corners to provide a cheaper quote. While this looks good upfront, it is likely to cost you more money and problems.

Choosing an accredited member of AFRA (Australian Furniture Removers Association) ensures your provider will deliver a quality service. AFRA members are audited and held to high standards of service delivery, staff training and equipment to complete a professional move.

Agree on the delivery date

If you’re new to a long distance move, you may think that the moving truck will immediately arrive at your new home the day after you pack up. This isn’t exactly how it works, as the relocation of your goods can be complex, requiring several stages.

A well-organised interstate removalist will have a network of partners to ensure your goods are moved safely and efficiently. As your goods will be travelling long distances, delivery may take one week or longer from the pickup date.

An interstate move is no easy feat. But with proper planning and the help of a professional removal service, you do away with the huge stress that comes with moving.



John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.