Moving houses can be stressful at the best of times. Moving interstate is a task that can seem almost impossible, especially considering COVID-19 restrictions and Government guidelines. However, it doesn’t have to be as hard as you might think.
With some careful planning and keeping up to date with Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines for the relevant states, your move interstate can be as smooth and as easy as possible.
Take a look here at the best ways to prepare for moving interstate in Australia.
Budget for your interstate move
It’s no surprise that moving houses, especially when you’re moving states, can be expensive. You will have a lot of expenses to budget for that can add up quite fast.
Rather than getting hit with expense after expense on moving day, make a budget game plan and start putting money away early. Knowing what expenses you are going to incur and when they’re due can help save a lot of stress.
You can expect to budget for costs such as truck rental, car rental, and professional removal services if you hire someone to help you move.
Sell or donate unnecessary items
It’s so easy to end up with a lot of belongings that you don’t necessarily need. Rather than hoarding these belongings and carting them around with you from house to house, take a day or two out to go through your belongings and organise what you are going to sell or donate.
Decluttering your items before moving is a great way to not only make your move interstate easier but it’s also a great way to adopt a minimalist lifestyle.
Consider donating clothing that you don’t wear, or try and sell furniture that you don’t use. You can even gift items to your friends if you don’t use them and you know that they would get more use out of them than you do.
Consider using inventory sheets
Packing up your entire life to move to a new state can be really overwhelming, especially when you have so much stuff to sort out. That’s why we recommend using inventory sheets.
These are documents made up of smaller, more manageable checklists, so you can list all the items you’re packing up by box or even by room. You simply note down what items you’re putting into each box or crate as you pack them. That way, when it comes time to unpack your belongings in your new home, you know exactly where everything is.
Of course, you can make your inventory sheet as in-depth or as basic as you like, but the more thorough you are at the start, the easier your life will be at the other end.
Coming up with a coded system that you can include on your boxes and your sheets will also allow you to easily navigate between your belongings and identify where everything is. You could even share more basic inventory sheets with your movers, so they know where you want each box to go.
Be as efficient as possible with your packing
Let’s face it, packing is stressful, which is why we think it’s best to come up with a system and stick to it. If you’re lucky enough to have loved ones who can help you pack up your house, come up with a plan as to who will be responsible for what job.
Splitting up into ‘teams’ with designated tasks will make for a much more efficient process.
- Start by deciding who will do what: It may be simpler to have one or two people focus on a single room, that way, none of you loses track of where you’re up to. Make sure everyone is packing up items into clearly labelled boxes and ask them to organise your belongings logically. For example, if someone else is packing up your bedroom, make sure they keep all your bedding in one box so it’s easy to access.
- Be strategic in regards to what items go in which box: You don’t want to cram too many heavy things into one box as this will increase the chance of it breaking and damaging your belongings. Make sure you’re evenly distributing the weight of your possessions amongst boxes.
- Handle any fragile or special items yourself: If there are some keepsakes in your home that are particularly special to you or they are fragile, you might prefer to pack these up yourself so you know they’re being handled with care. Make sure these are wrapped up safely, whether this is in extra bubble wrap or some towels, for example.
Organise storage if needed
Ideally, you don’t want to be making an interstate move until your new property is ready, but if that isn’t possible, you may need to look for storage options in your new area and organise to keep your belongings there until you can move into your house.
If you’re renting at first to see if you like your new area or job, a self-storage solution may also be a good choice so you don’t have to pack everything back up again if you decide it’s not for you.
Research and select a trustworthy removalist
Undoubtedly, the best way to prepare for moving interstate in Australia is to utilise the services of a professional removals company. They’re experts when it comes to providing excellent home removal services and can help make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Do your research early and take some time to find the right company to work with. Spend a bit of time looking through online reviews before settling on a company to help you move interstate.
Rather than trying to do everything yourself, get in touch with a removals company like Bargara Removals and see just how we can help you and your belongings get from A to B. Contact us for a free quote today and start budgeting for your move now.
Plan your moving day
There’s no arguing that planning for every eventuality will make your moving day that much smoother. Knowing what is going to happen on the day that you move will help keep your stress levels down.
The best way to ensure that everything is prepared well in advance is to organise your moving company early. This will ensure that everything is ready to go and that you haven’t forgotten anything important.