Moving to a new property is stressful, and this stress can be heightened when moving to a whole mew state. However, with the right proactive thinking and planning, you can minimise the headaches and making the transition as smooth as possible.
To help you get started, here are our top tips for interstate moves.
Start planning as early as possible
It may seem like you have plenty of time once you buy or organise your new lease, but trust us when we say that time will fly by quickly – especially when there’s so much to do and organise. Do yourself a favour and start the planning process as soon as you can, not only will it mean a less frantic move, you may also be able to save costs by booking movers or transport early.
Time, cost or convenience?
Unfortunately, when it comes to moving finding a solution that is cheap, convenient and fast is a bit like finding a unicorn. In most cases you’ll have to decide what is most important to you. For those who are looking to save costs, you might lose the convenience of professional movers doing the packing for you. If a fast option is a must, you’ll need to be willing to pay a little extra.
Decide what aspects you’re going to take care of yourself
Knowing what you’re going to handle and what to delegate is going to help you streamline the process and ensure you’re ready come moving day. Do you want to take on all of the packing? Some of it? None of it?
Are you hoping to transport all of your belongings yourself or are you happy to enlist some professionals to take care of that for you? If you have kids or pets, will they stay with someone you know during the busiest moving days? For your new place, will you set up all of the utilities individually or will you pay a service that will set all of this up for you?
Make a list of each item, who will be in charge and what date you need to have it done by.
Plane, train or automobile?
Possibly one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make it how you plan to transport your items to your new place. There’s no right answer here and it will likely depend on your priorities which we mentioned in point two as well as how many items you’ll need to move. We’d suggest getting quotes for each mode of transport before you decide as you may be surprised which one ends up being cheapest.
Don’t forget the essentials
We’ve briefly touched on setting up utilities, but don’t forget those extra changes you’ll need to make once you arrive at your new address. This could be switching over your car registration, updating your details for the electoral roll, forwarding your mail and changing your address for any subscriptions or memberships.
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