Long-Distance Moving Tips

A long-distance move is quite a large job, with many things to consider before booking. To ensure that the removal process can flow as smoothly as possible, it is best to allow plenty of time to organise the move to avoid any speed bumps along the way. If you are planning your first long distance move, it can be more complicated than a local move, with many things to be considered. Below are some of our experienced tips for arranging a long-distance move.

Pre-Pack
Insure Your Belongings Properly

When moving long distance, it is likely that your goods will be handled by multiple removal crews, after traveling thousands of kilometres in a truck or train to get to your new residence. At TCM we pride ourselves on our expert experience in the removals industry, though some things are beyond our control. Particularly when moving long distance, it is important to consider insurance, and if full-value or basic coverage will suit your move. If you are unsure, contact one of our Sales Representatives who can outline the differences and assist you in making the right choice. Doing so can help you prevent your expensive long distance move from becoming a financial disaster. 

Inspect Outdoor Furniture and Items 

Depending on where you are moving from and to, there are some regulations in place in certain States and Territories to prevent transporting contaminants across borders. Once you are aware of any restrictions in your destination, check your outdoor furniture and outdoor tools for any dirt, insects/larvae, or anything else that may cause contamination. It would be best to check with your removalist about this or find government information online regarding these regulations.

Save your Money by Decluttering Unnecessary Items

Particularly when moving long distance, the amount of furniture you take with you will largely impact upon the final price of the removal. By getting rid of items that you no longer use or need, you can actually make your move cheaper. A good way of doing this is by creating three categories – donate, sell, and toss. Once you have decided which items you will be bringing into your new home, donate any unwanted items to a family in need or the Salvos, Red Cross or similar organisation – you may be able to help someone in need!

  • Create an Inventory (better yet – book an in-home survey!)

When moving long distance, for many reasons, it is super important to know EXACTLY what is being moved. The removal company you decide to book with will provide the tools and materials necessary to pack and protect your goods. If on move day the removalists arrive and there is more furniture than expected and they have travelled a long way, they may not have the necessary equipment to protect your furniture. By creating an inventory, you can easily let your removalists know what you have and can keep track of your furniture during the removal process. If you are unsure of how to create an inventory, allow a sales representative to complete a free in-house survey. Further to this, our experienced sales team can help you calculate the number of packed boxes you will have, sight any specialty items you have, and it allows us to provide a more accurate removal quotation.

Pack your Belongings for a Long Trip (or better – let us do it!)

When packing into boxes for a long-distance move, remember that numerous teams will likely be handling your goods, as well as riding in the back of a truck for a long-distance trip. Consider the fact that your boxes may not be able to stay upright 100% of the time, so ensure they contain enough cushioning for your things. Try to pack the boxes tightly pack them   to the top. You should pack for a long-distance move as you would pack for long term storage. If this is a concern for you, allow us to provide a packing quote. We can supply all the necessary packing materials such as cartons, tape, paper, furniture blankets and any specialty packing items required, as well as pack for you.

Organise your Belongings While you Pack

When packing, put all similar items together so you can easily keep track of where everything is. Also start your packing in the room that is used the least, working your way through to ensure you do not pack something away you will need. In saying this, it is beneficial to keep all essential items out and pack them last for easy access upon arrival. Important items such as cookware and food for your first night, TV remotes, toiletries, sleepwear and a change of clothes should be put into a box and packed at the back of the truck to ensure it can be the first one out.

Pack your Essential Items into One Box

When packing, we suggest keeping all essential items together. Essential items are things you may need quick access to during the process of your move. Personal documents such as drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, house settlements, or any paperwork related to your move can be packed into this box. Further to this, it can be a good idea to keep anything you know you will need on the first night inside this carton. You can also pack your TV remotes, bed bolts, as well as anything you will need on your first night – don’t forget your kettle and coffee!

Avoid Packing Food or Liquids

When packing for a long-distance move, we suggest that you avoid packing foods and liquids, particularly perishable items. Liquids without the original seal are better to be avoided, as well as harsh chemicals, paint, etc. Household cleaning products are okay, if packed in a lined box. When packing perishable foods and liquids, you run the risk of staining or soiling your furniture or attracting vermin. Though in many cases there are no issues that arise from packing food and liquid, it is not always worth the risk.

Label Each Box with your Name

When moving people long distance, removal companies will sometimes collect more than one job in one trip. This means that your goods are potentially travelling with other families’ furniture as well. Even if you have hired all the space in the truck, it is suggested to label each box to avoid your things being misplaced.

During the Move

  1.  Keep your Pets and Children Occupied 
    If you have moved houses before, you may be aware of just how hectic move day can become. This highly stressful situation can be very confusing for young children and pets, resulting in them unintentionally interfering with the removalists or your efforts to move quickly and efficiently. Organising a sitter for your little ones (human or not,) on move day could be something you may consider for your move. 
  2.  Keep in Mind the “Delivery Window”
    As previously mentioned, when moving long distance, it is not uncommon for your goods to be handled by multiple removal companies. In saying this, it can be difficult to provide an exact delivery date, as there are many logistical factors to consider. This means that at times, you may be provided with a “delivery window” rather than a date. It is a good idea to pack adequate clothes and shoes to use once you arrive in case your consignment is delivered later than you arrive.
  1.  Make Arrangements for Delivery
    When moving long distance, you may not always be able to see the house you’re moving into until move day. Things like stairs, long steep driveways, and low hanging trees out the front of the home can become an obstacle for removalists. Further to this, some properties have limited parking (such as a 2-hour limit) which require a permit to park the truck, which is something that would need to be organised prior to the delivery date. Ensure that before the removalists deliver your goods, that you make any necessary arrangements for move day.