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Things to Consider When Interstate Moving

December 3, 2020

With many details to consider and organise beforehand, moving home is undoubtedly a stressful experience for all of us. The idea of packing up your entire home into the back of a truck to travel to your new home can be daunting during the best of times, particularly when moving interstate. Not only is there more distance to cover, but the process is more complicated and requires more organisation than a local move. An interstate removal will also require additional care for the furniture that is being transported, with a larger distance to cover as well as the possibility of more teams handling your goods. Additional services do cost more but choosing the right removalist and services for your interstate removal can make or break your relocation. From our team at Total Care Movers & Storage, here are some things to consider when moving interstate.

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With more details to organise, an interstate move requires more time to prepare and organise everything, to ensure that the process goes well on move day. Not to worry, as interstate removalists, our team at Total Care Movers & Storage are experienced in organising interstate removals and will make sure all the required planning is done before the move. Although, to assist us in doing so, it is still recommended that at the very least, you allow 2 weeks to organise your move. If you are hoping to book an interstate removal during the furniture industry’s peak season (which occurs around the period from December-January) it is recommended that you allow at least 4-6 weeks to organise the move. If you are able to begin planning interstate removal even sooner than 4-6 weeks, that would be great as well.

Choosing the right interstate moving Company 

Once you have decided that you will be requiring an interstate move and you have enough time to organise, you will need to choose a removal company. With many services available to suit your interstate move, as previously mentioned, you should book your removalist as soon as possible. When deciding which interstate removalist you would like to move with, do some research beforehand and ensure they can provide all services that you will be requiring, and read some reviews and testimonials of other customers’ experiences with the company. When sourcing quotes, consider all prices carefully to determine which company can offer the best service. Be aware that when booking an interstate removalist, you get what you pay for, so don’t be afraid to pay a little extra to ensure that you get a professional service.

Interstate moving Plan 

There is no such thing as too much planning for your interstate move, and the sooner you can start doing so, the better. Early on in the move process, you should determine your budget, which will help you when deciding on quotes. In saying this, it is suggested that when interstate moving, that you are flexible with your budget, in case there are any additional costs such as unexpected additional items or packing materials that are required, or your time frames regarding settlement and accommodation change. Outline your time frame and your personalised move requirements ahead of time. This can be done by creating an inventory of the items you will be moving, and if applicable, which items will be donated or thrown away. Better yet, allow one of our friendly Sales Consultants at Total Care Movers & Storage to complete an in-house survey to determine what you will require for the removal. If you have any pets or vehicles that need to travel with you, it is beneficial to plan this early, to lock in and guarantee that they can arrive safely and in time.

Pack (and Declutter)

When it comes to an interstate removal, the more work you are able to do in preparation for move day, the better. Completing the packing before the removalists arrive will shorten the day and leave less to stress about on the day of the move. If you are unable to pack beforehand or would prefer to have the professionals pack for you, then let your removalist know and they can quote you for a packing service. If you are doing your own packing, it is beneficial to declutter as you pack, to avoid transporting items you no longer need or use. Further to this, decluttering before you move rather than after, can potentially bring costs down on your interstate removal quote, saving your money.

Interstate moving Insurance 

A larger concern for many of us when interstate moving is the protection of your valuables. A good quality interstate removalist will quote you for the use of protective equipment for your furniture and will strive to get your goods transported quickly and safely. In saying this, there are some things that cannot be avoided or controlled, and with a longer distance to travel, there is the possibility of damages. If you have sentimental items or valuables that you are concerned about, enquire with our team at Total Care Movers & Storage, who will be able to offer multiple insurance options to suit your needs.

Update your Service Providers

One of the important details of any move is to update authorities and your service providers to ensure they are aware of your move. It is recommended that you start doing this as soon as possible, up to 2 months in advance. Doing this early means that you can spend the days and weeks leading up to the move worrying about more pressing matters such as your packing and organising yourself and your family for a long-haul move. When you are aware of your new address, ensure you notify any providers and authorities that may be applicable to you. Some providers who may need to be aware of your move include:

  • Utilities such as electricity, gas, water, Wi-Fi, telephone and mobile services, Cable TV, security systems
  • Australian Tax Office (ATO)
  • Australia Post
  • Bank
  • Car Registration & Licenses
  • General Health Practitioner (GP)
  • Insurance Providers (home, car, pet, health, etc.)
  • Pet Registration
  • Private Health Provider

Here at Total Care Movers & Storage, we appreciate that an interstate removal requires much more attention to detail and planning. Using this list of things to consider when interstate moving, you should be able to start planning with ease. If you are concerned, contact our friendly office team, who will use their experience in interstate moving to ensure that your relocation is stress-free, to get you and your family to your new home in no time.