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Moving is an exciting time. Packing up your life and going somewhere new and fresh where the world is your oyster. But it can also be stressful and confusing, especially if you’re making the big move interstate.

Being properly prepared is the key to any move and although you may think that you have considered all aspects of your move, one this big begs the question “are you really ready?”.

The date, your budget, and a place to move to are all important, of course, but many other factors need to be considered and accounted for before you cross the border.

We’ve broken down some ins and outs of interstate moves that you may not be aware of.

#1 Know the rules

Each state has its own rules and regulations. Not just for living there, but also for those moving into the state. Different speed limits, passenger restrictions and general driving rules apply from state to state. You could be affected by these changes, particularly if you are driving long distances as each state even has different rules for sleeping in your car.

Border control restrictions Australia-wide need to be adhered to. It’s essential to ensure you are aware of what you can and cannot take over state lines. Items like fruits and vegetables, pot plants, soil and even some pets may not get through quarantine.

#2 Less is more

You’re moving to a new state, you aren’t going to outer space. You don’t need to take everything with you. Don’t take items that are easily replaced or not used often. Try to downsize before the move to make it a smoother transition.

A move interstate is also the perfect opportunity to upgrade or replace those items you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s a mattress, fridge or even a hammock, the more things you remove from the equation in advance, the easier your move will be.

If you’re wondering what to do with all these belongings, you could donate these old items or sell them to get some extra cash for your move.

#3 Take care of the paperwork

Ensure your address is updated for anything important and for those you’d like to still be able to find you. This can include banks and government agencies (ATO, Medicare, Centrelink etc). You will also need to ensure that your license, insurance, and car registration have been switched over and that the kids are enrolled in the local school.

If you are looking forward to a hot shower on the other side of the move, remember that you will need to have your utilities set up. Unlike Cairns, you will likely have more than one provider, so research which companies are best for the area you’ll be moving to.

#4 Pick a great team

A great team can make or break your move experience. Make sure your team is organised well in advance to give them time to prepare. This is essential if there are family or work commitments involved. You should also ensure the team knows the plan and the roles they will be playing in the move.

The easiest way to ensure you have a team ready to go is to hire a professional interstate removalist company like us. This will ensure that you have an experienced and highly trained team of movers. Giving you peace of mind knowing your move will be fast, easy, efficient, and properly handled.

#5 Have a backup plan

You know what they say about best-laid plans. Even with all that careful planning, there are some things you just can’t control. A contingency plan is always a good idea to keep your move as stress-free as possible.

Whether it’s something as simple as needing extra boxes or having a member of your moving team call in sick. Or more extreme situations, like flooding or being unable to move into your new home,
Our Cairns to interstate removals teams are prepared for any situation and will get your belongings where they need to go, as safely and quickly as possible.

We can also arrange for your things to be kept safe in our secure storage facilities while you wait to access your new home.

Wherever you’re moving to, your move should be something you are looking forward to. Our team can help with that. With over 35 years’ experience and a range of extra services to suit your needs, we’ll be there every step of the way. Get your quote today.

Les Forrester

Author Les Forrester

Les has a keen eye for detail and he is always looking for ways in which the business can continually improve. He has been in the industry for many years and weathered all kinds of storms including the GFC, pilot strikes and COVID. He has remained true to the business goals of delivering a reliable, customer-centric service. He believes customer service is the key to success.

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