Guides

Survival guide to moving interstate

Anyone that’s moved house before can attest that living amongst piles of boxes and furniture for weeks can be a great test for your mood and nerves. Things get even tougher if children and pets are included in the equation and if your plans are for moving interstate then things can escalate easily.

Planning to start living in a new state is adventurous and challenging. It will mean living in a totally new environment, enjoying a different landscape every day, working on a new job and sending your children to a different school. Needless to say, it’s a huge decision that requires a lot of thinking and planning before taking the first step.

This survival guide packed with savvy hints and tips will help you undergo the process as easily as possible.

Communicate Your Decision


Once you have decided that moving interstate is right for you or your family, start communicating your decision. Inform your parents, relatives and closest friends. You’ll need their support and helping hands in the months and weeks ahead.

If you have children, they should be amongst the first to be told the big news. How well or bad they’ll take it will mostly depend on their age. Toddlers and children in kindergarten are very likely to be enthusiastic about the huge change. School-aged children will be the most inquisitive. Be ready to patiently listen to all of their questions and, of course, to answer them. Teens and pre-teens, rebellious in nature, will be the most defiant and resistant to the change. They’ll be afraid of losing their friends and acquaintances and of missing exciting social events. It may be a good idea to reach out to your child’s new school.  Enroll them into any groups or areas that could help them make friends after the move.

Declutter Your Home!

Moving interstate can be expensive: interstate removalists will charge you more based on the volume of items you’re moving so decluttering your home and getting rid of everything you don’t need in your new home is a great idea. Try organising a garage sale or sell some of the unwanted items online you can even make some extra money to offset the moving cost!

Choose an experienced Interstate Removalist Company

Choosing an trustworthy interstate removalist firm is essential. They specialise in moving large pieces of furniture and delicate items long distances and can provide you with storage space for your belongings while you find your new home. It is important that you shop around before opting for an interstate removals firm; they will offer you different prices and slightly different services, but it is important that you weigh up the level of service provided not just the cost. Tip: Don’t forget to ask about their insurance policies.

Pack Smart

When packing for an interstate move, packing smart is essential. Try to avoid just throwing everything into boxes as it will only add to the mess you’ll find as you arrive at your new home.. Pack items from the same room together and clearly label boxes so that they are easily identifiable. Put the heaviest items in the bottom of each box. Delicate and fragile items should be packed first and you should wrap them up carefully in bubble wrap or other packing materials. You may wish to pack boxes based on frequency of use so you know which boxes to unpack first in your new home.

It is advisable that you keep personal documents, important medications, laptops, mobile phones and other personal items at hand and that you know where they are at all times. You don’t want to lose your mobile phone in a box to be taken by the removalists.

Don’t Leave Loose Ends

Remember to inform your change of address to health care funds, tax office and the electoral roll. You can redirect your mail online so that bills or any other mail goes to your new address. Notify insurance companies, internet service providers and energy providers that you are moving interstate. If you have changed job in the past financial year, remember to alert any previous employers to ensure you receive your group certificates.

Each state in Australia has its own laws so you may need to research the cost and process of transferring your driver’s license and car registration over to the new state.

Bear quarantine issues in mind as well. Remember that some vegetable and animal species cannot enter some states due to quarantine restrictions.

Starting a new life in a new state can be an exciting adventure. Planning your move wisely and keeping all these pieces of advice in mind will help enjoy this new stage in your life in the best way possible.

About the author: Taylor’s Relocations is a South Australian, family business. They currently service the local Adelaide and interstate markets specializing in Adelaide to Melbourne relocations. Learn more about them at www.taylorsrelocations.com.au

Taylor's Relocations logo