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Your Ultimate Guide to Planning an Interstate Move

What you MUST Do Before Your Interstate Move

Planning a move can be overwhelming even if you are only moving a few blocks. It is much
more intense if you have to upheave your life and move to a different state! Of course,
because of the distance your move will cover it’s essential that you are not forgetting to do
anything, and that all your loose ends at your origin are tied up. Whether you’re moving for
work, school, family or simply just a change of scenery it can feel like an arduous project.

Make sure everyone knows you’re moving
It can seem like the world around you is shifting on its axis when you need to move your whole
life interstate. That’s why it’s so important to keep your friends, family and employer abreast
of your relocation as it progresses. By keeping them updated with dates, addresses and
anything else you deem important, you can ensure that you’ll receive the right support along
the way. Who knows, maybe some friends and family will offer to help pack – arguably the
worst part of moving!

Keeping communication is key to ensuring that not only your move goes smoothly, but that
once you arrive at your new address you will be able to settle easily. The nature of interstate
moves often means that you are unable to be at your new address or you’re only able to be
there a few days prior to the delivery of your goods. At times it may begin to feel like you’re
being torn in two! If you’re moving interstate and you drive, you will need to consider getting
a license for the state you are moving to. This will often make car insurance cheaper should
you be in any type of accident. If you’d still like to keep your home states license, ensure that
you have an insurance dealer that will still service the state to which you are moving. Another
important aspect of your life to communicate is redirecting any mail that goes to your current
address. There are horror stories of people forgetting to get their mail redirected and it begins
to accumulate. They aren’t made aware of the error of their ways until the institution –
whether that be a bank, insurance company or creditor – contacts them and tells them they
now have an enormous amount owing as well as late fees! The final entity you should be
communicating with is your utilities provider – both at your new and old address. There’s
nothing worse than arriving at your new address, only to figure out you’ve forgotten to inform
the water, electricity or internet company you were moving in. Sometimes, getting these
utilities on can take a few days, which means you’ll have to spend money on accommodation
and food. On the flipside you won’t want to be charged for utilities you are no longer there
to use at your old house. Ensure you inform your provider what date you will be moving out
on. In most cases they will be able to switch off on the day you leave, saving you money in
the long run.

Medical Records
Depending on how long you’ve lived in your home state you may have visited a variety of
medical professionals, whether that be: your local GP, a dentist, specialist, optometrist or
perhaps even your physiotherapist. Because of this important medical information may be
strewn across the services. With the introduction of the governments My Health Record it
has been made easy for medical professionals in different state/s and territories to
consolidate medical information if need be. For those that did not opt-in to the service you
may need to contact your medical professional to get your records transferred or sent to you.
Because you’ll be new to the state – with assumedly not a lot of knowledge of the area to
which you are moving – do some research to ensure you’ll be using doctors who have good
standing and are effective for your needs. Ask your current doctor/s whether they know
anyone in the area who they can potentially recommend. With regard to specialists you will
need to do your research. Thankfully, because of the internet we are now able to see reviews
with one click that can help us to make a decision. Look up surgeries close to your area for
your needs and see which ones come most recommended.

Spring Clean
Anyone who has moved interstate will tell you that cleaning out unwanted and/or unused
items can ultimately save you time and money when your relocation takes place. Marie Kondo
swept the world with her approach to decluttering last year and it would be greatly beneficial
to follow her advice if you can’t decide what you’d like to take with you. Consider whether
the item has been used in the last year, if so consider whether that item is still useful to you
or whether it has served its purpose. By taking a minimalistic approach you will find that the
number of items you will take with you across the border/s will decrease drastically. By
moving less, you’ll also have less to unpack at your new abode. In addition, you may be able
to save some money as removalists are likely to charge less if you aren’t moving a great deal
of items.

Leave time
One of the biggest mistakes people make in the lead up to their move is one of the simplest
– they don’t leave enough time to get everything done! With an interstate move it can go
from 0-100 within the space of a few days. You find yourself thinking you had enough time to
cover everything you needed to do and then all of sudden the days have been snatched up.
It’s highly beneficial to write everything in a diary or on a calendar. Often, having written and
visual cues of your timeline improves productivity and time-management. In addition, you’ll
be able to check things off as they are completed. After all it has been proven that having
checklists will drastically improve your ability to get tasks done!

How will you get there?
Unlike a local move it will often take a greater deal of time to get to your new destination.
Depending on where you are moving, getting you and your family there may takes hours or
even days. Understanding in advance how you will map your journey is vital. If your drive
takes days, it may be worthwhile looking up accommodation close the main road you’re
travelling on. You want to ensure that you are only driving when you are fully rested and
aware to protect yourself, your family and others on the road. By planning your road journey,
you can also account for the cost of tolls and any roadblocks that may restrict you from getting
to your new home e.g. border closures. For those who don’t feel comfortable driving their car
interstate or long distances, most reputable removalists will be able to offer car transport.

Research Your Removalists
Perhaps the most essential aspect of your move will be the removalists that will help you
complete the job. Most people that move interstate will be taking some hefty items with
them, that are difficult to lift but also don’t fit in any vehicle they do have. This is in most
cases, when people will look for a removalist. Ensure that when booking a removal company,
you are hiring someone who is a member of the AFRA – the Australian Furniture Removals
Association. As members of AFRA your removals company will be well equipped to deliver a
professional, efficient service for you. The market is saturated with people who have a ute
and some spare time and call themselves removalists. By doing your research you’ll be able
to avoid these services, and the misfortune and mistakes that will follow.

Moving interstate can feel like a gargantuan task. Moving all of your belongings thousands of
kilometres and resettling your entire is definitely daunting. By following the above advice
though you can be sure that your move will go smoothly so you can start relaxing in your new
abode in no time. Robina Removals offers comprehensive interstate removals. With trucks
travelling between Brisbane and Melbourne every week and a half you can be sure that Gold
Coast’s most trusted removalist will be able to help you out!

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