Moving your family interstate is a big decision but with the right preparation and planning, you can be sure that everything goes smoothly. As the old adage goes ‘fail to prepare and prepare to fail’ and this is very true when it comes to relocating interstate with your family. Too many people put all of their focus on the day of the move and don’t realise that what is done, and what is not done, in the weeks and months leading up to moving day is what really matters.
The likelihood is that you will know where you are moving to. By now, you will have enrolled the kids in schools, you will know where you will be working and you will have done some recon on the area you will be living in. When moving interstate, many families will have visited the location for a weekend to get a feel for the area and to introduce your family to the area so that the move is not too overwhelming. However, even with all of this planning, you still have to deal with the act of actually moving all of your belongings to your new home.
Continue reading to learn more about how you can get you and your family ready for moving interstate.
Take The Chance To Declutter
Moving home, whether locally or interstate, is a great time to go through your belongings and get rid of any clutter. We all have a tendency to accumulate ‘stuff’ when we are living somewhere for a long period of time. If you’re not using something regularly or you haven’t used it in some time, then take this opportunity to lighten your load. Donate your unwanted things to a local charity and dump anything that is broken or in disrepair. Many moving companies charge based on volume, so the fewer boxes you have to move, the cheaper the move will be and the easier it will be for you to unpack at the other end.
Pack In Advance
You can start packing your boxes months before your moving day so that you have more free time in the days leading up to your move to handle all of the small, last minute jobs. Start with seasonal items that you are not using. If you are moving in summer, then pack away any extra blankets, duvets and warmer clothing that you might have. Next, start putting any items that you are not using daily into boxes and make an effort to leave only the appliances and other items that you are only using day-to-day. Packing these less used items in advance will make your moving day much less stressful.
Box Your Belongings Carefully
When moving your belongings a long distance, it’s crucial that you pack everything into boxes carefully to avoid any damage. The last thing you want it to open your boxes at your new location to find your things ripped, torn and broken. Keep items from the same room together when possible to make unpacking easier and label every box clearly. Always make sure that the heavier items are on the bottom of your boxes so that their weight doesn’t break more fragile items.
Finalise Any Unfinished Business
As you are moving interstate, it’s important that tie up all loose ends before you leave as it may be a long trip back should you forget anything. Be sure to inform anyone who needs the address of your new home, such as the tax office, healthcare, insurance, banks, etc. You might also need to transfer your driver’s license and rego to your new state. Different states have different requirements in this regard so take the time to read up on what will be required. Depending on which state you are moving to, there may also be quarantine restrictions regarding fresh fruit, veg and animal products.
Enjoy A Stress-Free Move With Your Family
Moving your family and all of your belongings from one state to another can be a stressful experience if you leave everything to the last minute. However, with a solid plan in place and by ticking things off your list early, you will have more time closer to moving day to look after any last minute issues as they come up. Take the time to prepare in advance of your move and you and your family can enjoy a stress-free moving day and look forward to life at your new home.