Packing, Moving and Storage

Preparing Early for an Interstate Move

An interstate move can seem like a daunting task, and there's certainly a lot to do to get ready. However, getting started with the moving process early can save you effort, frustration and money. Here are a few things you can get working on as early as a month to six weeks before moving day. 

Find the right removalists

Hiring an interstate removals firm should be one of the earliest steps in your move process. The earlier you find your removals company, the more options you'll have in terms of scheduling and the better chance you'll have of getting a good deal. You'll also have more time to communicate with your removals firm to plan the trip and find out about the services they offer. 

Slim down your possessions

Moving your belongings across the country is a great way to find out what you actually want with you. If you're like most people, the chances are that you've accumulated a lot of things you don't really want to take with you to your new home, from books you'll never read again to clothes you aren't going to wear. A move can even be a great time to replace items you're tired of and start fresh. Get an early start on ridding yourself of unwanted possessions: sell them, give them to charity or just recycle them. This process is also a good way to work on your inventory; before you start packing, you should have a complete list of what you need to move. It will help your removalists with their job and be invaluable during unpacking. 

Pack non-essentials

In any move, there will be some last-minute packing to do, but you can actually start some of your packing long before the move begins. Pack books, out-of-season clothes, and other items you aren't going to need in the next month. Do a few boxes at a time, spacing the work out evenly over the weeks. This will help you make a dent in your packing without taking up too much of your time at this early stage. 

Contact authorities

As part of your moving process, you'll need to contact utility providers and let them know when you'll be moving. As soon as you know your new address and move date, arrange these transfers; doing them on short notice will result in unnecessary stress. Similarly, you'll want to notify the electoral office of your new address and find out what you'll need to do to transfer your driver's license and car registration. 

Some moving tasks, such as packing essentials and final cleaning, can only really be done during the last few weeks before your move. If you accomplish this list of tasks in advance, though, you'll have more time to focus on other jobs in the approach to your moving day.