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A Complete Guide to Moving Interstate: Everything You Need to Know

A Complete Guide to Moving Interstate: Everything You Need to Know


Imagine embarking on a new adventure in a different state. The prospect of being in a new environment and facing new challenges is both exhilarating and daunting. However, based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics data, you are not alone, as more than 104,000 crossed state borders at the end of March 2021.

You are likely in the same boat they’ve taken before as they turn another chapter in their lives. AAA City Removalists understand the significance of a well-planned interstate move, and their professional experts are here to guide you through this exciting transition.

This comprehensive guide should serve as a handy tool to help make your move seamless and stress-free:

1. Plan Strategically

Start planning your relocation well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Create a detailed checklist of tasks to be completed before, during, and after the move.

2. Choose a Reliable Interstate Removalist

Research and select a reputable Interstate Removalist with experience moving between states in Australia. Obtain multiple quotes to compare prices and services offered by different removalists. However, work with someone with a proven track record instead of settling with a company that offers the cheapest rates. Remember, you pay for the service that you deserve.

3. Tidy Up Before Packing

Organise your possessions and remove items you no longer require or utilise. You might also want to think about hosting a garage sale or donating usable goods to charitable organisations.

4. Pack Strategically

Label the boxes clearly with the contents and the room they belong to. Use sturdy packaging materials to safeguard your belongings during Transit. Pack essentials separately to access them easily upon arrival.

5. Arrange Utilities and Services

Notify your utility providers of your move and arrange disconnection at your current address and reconnection at your new one. Inform relevant service providers, such as internet and cable companies, of your change of address.

6. Notify Important Parties

Update your address with Australia Post for mail redirection. Notify relevant government agencies, banks, insurance providers, and other important institutions about your move. However, you are not required to check in with the local authorities unless you are under probation or on the offender’s list.

7. Consider Interstate Laws and Regulations

When crossing state boundaries in Australia, be aware of the laws and regulations that may apply, such as driving rules, traffic regulations, and quarantine laws for plants and animals. Each state might have varying rules regarding vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, and road rules, so make sure you are familiar with them.

8. Interstate Quarantine Laws

Australia has strict quarantine laws against the spread of pests and diseases between states. Check the quarantine restrictions for each state and ensure your belongings comply with them.

9. Interstate Moving Insurance

Consider obtaining moving insurance to protect your belongings during the interstate journey. Check with your removalist or insurance provider to understand the coverage options available. It’s recommended that you get full insurance coverage, especially for long transits. The extra $200 is worth the peace of mind.

10. Inform Family and Friends

Notify your family and friends about your move and provide them with your new contact information.

11. Prepare for Travel

If you’re driving to your new location, plan your route and book accommodation if required. If flying, book your tickets and arrange transportation from the airport to your new home. When you contact AAA City Removalists, their professional Movers will handle your belongings so that they arrive at your address in pristine condition.

12. Update Your Address

Update your address with all relevant parties, including your employer, banks, electoral commission, and subscriptions. If you plan on settling down in your new neighbourhood, you must update your details at the Electoral Commission. You may do so after a month of staying in your new house.

13. Conduct a Final Check

Double-check your checklist to ensure all tasks are completed before departure. Confirm the date and time with your removalist and prepare for their arrival.

14. During Transit

Stay in contact with your removalist during the journey to track the progress of your belongings. If driving, take breaks during the trip to rest and avoid fatigue.

15. Arriving at Your New Home

Inspect your belongings for any damages or missing items as soon as they arrive. Begin unpacking and settling into your new home, one room at a time.

16. Explore Your New Area

Familiarise yourself with the new neighbourhood, find nearby amenities, and get to know the area. Thankfully, you don’t have to rush yourself into doing this, as you have enough time to do some exploring. Prioritise the essential things first, like the police station, grocery shops, and parks, to walk your dog or do your exercise.

17. Update Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration

After settling in, update your driver’s license and vehicle registration to comply with the laws of your new state. You must inform the Department of Transport within three months of moving to your new neighbourhood.

18. Connect with the Community

Join local groups or organisations to connect with people in your new area and make new friends. Of course, you don’t have to do this if you are not a social type. But you do need to introduce yourself to your next-door neighbours since you never know when you will need their help down the road.

Relocating interstate requires careful planning, organisation, and compliance with relevant laws. But the checklist above should help your transition easier. AAA City Removalists are dedicated to providing seamless moving experiences for our clients, whether for residential or commercial purposes. They have packages at competitive pricing, especially since the mover offers seasonal discounts and special rates regularly.

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