Five things to consider when moving interstate

What goes into an interstate move? From organizing your belongings to managing service providers, there are a number of tasks that must be completed before you can finally settle into your new life. While moving homes can often be associated with stress and chaos, it doesn’t have to be. By hiring the right interstate removalists, moving can be an exciting experience. Moving interstate involves major preparations and unlike moving around the corner or somewhere within the same local community, an interstate move will need to be given more attention and careful planning.

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Fret not, according to a study conducted in 2012, Australians are typically very mobile and flexible. Approximately 31 percent of Australians would be willing to move, especially if it would mean an enhancement in their lifestyle and financial situation. According to ING Direct Spokesman, “The Australian workforce is much more mobile or potentially more mobile than what people think.”

With this in mind, before you embark on your journey, one of the most important decisions you need to make is which moving company to hire. To help you along, here are five crucial things to consider when hiring your interstate removalists.

Services and Insurance

Before anything else, plan your move! Allowing yourself adequate time to organise everything will go a long way in helping you tick off your checklist. When you begin mapping out your plan of attack, which we recommend you do 2 months in advance, list down all the services you need and use this as your criteria in selecting your most suitable removals company.

Reputation and Referrals

Nothing beats personal experience – ask for referrals from people you trust and get their impression. Make a list of highly-recommended companies and prioritise canvassing and interviewing these companies. You can also get to know them better by viewing their website, social media communities, reading online review, or by contacting them directly.

Moving Expenses

When moving, all the different parts of the process can add up and ultimately increase the cost of relocation. With an understanding that a number of expenses vary depending on the supply requirements, have a budget ready based on your needs. When moving interstate, the two biggest factors computing your relocation cost would be the distance travelled and load weight.

You can always check the weight of your load by using a scale at home. As a tip, get an estimate prior to moving and be as truthful as possible because the quote is only as reliable as the information you provide.

The farther the distance, generally, the higher the price tag. Similar to weighing, secure an estimate, cost of packaging and other services you plan to avail of. Other costs that may be billed include insurance, surcharge for metropolitan labour, and specialists for disassembly or maintenance.


As previously mentioned, insurance is another cost and while people don’t like having to shell out more money, insurance ensures that your valuables are protected. Check whether the company you’re hiring provides insurance and the extent of the coverage. To prevent complications, label your belongings and indicate if contents are fragile. Itemize all contents in the inventory that you and your interstate removalist share so that they’ll be part of your coverage.

Be informed that it is unusual for a professional moving company to skip offering you insurance coverage. Regardless of how professional, careful and trained a team of movers are, accidents can happen and client protection should be a priority.

Household Pets

When moving with pets, often long hauls can be stressful for them. Depending on the type of animal and their personality, there are times when pets will need to be tranquilised to become more manageable and calm during the journey. It is best to consult with your veterinarian ahead of time so you can ensure your pets are dealt with as safely and carefully as possible.

If this is a big concern for you, take the time to consult with your removalists.

Choosing a reputable company to assist you with your interstate move can do a lot to easing the stress out of the ordeal of moving. Hiring the right interstate removalist that can comply with all your requirements will go a long way in making your interstate relocation a happy, positive experience.

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