Interstate moving checklist

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An interstate moving truck on a road.

Interstate moving takes a little more time, effort and planning then moving house from one suburb to the next in the same city. The biggest challenge to interstate moving? The distance. You can’t make a quick run back to your old home to pick up that last box, so everything needs to be organised well in advance.

Here is a checklist to tick off for the weeks prior to your interstate moving adventure.


One month before moving interstate

□ Purge! It’s time to get ruthless with your belongings when moving house and organise a hard rubbish collection well in advance (consider doing these months before moving, as councils can be booked up for months).

□ Create a spreadsheet of everything you own once you have rid yourself of everything that was weighing you down. Create a simple spreadsheet on Google Docs, separated according to room.

Choose a removalist for your furniture removal. This is one of the largest costs associated with interstate moving, due to the distance, so account for at least $2000 in costs for moving house interstate.

□ Sort through what you need to transport yourself and consider how you will do this (will you hire a trailer?). Place emphasis on your valuables and delicate furniture.


Two weeks before moving interstate

□ Get important documentation and records in order and packed. Consider carrying these yourself if they are quite valuable, rather than having removalists carry them.

□ Inform your utility providers of the move and research/organise what utilities you will have for when you do move house.

□ Plan the itinerary of your move

□ Organise your packing materials (moving boxes, packing tape, newspaper and bubble wrap, permanent markers

□ Begin to pack!


One week….

□ Reduce all your dry foods by hitting up some recipes, baking a few cakes for any of your moving volunteers.

□ Ensure the house into which you are moving will be clean when you arrive.

□ Photograph expensive possessions and furniture for future reference in case of damage during the move.

□ Organise your change of address with relevant institutions (banks, Australian government institutions, insurance, Australian Electoral Commission, ATO, Australia Post, accountant, lawyer etc.)


Moving day…

□ Organise cleaners for your old home.

□ Turn off your utilities

□ Check that you will have access to the home on the other end.

□ Go grocery shopping the night before so you won’t have to worry about food for the first few days.