Moving interstate can often be considered a daunting task – so much more than an ordinary house move just a few kilometres away. There’s lots to plan, organise, sort through and pack ahead of time. On top of that, there’s also the added costs associated with relocating so far away.
With some careful planning and know-how, you can certainly reduce costs and make light work of an interstate house move. Here’s a handy guide with some tips and tricks for how to make the most of your interstate house move.
Reduce, Reduce, Reduce
Decide on what items you would like to bring with you to your new place. Offloading unwanted or unused items will save time, effort and money on packing and moving. Not to mention, decluttering your belongings ahead of your move can reduce stress by allowing you to just focus on the items that you do wish to keep.
You can choose to sell, give away or donate your unused items to a charity so you won’t need to cart them around. If need be, you can always repurchase these items again at a later date.
Choose A Good Removalist
Shop around for a licenced and reputable interstate removalist company who offer a great value moving service. Good removalists will provide a trusted service with lots of extras while ensuring your belongings are handled with care.
Choose a removalist that offers a variety of cost-effective services such as:
- Pre-packing services – that will save you time and money
- Interstate backloading – a more cost-effective way to move your belongings
- Secure storage – should you choose to leave some of your belongings behind temporarily
- Fixed price moves – so you have peace of mind knowing you won’t blow your moving budget
- Obligation-free quotes – on your specific needs to get an estimate on costs and plan accordingly
Get Some Help
Asking (or even begging) friends or family members to help with packing your belongings will help a great deal with keeping costs down. The more people you can get to help with packing, the quicker the task will be completed.
Alternatively, if you’re really pushed for time and can’t get any help from friends or family, hiring a professional pre-packing team may be the best option. A professional packer might only take a day to pack up all of your belongings, as opposed to you having to take time off work over several days to finish the same task.
If you’re hiring a moving vehicle yourself as opposed to hiring a removalist, be sure to get some assistance from friends and family to help move on the day. Having a lot of people around to do little bits and pieces will free you up and allow you to focus on larger, more urgent aspects of your move.
Ensure you have enough moving boxes and bags ahead of time before you start packing. Save on moving supplies by checking your local supermarkets or stores for free boxes that you can use for your move.
Try not to overstuff your moving boxes and bags to avoid damage to your items. The last thing you need is for the bottom of your boxes to fall out partway through your move, and for your valuables to break in the process. Also, heavier boxes and bags are more difficult to shift so it’s best not to overpack.
Packing your belongings room by room will ensure that you stay motivated and maintain focus. Start with rooms containing larger objects first and you’ll have your packing done in no time.
Be prepared. Have the keys to your new place handy along with a “go bag” containing all of your everyday essentials such as a change of clothes, toiletries and a towel. Having these items on hand will make life easier for you once you reach your destination and you won’t have to worry about sorting through your moving boxes to get to these items.
Ensure your new place is move-in ready ahead of moving day to make sure your utilities such as electricity and gas are ready to go. There’s nothing worse than getting to your new place only to discover that you don’t have hot water available for showers or power to the property to switch on your lights. Signing up to utility services can take several days, so it would be best to sort this out ASAP prior to your move to avoid any hassles on moving day.
Save Time And Money – Hire A Professional Mover
Hiring a professional mover is one of the most cost-effective and time-saving ways of moving interstate. Professional movers such as Giffen Furniture Removals have the experience and skills to shave time, effort and costs off your move. By taking advantage of a professional pre-packing and interstate furniture backloading or removals service, you can rest assured that your belongings are in good hands.
Book your upcoming move with Brisbane’s trusted interstate removalists: Giffen Removals. Speak to our team today to discuss your interstate moving needs and request an obligation-free quote.