So you’re planning to move interstate. And you’re not the only one: 31% of Australians are ready to leave home and move states for a better life of job. Newsflash: moving interstate is never an easy task, especially when moving from Brisbane to Sydney.
This isn’t just as simple as loading everything up in your car and driving to your new home. Moving interstate requires levels of planning and preparation that would make NASA sweat. If you try to wing it on the day of the move, you’re in for an incredibly tough time. Here’s our ultimate guide to moving interstate on a budget, and everything you need to remember to make sure you get everything right.
1. Get Rid Of Everything You Don’t Need
First thing’s first: you need to be brutal when it comes to deciding what comes with you and what goes in the trash. Every bit of space in your rental truck needs to be used efficiently, and taking along a lifetime’s worth of nostalgia and memorabilia is going to cost you big-time. If you want to save on your budget, then you will need a certain ruthlessness as you declutter.
Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and ask yourself: do I really need these things? Throw away all the clothes you haven’t worn in years, the appliances that barely work, and the collectables that you couldn’t care less about.
Not only is decluttering great for your move, but it’s also great for your soul. Instead of tugging along junk from the many chapters of your past, you can free yourself of those items and start anew.
2. Plan Ahead
For the most stress-free move, you will want to plan as early as possible. Not days, and not even weeks – if possible, plan your move interstate months in advance. This gives you the chance to schedule your move at the right time of the year, instead of moving during peak seasons (these generally include school holidays and public holiday seasons).
Plan the day of your move months in advance, and get in touch with the right moving company months in advance as well, so they can book you in before their schedule starts getting tight. The last thing you want is to pay extra because of a last-minute booking during peak season!
3. Don’t Underestimate Your Time; Get Everything Done Now
Time is money, and if you can give yourself ample time to get everything done, you can save yourself as much money possible. Here are things you can do weeks in advance, long before the stress of the move begins to creep up on you:
- Pay and settle all your bills
- Arrange for utilities and more in your new home
- Figure out the most efficient route
- Figure out where is the cheapest source of good packing materials
- Choose the right removalist company, a team who will satisfy all your requirements
- Label all your items and keep your small valuable items close to you
- Plan where everything will go in your new home with a detailed floor plan
4. Pack Like A Pro
There are two ways to pack: throw everything in the box and in the truck and hope for the best, or pre-pack and pack with a plan. If you care about the safety of your items, you will want to go with the latter.
What exactly is pre-packing? Pre-packing is actually a service we offer here at Giffen Furniture Removals, which takes away all the packing stress from your shoulders (so you can worry about everything else!). We take care of all your items, the day before your scheduled move.
With the right packing materials, we can either give your home a full pre-pack or just focus on your fragile items, including memorabilia, crystalware, kitchenware, wine, pictures, collectables, buffet units, and more.
Proper pre-packing also involves the use of a suitable labelling system, naming each box with the appropriate name or label. With our pre-packing service at Giffen Furniture Removals, you can focus on all the other tasks involved with moving interstate, while we focus on getting your items ready for their big move.
5. Make Sure Everything’s Ready At Your Destination
There’s nothing worse than driving hours across the country just to find out that there’s one small but major aspect you overlooked which ruins your entire plan. Maybe your new home isn’t ready for you on the exact day of your move; maybe the locks haven’t been changed or fixed yet and you don’t have the right set of keys; or maybe the utilities are still shut off.
There are many ways that a move can go wrong right at the last step, even if it’s been smooth sailing the rest of the way. You don’t want to find yourself sitting on the curb with 10-20 boxes of your family’s items. Double-check – triple check – everything, and be sure that your new home is just as ready as it needs to be. Failing to do so might cost you several nights at a nearby hotel, or a long drive back to your old home.
Get The Right Moving Help: With Giffen Furniture Removals
As you might notice by now, moving interstate on a budget relies heavily on the help you have by your side. If you’re thinking of moving interstate from Brisbane to Sydney, there’s no better team than Giffen Furniture Removals to help you cross that finish line in one piece!
Our team at Giffen Furniture Removals lives and breathes the moving routes from Brisbane to Sydney. We’ve moved countless families interstate and know exactly what it takes to make your move as smooth and stress-free as it can be.
Call us today for an obligation-free quote for moving interstate from Brisbane to Sydney.