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    A Guide to Moving Interstate

March 2019

Are you making the big move interstate? Lighten the load with a little pre-planning and follow our tips for moving beyond the state border.

Whether you’re heading south from Queensland to New South Wales, or west from Victoria to South Australia, an interstate move is a big deal. It’s exciting … yet it can feel a little overwhelming.

Not only do you have to deal with all the usual moving madness but you also have to think a little further ahead about what you need to do to hit the ground running in your new ‘hood.

To ease the stress, check out our ultimate moving house guide and wrap your head around all the tasks, big and small, that need to be ticked off your to-do list. Then, read on below to see what you need to think about when you’re moving interstate in Australia.

Do some digging on the new neighbourhood

Local amenities

If you’re moving to a place you’re unfamiliar with, which is common when you’re moving from one state to another, then you should do a little research about the amenities in your new neighbourhood. Google is your friend here, look up things like:

  • Local medical centres
  • Hospitals
  • Supermarkets
  • Public transport routes
  • Local parks etc

Moving with children

If you’ve got children, then you’ll want to make the move as stress free and exciting for them as possible. You’ll probably want to know about local recreational activities and facilities. Here are a few things you could look into:

  • Local primary and high schools
  • Day care/Kindergartens
  • Playgrounds
  • Sporting grounds
  • Swimming centres
  • Bike tracks
  • Local library
  • Toy library etc

If they are older and enrolled into a school check in with them and make sure they have everything they need from you. Get all that sorted early so you don’t need to worry about it in the week of the move.

Essential services

Having your electricity and gas organised, ready for when you move in will make settling into your new home so much easier. Start by getting in touch with your electricity and gas provider and let them know you’re moving interstate. You may also need to talk to your new water supplier and ensure everything is as it should be for your move.

Sort your transport

How are you getting to your new home? Flying? Driving? Jumping on a train? If you’re flying or going by public transport, then book your seats early for the best deal. If you’re strapping in for a road trip, then it’s a great idea to get your car serviced before you leave. There’d be nothing worse than an overheated engine on the Hume Highway halfway between Sydney and Melbourne!

While you’re at it, get quotes from a number of interstate removalist companies. Find one you trust and lock them in. Then, you’ll know the exact dates of when to say goodbye to all your stuff in one state, and say hello to it in another. With this in mind, you can pack a ‘moving suitcase’ filled with enough clothes, toiletries and anything else you need while your belongings are in transit.

Know the rules and regs

There are rules around what you can and can’t take across some state borders. For example, if you’re moving to South Australia from Queensland then you might not be allowed to take a potted citrus tree. Check out the interstate quarantine website to see whether you can take your pot plants with you – in many cases, the answer will sadly be ‘no’.

Then there’s your beloved pet. Check to see if there are any rules about moving your animal to its new home or whether it will need any new vaccinations to protect it from local pests or diseases. Your local vet may be able to provide some good advice here.

You’ll also need to think about getting a new driver’s licence and understanding the road rules, as they can differ from one state to another. This can wait until you’ve landed in your new home … but it’s certainly something to think about and add to that post-move to-do list.

The final word

Moving interstate takes a little extra planning, but it’s certainly worth it when you settle in somewhere new. Use our moving checklist and the tips above to make your interstate move as smooth as possible.

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