Interstate Moving Checklist
Moving interstate is both an exciting and stressful time in ones’ life. The better prepared you are for your move, the easier your move will be.
We have compiled a comprehensive moving list to help guide you through your move. Whether you choose us for your removalists or not, using this list will make the process quicker and easier.
We have been a trusted removalist company for years and have completed hundreds of moves. During this time, we have picked up countless moving and packing tips that make for a successful move.
If you are planning a move, follow our interstate moving checklist to ensure that your move is quick, easy and safe.
6-8 Weeks Before Moving Day
While you may feel that beginning your moving preparation two months in advance is a bit extreme, the truth is, the sooner you prepare for moving day the better. When it comes to moving an entire household, there are many obstacles that can arise during the process.
By beginning and preparing early, you can give yourself the best shot at having an easy and cost effective move. Moving tips for 6-8 weeks out:
-Book your removalists. This is the first thing you’ll want to do if you are planning to use a professional removalist company to assist with your move. Top removalists tend to book up fast, so securing one for the exact date you want should be done 6-8 weeks in advance if possible.
-Lock in vehicle transportation and pet transportation. If you have boats, trailers or caravans that will need to be transported, get this booked as soon as possible to lock in best transportation service.
Additionally, if you have pets that need to be transported to your new home, be sure to book their move well in advance as well.
-Get your paperwork organized. Interstate moving has a lot of moving parts and items to keep track of, start a folder dedicated to holding documents for your move. Keep track of all of your quotes, receipts, etc.
-If you will need storage services, get this booked well in advance as well. Booking in advance allows you to shop around to find the best deal.
-Clean, organize, toss and donate! Start going through your home and deciding what to keep, what not to keep and begin to organize the items that you will be taking with you.
There is no sense in dragging along unwanted or unused stuff on your move.
2-4 Weeks Before Moving Day
At around a month of less of your move date, it is time to finalize some additional details and start the packing process. Packing is time consuming, especially if done efficiently. This is a good time to start preparing yourself and your home for the big day.
Moving tips for 2-4 weeks out:
-First, check back in with your removalists to ensure that you are both on the same page with the moving date and timeframes. Square away any loose ends before the big day.
-Begin the packing process. Safely and securely packing your belongings can be time consuming, so start early and start with the items that you aren’t going to need in the next few weeks.
-If you have a job, now is a good time to secure the time off you need to complete your move.
-If you are renting, give your final notice to your current landlord and set up a final inspection.
-Start changing your address. Notify all important contacts of your new address.
-Consider purchasing moving insurance to protect your belongings during the move. While your removalists will work hard to ensure a safe and smooth move, accidents happen, so it is best to be covered.
-Notify your utility companies of your move. They will need to do a final reading or deliver a final bill and shut down your services.
-Get your car serviced. If you are driving your own vehicle interstate for your move, be sure to have it serviced prior to your move.
-Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to thoroughly clean your current house before you move out and your new one before you move in.
1 Week Before Moving Day
At just a week before you move, it is crunch time! Time to finalize and settle all remaining details so that you are ready to go on the big day.
1 week out tips:
-If you purchased a new home, now is the time to have a final inspection completed. This usually happens 24-48 before the settlement to ensure that the property is in the agreed upon state.
-Get the keys for your new home and consider having the locks re keyed or have a locksmith put new locks on the doors to ensure your safety and security.
-Finalize all moving day details with your removalist company. This includes making sure they have the correct addresses of your current and new home and making your final payment.
-Finish your packing. Anything that wasn’t able to be pre-packed can now be securely stored away. Be sure to leave out any important items that you will need immediately like keys, chargers, prescriptions etc. so you don’t have to dig through boxes to find them.
-Pack a bag of clothes and other essentials for each member of your family to be carried with them during the move.
Since you have been preparing for your move for about two months now, your day of the checklist should be quite simple and straight forward.
Day of Moving Tips:
-Call your utility companies to confirm the shut-off and re-connection of utilities.
-When your removalists arrive, give them a detailed tour of your home and show them which boxes are the fragile and high priority.
-Make sure that all of your cartons and furniture make it onto the moving truck by checking off your inventory list.
-Before you leave your old home for the last time, be sure that; everything is out, it is cleaned, the doors and windows are secured, and the keys are left with whoever is now responsible.
We hope that this entire interstate moving checklist helps you to best prepare for your next move. Our goal as interstate removalists is to make moving as easy and stress-free as possible so you can get to your new home and begin your new life as soon as possible.