Published on 01 Jul 2020 in moving, organization, tips and techniques by Mark Zappia

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

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Moving out-of-state means moving a great distance. You don't have the luxury of leaving things until the last minute because you cannot simply return to pick up more things or take care of forgotten errands. The best thing you can do to help you reduce the stress of moving and the anxiety that comes with moving day is to plan ahead. If you're feeling overwhelmed or don't know where to start, following a checklist will keep you on task and give you a sense of accomplishment as you complete each item.

In fact, it doesn't matter if you've moved across Australia or the Northern Territory dozens of times, or this is your first move, you need a checklist so you don't forget any important tasks. Welcome to our Ultimate Moving Checklist, which provides you a comprehensive list of 12 things you need to complete before moving day. Some tasks may seem small or trivial as you approach moving day, but, nonetheless, they all need to happen so you can make a smooth transition to your new home.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

1. Remove Clutter & Downsize

You likely know the size of your new home. Whether it's smaller or larger, you are only making one trip on moving day, so you need to take the time to get rid of clutter and downsize. Many organizational experts recommend getting rid of things you haven't used in five years or longer. This can provide an opportunity to make some extra money by selling some of your things or donating them to a local charity. Moving is also a great time to get rid of the ugly chair you don't like or the heavy table you've been thinking about replacing. You should also consider getting rid of extremely large pieces that simply might not fit through the door of your new home.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

2. Pack Your Things

Packing your items for transport is one of the most crucial checklist items for moving out-of-state. If you simply throw things in boxes and tubs, you won't protect them and you will have chaos when unpacking in your new home. Instead, pack your things based on function, which usually means packing rooms together. For example, pack all of your clothes together, pack kitchen items together, and pack towels and sheets together. Some other tips for packing include:

  • After you get rid of clutter, estimate the number of boxes or tubs and other packing supplies you need.
  • Take special care to individually pack and protect breakable and fragile items and label the boxes they are in with a fragile sticker.
  • Label your boxes or tubs and make a list of what's inside, so you can find things more easily when you arrive at your new home. If you don't want to make a list, consider taking pictures with your smartphone.
  • Don't pack your boxes or tubs too heavy. This reduces the chance of someone dropping them and things breaking.
  • Whenever you break down any furniture with screws, nuts, and bolts, place them in a plastic bag and tape them to the piece. This ensures you won't have difficulties when you have to reassemble pieces in your new home.
  • Take pictures of the cables, wires, and plugs on the back of any electronic equipment before you pack it away. Once again, this allows you to put your things in place more easily when you arrive at your new home.
  • Tape any photographs or paintings covered in glass with a big X to prevent them from breaking.
  • Create a special container for things you will need immediately when you arrive at your new home. Essentials can include a fresh outfit, laptop, personal hygiene items, pillows, chargers, dinnerware, silverware, and anything else you think you might need in the first 24 hours.
  • Set aside all important documents and paperwork. You can pack them in a separate box to keep with you when you move. This avoids losing or misplacing them during your move.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

3. School Enrollment

If you have children, you need to take the time to enroll them in their new school(s), even if you are moving during holiday. This way, your children will be ready to begin the next term and you can focus on settling in and unpacking at your new home. Below we provide links to education resources for public schools in each state and territory:

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

4. Disconnect/Connect Utilities

Moving out-of-state means that you likely have to set up utilities such as electricity, gas, water, and the internet, for your new home. This is especially true if you are moving far enough away that your providers do not offer service. In the event your utility companies do not change in your new location, you can simply update them with your new address. In either case, you will need to set up times to stop and start service at least two weeks before moving. Plans can always change, so it's in your best interest to give yourself a few days of a cushion. For example, have your electricity cut off two days after moving day and have your new electric service begin two days before your planned arrival at your new home. You should also take note of billing dates, so you pay your first bill on time and do not incur any late fees.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

5. Get Copies of Medical Records

Having your medical records transferred to a new doctor in another state can be a nuisance. If you are in good health, you can probably afford the wait; but, if you have any underlying medical conditions, you want to be able to set up medical care as soon as you move to your new home. Take the time to stop by your healthcare provider and get a copy of your medical records to take with you, so you can share your current state of health with your new doctor. You should also fill any prescriptions for medicine that you need the week before you leave.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

6. Update Your Address for Recurring Bills

It's likely you get most of your bills via email, but that doesn't mean you don't get some through Australia Post. Go to each website you do business with such as credit card companies, and update your new address. You should also pay the minimal fee to redirect your mail. Australia Post allows you to redirect your mail and parcels for one, three, six, or 12 months and you can put up to six names on the application. You can also choose to notify your banks, insurance companies, and telcos of your new address. You should also remember to change your address on your driver's license and on the electoral roll.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

7. Update Your Insurance Policies

A few weeks prior to moving, take the time to call your insurance carriers and let them know you are moving. You will need to update your home and contents policy and let the company know your new address, so you ensure you have coverage as soon as you move out-of-state. Updating your car insurance is as simple as notifying your insurance company with your new address. It's also a good idea to talk to your removal company about insurance options when moving artwork and valuable items. No one deliberately tries to break or ruin people's things, but accidents happen.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

8. Transfer Bank Accounts

If you bank with one of the big four Australian banks (Westpac, NAB, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ), you likely only have to update your address online and you can keep all of your same accounts. If you bank with a smaller local organization, you will need to find a new bank in the area you are moving to and transfer your accounts. Oftentimes, new customers get great incentives for opening a new account, so make sure to shop around. Whether you are keeping an old account or opening a new one, remember to have enough in your account to cover your first month's utilities and a security deposit if you are renting. Moving is costly, so you want to have some extra until you get settled in your new home.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

9. Research & Hire Moving Companies

Researching moving companies is an absolutely necessary part of any moving checklist. If you hire a company without checking their background, you might be disappointed when moving day arrives. When you do your research on removalists early in the planning process, you can find the best moving company to fit your budget and needs. Once you make a decision, schedule your moving day as soon as possible to ensure your removalists show up on-time, ready to pack your things in their truck. It's in your best interest to get the first available appointment in the morning, so your crew isn't tired out from helping out other customers first.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

10. Arrange Childcare and/or Pet Care if Applicable

Moving day will be hectic and overwhelming. If you've followed this moving out-of-state checklist, you will greatly reduce your anxiety. Yet, you have things you need to do, and tending to young children or pets can be difficult. If you have older children who can help out with younger ones and take care of any pets, you won't have to go out of your way to find outside help. Enlist the help of family, friends, or neighbors to help out with your little ones and pets, so you can concentrate on the task at hand. Your loved ones will want to help you out and spend time with you and your family before you make the big move. If you aren't in a position to reach out to others for help on moving day, find a safe spot for your kids, so you can have your eyes on them as you supervise the movers. Give them games or activities to keep them busy until you are ready to go.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

11. Have Your Car Serviced

If you plan on driving your car to your new home, you will need to include car maintenance in your moving checklist. About a week before moving day, have your vehicle inspected, especially your tires and brakes. You should also have your oil and filter changed and complete any other needed repairs. Many things can cause a move to go badly, and a mechanical break down when driving long distances is one of them. By getting a tune-up and inspection, you can greatly reduce your chances of having to deal with car troubles during your move.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

12. Cleaning

Cleaning is typically the last thing you do before you leave your rental or your house and the first thing you do before you move into a new apartment or house. Eliminate last-minute cleaning by emptying rooms before moving day. Wash, dust, and vacuum whatever you can. If you have the means and the opportunity, hire cleaners to visit your new home before you arrive. This might be more difficult with a rental, but if you are purchasing a home you can arrange for your real estate agent to let a cleaning service in a day or two before you arrive. If you are moving a long distance, you will be tired when you arrive. The last thing you will want to do is clean.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

Moving Day Has Arrived!

By the time moving day has arrived, you've completed your moving out-of-state to-do list, so you should feel excited for your journey and confident that things will go smoothly. Make sure you have your moving company's phone number saved on your phone in case you have any issues and get ready for new horizons. Depending on the extent to which you cleaned prior to moving day, you might want to go over a few areas and make sure things are in order.

Ultimate Moving Checklist: 12 To-Dos for Interstate Moving

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