Moving house is a stressful task at the best of times, but moving interstate makes everything so much more difficult. With a long-distance move, there's so much more planning and organisation required, and that's not even taking into account the difficulty of actually travelling so far on a tight schedule.
It's enough to ruin what should be an exciting occasion, and the stress can make it difficult to do everything you need to. To keep your mental state as positive as possible and make sure everything goes smoothly, follow these tips for an easier time.
Remember it's never too early to start
Starting as early as possible can make the difference between an easy, successful move and a huge amount of stress. The first thing you should do is put a plan together and write it down. Break down all your moving tasks into simple steps and work out when you need to finish specific things to stay on schedule. Plan on finishing before you need to because there's usually something that gets forgotten.
Once you have a plan, it's time to start packing. Doing this early helps avoid a rush to get your belongings packed up, which really helps ease your stress.
Minimise your possessions
There's never a better time to declutter than before an interstate move. It costs more to have your things transported when there's more of them, so be ruthless and get rid of anything you don't need.
Sell anything that can get you some money, but only if you can be sure of a fairly quick sale. Otherwise, things can be donated or thrown away. In some cases, it makes more financial sense to sell large items and buy new ones once you've moved than it does to have them transported a long distance.
Organise everything carefully
You need to be careful in organising your packing so you can easily reach the things you'll need first. If you're going to be arriving late, there might not be time to do much unpacking, so be sure you can get hold of the essentials.
When you do come to unpack, it's easier if you can do it in a logical, methodical way. Organise your possessions sensibly and take the time to label all your boxes.
Get the right kind of assistance
Using an interstate removals company makes the whole process much easier. You can concentrate on getting yourself and your family to your new home without worrying about your belongings.
Some businesses offer a full service that includes packing assistance and advice on planning, which is well worth taking advantage of if it's available.