It’s one thing to move to the next town, but moving interstate will take some extra planning. So if you are moving interstate, here is your essential checklist of things to do:
1. Check quarantines for pets and plants. Not all pets and plants can go directly from doorstep to doorstep when you make an interstate move. Go online or call the local authorities to make sure that there are no quarantines on pets, and that any plants you are transporting are allowed in your new area. While it is a little extreme to have a pet or plant taken away, you still want to make sure that your pets have all of their shots and that you have all of their paperwork in order when you move interstate. Also, make sure that there are pet-friendly places to stop along the way so that your pets are comfortable during the interstate move.
2. Be aware of any inclement weather conditions. If you are traveling along the highway, weather can suddenly be uncooperative. Keep in touch with the weather updates on your mobile device and also keep in touch with your movers to be alert of any upcoming highway closings or other road hazards. This will help take the stress out of your move if you know that there may be bad weather or stalled traffic along your route.
3. Pack your belongings more securely than usual. On an interstate move, your belongings will be traveling on a longer journey than a move across the city. Boxes can fall apart during the move and furniture will get jostled around more, which means more wear and tear – even with careful movers. As well, Australia is unique in the fact that most movers with large trucks will move several families in one truck on an interstate move to save on costs. This means that your belongings may be with others on the ride, so that it is important that every box is sturdy, sealed properly and labeled clearly. Otherwise, you may wind up missing some belongings on your interstate move. You may rent your own truck, but this can be expensive as you may have to pay for the entire journey of the truck round-way if it is going to an out-of-the-way city.
4. Coping emotionally with the interstate move. It doesn’t matter whether you are moving alone or as a family – there will be an emotional toll when you move interstate. If you have children, make sure they are involved with every aspect of the move. This will help them cope with a very frightening and emotional situation. Also make sure they have plenty of entertainment for the long ride. Once you get to your destination, make sure to get out and around as quickly as possible to get acclimated. Use the internet to find out what local things there are to do and what groups share your interests. Most locals are happy to show new people around and help them get familiar with the area. Meeting new people will also make you feel more at home and take the edge off the emotional toll you and your family may be experiencing from the move.