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Planning Your Interstate Move

Time to read: 9 min.

Planning your interstate move

Moving interstate is far more challenging than just moving to the next suburb, or across town. Whether you’re going alone, or taking your family, it is quite possibly one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in your life.
An interstate move is not something you can just quickly do yourself in a day or two, with the help of a couple of mates and a ute. The process involved is labour intensive, stressful, complicated, and can be quite expensive. There’s a lot to think about, including figuring out the logistics of your move, and finding the money to pay for it all, since most of the costs associated with moving interstate are from removalist fees.

When making such a drastic move, it’s important that you hire a company that is trustworthy, reliable and affordable. You also want someone that offers reassurance that whatever you pack in the truck at Point A, reaches Point B, all intact and in the same state. Therefore, a company that offers public liability and transit insurance is highly recommended.
Top Removals is a Melbourne-based removals and storage company that specialises in interstate moves. Not only offering value for money, and a professional service, they will help you plan your moving schedule so you can achieve a stress-free move from anywhere within Australia.
They also have an online cost estimator to help you plan your budget, and give you an indication of pricing for moving, packing, or storage (in case you want to store your belongings for a short time until you’re settled).

Believe it or not, a stress-free move anywhere in Australia can be achieved. You just need to be well organized and plan ahead. That means also planning for things not going exactly as anticipated.
To start with, write out a checklist of all the things you need to do before you go, and make sure you check these off one by one. When developing your checklist, try and be as detailed as possible. It’s important that you don’t forget anything, as it won’t be that easy to quickly pop back to your old house once you have moved to a different city.
Follow our checklist as a quick guide to get you started. As you think of more things you need to do, you can just add them in.


  • In the weeks leading up to the move, dismantle furniture and anything which is of no use.
  • Place screws and bolts inside a labelled plastic container
  • Hire a handyman for maintenance or repairs, especially if you are ending a lease and want your bond back
  • Disconnect utility services
  • Take back any books or DVD’s to library, as well as anything you’ve borrowed from friends or neightbours
  • Pay any outstanding bills
  • Organise a mail redirection service
  • Inform important organisations of your new address


  • Buy packing materials (You can purchase packing supplies such as boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap through Top Removals)
  • Clearly label boxes with their contents
  • Start packing old items that you use infrequently. This can be done weeks or months in advance
  • Separate your belongings into piles. “Keep”, “Donate/Sell”, “Throw Away”
  • Organise a hard rubbish collection
  • Organise a garage sale to get rid of old bits of junk, as well as make yourself a few dollars
  • Collect your dental and medical records and store them safely.
  • Pack all your important documents together, such as passports, birth certificates, licenses and certificates into a box or suitcase. Keep them with you in the car when travelling to your new destination
  • Get your car serviced before driving long distances
  • Organise carpet cleaning for both the old and new properties.
  • Defrost your freezer and clean out your fridge
  • Keep a list of all valuables that are being packed and transported on the removalist truck

Moving house is exhausting, and depending on how chaotic things are when you reach your new place, you may consider staying in a motel or hotel for the night. All that travel, packing and organizing can be absolutely tiring, and there’s no harm in rewarding yourself for one night, considering you have many nights of unpacking ahead of you.
Pack a separate box or suitcase with your personal effects, and include such things as a change of clothes, towels, important paperwork, documents and valuables, toiletries, and anything else you’ll need to get by for a couple of days without stressing.

Moving interstate isn’t easy. Coming to terms with carving out a new daily life with new friends, job, school for the kids etc, can be very daunting, however, it also provides a window of opportunity for you to make a positive life change.