4 Services You Need for a Smooth Interstate Move

moving to a new apartment. Happy family couple and a lot of cardboard boxes.

You have finally decided to move to another state to start a new life. But now, comes the tough yet exciting process of planning and preparing for the big move.

Want an efficient, smooth and seamless move? Bells Removals, one of Australia’s leading professional interstate removalists in Melbourne and Hobart, offers the following services that you can take advantage of for a stress-free relocation.

1. Interstate Removals

First on your list should be a reliable removal company. If you want convenience, hiring a professional mover is the best choice rather than going down the DIY route.

Do you want to spend hours loading and unloading boxes into a truck or van, or would you rather focus on other, more important aspects of your move? If your choice is the latter, just make sure you pick the right removal company that will give you peace of mind when relocating interstate. Before you decide to hire a removalist, consider these tips:

  • Check reviews and testimonials – To gauge how good a removal company is, check what their previous customers say. Do your research and find reviews or testimonials about each of your prospective removalists. These provide an easy and transparent way of knowing the quality of customer care and level of service that a company delivers.
  • Ask about any extra charges or fees – You don’t want to experience bill shock after you’ve spent all your money on your interstate move. When looking for a removalist, get written quotes from each prospect so that you have a fairly reliable estimate of how much you’ll be spending on your removal. Ideally, one of our consultants will come to your home to assess the size and requirements of your move.
  • Verify accreditations – A good way to determine how trustworthy a removals company is to check their accreditations. Reputable removals companies in Australia will be AFRA (Australian Furniture Removers Association) accredited.
  • Confirm if they offer insurance – During your interstate move, the removals company will be fully responsible for the safe transportation of your belongings. You should ask about insurance and what will be covered. In case any of your items get damaged during transit, you won’t have anything to worry about if you take insurance.

2. Storage Facility

Do you have valuable items that you can’t bring with you, or won’t fit into your new residence? Or are you still searching for your new home? A storage facility will help you secure your items while you look for your next home, especially if you need to vacate your current premises.

An interstate move will involve a lot of processes and it’s reassuring to know that your belongings are safe as you go through it all. This way, you get to store pretty much anything you’d otherwise store in your own house. You will have a range of storage options to fit your items and for the period of time you need them stored.

When you’ve found a place to rent or purchased a house in your new location, you can then have your belongings delivered to you. With your belongings safely in storage, you can be confident knowing they will be safe and in good condition when you get them back.

3. Packing and Unpacking

When moving interstate, one of the most time-consuming tasks you have to face would be packing all your items. You will have to sort through all your belongings to decide which items you really need and want to bring with you.

It’s recommended that you sort through your items prior to your move, so you only move the things that you still use and are in good condition.

How to decide which items to let go

Weeks prior to your scheduled move, you need to spend time sorting through your possessions. This will be the perfect time to declutter, and prioritise items you simply cannot live without. It won’t be an easy process, though, so give yourself a few days to accomplish it. You can do it room by room for a more structured declutter.

  • Recognise that more items equals more time – To help you declutter, you need to realise how time-consuming going through your personal belongings can be. Each item will demand a time commitment especially if you have a hard time letting go.

In this situation, you may want to take Marie Kondo’s approach to letting material possessions go: say goodbye (literally) to things which no longer add any value, joy or satisfaction to your life.

  • Start with ‘easy’ items first – When it’s hard to begin, sort through old mail, magazines, books or anything simple to deal with. As you declutter, make a plan on how you’ll handle the rest of your items. Divide large areas like bulk storage areas, sheds and your garage over a few days. After several weeks, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve accomplished.

If you have older kids, you can ask them to do the same for their own possessions. This way, there will be less work for you to do although you will still need to inspect the results of their own decluttering activities.

  • Don’t keep items out of obligation or guilt – Just because you got a certain thing as a gift doesn’t mean you should hang on to it. If it’s not something you love or you can use at the moment, consider donating it or giving it to someone who can make better use of it.

The same can be said to things you have decided to let go but are still in good condition or functional. Give them away to friends or family or people in your old neighbourhood. If you have time, you can sell them off in a garage sale to make a few dollars to be added to your moving fund. If you support a cause, this would also be a good time to donate items you know they need.

Sorting through all your items is a stressful process. If you add packing and unpacking to the picture, the more time it’ll take you to finish.

By hiring a packing and unpacking service, you don’t have to go through these time-consuming processes and, at the same time, ensure that your items are professionally and safely packed for transport.

4. House Cleaning

There’s nothing more satisfying than moving into a squeaky clean home. Unfortunately, when most people move, they’re so busy with the packing and processing of papers that they forget to clean the house they’re moving into.

If you want your current home to be spotless before you leave and your new home to be move-in ready, asking your removalist about including their cleaning service in your quote is your best bet.

Get Help

Moving interstate can be a beast of a task for one to do alone. To ease your stress, it’s highly recommended to call in some professional reinforcement. Hire a removals company that offers a host of related services to suit your needs.

At Bells Removals, we do not only offer the above services. We also have the people and facilities to take care of pet and car transport as well as your moving requirements.

For a smooth transition into your new life interstate, get help from Bells Removals.

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