In Moving Interstate, Moving Locally

Local and interstate removalists

When is a move not a move? If you’re removals are to another nearby home, that’s a simple move. If you’re removalist is taking you somewhere that’s about an 8 hour drive away, or move to another state, that’s almost a paradigm shift! So, not all moves are the same. Here are a few things to think about when you are planning that relocation.


If the move is to a house still in the same neighbourhood and you can still visit friends frequently, or when you come to work, a change of address will not be necessary if you have a post office box. Some mail senders may have to be notified if they have to send letters to your home address, that is street and number. Of course, if you have not got a PO Box, then you will still have to notify address change to utilities, banks and government departments.

Moving to another city? Well, everything needs to be changed. Banking should be okay if you do it online.

Schools and Kids

What about school for the kids? Local move? No problem, the children will go to the same school and it stays the same. Move to another city and the children will face a stressful period getting used to a whole new system and new friends. It’s a tough ask.


If your move is reasonably local, you can carry many small items to your new home a week before the big move. It’s a good preparation for the moving day when the truck will arrive with all your furniture.

A long distance move means putting as many valuables as you can fit into the car for the one of trip. The rest will have to go in the truck.

Your Pet Moves

Relocating your pets if it’s a long move is a bit tricky if they are not used to travelling in the car for long distances. It’s a good idea to check with your vet about getting some tranquilizers or sedatives and making some arrangements with your removalist company to manage the pet relocation. They can supply special pet carrier boxes in which to transport your pets safely to their new home.


Timing is always crucial but more so when the move is going to be a long distance one. You might want to travel by plane. Your removalist’s truck will be driving on the highway.

If your arrival at the new home is going to be a day before the truck arrives, best to think about booking a local hotel for a night. The last thing you really want to be doing is unpacking and making beds for everyone after a long day, especially if you had been packing prior to travelling. Have a relaxing sleep and a hotel brekky, and you will be ready for a productive day settling into your new home.

Here’s a Tip

If it’s a long distance move, make sure you have all the things you need for the next couple of days in your car, or packed in a suitcase if you’re flying. Everything else can go on the truck.

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