Moving Interstate - What you should know

Moving interstate can be exciting, scary and exhausting. If you are one of the census-calculated 340,000 people who move interstate in Australia every year, there are some straightforward steps you can take to make your big move run smoothly.

Finding a House Interstate

Looking online for houses can be easy, but also remember that only the best angles and rooms.  If you are moving to be closer to friends or family, you can always ask them to inspect properties on your behalf, but make sure their taste and your taste aligns. 

If your budget can stretch a little further and you are moving with someone, another option may be to split the work up, with one person moving up and living with friends or in a hotel while they look around for properties that could suit while the other starts on packing.

If that isn’t possible, and you have no one on the ground who can help you, another option is to hire someone through Airtasker or Fiverr and get them to help you do a video walkthrough, where you can poke into corners and test taps.


Try Before you Buy

It’s better to rent in the area you think you want to live in before buying outright.  Buying a house is a huge step, and you want to ensure the location suits your lifestyle, no matter how close to friends, family or the local nightlife scene it is. 

You’ll want to consider commute time, cost of living, and what stage of life you are at, whether you value great parks with close coffee spots or a thumping nightlife.  That said, don't discount a totally different lifestyle than you're used to, like rural living if you're from the city, because you might be surprised if you gave the other kind a chance.



With an interstate move, you need to plan as many aspects up front as possible.  From inventories of every little thing you plan to take with you down to making sure you redirect your mail and notify everyone of your change of address, making a checklist up front that you can calmly go through will make your interstate move easy.

Break things down to what you can do a month before (booking your interstate removal company, getting moving insurance and packing away rarely used items) down to the day before (personal item inventory and making sure the fridge is empty) you can get through all the steps needed and even enjoy the change.

One big thing you can do in the months leading up to the actual move is host a garage sale to get rid of everything you don’t want to pay to move.  You need to pay for every meter of stuff that you bring with you, so take the time to carefully go through everything you own, from furniture down to small appliances and even clothes and break things down into “keep”, “sell” and “bin” piles.  Garage sales is a great way to easily sell some of your excess belongings, and you can use the money you make to host an amazing farewell party, or a housewarming party in your new home.


The Big Move

Once you are all packed, it’s time to pack the last few personal items, get in your care (or plane) and get ready to start your new life.  Depending on how far you are moving and how quickly you want to get there, driving to your new home can be a nice way to say farewell to your old life and welcome the new experiences.  If it’s too far to drive, there are specialist services that can transport your vehicles for you, but however you get there, with careful planning and preparation, you will soon be happily settling into your new home.