Interstate Moving Cost in Australia – Removalist Cost Guide

Interstate Moving Cost Australia

Engaging a removalist to help you relocate interstate in Australia will help you move all your belongings in a secure, timely and complete manner. Removalists provide end-to-end solutions, so you do not have to worry about managing the processes in between packing up your belongings and settling into your new place. With energetic, experienced and skilled removalists who are well-equipped with the right tools and equipment, engaging a removalist will relieve the stress when you have other things to worry about when moving interstate.

As you plan to move interstate, you will need to ensure that the cost to move is within your budget. The cost to move interstate varies on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the distance of your relocation, the number and size of your belongings and the other complexities of your relocation, the cost will differ when you compare your move to others. While it is helpful to speak to others to learn about all the tips and traps in relation to moving, it is important that you conduct your own research and obtain quotations so that your cost estimates are tailored to your particular circumstances.

You will incur other costs when moving interstate in addition to removal and storage costs. For example, you will need to consider the costs to move any vehicles, sell your old home, transport you and your family to your new place, connect utilities, organise licences and permits, arrange insurance and much more. These costs are required because they will help you settle in well in your new home. There may be additional tasks that you need to complete, so you should factor in these costs so that you do not undertake an exercise that you cannot afford.

Quick and handy tips to minimise your removal costs:

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  • Make sure you wrap items carefully so they are not damaged in transit.
  • Do not squeeze items into the box or crate as the box or crate might collapse or damage might occur to the items inside.
  • Tape and secure your boxes so nothing falls out and no foreign objects come in.
  • Make sure you are ready on removal day to prevent delays.
  • Make sure someone is present at the destination to help the removalists unload the transportation vehicle.
  • Be honest with the removalists so that they can adequately prepare for the move (i.e. don’t tell them at the last minute about a large and bulky item).
  • Arrange insurance cover so that any mishaps are covered.
  • Be prepared to check that everything has arrived using your list of items.

To help you understand all aspects of a move that will incur costs, we have developed this pricing guide to keep you on track. To help you stay within budget, create a table of all the items that will incur costs so that you can obtain quotations to help minimise these expenses. Make sure you do not compromise quality for cost, and remember to ask all questions so that you understand the product or service that you are receiving.

1. Removalist costs

The greatest cost to move is to engage a removalist to pack, transport and unpack your belongings. This cost will vary depending on the distance between location, the number and size of your belongings and other factors. For example, bulky items might require special lifting equipment, and antique items or pianos might require removalists with special skills to dismantle and pack. To help your removalist keep costs low, be transparent about the number, size and type of your belongings. Often, costs increase because a customer has not disclosed all belongings, and this has caused the removalist to not be prepared.

2. Storage costs

If you need time to relocate all your belongings, you might need temporary storage solutions. At Dawson Moving & Storage, we have an onsite storage facility that is easy to access, 24/7 secure, well-lit and modern. With small and large storage capacities, we can help you store non-essential belongings for varying periods of time so that you can manage your affairs at your new place without trampling over unpacked belongings. Storage costs vary based on the size of the storage, the length of time and any special holding requirements.

3. Packing materials

To ensure your belongings do not get damaged during transit, you will need to acquire packing materials. You will need boxes, tape, labels, bubble wrap, tissue paper, and other materials to help you pack appropriately. You can acquire all these materials from our in-house shop, or we can arrange to pack all your belongings for you. Our careful and trained removalists know how to pack effectively so that no damage or loss occurs.

4. Cleaning and rubbish removal

When you start packing your belongings, you will realise that not everything needs to be taken with you. You might want to discard belongings that are old, unused and out of fashion. There is nothing wrong with decluttering before you leave because this can save you money on removalist costs! However, you will need to discard any items appropriately. For larger items, you might need to organise a skip bin. In addition, once you have packed your belongings, you might need to clean your home should you be selling your property or need to vacate the property before the rental term expires.

5. Insurance

You will need to ensure that you acquire insurance during transit and that you insure your new home from the day you acquire possession of it. At Dawson Moving & Storage, we can arrange transit insurance with competitively priced products. As an Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA) member, we can access reliable and reputable insurance products for our customers. Enquire today to learn more about your options. Remember, do not underestimate the value of your belongings because if anything happens, you might be paid less.

6. Pet transportation

Your pets are family too! We have comprehensive pet transportation solutions to help ensure your fury friends come along with you to your new home. We can help you arrange for pet registrations and vaccinations to ensure you comply with local laws and regulations. Our pet transportation processes are designed to not cause stress or discomfort to your pets.

7. Vehicle transportation

Your vehicles need to be transported to your new place in an efficient manner. Instead of driving each car to your new destination, we can transport your vehicles effectively without causing you any worry. We can arrange insurance for your vehicles during transit too. Remember to ensure that your vehicles are registered in the state or territory of your new home and that you have arranged for any driver’s licence or permits. Also, make sure you update the details of your car insurance too.

8. Personal transportation

Many people forget to arrange their transportation to their new home. When you move interstate, you will also need to move yourselves too! Remember to book flights in advance so that you do not miss out on securing a seat. Interstate flights can be less frequent and subject to unexpected delays or cancellations. You might also need to arrange multiple flights back and forth if you need time to finish up work and attend to other matters.

9. Temporary accommodation

When you plan to move to your new home but will need to secure accommodation before you can move in, you will need to organise temporary accommodation. Whether you wish to stay in a hotel and have your belongings held in temporary storage, or move into a temporary rental property, you will need to determine which type of accommodation will suit your needs, requirements and budget. Remember, the type of accommodation you choose will need to help you complete any professional work, allow your children to attend school, be accessible to amenities and much more.

10. Connecting new place

Before you arrive at your new place, you will need to ensure that you connect your utilities and communication services. This will include water, gas, electricity, telephone and any other paid services. Remember to place orders for these services well in advance as it may take time to establish a service and the connection. If you need help learning about local retailers, give us a call to discuss your options.

If you are feeling daunted by the prospect of interstate moving , don’t be! While you might feel there are too many costs, this is the cost of moving. At Dawson Moving & Storage, we understand that moving interstate can be stressful. We provide comprehensive and tailored moving and storage solutions to help you complete your interstate relocation with ease and without unnecessary costs. With reliable trucks, plenty equipment, trained staff and years of experience, we will help you worry less about interstate removal so that you can focus on other things that matter. Call us on 1800 066 846 or request a quote online.

Are you preparing to move interstate in Australia? What costs are you worried about incurring and share any tips that you will follow to lower these costs?

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