Preparing for an interstate move

Moving between states is a big undertaking: in addition to all the usual challenges of moving house, it can also add a set of administrative complications, from updating your voter registration to applying for a new driving license. When preparing for an interstate move, a little preparation and some expert help can make the experience less stressful. 

Reduce moving mass

When preparing for any move, it's a good idea to reduce the amount you have ship by getting rid of anything you don't need. The increased distance -- and therefore expense -- of an interstate move means that this is even more important. If you have inexpensive furniture you're not particularly attached to, it might even prove to be less expensive to sell it and buy replacements when you arrive than ship it. Eliminating items you don't need means that you'll ship only the most expensive or important pieces of furniture.

Consult an expert

If you're just moving within a city, you may be able to move with the help of friends and family, but a journey of hundreds or even thousands of miles is a different matter. A moving firm with experience in interstate furniture removals can take much of the complexity out of moving between states. A consultation with the removal company will help you identify the best moving method for your belongings, which could range from loading a van to drive to your destination to filling a shipping container to be transported by rail. Your shipping firm may pack your furniture or leave you to pack it yourself; the exact arrangement will depend on your needs and budget.

Make a paperwork checklist

Moving from one state to another requires some changes in paperwork. As with any move, you'll have to update your electoral registration, Medicare, and other details. You will also need to change your driver's license and vehicle registration, although there's usually enough of a grace period that you won't need to worry about it immediately. Research the requirements  for the state you're moving to, then make a list of all the administrative tasks you need to complete and assign each one a deadline.

The long distances involved in an interstate move combine with the extra administrative paperwork to make this a particularly challenging move. With a little preparation and the help of an experienced company like Caloundra Removals & Storage, however, moving from one state to another doesn't have to be too stressful.