Moving house is always a challenge: packing, paperwork, scheduling and more can be very daunting, even if you've been through the process many times. But moving between states adds another level of complication. While you can sometimes rely on the help of friends and family to help you move within a city, moving to another state is the kind of long process that you have to face by yourself -- or with professional help. Here are a few tips to help make the process a little more manageable.
Declutter in advance
A move is a change, and a change is a good time to evaluate what you own. Everything you take with you is an investment in time, effort and money, so be sure that you really want to hold on to it before you pack it. Purge your home of books you're not going to read again, clothes you don't wear and anything else that just gathers dust. You can sell them and put the money toward your moving fund or just give them to charity.
Pack like a pro
If you're using a professional mover, they should be able to supply moving boxes, packing tape and other needed supplies; if not, get your own. You may need more than you think! Don't overload any individual box; pack heavy items like books in one layer and then fill the rest of the box with lighter, softer items like clothes or bedding. Clearly mark each box with the room it will be going to.
Get the help you need
If you're hauling furniture over long distances, it's a good idea to seek help from a professional. Talk to interstate removalists in your area to gather price quotes. Ask about the kinds of services and insurance they provide, too; you want to be sure that you're comparing like to like. Your removalist will tell you how to prepare your furniture for shipping, and usually handle loading and unloading on the day.
Make a paperwork checklist
Moving from one state to another involves all the usual changes of address found in any move, but there's an extra layer: you'll have to report your move to the tax office, the electoral roll and more. Some of these, like moving your driving license, can wait until after your move, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the relevant deadlines. Time before the move is precious, and you want to spend it on the things you absolutely have to get done.
All of these tasks can seem like a challenge, but with the right planning and a little help you'll see that they're all manageable -- and your new home will be your reward for completing them.