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9 Steps For Planning An Interstate Move

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Moving to another state can be exciting, and terrifying at the same time. Preparing the move carefully is the best way to make sure everything goes as planned.

Whether this is your first move or fifth move, moving to another state is a big deal. You’ve got the chance to turn over a new leaf. Whether it’s finding your new local café for your morning coffees, deciding where your kids are going to school, or figuring out the best way to get to work without hitting traffic, there’s a lot of decisions to look forward to. But before we get ahead of ourselves, you need to plan for the big move!

So what do you need to know when it comes to planning a successful move (without feeling stressed)? Things can get pretty overwhelming at this point, so we’ve provided 9 steps which cover off the main ‘need to knows’ and ‘do.’

If you’re ready to get into it, Download our PODS Moving Checklist. It lists out every single step you need to take 8 weeks before moving day right through to delivery day. If you’re looking for a ‘quick overview’ to get your head in the right space, read on!

1. Do your research

It seems like an obvious one, but it’s so important to read the company reviews before selecting a moving company.

Some companies are not registered, which could prove costly if a problem with the move comes up.

Don’t hesitate to pay a little more to hire a company known for its high quality customer service; it will pay off with the care of your belongings and communication while in transit.

Do you research or estimated quotes2. Start with some estimation quotes

Ask for a detailed estimate from your mover. The estimate should include a list of all the services provided by the mover along with pricing. The mover needs to sign the estimate and detail everything in writing. You should never rely on an oral agreement on what you will pay.

Do you love helpful resources? Download our PODS Moving Checklist (It lists out every single step you need to take 8 weeks before moving day right through to delivery day)

3. You’ll receive a contract

Once you have been given your quote and you’re ready to proceed, your mover should provide you with an order of service (contract) that lists the services they will be performing for you along with the dates.

The mover should also give you a copy of the bill of lading. This document is a contract between you and your mover that includes a receipt for your belongings.

4. Carefully read the T&Cs

Read the ‘Your Rights and Responsibility’ when given your ‘move booklet’ by the mover. Registered movers are required to give this booklet to the client, which explains your rights in case any items are lost or damaged.

Create an inventory

5. Create an inventory

Create an inventory of your belongings and also include the value of all the items you trust the mover with. Your mover will assess the condition of each item before it is transported.

Ask for a copy of their inventory and check it carefully to make sure the description of your belongings is accurate (if incorrect this could affect your insurance claim, should anything go wrong).

6. Don’t dismiss insurance

It is advisable to take out insurance for your interstate move. Moving can be stressful enough, so it’s at least one part of the process that gives you complete peace of mind. The provider will have contents protection cover to ensure that your belongings are insured.

7. Be there when they are packing and unpacking

It’s best to supervise the packing and loading of your belongings. You will be able to check that the mover performs all the services you agreed to, not to mention supervise the more delicate items.

Also let your mover know when you will be present in your new home to supervise the delivery of your belongings.

When unpacking keep an eye on the unloading process and show movers where you want your belongings to go. Most moving companies are more than happy to be told what goes where, and how you exactly want it placed.

Create an inventory or check your inventory again on arrival

8. Check your inventory again on arrival

Once all items are in go over the inventory again to make sure all your belongings were delivered in their original condition.

Your mover will ask you to sign a document that states you received your belongings in their original condition. Do not sign the document if you have any complaints.

9. Pay on delivery

You will pay the movers when all your stuff has been unloaded and inside. Once the inventory has been signed off you will then get a receipt of payment.


Two best tips:

  1. Take the time to look for a reliable mover who is properly registered to avoid any problems.
  2. Remember the better prepared you are for your move, the more likelihood it will go off without a hitch!

Contact one of our customer representatives to find out how we can move your belongings interstate, locally, moving containers or storage pods call 1800 467 637.


Do you love helpful resources? Download our PODS Moving Checklist (It lists out every single step you need to take 8 weeks before moving day right through to delivery day!)



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