Moving Regionally: 5 Things You Need to Know
Planning a big cross-country move? You’re far from alone. As more and more people discover the flexibility of working from home, moving interstate in Australia is growing in popularity.
However, whether you’re moving to Toowoomba or setting up camp in Canberra or Dubbo, there are a number of things you need to carefully consider to keep your move as stress-free as possible.
Not all moving companies are equipped to deal with those moving regionally, as these moves can often be a little more complex that moving from capital city to capital city. This is why PODS® offers flexible options to suit your needs, because we know that everyone’s moving needs are unique. With PODS, you’re not just getting a container; you’re getting the full, personalized support of our moving and storage team. From beginning to end, we’re with you every step of the way because overdelivering is in our DNA.
Here’s the 5 things you need to know before beginning your regional move and how PODS helps make the whole process as easy as possible.
1. Moving regionally is a lot more than just getting from Point A to Point B
This is first on our list — and for good reason. Moving regionally or interstate can be incredibly stressful. Transporting your belongings safely to your new pad when it’s located hundreds of kilometres away adds a whole new level of complexity. DIY moves aren’t really an option for those moving regionally, so it’s important your moving company understands the process, and can work with you to be flexible throughout the process. This is why flexible moving and storage solutions are at the foundation of the PODS experience. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan, so we work with you to navigate even the most complex moves. Your moving experience is completely customizable, and that’s what makes a PODS move as stress-free as possible.
2. Make sure your moving company can be flexible
By show of hands, who has ever needed a little extra time moving? We see you and we’re giving you all the extra flexibility you need. We know better than most that plans can change. If you need to reschedule your delivery or pick-up date, we’re just a phone call, click, or tap away. With PODS, there are no penalties or extra charges so you’re free to focus on adjusting your plans, rather than coughing up extra coin at an already stressful and expensive time.
While some moving companies will tack on hidden charges for moving regionally, or for rescheduling your moving date, PODS containers are always the same price — you’ll find no hidden charges here!
3. Give yourself extra time to unpack
After a long journey, the task of unloading all of your belongings will be one you’ll dread. If you could do with some extra slack with your unpacking timeline, a flexible storage solution is your best friend.
It couldn’t be easier with PODS, too. Load your belongings into one of our interstate moving containers and secure it with your lock. This means no one will be rifling through your stuff, adding their things into your container, so you can be rest assured your belongings are secure and will be transported safely to your new home.
Once it’s there, we’ll drop the container off at your new address ready for you to unpack at your own pace, and collect it again once you’re ready. Take your time to get things done on your schedule, rather than a tight schedule dictated by a traditional moving company who has a quick turnaround to get their truck back to the city.
4. Decide what you’re taking — and what you’re not
As moving day draws closer, spare time will quickly become a luxury. So, regardless of whether you’re downsizing or upsizing, decide which belongings are making the cut early on.
Not only will this take the pressure off you, but it’ll also give you the chance to list any unwanted items for sale. Who knows — that spare sofa you don’t need could pay for your packing supplies! Depending on how many of your belongings you part with, you may realise you don’t need as much moving space as you originally thought. PODS containers come in three different sizes (small, medium and large) so you can select the size to best fit the belongings you’ll be taking with you.
5. Take it slow when packing
It might seem easier on the starting end, but when you arrive at your new home at 1AM with no idea where your toothbrush is, panic packing won’t seem so smart.
Take it slow, group similar items into the same boxes, and this is important — label them clearly! Trust us, you’ll thank yourself for the extra effort later on. If you need an extra pair of hands (or a few), our PODS Preferred Packing Partners can help make the process of moving a little less overwhelming that can help you pack and load your stuff into your PODS container.
Planning your interstate move?
No matter if you move to Hervey Bay or Byron Bay, Tamworth or Toowoomba, PODS is here to help. Download our free moving checklist now to make sure you’ve got everything covered.