Moving can be very stressful, and that stress may feel tenfold as strong if you'll be crossing state lines. Whether you're moving from Victoria to New South Wales or from Queensland to South Australia, you'll have plenty to think about on the lead-up to your big day. In order to make your life just a little bit easier, here's a list of things to consider before you move – some of which are simple reminders, and some of which you may not have thought about yet.
Licences and Registrations
The rules regarding your driving license and vehicle registration vary between states. In many states, your vehicle will need to be inspected for roadworthiness before you can register it in your new state. You should be prepared for this, and look up your responsibilities before you move. That way, you won't need to scramble at the last minute just to be able to drive to the first day at your new job!
Especially if you're going long-distance, you should be sure to book your moving trucks well in advance of moving day and hand over addresses and timelines as soon as possible. This allows the company you're working with to sort out the logistics nice and early, preventing any snags from occurring and throwing off your plans.
Even if you don't believe you'll require storage space for some of your belongings, research a couple of local facilities and find one that would work for you in a pinch. If something goes awry and you're not able to move into your home when planned, or if there isn't enough space for all the boxes at once, you'll then have a backup plan to reach for immediately, with no panic involved. You'll also know exactly what it's going to cost you, and will be able to account for that in advance.
Just as with driving licenses, every state's rules are different regarding recycling and the management of your home. Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities that you will face as a homeowner in your new home, and you'll save yourself a headache being formally corrected by the local authorities.
Really, the only cure for the stress of moving day is to plan, plan, plan – even for eventualities that you can't really imagine occurring. That way, you can direct all your tension and energy into getting the job done, and nothing additional or unexpected can possibly throw itself at you. Good luck!