Preparing for Long Distance Move (Melbourne to Perth)

long distance moveIf you’re currently living in Melbourne and are planning to move to Perth for whatever reason, you’ll have a lot of preparation to do. Relocating is difficult enough as it is, and moving to a new location that’s a considerable distance from where you currently live can make the process even more stressful. Add to that the fact that Perth is among the world’s most isolated major cities, and you’ll definitely need to plan your move very carefully.

Do Your Homework

This is the first thing you should do if you plan to move to Perth. This means learning as much as you can about the city itself and the neighbourhood you’ll be living in. What facilities are available in the city? What laws govern the transportation of goods into the area? What requirements do you need to fulfil prior to the move? What is the best (or most practical) way to get to the city?

The answers to these questions will give you a good idea as to what you can and cannot bring with you when you relocate. It will also help you ensure that you don’t run into any legal impediments during the relocation process. If you need to look for work as soon as you’ve settled in your new home, then it would also be a good idea to do some research on the city’s employment scene so you can list down some prospects before you even get there.

If you have a car and you plan to bring it to Perth with you, then you should carefully weigh the practicality of driving it to the city as opposed to having it transported there. Note that if you choose to drive, you’ll not only have to spend money on gasoline, but also on food and accommodation, since you will have to eat and rest along the way. You are, after all, travelling a considerable distance. In many cases, getting your vehicle transported involves a lot less cost than driving it all the way to Perth. And of course, it is also a lot less tiring.

Draw Up Lists

You may not be the type who always makes lists for everything, but moving is definitely the right time to adopt the list-making habit, particularly when you’re planning to move to a far-off place. Among the lists you need to make is a list of things to bring with you to your new home. If you did your homework as advised, this list should be easy enough to make. As a general tip, it would be a good idea to bring the following items with you:

  1. Electrical Appliances – Your microwave, food processor, computer, and printer will all work the same way regardless of where you use them, so there’s really no need to ditch them and buy new appliances when you get to Perth.
  2. Furniture – Unless the new house you plan to transfer to is a lot smaller than your current residence, then you’d definitely want to have all your furniture with you when you relocate. Of course, if you want to have a completely different look for your new home and you can afford new furniture, then no one’s stopping you from ditching your old sets.
  3. Clothes – Perth may be a long way from Melbourne, but the climate is basically the same. This means you can bring all your clothes with you, even the seasonal ones.

unloading boxesJust as there are things you should bring, there are also those you should leave behind when you relocate. It may also be a good idea for you to take inventory and make a list for the things you WON’T be bringing with you. As a general rule, it is advisable NOT to bring the following:

  1. Fridge – For some reason, this particular appliance doesn’t really fare well whenever it is packed and transported over long distances. It may be more practical to sell your fridge and then buy a new one in Perth.
  2. Latex Mattresses – This type of mattress has a tendency to crumble when stored (note that storage containers and moving trucks typically get very hot). Just like the fridge, it may be best to sell your mattresses and buy new ones when you get to your new home.
  3. Flammable Items – If any member of your family loves to paint, he or she will have to leave his/her painting paraphernalia behind and just buy new ones. It’s also best to leave cleaning products and all other flammable items behind.

By keeping the above tips in mind, your move from Melbourne to Perth should go as well as it possibly could.