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Packing it all up

While it might be a romantic idea to leave everything behind and arrive in Australia ready to start your new life with only a backpack, in reality, bringing your possessions with you can help you adjust to your new life. There is something comforting about having your treasures from home, especially for children.

To help you get organised, one of your first steps should be downloading the moving to Australia checklist that Working In has compiled for you. The checklist will not only work as a reminder of all the details involved in moving to Australia, but will also recommend the best time to do them and help you keep track of what has been done.

Choose your international removal company wisely

Reputable international moving companies are happy to visit you and provide you with a range of quotes and options to give you an idea of costs. Take time to select a company you feel comfortable with, as this is not a decision that should be made lightly.

Make the most of your time 

Moving house is a perfect time to get rid of any extra clutter. Sell, give away, or donate to charity any useful items that you simply don’t want to bring. Recruit friends to help you pack and sort, if possible.

Talk to a rubbish removal company about options to cart away large amounts of clutter, and investigate if any local charities offer a pick-up service for donated goods.

Consider hiring a cleaning company to clean your empty house after you and the movers are finished packing. This will allow you to save your energy for other, more important tasks, and reduce your stress as moving day approaches.

Be meticulous 

If you’re packing some or all of the goods yourself, make sure you keep a careful note of what you packed where. Label each of your boxes, indicating which room the goods are from, or make detailed lists for each box.

If you are planning to sell your furniture and purchase new items once you arrive, first check out the costs of buying new or second-hand furniture in Australia. If you have an abundance of antiques it will probably be easier to bring these with you, as it is unlikely you will be able to replace them with something similar in Australia.

Before you sell everything you own, take time to obtain free information from relocation and moving companies. Shipping belongings can easily be worth the expense in return for the pleasure of having a wee bit of home with you, and in comparison with the cost of setting up an entire household.


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