Tackling the Challenges of Moving to Sydney

Whether you are moving to Sydney for personal or professional reasons (or a combination of both), you are sure to face challenges that are considerably different compared to moving within the same city or region.

Here are a few tips from seasoned interstate removalists that will help make things easier for you and your family.

Choosing and buying a home

One of the first roadblocks that you will face during the course of your planned move is finding a suitable home. In an interstate move, distance plays a crucial role, given the fact that you may not be able to physically visit the property you are planning to buy.

The best way to respond to this challenge is to enlist the help of someone you know and trust to inspect the home for you. It can be a relative or friend living in Sydney. Be sure to ask that person to provide you with pictures and detailed descriptions of each property on your shortlist.

If time and money permit it, you might also want to strongly consider renting first until you are able to familiarise yourself with the Sydney property market and check each house for sale on your own.

Creating a budget

Start creating a budget for your move as soon as you possibly can. Remember to allocate funds for potential expenses like shipping, packing, and transportation for your family.

If you are moving for professional reasons and your employer is going to cover some of the expenses, it is a good idea to know how much your company is going to cover.

Bring, sell, donate

Your interstate move is a good opportunity to take stock of your belongings and to choose which ones you should bring with you and which ones to leave behind.

Take stock of your belongings as soon as you possibly can and then make an objective assessment of which items you should bring and leave behind. To make things easier for you, consider the cost of shipping those items to your new home. Will it be more sensible to buy a new couch or to bring your old one with you?

Sometimes, it is more sensible to simply sell some of your items and use the proceeds of the sale to purchase the same items in Sydney. For other items, you may wish to give away to friends or donate to people who might have a need for them.

The key to overcoming this challenge is to be ruthless and not be held down by sentimentality.

Finding the right partners for your move

Compared to moving within the same city or state, an interstate move comprises more moving parts. The potential for mishaps also runs higher.

As such, finding the right Sydney removalists to help you is crucial. Ideally, you should avoid succumbing to the temptation of finding the cheapest option. Instead, you should draw up a shortlist of at least three companies and choose one that offers the best value.

What are the factors that you should take into account in choosing removalists?

Take into account the company’s offline and online reputation. In a competitive industry, reputation matters and is reflective of the quality of service a company offers.

Secure quotes from each company on your shortlist. This may entail a pre-move inspection which will allow the company to get accurate moving information necessary to give you a personalised quote. The inspection is also a good way for you to understand the process used by each company.

Apart from reputation and experience, put a premium on teamwork and communication.

Other tips

Segregate your important belongings, including heirlooms and documents. Do not pack these along with your other belongings. Instead, you should have these close to you as you travel to your new home.

It is also a good idea to pack an overnight kit for your family. This allows you to save time and prevent you from rummaging through boxes looking for items you need for your first night in your new home.

Update your information prior to your move, or, at the very least, during your initial week in your new home. You will also need to secure a new driver’s license and update your car registration.

Once you have tackled these initial tasks, you can focus on the challenges and joys of moving to a new home.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.