In March 2016, I decided to move from Perth to Sydney, lock stock and barrel. I was the owner of a successful brick and mortar business trading in an array of home improvement materials. For several months, my wife and I went over several options before taking the plunge and deciding that Sydney will be our new destination. The first task was for my wife to find a new job in Sydney since her employers had no option of a relocation. Thankfully, she received an offer from another company, and she was happy with the offer. The next part was finding not only a home for the family but also a business accommodation where I could restart my business.
We spent about two weeks in Sydney purveying various options and finally identified our new home as well as the business space. Even after considering a marginally better pay packet that was promised to my wife, our home budget would be going through the roof in Sydney. In addition to that, I had also to give a couple of months before my business can gain roots in Sydney and I start generating some revenue. We did plenty of homework for several weeks before nailing the crucial decision. Our reserves were comfortable and could cater to the needs of the family for several months.
We decided to move in the month of July, and since our kids were yet to start regular schools, schooling was not an immediate concern. While that did give us some breather, we had never factored in the challenges of moving lock stock and barrel to another city. We started with some serious research through the digital world and some of the experiences we read gave us nightmares.One of our friends has given us the reference of the removalist services by MetroMovers. So we thought we rather try them since they gave us the good feedback so didn’t want to take any risk at the moment. Apart from the very basics of moving interstate, there was a long list of things to consider.
We decided to use the old world method of listing out these concerns and tackle them one by one.
These are the major points that caught our attention:-
It was important that everything worked as planned. Given the distance between Perth and Sydney, everything has to be pretty well organised. Our containers were expected to take about a week before they arrived in Sydney and therefore, for about ten days in a row, we will be left without most of our belongings. We decided to stay in Perth with our friend for the first four days after the trucks leave and reach Sydney on the morning of the 5th day and check into a hotel, for the next five days.
We had to have a plan for packing priorities because our movement involved both the household belongings as well as the business assets. We decided on a date to finally bring down the shutters on my Perth business. At this point, it was becoming clear that we needed professional assistance to create a fail proof plan.
Insurance was our primary concern because there were so many beautiful prints and we did not want surprises, just in case something might happen. The type of insurance cost involved, exceptions, riders, and all related details had to be ascertained and put in place
We also learned that interstate removals are not the same as moving to another neighbourhood within the same state. There were quarantine restrictions in some places which meant that the time was taken to ferry our belongings could be more than what we expect.
Once the containers arrived in Sydney, everything had to be unpacked and put in their respective places. Since we were just starting out Sydney, finding local resources for help was a challenge. A removalist who could cater to our needs at both ends was, therefore, essential.
Electronics and other expensive gadgets
Packing, placement in the truck, unpacking and re-installing were to be considered. We had some high-value items, and it was important that they reach Sydney without a scratch.
Our car was just about a couple of months old, and we were more than decided that we would rather move the same across than sell it in Perth and buy a new one in Sydney. With more than a month to go before we finally started packing, we kept our options open on the car. However, we decided to explore the bottlenecks in transporting our car. Driving all the way down was essentially not on our radar.
Moving the business assets
Business assets do not move, and an ideal situation would have been to find a buyer who would take over the business as a running concern. We gave ourselves two weeks to know if someone could be interested in closing a deal pretty quickly. We could only find a half deal which meant that we still had to move part of the stocks that I carried. That was a conscious decision
Number of containers needed
This is where we got stuck. We had only a ballpark view of the number of containers that would be required. We assumed that 2×40’ containers would be adequate. But, what if we left with some material that cannot get into the container? How do we determine what can be jettisoned and what must go?
Need for professional removalists
After considering the above factors, we decided that a professional removalist was necessary although it meant top dollars. It was not difficult to find a reliable service provider, and we did some hard negotiations and ensured that all our concerns were squarely addressed. Our containers arrived in Sydney two days ahead of the agreed date and thankfully we had anticipated that. Our home and business were fully set up over the next two days, and we were ready to start our new life in Sydney. Our service provider had some excellent employees who paid great attention to detail at both ends leaving little physical work for us. Damages in transit were very minimal and nothing worth the bother.
If you are planning a long-haul move anytime, choose the professionals, and we can confidently vouch that the peace of mind you get justifies the expenditure.