Packing, stacking and shipping is overwhelming as it is, especially when moving interstate, however the hardest part about moving is yet to come. Planning to move your car interstate? Will you be travelling with your pets? Will removalists transport my gas range? Do yourself a favor and smooth out these kinks by reading our tips before moving interstate.
Interstate Car Transport
Moving interstate and still deciding how you’re going to transport your car? If you have the time and energy, then you may want to consider driving your car to its new destination. However, if you want to be smart and keep the stress at a minimum level, we suggest using a professional car transport service.
Shipping a car is a big operation and not something you go through every day. If you have never used the service of a car transport company before, here are several things which you need to consider so you know what to expect and how you can get prepared.
Prices – How
Prices for auto transportation can vary wildly. The best way to get a competitive price is to ask questions about the difference in pricing since it may have to do with what services one company provides that another doesn’t or valuation of your belongings. Price variables may also include the weight of the car, the distance travelled, how quickly you need the car shipped and the time of year you are shipping, just to name a few.
Look for offers that guarantee on time and safe delivery. And remember, never sign a paperwork that hasn’t been fully explained, you don’t want to be surprised with all the hidden charges you’ll have to pay at the end. Do not take verbal promises!
Safety – Chip chip chip the paint
If your vehicle is not in a covered container, there is the chance of damage from flying debris, dust and even rain. Vehicles on trucks are exposed to the elements as well as the possibility of the truck getting into an accident. When choosing an interstate car transport company, find one that is able to provide a shipping container to place your car in. Make certain that the company is also insured, fully licensed and bonded. Also, verify if your car insurance applies during transport.
How to get your vehicle ready for transport
You will be completely responsible for getting your car ready for shipment. Mechanical problems can cause delays and damages, and for this reason it is imperative to perform a maintenance check before shipping your car.
Use the following checklist to make sure your car is in working order:
- Empty your petrol tank until it is almost empty.
- Take the time to check your car over and determine if there are any leaks, or if anything is loose, like the roof rack.
- If there are any problems, add them to the written document and ensure that the driver is made aware.
- Check your tires and make sure the battery has a full charge.
- Top up all fluids in the car.
- Inspect your car for existing damage
This is a very important step and here is a quick list for you to get it right:
- Wash your car.
- Record any chips, scratches, or other damage.
- Take pictures of the damage, and all areas of your car.
- Date the photo and create a written record.
- Ensure that the transporter makes your notes official
- Remove personal and custom items from your car before transport
Interstate Pet Move
Moving items safely from point A to B isn’t your only concern when moving with pets. It is critical to note pet moving regulations and state laws prior to your move. Remember to secure all the documents needed for your move like permits, veterinary records and clearances needed for your move. Once this is settled, you can now focus on creating a less stressful moving experience for your beloved canines and felines.
Complete your Paperwork – Secure your Pet’s Documents
The first step to preparing your pets for a move is to research pet laws and regulations of your destination state. Check for local pet ordinances in your new community and building restrictions if you’re moving into a condo or apartment.
Health Check – Visit your Vet
Other than acquiring your pet’s records, schedule an appointment with your vet for a health clearance, overdue vaccinations or any medication your pet is taking. If you are moving farther away from your current residence, consider looking into veterinary clinics near your new address ahead of time.
DIY or Pet Removal Service? – Prepare comfortable carriers or crates
If you’re moving your pets with you, it is essential to prepare comfortable carriers for them or crates. Moving crates specially made for moving pets are tested to and Make sure that your carrier is sturdy, well-ventilated and spacious enough to allow your pet to stand up, lie down and turn around.
Pre-Move Feeding – Light Lunch Recommended
Feed your pets a light snack before the move. Be careful not to overfeed your pets as they may experience nausea and chunder along the way. It is best to keep treats and water at your immediate disposal in case your furry friend gets hungry.
Pet Identification – Update Collars / Microchip Tags
If you are going on a fairly long-distance move or will be away from your pet during the move, update their collars and microchip information. You can also place tags or write on their pet carriers your contact details.
Moving Dangerous Goods
Dangerous goods are substances or objects that pose a risk to people, property and the environment. Dangerous goods are classified under the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG Code) and United Nations Manual of Tests and Criteria.
How can I move dangerous goods?
Professionals removalists are not authorized to move any potential hazardous items including household cleaning products, flammable liquid, corrosive liquids, explosives and compressed gases. Be wary of these items inside your household prior to packing.
Dangerous goods may only be moved by rail or inside your private vehicle, however you should heck with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and state moving laws as to what items can be safely moved or brought to your destination.
The EPA regulates the on-road transport of dangerous goods while Workover regulates activities prior to transport which includes correct classification, packaging and labelling. If you are transporting dangerous goods by rail, these articles will be regulated by the Independent Transport Safety Regulator on behalf of the EPA. Under a memorandum of understanding, these agencies undertake regulatory activities of transporting dangerous goods.