The moving process can be a big deal, but the struggle is real when you need to cross state lines.The secret to a successful relocation is to be as informed and organised as possible before you go. So if you’re heading out of state on your next big apartment move, mark off these items as you complete them.

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When you are relocating to a new city or different area, a much more business-like approach is appropriate. You may have to complete your research and come to a decision a lot quicker. The secret to a successful relocation is to be as informed and organised as possible before you go.

Critical requirements for your new neighbourhood:

  • Commuting time to your new workplace;
  • School requirements (university or high school?);
  • Community demographics (age, education and lifestyle);
  • Population density (urban, suburban, or rural);
  • Community organisations that are important to you, and
  • Access to public transport

Determine a rental range to look for a property in your new location. Be mindful that you may have to take into account an increase or decrease in living standards and prices compared to where you are now. Arrive on your house-hunting trip with a realistic expectation of what you must spend to get what you want. You can search for comparable listings.

Phone the agents in your desired relocation area before you make your first trip. Make sure the property managers understand your requirements in advance. Providing them with a written list would be helpful.

When you go looking, take along a map, property brochure printouts and research notes. Take a checklist of key house features, so you can take organised notes on every house you visit.

Use local knowledge. Talk to friends or employees who already live in the area or have lived in your location to gain their perspective on which suburbs may best suit you.

Things to organise:

  • Change your address (More details here);
  • Update your credit card, bills, and online shopping accounts with your new address
  • Get your new, in-state driver’s licence and registration sorted;
  • Register your new details with the Australian Electoral Commission and
  • Call your health and car insurance companies and make sure you’re covered in your new state


  1. Hello. My move will be from Brisbane to Adelaide. My concern is that I wont find a rental due to not having a work history there. My partner works at the moment but once we move there is no income until we find another job. But we have money saved. Is it possible to get something if we are unemployed for a short time because real estates look for a 3 month work history. Im worried we will be screwed

    • Hi Lee-Anna,

      Thanks for your message! I wouldn’t stress about not having a local work history in Adelaide. It is still possible to demonstrate that you are in good financial stead and have the ability to pay rent on time without local work history – you have your partner’s current history to show good financial standing.

      I would suggest you provide a prospective landlord/agent with a copy of your bank statement. If you have a good track record of paying your rent on time in the past, and there’s enough money in your savings account, then you’re on the right path.

      Another important thing a landlord/agent will look for is that you have the ability to pay the rent. You can show your partner’s payslips to show you had a reasonable, secure income – this will go a long way to improve your application chances. If your partner’s employer doesn’t provide payslips, consider asking them for a letter stating your wage and showing off your good financial standing. Best of luck with your move from Bris!