• Written by Robert Wise
  • Published in Australia

Each year, many people relocate to Australia looking for a better way of life. Indeed, an international removal is an exciting, life-changing process, but this also comes with a lot of challenges — from visa acquisition, to moving your items, to settling in as quickly as possible.

A move to Australia, for instance, is a huge project that requires careful planning and preparation. Anxieties, fears, and uncertainties can translate into stress. But remember that you don’t have to go through this process alone.

Apart from getting help from your family and friends, you can also seek professional help. International removal companies in Sydney are more than happy to help you. Relocation is a part of their daily lives, and they can lift much of the burden off your shoulders, so you can have a smooth, stress-free removal and still have time and energy to spare for other crucial activities.

To help guarantee a smooth move, here are some of the common international relocation mistakes you must remember to avoid.

1. Getting rid of all your items

You may be planning to go to Australia with just two huge suitcases and a small bag so you can cut on moving costs. Besides, you think, you can just replace your furniture, appliances, and other items with new ones upon your arrival at your new house.

While this may seem like a good idea, expats who do this soon realized that the costs of replacing everything quickly added up. So instead of leaving everything behind, declutter! This means deciding carefully what items to bring, sell or donate. Take note that once you leave them, there is no turning back.

2. Not getting professional relocation services

Moving overseas does not have to be a solo endeavour. There are international relocation services you can get to help ease your removal.

Professional packing services, for instance, will make packing all or some of your items a breeze. Since your items will be traveling long distances, they must be packed properly so they will arrive in your new home damage-free and on time.

Professional packers can assure you that this gets done because they are equipped with the right packing supplies and methods. And in the event that you want to pack some of your items yourself, they can provide you with high-quality packing materials and tips to guarantee the safety of your items.

Professional removalists are also your best partners if you need to bring your pet or vehicle. By investing in their pet and/or car transport services, your furry friend or car will be transported to your intended destination with ease. Removalists will handle all the necessary paperwork and other crucial considerations on your behalf. So all you have to do is to wait for your dog, cat or car to arrive at your new house.

3. Listening to visa application advice from unqualified individuals

Relocating to Australia may require you to get a visa so you can work and live there, and eventually apply for citizenship. To guarantee that you are getting the right information about how to get a visa and what type of visa to acquire, speak only with specialists in this field.

Alternatively, you can ask your removalists if they can help you with visa and immigration. Some Sydney removal companies can provide assistance with different forms of visa and immigration services because they have a partner that specializes in this field. As such, they can help you choose which visa is right for you and guide you throughout the visa application process.

4. Disorganized planning

Bad planning can be a result of underestimating both the living and moving costs or perhaps neglecting to do your research. Before everything else, you have to make sure that you are relocating to the best place in Australia and be confident that the upcoming change is what you really want.

The first step is to identify what you hope to gain from the relocation. Can you afford the living costs in the city you want to live in? Do you have any other options? Will your move to Australia improve your quality of life? These questions can help determine if relocating to Australia is a smart move. Once you are determined to make a move, do your own research. This should include learning about the community, their laws and regulations, culture, and language. Again, a removal company can help with these concerns either directly or through partner companies that specialize in relocation settling in services – from home search to language and cross-cultural training.

Moving to Australia to study, find better employment opportunities, help your child pursue a budding career overseas, or to improve your family’s overall quality of life does not have to be stressful. With a bit of planning, and by knowing what mistakes to avoid, you can have a smooth, hassle-free move.

Most importantly, don’t hesitate to get help from a removal company. Make sure to work with removalists who can help you not just in packing and moving your items, but also in other aspects like home search, visa and immigration, and language and cross-cultural training.




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.