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Moving house in Queensland

From the natural beauty to perfect weather, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore Queensland, even if you’re from Queensland.

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Moving house is an exciting time – but the scale of the task often makes it overwhelming and exhausting. Smaver is here to help you minimise the stress, hassle and cost so you experience a smoother move.

Queensland recorded a population growth rate of 0.9% in the 12 months to 31 March 2021, above the national average (0.1%) and the highest of all states and territories. The City of Gold Coast is one of the country’s fastest-growing population centres and is Australia’s sixth largest city.

Are you moving to a regional area? Queensland is also one of the largest and most diverse states in Australia, meaning regional moves can become complicated. But with the bulk of regional living focused along some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, the hardest decision may very well be where to settle!

You have a range of options when moving house in Greater Brisbane depending on a range of factors such as your budget, the distance you’re moving and your ability to rope in family and friends to help. If moving regionally or to another state, there are additional factors to consider.

Read our guide on whether you should go DIY or call in the pros – it will help you weigh up the positives and negatives of each option.

As a guide, here are estimated costs for a 3-bedroom local move in Greater Brisbane:

  • Hiring a moving van or truck for one day costs between $150 and $220
  • Hiring two people with their own truck on Airtasker will cost a minimum of around $440
  • Professional removalists will cost around $600-$800, depending on a wide range of factors.

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The Translink website is your one-stop shop to plan your trip, view maps, check for alerts, book your next trip and view news and events. 

Go Card is the smartcard ticketing system used to pay for travel on public transport in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

To learn more about the service areas please visit the following webpage.

Download the MyTranslink app to plan your trip and stay up to date.

The basic requirements for moving house are the same for buyers, investors and renters. However, those buying a home (to live in or as an investment) need to factor in important settlement requirements which are explained in our handy guide Property settlement – How it works, and traps to avoid.

Don’t forget to update your voting address

When you move house, It’s important to keep government departments and businesses (such as insurers) informed.

Our guide ‘Avoid unnecessary fines or costs – change your address with these key organisations’ has a list of other important organisations you should update with your new address.

For a full list of items to update, use the Smaver Updater.

Moving House Checklist - Update your address

There can be slight differences between the road rules from state to state, so whether you’ve just moved to Queensland or lived here for a while it’s always worthwhile to brush up on them. Don’t forget to update the address on your drivers licence and car registration. If you’ve moved interstate you will need to apply for both.

The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) regulates Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in Queensland to keep premiums affordable and support people injured in motor vehicle crashes.

CTP insurance, which is compulsory in Queensland, is purchased by motorists along with their vehicle registration. Because it is compulsory, the MAIC aims to ensure premiums remain affordable for motorists.

Moving house is only part of the story. Read our helpful guide Eight ways to settle into your new neighbourhood sooner to get great tips that will turn you into a local in no time.

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