When moving homes in Australia it helps to be prepared, and being prepared means not only having your boxes packed and your removalist booked, it also means knowing what you are getting into.
Finding the right home for you
Finding a new home when you are not on location can be difficult, especially when your destination of choice is a few hours’ drive or maybe even a plane ride away from where you are currently residing. Deciding where to live in Australia is the first step to finding the perfect new home. Maybe you live in Melbourne and would like to mix things up by moving to sunny Coffs Harbor or maybe you live in Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains and work is pulling you towards Sydney. The best way of finding a new home is by going online to sites such as realestate.com.au or domain.com.au and checking out what is available. These sites have thousands of listings and are a great starting place for finding your new home.
To Rent or Buy?
When moving to a new place, the age-old question is ‘do I rent or buy?’ If you are moving a long way from home, you may find it difficult to find the perfect home if you aren’t able to conduct site visits and inspections to get a proper feel for your home or neighbourhood.
If you are moving for work, then you may not be planning to stay for a very long time and may want to move back home after a few years. In this instance you may want to consider renting your new home, so that when you leave you do not have to go through the hassle of selling your home. This will also save you a lot of money on stamp duty when it comes to selling your home.
If you are moving home for good and are more interested in buying in your destination, you will want to make sure that the home that you are buying meets your requirements and will be suitable for the foreseeable future. This means conducting site visits, having building inspections and checking out the neighbourhood to make sure that you get the right home for you and your family. Photos posted online by Real Estate agents can be deceiving and will often seem larger than they are in real life. To overcome this, you may need to invest in spending a weekend in your destination and visiting your new potential homes. If you do not have the time to do this then a good way of overcoming it is to start your journey by renting. A short-term lease of around 1 year will mean that you can spend time searching for the right home and after a year in your destination you will have a good idea of the neighbourhood that you want to live in.
Choosing the right removalist
Choosing a trustworthy and competent removalist can be difficult, especially when there are so many to choose from. Whilst one removalist might have all the right intentions, they may not be able to deliver on their promises of getting your belongings to their new home safely, so it is important to do your research when looking for a quality removalist.
How to tell the good from the bad
- Look at how long they have been operating in the area – a good removalist will have been operating in the region for a number of years. Often the best removalists are the ones who have been there the longest.
- Interstate experience – If you’re moving interstate, make sure that your chosen removalist has experience moving people from long distances as navigating the longer distances can be tricky and calls for more experienced drivers.
- Insurance – A good removalist will always offer insurance with your move. Furniture is not made to be moved, and when moving to or from regional Australia your belongings may be travelling over hundreds of kilometres and sometimes unforeseen factors may come in to play meaning that your belongings come to harm. This is way it is important to take out transit insurance on any items that you may be moving to ensure that you are not left out of pocket if something unfortunate were to happen.
Getting settled in
Whatever your reason for making the change, be it retirement, work or to be closer to family, the settling in period is always an interesting time. You are still finding your feet in your new surroundings, and often you will not know anyone who can give you support and show you the ropes. The best way of feeling at home in a new area is to make friends and to build up a good support network in your new home. If you are moving with children, then you will be able join a parents and friends’ group at their local school which will give you a great support group. If you are not moving with children, then you should consider joining a local sporting team to make connections.
Allied Pickfords are Australia’s premier moving company with local and international moving experience. Allied Pickfords have over 350 years moving experience, with over 40 locations across regional and metro Australia meaning we are perfectly positioned to deliver on your move. Visit the Allied Pickfords website to see a list of all our regional locations and call 13 25 54 to get a quote today!