Guest Post: Guide to Moving to Australia

Australia is a lucky country. It has an abundance of sun, good natured people and one of the best economies in the world. You’ve made a great decision to move here, but then again, perhaps I am a little bias. However, before you start to enjoy everything Australia has to offer (and believe me, it’s a lot), you will have to undergo the difficult transition of relocating countries.

I won’t lie to you, it’s not going to be easy moving your entire life from one side of the globe to the other. You will experience doubts about whether you’re making the right decision. That’s only natural. Understand that those feelings will pass and when you do experience them, they can be contained if you adequately plan. This guide will give you an insight into things you will need to organise before you fly out.

Visas
If you’re a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit Australia, but if you want to work, you will need one. Here are the different visas you can apply for.
Working holiday visa – If you’re aged 18-30 and want to work and travel around Australia for a year, this visa would be ideal for you. It allows you to work for one employer for a maximum of 6 months. You can also extend this visa for another year if you complete 3 months of work in a rural area.

Partner visa – Are you in a long term relationship with an Aussie? Lucky you! This visa allows you to live in Australia as long as you can prove that you have been in a long term relationship with your partner.

Sponsorship – If you secure employment in Australia, employers are able to extend your stay by applying to the government for sponsorship. If successful, it will allow you to stay in the country or up to four years.

Graduate visa – Are you qualified in a profession that has a skill shortage in Australia? Great. Australia needs you! Apply for a graduate visa. If you’re under the age of 31, you can work for 18 months in your field.
More detailed info can be found on the Australian Immigration site.

Deciding where to live
This decision should not be made lightly and will largely depend on where you can secure work and which city you want to live in. It is for this reason that you should come for a visit 12-18 months prior to the move. It will give you a feel for the cities and will help you ascertain employment opportunities. To do a bit of research about potential employment, I suggest jumping onto www.seek.com.au.

To help you with your planning, let’s have a look at three capital cities of Australia.
Sydney – Sydney is the biggest and most densely populated city in Australia. It is a busy city with a large corporate sector, similar in ways to London.

Melbourne – Widely considered to be the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has an exquisite blend of live entertainment, restaurants and sporting events. The weather is considered by many Australians to be miserable. That means people from the U.K should feel right at home.

Perth – Perth is currently experiencing an economic boom thanks to the mining industry. It also has more sunny days per year than any other city in Australia. It is a lovely place if you’re a fan of the outdoors.
Possessions

This is a difficult subject to give advice on and will depend on circumstances. Due to the cost, it might make economic sense to sell to everything (except what you can fit into your luggage) and buy what you need once you arrive in Australia. However, there are a number of reasons that people can’t part with their belongings. In this case, there are a number of international moving companies that can ship your things over in a container. This can take between 9 to 14 weeks, so plan accordingly.

Removals and Storage – A Quick Guide to Self-Storage

There are a vast amount of self-storage companies who are competing for business at the moment. But how does a person decide which is the best one for them? Here are some tips to help a customer decide.

Self-Storage –What is it?
Many people will use storage facilities for a number of reasons. When a business is moving premises, it may use a self- storage facility to store some of its furniture or belongings which, for size or other reasons, cannot be moved into the new premises. A new home owner may use storage facilities as their new home may not be big enough to store all of their belongings.

Research The Net
Most kentishtown storage companies will have a website, showcasing their products and their prices, along with reviews left by their customers. However, there are also independent self-storage websites, who will be able to review a company’s self-storage facilities without prejudice. It is best to have a look at both the company’s website and an independent website regarding self-storage before making a final decision.

Pick Up The Phone
Once a decision has been made, a customer can ring up the storage facility, asking for a quote. At this point, there isn’t any obligation for a customer to take up the offer.The representative of the company will explain the storage space available and the price for the storage, based on the size of the unit.

Accepting The Offer
Once the phone call is over, it will be up to the customer. They can contact more self- storage facilities, looking for a more attractive quote. However, if the customer is happy with the quote that has been given, they can call back the self-storage facility in question and accept their offer.

Usually, the self-storage facility will want a down payment in order to hold the unit for the customer. Once this has been done, the customer will be advised to come to the storage facility, in order that they can see the unit for themselves.

Seeing The Unit
It’s always best to come to the storage facility and check the unit space, in order to see whether the unit space is large enough to fit all of the customer’s belongings. In the event that the space is too small, the representative of the self-storage company may offer a larger unit instead.

Other Useful Information
When a customer decides to use a self-storage company’s facilities, it is usually for a short period of time. The minimum period of time permitted by most storage companies is four weeks. After that, the contract will continue to roll on each month until the customer decides to move out of the unit. The customer will be given a set of keys to the unit, which will give them access to the unit.

Some self-storage facilities will allow customers to use their unit during work hours, whereas others offer twenty four hour access to their unit. Most self-storage companies will advise the customer to take out some form of insurance, usually for a small fee. This will insure the customer against any loss of their possessions due to theft or fire. Space permitting, there is no limit as to how many possessions that a customer can store in their unit.

Moving out of the unit
Most self-storage facilities will want a notice in writing that a customer is wishing to move out of the unit. The notice can be done in the form of a letter or by email.