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Preparing for Your Move to Australia: Essential Steps to Take

Apr 18. 2024

Whether you’re relocating for work, moving to be with family or fulfilling a long-held dream of living ‘down under,’ co-ordinating a move to Australia will take a lot of planning. From arranging visa and permits to arranging removals to Australia; there will be a lot to consider a long the way. Here is a ‘at a glance’ list of essential steps to take in preparing for your relocation to Australia:

1. Arrange Visas and Permits
This is a very crucial stage and these should be applied for well in advance of the anticipated relocation. There are different visas depending on your reasons for moving to Australia; be this for work, study, retirement etc.

2. Create a budget
Ensure that your finances are in order and you are aware of what the costs will be for each element of the relocation. Creating a budget and tracking expenses for visas, international shipping and any storage costs as well as accommodation and the initial living costs will be important to ensure that you can fund the relocation and settle into your new life in Australia comfortably.

3. Declutter and sort your belongings
Moving house and certainly moving abroad, is an ideal opportunity to have a sort through and de-clutter of your possessions. For items that can be re-used, consider donating to a charitable cause or selling them. It’s best to have a sort through and know exactly what you want to take with you before obtaining a quotation from an international removal company, so that they can be as accurate as possible.

4. Arrange international shipping (and storage if required)
Research international removal companies that are experienced in the co-ordinating of removals to Australia. Certainly, look for those who are members of the British Association of Removers and FIDI (the largest global alliance of international moving and relocation companies) as the hallmarks of professionalism. A reputable mover will be able to advise you on such areas as Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, options for shipping, packing and storage options as most international moves require storage. The mover will also be able to advise on currency companies that can be used to transfer your money abroad rather than incurring bank fees.

5. Notify relevant parties of the move
As with any house move, you’ll need to notify relevant people and organisations of your impending change of location. Contact utility companies, banks, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals etc as well as updating any subscription services and ensuring schools are aware of the leave date.

Burke Bros Moving Group are highly experienced in the co-ordinating of international removals to all areas of Australia. If you are planning a move and would like to speak to our experts, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01902 714555 or via sales@burkebros.co.uk and take a look at our removals to Australia webpage.

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