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    Renovating... help!!

    We bought our house 28 years ago when we moved to Perth from UK. It was a very basic house but in a good street and suburb. So we renovated and we have loved living here. Our kids have grown up here and were schooled here. But life has majorly changed for us over the last couple of years and we seriously thought about selling up and moving on to Queensland to join family. However we now realise that Perth is where we want to be. So we need to renovate. We have a serious kitchen/family area reno happening in the next few weeks, but we are now looking at bathroom and whole house reno. Does anyone have any recommendations for bathroom/ laundry renovators/Decorators etc.
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    Renovating... help!!

    Rossmoyne is a beautiful quiet riverside suburb on the Canning River, with Leach Highway on the southern border. Willetton, Bullcreek, Riverton, Parkwood are all close neighbours.
  3. So my kitchen and family room reno starts next week and I am going to be without a kitchen, and also have no furniture as the whole flooring in the place is being ripped up and replaced with planking. It seemed a good idea at the time as we renovated when we moved in 28 years ago and it is so tired and desperately needs updating. But it wasn't until today as I packed away the last of the kitchen stuff, that I thought, how can I feed us while this is underway? I have put the microwave, kettle and electric frypan and a few plates, cups, cutlery etc in the laundry as this will be our temporary kitchen. The fridge/freezer will still be around thankfully. Friends have offered to feed us dinner some nights, and breakfasts and lunches are easy, but eating dinner out often will be so expensive (as if this reno hasn't already gone way over budget), so I am looking for easy meals I can cook on the barbeque (if the winter weather is accommodating), or in the electric frypan. Please stun me with all your brilliant ideas..... my brain is fried from organising all this, packing up so much from a kitchen and 4 rooms, and now project managing the whole issue!
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    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Ha ha.... great minds think alike! I have an air fryer too that was a Mothers Day pres from my offspring, so going to play with that. Let us know how your kitchen reno goes.... so exciting!
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    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Thanks FOL! I have the friend's list sorted, and then had a brainwave last night. So today sees me batching cooking curry, bolognese, chille con carne, and I am going to freeze portions and just heat in the microwave. We dont eat rice or pasta, so naan, crusty bread, corn chips etc will work out well. Feels good giving the old kitchen a final workout over the weekend.
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    Renovating... help!!

    Thanks FOL - I am in Rosmoyne so quite a distance from Joondalup and have already sourced an electrician.
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    Renovating... help!!

    I prefer to use local tradies and not any of the big companies because of past issues. I have found an electrician recommended by a couple of friends, so going with him, but still looking for a gas fitter/plumber, and tiler.
  8. There is an Overseas Qualification Unit in Perth. https://migration.wa.gov.au/contact/general-migration-support/overseas-qualifications-unit I think they may be able to help you, or at least point you in the right direction. Let us know how you get on.
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    Renovating... help!!

    Yes I do get this and actually got the cabinet maker for the kitchen units from there. If the install goes well, I am considering using him for the bathroom cabinetry as well, but I am looking for electrician, plumber, tiler as well.
  10. Since you were here last, so much has changed with the whole economics in WA. It is a state in financial crisis in some ways as property prices are falling, there are less people looking for work as people are moving out of the state, so there are more rentals readily available at lower costs than would have been the situation when you were here last. No longer is there a long queue of potential renters turning up to an open house rental, and rental prices are falling. Personally, even if I was able to lock something in from abroad, I wouldn't, as you can get some really good deals now as so many investors have empty properties. Perhaps book a holiday rental/AirBnB for a month and take it from there. Just a suggestion.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Following the death of a family member in UK, I have to ship some boxes of personal effects (and possibly an antique desk), from London to Perth. Does anyone have any recommendations on who to use to facilitate this please?
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks everyone. We decided to use PSS. Boxes being picked up in London today and I will let everyone know how long it takes to transport them, the condition they arrived in, and how good the service was.
  13. I have lived in Australia for almost 30 years, been a Citizen for 27 of those years, so I have voted many times. However this time W have no idea who I vote for. It seems to me that all the major parties are tossers who lie and cheat... and then there are so many other small parties and independents (who mostly have issues that tie them in with major parties). Who on earth do you vote for so that the Australia you know and love, continues the same!?
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    Let us know how you go...
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    House and pet sitting in Perth

    There are House sitting/ Pet sitting websites that you might like to register on. This is a service that a lot of people are looking for, but they are obviously concerned about security and honesty. Perhaps registering with an on line agency that verifies you, might be the way to go.
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    Eaton / Bunbury

    I have friends who emigrated in 2007... they lived in Perth for a while but gravitated to the south west of WA for every holiday they had. Three years ago they moved down to Bunbury and absolutely love it. They are renting currently, but looking to buy land and build their dream house. Initially they had issues finding work in their fields, but by retraining and being broad of mind workwise, they are both doing well. Life is slower once you get out of Perth, and you need to be up for anything if you really want to get out there and make a go of it in the south west.
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    Evidence of purchases

    Visa supporting documentation is getting more complicated, and I can only guess that you have been proactive. Well done.
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    Perth Garden Show

    Being a gardener, I love the Perth Garden Show each year, and when I was there yesterday (it runs Thursday to Sunday this weekend at McCallum Park in South Perth), I thought I would post about it on Perth Poms, as gardening in WA is so very different to gardening in UK and the northern hemisphere. If you want to attend and have Kleenheat Gas, you can buy discounted tickets from their website. There were stalls exhibiting everything from shoes to wear gardening to Metal garden sculptures, and everything in between you can think of from veggies, native plants to roses. Some brilliant exhibition gardens, and talks about gardening, food, growing food, starting a garden from a blank new builders sand block.... so many stalls giving out good advice and having competitions to win their products. Fingers crossed I win the huge bag of Lupin Mulch!! It was a brilliant day out... lots of sitting areas in shade and under trees... lots of food trucks... lots of portaloos. I have been to the Show for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoy it and just wish it had been going when I first emigrated here in 1991 so I wouldn't have had to learn by disaster and default, how to garden in our harsh climate in what is basically sand, or clay if you are in the Hills. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, perhaps give it a visit.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks everyone. We have also been recommended to look at Parcel Monkey by Cerberus as he and the family use this method. I will report back once my son has returned to UK and finished the sorting and packing. Not a lot of stuff and the furniture is not now coming, so it is looking like just 3 boxes.
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    Finally its time... We are moving back to Perth

    You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so you might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au Good idea to buy a car first as it will save on hire car fees. Plenty of car yards in Osborne Park in the northern suburbs, or look at Gumtree if you know what you are doing car wise. Scary isn't it when you think of all the things that you have to do when you first get here. Just ask away if you need help! You can buy a car without a permanent address and just change the address when you have moved into a rental or purchased a home. You will have to give an address to register the vehicle, so if you are in a holiday rental or hotel, you can use that address. I am not sure if you can use a post office box number, so might want to look into that as well as it could be handy for all your mail to go to a P O Box until you are settled. You can drive on your overseas licence for 3 months from the date of your arrival, so you can leave this until you are more settled. Heaps of info about how to do this on the Department of Transport webpage www.transport.gov.wa.au
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    SPONSOR FORM 40SP QUESTION

    Have a google as I think there is a website where you can find out for sure if you have British Citizenship and how you acquired it. The rules/laws have changed so much over the years, and although you probably acquired it because you were born of British parents, there could be other things that come into play.
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    Finally its time... We are moving back to Perth

    To register for schools you will need proof that you are in their catchment area. That proof needs to be a tenancy contract if you are renting, or a copy of the settlement contract if you are buying. But it all depends on the areas you are moving to... some are easier than others.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Thanks I will look into it.
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    Yes you are right.... forgot that bit!
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    I think you might have to still have an RRV, because until the Ceremony has taken place and you have the Certificate and an Australian Passport, you will not officially be an Australian. It can take months from taking the test to be notified you have passed and then you still have to attend the Citizenship Ceremony. Happened to a friend, so just passing this on in case it applies to you.
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