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How long odd it take for you to know you'd made the right move coming to Perth ?


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Saw a thread on the PIO forum asking how long it took to decide to go back so thought I'd flip the question..........

 

For me within 2 weeks I knew I was in the right place, the good lady wife took about 3 months and the kids somewhere inbetween......... so what about everyone else ??

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I can't remember how long but knew pretty much right away that we'd made the right move. periods of people sickness (usually around times we'd meet with friends and celebrate something), but now have a great friendship group and a far more active social life than we had before. We haven't yet thought about returning to the UK even for a holiday

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Saw a thread on the PIO forum asking how long it took to decide to go back so thought I'd flip the question..........

 

For me within 2 weeks I knew I was in the right place, the good lady wife took about 3 months and the kids somewhere inbetween......... so what about everyone else ??

 

I took probably as long as your good wife, even though I had been hankering to come here for 20 years or so and knew Perth well. OH settled almost instantly, think that's a bloke thing generally, he was in green light mode and ready to start work, which he did three days after landing here. I think settling for me was when we had a rental of our own and not with family, and all our own possessions around us. The defining moment was when we bought our own home which happened 7/8 months after arriving! Kids settled even more then too...as Ali has said, I agree we have a much fuller social life than we ever did in the Uk and the lifestyle is certainly more geared around socialising at home outside with the weather being so predictable.

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My husband knew it was right the first week after we landed. The kids as soon as they started school which was six weeks in and even though we have been here 12 weeks I still have my ups and downs, but I know I don't want to go back to the UK. I think as Peanuts said it will be when we finally get our own home, we have a fantastic rental but its not mine.

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It's weird how home ownership seems to solidify the setting down of roots.

We own a house in London and before we bought it I thought it was going to be a really important and positive milestone in our lives but I hated it. To me it was a harness and a pretty burdensome one at that too and it still is, I just can't wait to get shot of the thing.

Now we rent it seems we have so much more freedom and that belief that you're throwing money down the drain (or into the pockets of others), just doesn't hold water for me. The bank own it and after 12 years of paying a mortgage I'm fairly sure I could have invested our initial deposit in ways that would have realised a far greater yield in the same timeframe.

Just saying.

 

Anyway, to the OP's question; about three seconds.

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It's weird how home ownership seems to solidify the setting down of roots.

We own a house in London and before we bought it I thought it was going to be a really important and positive milestone in our lives but I hated it. To me it was a harness and a pretty burdensome one at that too and it still is, I just can't wait to get shot of the thing.

Now we rent it seems we have so much more freedom and that belief that you're throwing money down the drain (or into the pockets of others), just doesn't hold water for me. The bank own it and after 12 years of paying a mortgage I'm fairly sure I could have invested our initial deposit in ways that would have realised a far greater yield in the same timeframe.

Just saying.

 

Anyway, to the OP's question; about three seconds.

 

Its a a nesting thing for me anyway:biggrin:....and the fact that we are programmed to be a slave to the mortgage....

 

different strokes for different:wacko:Folks!

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I hate the fact that agents can just come in during the inspection if you are not here. Mine said she would prefer me not to be here when she came and does ours. Thats not happening, I still see this as my home, its just not the same as being your own, you can't put your own stamp on it, like hanging pictures (unless of there are already pictures hooks) and you can't decorate how you would in your own home. Small things, but these do make a difference. Also I hate not having the control when things go wrong, our air conditioning is not working and we have to wait until the landlords sort it.

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Its a a nesting thing for me anyway:biggrin:....and the fact that we are programmed to be a slave to the mortgage....

 

different strokes for different:wacko:Folks!

 

I hear you Pea, I'm different :wink:

 

I hate the fact that agents can just come in during the inspection if you are not here. Mine said she would prefer me not to be here when she came and does ours. Thats not happening, I still see this as my home, its just not the same as being your own, you can't put your own stamp on it, like hanging pictures (unless of there are already pictures hooks) and you can't decorate how you would in your own home. Small things, but these do make a difference. Also I hate not having the control when things go wrong, our air conditioning is not working and we have to wait until the landlords sort it.

 

Either we've been lucky or you've been unlucky. I know what you mean about real estate agents though, I've only known one that I didn't feel sorry for, most are just so loathsome.

Our first landlady here was potty, no, I'm serious, she was as mad as a bag of frogs. The second place just left us alone but then it was a hole when we moved in and looked pretty good when we left.

This place is great. The agent responds within 24 hours of contact, the owners are a great couple who live a few streets away and they've done everything we asked within a few days. Pictures? No problem, we take photos of where we want to hang, email them over and they come back with a yes. When we leave we have to fill holes and repaint which I'm completely cool with.

We rent out our place in London and two tenants have been complete dunderheads. We've had to hold onto their deposit when they left because of the mess they created and that didn't cover the loss of earnings, only the clean up. We left the place spotless - re-carpeted and decorated throughout and I think it reasonable to expect it to be left in the condition it was taken in.

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I hate the fact that agents can just come in during the inspection if you are not here. Mine said she would prefer me not to be here when she came and does ours. Thats not happening, I still see this as my home, its just not the same as being your own, you can't put your own stamp on it, like hanging pictures (unless of there are already pictures hooks) and you can't decorate how you would in your own home. Small things, but these do make a difference. Also I hate not having the control when things go wrong, our air conditioning is not working and we have to wait until the landlords sort it.

 

I can understand all of that SJT, I think you should be there when they inspect, not sure why they would want you not to be there. We were lucky with our rental, the guy was great and he let us off breaking the lease early if we agreed to have pictures done of the rental with our furniture in it before we left so he could potentially try to sell it, as it always looks better furnished to sell. I never really liked the feeling that at any time the owners might want to sell up, leaving us looking for another home. No, I'm not a renter, but like Chardy says, admire them that do and do it well!

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Peanuts,

 

We are with you on the rental/ownership thing. My job in UK meant moving every couple of years and living in rental properties, although we had our own place in Barnstaple, North Devon, which we rented out and recently sold to raise the capital to buy over here.

 

Having arrived very recently, we are in a holiday rental for 4 weeks with a view to finding a rental property and then buying as soon as possible. To be honest, if we could avoid the double move, it would suit us down to the ground. I'd be really interested to find out how you managed to buy so soon after arrival - would you be happy to PM me with any top tips?

 

If we could sort finances, confirm the best location for us, find a suitable property, buy it and move in before our container arrives (hopefully) just prior to Christmas, that would be awesome, but I am just not sure if that might be too much of a tall order!

 

Any advice for a newbie gratefully received!!!!

 

Regards,

 

S.

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Nearly six years and still have no Great affection for Perth / WA at all, never got beyond tollerating it. Why am I still here, children's educational commitments, the crippling cost of a second big move, the opportunity to earn good money ( at a high personal cost) and the Missus likes it. Plus the gfc hit blighty hard just after we departed which seems to have permanently changed the UK landscape

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Hi to all who answered this thread. As for me I have been here 16months and have to say it was the worst move ever. Yes the weather is better so you can socialise outside more but the medical system here stinks. I as a nurse will not complain about the NHS again. I think we do not appreciate what Britain as a country holds for us. The schools are not as good as back home unless you go private. We live in a predominately Australian area with few British around. I have found only a few people are friendly. The neighbours have parties till 4 in morning and when you call the police they are not interested. I personally cannot wait to go back home. You either love it or loathe it thats the bottom line.

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but the medical system here stinks.

We live in a predominately Australian area with few British around.

The neighbours have parties till 4 in morning and when you call the police they are not interested.

You either love it or loathe it thats the bottom line.

 

What is that bad about it? Just interested because anytime we have used it the service and quality has been fine and we only have Medicare and no private cover.

Is that not a good thing? Living in a suburb full of Brits kind of defeats the purpose of the move a bit to me.

Do you not report things like that to the council security guys in your suburb? They are the ones who deal with things like that initially not the cops. Here is an example link but City Watch is in other suburbs. Noisy parties is one of their tasks. http://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/Live/CommunitySafety/CityWatch.aspx

Not sure that is the only answer, too general. Many people I meet, and some I know, have the best of both worlds :wink:

 

For many though the move can be just plain wrong because it is not what they expected or it is not wroking out and I can really sympathise if people in that boat are hurting.

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Why not Cookie, what are your doubts ?

 

We just don't feel all that settled here I guess. Never intended to make a permanent move to Perth, it's just sort of happened (came on a WHV and was sponsored for PR and seemed like a good opportunity). We originally wanted to stay a year to experience living and working abroad and then travel for six months. We only came to Perth because I have family here and it seemed like a good place to start.

 

I think how my OH feels about the place impacts how we feel too, he is certain Perth isn't forever, finds it very backwards and very boring. He's struggled with employment for the whole time we've been here and still hasn't found his feet.

 

But I also think it might be a temporary feeling, once we get out of the financial pressure we are in right now and have a bit more freedom to take holidays away from Perth and I'm no longer under any obligation to stay with my employer - then things might be easier. I know that if my husband was to secure a decent job in oil & gas with good prospects then he'd be happy to be here. Just hoping that things turn around in that way and work out.

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We just don't feel all that settled here I guess. Never intended to make a permanent move to Perth, it's just sort of happened (came on a WHV and was sponsored for PR and seemed like a good opportunity). We originally wanted to stay a year to experience living and working abroad and then travel for six months. We only came to Perth because I have family here and it seemed like a good place to start.

 

I think how my OH feels about the place impacts how we feel too, he is certain Perth isn't forever, finds it very backwards and very boring. He's struggled with employment for the whole time we've been here and still hasn't found his feet.

 

But I also think it might be a temporary feeling, once we get out of the financial pressure we are in right now and have a bit more freedom to take holidays away from Perth and I'm no longer under any obligation to stay with my employer - then things might be easier. I know that if my husband was to secure a decent job in oil & gas with good prospects then he'd be happy to be here. Just hoping that things turn around in that way and work out.

 

Wishing you well CC

 

peax

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Angelia,

I don't understand your concerns about the medical system either, my daughter fractured her wrist and elbow recently and has/is being dealt with in half the UK speed and most professionally, all under Medicare.

GPs are efficient and friendly too.

Our kids (and us) have found the public primary school to be really good, very different but still a good standard.

Unfortunately you can't pick your neighbours !!

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