qprdan123

There in 2 months time....arghhh

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Hi all,

 

Ive posted a few things on here and thanks to all that have responded, very much appreciated.

 

I have a few more questions as we are getting closer and closer to moving.

 

We are just finalising our removals and wondered if our TV's etc would work there and whether we need to know if any other items might not be worth bringing.

 

We arent bringing any beds or sofas as we have sold them, so we will buy them when we arrive while we wait for the rest of our stuff.

 

I just wanted to ask into anyone that moved and see if there was any advice anyone had from their experience so we try not to make too many mistakes.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Dan

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As long as your TV's are fairly modern, they should work fine. 

If you have the room in the container then take everything. 

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Bring as much as you can, you won't regret it and you can have another clear out once you've settled.

We took apart our Dyson hoover and put it through the dishwasher the day before the removals company came. We brought our tumbler but got rid of the hose at the back only to find they don't stock them here so had to get a replacement shipped from uk.

Our TV was about 10 years old so we've just got it hooked up to our old DVD player in the spare living room, great for the kids at weekends. We bought new for the main living area.

Re varnish any wood, and clean any bikes etc with strong smelling detergent so they can smell it when they open the container

Bring blankets, and warm clothes, don't get rid, you'll need them in the winter.

Can't think of much else.

Jen

 

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Thanks for all the replies, can anyone remember how easy or difficult it was to open a bank account, we have a New Zealand Westpac account still which we could maybe use, does anyone know if this will be ok to use over there?.

 

Dan

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It was very easy to open an account from the UK (we used Westpac) - just did it by phone.  Call into your Westpac branch and ask them about transferring an account  if your happy with them, alternatively, just give them a ring here.

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I agree with Jen78 best to take everything you can fit.  A big part of emigrating is being able to settle.  Putting the kids to bed in their own bed with their own dooner (quilt), and just having your own familiar stuff around helped us a lot.  Also it's so expensive to buy everything new again. It adds to your stress.

A smart TV tends to be bundled with UK stuff like iPlayer which won't work, and the local apps like ABC iView won't show up.  The menus and scheduling might struggle a bit too.  But you can still watch Aussie TV shows no problem.  All electricals will work really.  Just need new plugs.

Bank account is easy though you will have to fully activate it in person at a branch when you arrive.  Prior to that you can deposit money into it but not much else.  Recommend you call Commonwealth Bank (London) 020 7710 3990 and ask if they still do their 'London Transfer Account'.  This was for people emigrating; a one-time deal where Commonwealth transferred your money without any fees.  I used it but I'm not sure it's still on offer. 

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Thanks again for the replies, we are going to bring everything we've got, we have had a good clearout and will have sole use of a container. We will be leaving beds and sofas as the buyers of our house wanted them included (we were looking at getting new anyway) so we will need to go shopping for those once we sign up for a rental. I think from thr responss that we will just get new accounts once there as it doesnt sound too onerous.

 

 

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We brought everything with us....even crap we didn't want... we have more TV's than radio rentals... I have not been able to get them to pick up OZ tv, so I went and got some of those cheap digi boxes from Harvey norms for $38 each.

We got the usual big tv for the lounge new here and Foxtel for that room... the UK TV's are in bedrooms and out on the patio.

I'm now a dab hand at fitting new plugs... everything works fine and has probably saved a heap of time and cash over replacing electrical items.

for some reason the DAB radios don't seen to want to find any signal here... so its FM for now.

As for banking, we just waltzed into the NAB while on holiday 5 years ago...flashed out passport as id and bobs ya uncle we had accounts.... simples.

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we are going to be in the same boat with T.V's, they are all fairly new so should be fine.

 

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I wouldn't worry too much about the TVs working. Telly's rubbish over here ha, ha, ha!

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we have been without Sky for a month now, surely cant be as bad as 1.2.3.4 and 5???

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Ohh, you'd be surprised! OK if you like house renovation shows from America, food shows, reruns of friends and sitcoms from 70s / 80s. Bring lots of books and jigsaws lol!

We get shows from UK like BGT weeks behind. We've got the 2nd live show this week when the show has finished over there!!

 

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We dont watch any of that stuff....fortunately.

 

Dont worry, we lived in NZ for 8 years, there is no way it can be that bad!!

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On 23/06/2017 at 16:13, Jen78 said:

I wouldn't worry too much about the TVs working. Telly's rubbish over here ha, ha, ha!

Jen78 how right are you!   Best comment I have seen on here for ages!!! 

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My subclass 461 was granted yesterday!!

 

all getting a bit serious now 13th August we arrive, look out Perth!!

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2 hours ago, qprdan123 said:

My subclass 461 was granted yesterday!!

 

all getting a bit serious now 13th August we arrive, look out Perth!!

Big congrats!!!!!   Keep us up to date with how you are going.....

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Thanks, been a bit worried about it but all good now.

Just booking some temporary accomodation and a ride from the airport.

 

So  much to sort when we get there but we'll just have to get on with it...

 

 

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Ooh, exciting, yes there will be lots to do and sort but we found it not too difficult at all, and quite exciting. Don't forget to spend some time exploring and relaxing though. Do one thing at a time and don't be afraid to ask away. I can remember those first weeks quite well!

Where is your temp accommodation? We had ours for 2.5 weeks and found that to be enough time to find a rental.

Safe travels x

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i am looking forward to the TV not being on as much.  I am sure my Hubby just has it on for the sake of it!  But i do agree with Jen78 it is pretty dire in comparison to the UK and we don't bother with pay for service here.  

The one thing i could never understand is why the Ozzies cant just have the programmes start at 7pm or 7:30pm why is it always 27 minutes past or 58 minutes past???

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