6 tips to ensure a stress free relocation to Melbourne

There is no doubt about it, that relocating is stressful. However, when you are relocating from interstate or overseas then it becomes even more stressful. So with a little bit of planning you can make your relocation a little less stressful.

These 6 tips to ensure a stress free relocation to Melbourne cover the key aspects that you will need to consider with any move. I think the biggest tip I can give you is to start planning your relocation well in advance.

Do a moving checklist

Start a moving checklist early, writing down all the tasks that you will need to do. You will be surprised by the sheer amount of tasks that need to be done. When I am managing a client’s relocation, the first thing I do is start a moving checklist. It helps me plan the move, and ensures I allow myself enough time to organise all the services and book suppliers that I need for their move. Plus, it does not feel as overwhelming once everything is written down and you assign a date as to when the tasks need to be completed by.

Select the best removalist to help you relocate

Good removalists book out early, so book yours well in advance. Keep in mind that they always booked out early around Christmas time and public holidays too. Having helped people to relocate since 2005 we have got to know which removalists are good and which ones you would want to keep away from. So don’t be in the situation where you forget to book your removalist and then you find yourself trying to find one at the last minute. Luckily, we have got to know who is good and we often get preferred treatment from our removalists now because we have worked with them for a number of years. If you are looking for a removalist, for a big move it might be worth visiting: https://www.afra.com.au/find-a-removalist/  The Australian Furniture Removers Association is the official body of removals experts that helps regulate the removals industry and they have a list of members you can choose from.

I also do some research and check out the companies online reviews. I check to see how many reviews they have, and how recent they are. This often gives you a good guide as to their customer service levels. My only other tip is to be extremely careful about using “backloading  removalists”.  These companies are removalists that travel from state to state, doing “Backloading trips”. We have a really good backloader that we work with, however there is some shonky operators out there. You may have even seen some of them featured of the TV program, A Current Affair. So my big tip is to do your research and keep in mind that the cheapest removalist is often not the best removalists.

Picking the best time to relocate to Melbourne

For some reason, everyone wants to move in December (to be in just before Christmas) or in January just before school starts. However, the good removalists book out well in advance and there is so much more competition for rental properties around that time of the year.

The best time to relocate is in winter because it’s not as popular. There are more rental properties available to choose from and this really takes the pressure off you. There’s nothing worse than having to sign up for a 12 month lease, knowing that you don’t love your new home. So planning to move house in winter has lots of benefits for you.

6 tips on a stress free Relocation to Melbourne

6 tips on a stress free Relocation to Melbourne

Tips on finding the right rental property

It can be tricky when you are moving from interstate or overseas and don’t know the area that you are moving to. This is when it might be a great time to invest in the services of a relocation agent. An expert that knows the local area, understands how the rental market works and has got contacts with local realestate agents. With your rental brief taken, they will do all the research, speak with agents and shortlist properties for you to inspect. If you are interested in finding out more about how a relocation agent can help you find a rental property, then click here.

If you are not going to use the services of a relocation agent, then you will need to do your own research. Start by searching for local blogs that give you an overview on various areas. Local realestate websites such as www.realestate.com.au, www.domain.com.au and www.realestateview.com.au also have a wealth of information on suburbs. It might also be good to check with your new colleagues to find out where they are living.  Getting the inside knowledge on suburbs from locals is invaluable when you are relocating.

Overwhelmed? Then book some relocation assistance

Imagine this. Your relocation is all organised for you. A reliable removalist booked. A team of lovely ladies will arrive the day before uplift and pack and label all your boxes ready for the removalist. Your vacate clean is booked for the day after you move out and any leftover rubbish will be removed. Then, the same team of experienced ladies will unpack and set up your new home, ready for you to just walk in. If you like the idea of relocating this way, then contact The Lifestylers Group, and we can manage your entire move for you.

Allow enough time to settle into Melbourne

It takes time to settle into any new area and to make new friends. So don’t be too hard on yourself. So allow time for this. Commit to regularly getting out and exploring your new suburb. Write a to do list of all the things you would like to do or visit in your new town and make the most of your weekends. Take the opportunity to join a new sporting group (why not book those golf lessons that you have always been waiting to do).  Or perhaps instead of eating lunch at your desk, ask one of your new colleagues out for lunch each week.

Using a relocation agent to help find a rental property makes sense

So, what is a relocation agent and what do they do? And more importantly, how can a relocation agent help me find a rental property and move house? These are often questions that we get asked. Using a relocation agent to help find a rental property makes sense, once you understand the service they can offer. Anything that makes finding a rental property less painful has got to be good.

Many executives relocating will have heard of the term, or there HR department will have worked with a relocation agent to help them relocate new staff. However, if you are not an executive you may not have heard of the term, relocation agent, let alone know how a relocation agent can help you to move house.

Or, like many people, you may not have even considered using a relocation agent. Especially, if you live locally in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth and are only moving locally because you associate using such a service with people moving from overseas.

However, these are all myths. Did you know?

  1. You don’t have to be an executive to use a relocation agent to help you find a new rental property and move house.
  2. You don’t have to be relocating to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth from Dubai, or anywhere overseas for that matter. We have lots of local clients that use the services of our relocation agents, simply because they don’t have the time to find a rental property.
  3. Big companies aren’t the only ones to use relocation agents.
  4. Relocation agents don’t cost a fortunate either. TIP: If you are relocating for work and you have not been given a relocation allowance or budget, then you can often claim the cost of your relocation agent with your annual tax return.

We get lots of calls from local clients. They may have come across us in despair after searching the net for some assistance to help them move house. Often, they are struggling to find the time to attend the set open for inspections or they just simply don’t have the time to spend searching for a property in the first place. Or they might be from interstate and cannot attend the open for inspections. Having been informed by the real-estate agent that they cannot submit an application until they or their representative has inspected it, they start the search for assistance and stumble across the term “relocation agent”.

We work with lots of different types of people to help them find a rental property – Doctors, fashion designers, engineers, professors, and dentists. All of our clients face similar challenges though. They don’t have the time to find a rental property, or cannot be in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth to look at properties. Or they might not know what area they want to live in or have been applying for properties and have been unsuccessful. So that is when a relocation agent can be of great benefit.

The first thing we get our clients to do is complete a detailed “needs analysis”. This helps us understand more about the client and exactly what sort of property they are looking for. We then personally speak with all clients once we have received their needs analysis to get a further insight into our client’s lives and requirements.

We then start the search, looking for the right rental property. We might also speak with local agents to see what new properties may be about to hit the market.

We then shortlist a range of properties that we believe match their relocation brief. They then review this list of properties and select the properties that they want to inspect. We then book all the appointments and can even pick clients up from their hotel or workplace and take them to inspect properties. Or we can inspect properties on their behalf and report back to them after the inspection. We also help with the rental application and do all the follow up with the agent and can help organise their utility connections as well.

Using a relocation agent to help find a rental property makes sense

Instead of making a tone of calls to various agents, you simply make one phone call to The Lifestylers Group and we do all the work.

Our relocation agents are experienced.  They know each suburb like the back of there hand. All of our relocation agents have all relocated themselves, so they totally understand the challenges and stress of relocating. Plus, all of our relocation agents love property and most importantly love showing people around there city.

So if you are moving to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth and need some help, then give us a call. Our relocation service guarantees to take the hassle out of finding a rental property and moving house.

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