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  1. Congratulations! It's so exciting when grandchildren arrive.
  2. Hi Ian. You may have seen my earlier posts about the long wait for delivery in which case excus me for repeating myself - we paid £2800to PPS and a further hundred and something to Letton Percival for insurance. Letting Percival were. Sry helpful - can’t comment on claim a payment as we didn’t make any. PPS were very good T their end but way off in estimated delivery time. They said 10-12weeks with a further 10-15 days at Sydney customs. They picked up our part load (don’t know exact size, sorry) on August 19th and it was delivered to our address in n.s.w. Nineteen weeks later. i got very irate by the end as the stuff was with Sydney customs for an astonishing 7 weeks, but in retrospect we were happy with the cost, and it’s all here now. Our main conclusions “if we were to do it again “ (god forbid) were: 1. Make a detailed list of what you have sent if it’s a part load. The removers describes things as “kitchen utensils”for example, and there were some things we just couldn’t remember whether we’d sent or not. So did we buy or did we wait? Difficult with things like the stick blender. 2. Think how you are going to manage without your expensive items. Nineteen weeks on a blow up mattress is not to be recommended ... although for some reason my husband didn’t seem to snore as much 😊perhapa he didn’t sleep as much either... 3. Don’t underestimate the huge pleasure it is to have your own stuff round you again ... it really does make you feel more at home.
  3. Hi,. You might want to look up Form 80 which you can download from the aus. Government website. I've heard that not everyone is asked to fill it in, but if you are asked it would be helpful to have the answers noted ready ... A lot of the questions are repeats of those asked on the original application form but there are also questions about time spent outside your country of residence during the ten years preceeding the process of your application. It can be really tricky trying to remember some of this stuff and it might be helpful to download the form now so that if you are asked to fill it in when the time comes, you won't be caught on the hop.
  4. Now we've changed all our money ... Typical :-)
  5. We had to get Belgian and UK police checks. A simple email from me was followed up the very next day by The Belgian authorities, I uploaded two documents and the certificate arrived the following week, no charge, not even for postage. The UK police clearance was expensive, slow, and inflexible. I really hope they sort you out soon, but if there's a delay let the AU immi know that it is caused by circumstances beyond your control. Last thing you need at such a stressed time. Good luck.
  6. Rewiring a house

    Yes, we are still looking - not much for sale at the moment though, still in the post Christmas lull. Enjoy Melbourne, if you haven't done the Great ocean road yet, it's not to be missed!
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    Thanks - I just wanted a really rough idea, and now I've got one ... I think twenty thousand is a good ball park figure. We're going to see the house again at the weekend ... Of course now we've been googling and calculating like mad, I bet we'll notice all sorts of other flaws on the second viewing and decide against ... This house hunting isn't for wimps :-)
  8. We paid a bank cheque through the Bpay system at Australia Post two years ago. We then had to leave the country while the visa was issued. I can't remember exactly how long it took, but they didn't hang around. Bit of an anticlimax really ... All that waiting and worrying and then you get this insignificant looking email and there it is ... And you sit down and think "my God, we've done it".
  9. Rewiring a house

    Brilliant, thanks. At least it gives me an idea of the sort of figures we might be dealing with - I've no idea how much rewiring costs in the UK never ever mind Australia. We were working on 20,000 so that gives us a bit of hope.
  10. Rewiring a house

    Thank you for your helpful input.
  11. Rewiring a house

    Hi all, We are considering buying a house that needs updating - it seems basically well maintained and in good condition but is stuck in the era of swirly carpets and flowery borders. Obviously we'll have a survey done but we are trying to work out whether or not we can afford to buy it and bring it up to date. So the question of the day is - how much does it cost to rewire a house? I know that's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string, but I'm hoping someone can give me just a rough idea of the likely cost for a big - ish detached house with three large bedrooms, two baths and a big living - diner. We haven't got a clue, but are guessing the electrics are probably stuck in the era of swirly carpets too. thanks
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    OOps! Sorry everyone I seem to have reposted an old post and now I can't get rid of it. Please ignore.
  13. Rewiring a house

    Hi all I having been baking my own bread for years now (only in a machine) in the UK and want to continue here. In the UK all the main supermarkets sell "strong" flour. I've replaced my machine (old one was on its last legs and not worth bringing) with the same model and am ready to go - can anyone tell me what is the best flour to buy? There seem to be a variety of different kinds of flour, but no "strong" flours and the only ones labelled as bread flour are for white bread ... Help!
  14. I'm not sure if you can still do it this way, but when we paid our first vac, way back in 2013, we transferred the money to our daughter and she organised the bank draft and sent it off. I wouldn't think they care who pays it as long as they get their money?
  15. You have always been a good source of sensible advice about the cost of living here Ramot, and it really is wise to do your sums as far a possible. We knew that prices had shot up during the eighteen months between getting our visa and moving over, but there was nothing we could do to hurry our move because of family circumstances in the UK at the time - frustrating but at least we paid for our visa at two dollars to the pound. We have moved our money in chunks to try and even out the ups and downs of the exchange rate and are now fairly certain that we can not only manage but may even be able to save a bit against the day the frozen pensions blight begins to bite! We've been pleasantly surprised by the day to day cost of living - having calculated a 30% increase in our UK cost of living (cautious souls) we find its nothing like that and we are managing to keep everyday living costs to an increase of 5-10% (not including housing naturally) We are doing the same things to chase the best interest rates as we did in the UK and also looking for ways to maximize income in the long term ... Living in a seaside town we are currently playing with all sorts of ideas about house swaps, airbnb etc. One thing we didn't know when we began renting was that the landlord pays the council tax, the water standing charge and the service charges, which makes the rent more palatable while we look for a house to buy. Oh, and it's cheaper to get your will written. We finally updated the one dated 1981 ...