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    Property in Mount Barker.

    Why not ask your daughter who lives there to have a look round and see what is available, not much for that sort of money.

    Keeping UK Bank account

    Just an added thought, if you have credit or debit cards remember to advise them also of the change of address, I forgot with one of ours and wondered why it wouldn't work, when I phoned them they said you have moved and hadn't told us, whoops, updated the address and all working now.

    Keeping UK Bank account

    We have regular UK accounts, one with NatWest and one with Halifax and had them for many years before we left the UK, We just notified them of the change of address and carried on as normal. It might be different if you want to open a new account whilst living abroad, but you would need to check.

    Keeping UK Bank account

    We have kept our UK accounts in the various countries we have lived in, just updated the address when we moved, credit and debit cards all continued as normal. Had a call from one of them a few weeks ago to see if we wanted to keep our credit cards as they hadn't been used for a while, when I said Christmas was coming and they would be, no problem was the answer.

    Converting your driving license

    We are in SA and just went into the local licence office with our old licences, filled in a form, paid a small fee, given a temporary licence and the new one arrived in the post in a few days. Like most things here it seemed a simple process with helpful staff.

    New build property.

    Actually drove through Mt. Barker yesterday whilst out for a drive, the new estates seem to be on the outskirts of the town and boy are the houses close together, I would suggest you get in touch with the developers and get a list of what is and is not included and the cost of the extras you want, could add up to a fair bit extra. Don't expect the houses to be constructed to European standards.
  7. I think not only is it the premiums charged, we could have had lower cover, but at our age you never know what might happen, it is the fact that you also end up paying a percentage of costs involved as well, such as around half the GP visit fees and quite a large percentage of hospital visit fees, so added to the annual premium it can add up to quite a sum. We are also very limited on the number of health providers that will cover us so not much competition for our business.
  8. Another 405 holder here not interested, actively looking at the pros and cons of returning to the chaos of the UK. Health costs here being one of the main reasons, an increase of 80% in premium from one year to the next is a back door way of reducing our numbers.

    New house add ons.

    I notice from the first post that all this is subject to visa approval, whilst it is good to do your homework, are you sure the visa will be granted?

    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    Wow, I must get out and spend more, we live very well on half of the required income mentioned, I would have a real job to spend that sort of money.

    Depositing uk Bank draft

    Just an update on bank accounts, and Alan knows far more than I will ever know, when we moved to Adelaide last year we opened an account with NAB in Adelaide before we arrived, just had to go in when we arrived to validate everything face to face 5 minutes that's all. Glad to see a couple more seniors moving here.

    Woodwork tools

    I know what boxes were checked because of the way I sealed them, they may have x rayed them but actually opened very few, we also had a sole use container. Depending on what customs they come through they may check all or a %, pot luck really.

    Woodwork tools

    I brought all my woodworking tools, power tools etc. all I did was blow all the sawdust off with an air line and got them as clean as possible, wire brushed any rust to look as though I had cleaned them. A lot of mine were very old tools so they did not look sparkly clean but clean. Whether customs checked them I do not know as they only check a percentage of boxes.

    Where to retire to in South QLD

    Since moving here I have completely double glazed with decent German double glazing, plenty of loft insulation, reroofed with decent lining and thinking of cavity wall insulation, a decent heating system is next on the list, most of the heat escapes through the walls now, the next person who says the winters are short here so you dont need all that insulation will get a short reply. Few seem to understand that a well insulated house keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.

    Where to retire to in South QLD

    In a similar situation in Blackwood, this last winter has lasted to long and to cold and the houses although supposed to be modern are like living in a shed, with little insulation and decent heating, A UK friend who recently visited and is also a builder as I was most of my life calls them "matchsticks and cardboard" when looking at the construction of some nearby so called luxury houses. Will be looking for somewhere warmer with a European quality build or I will build myself although I have retired.