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About Martinbjulieb

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  1. Customs clearance times

    You shouldn't be a few months on the boat, unless you ask for a delayed shipment. Our shipment left Perth on the 6th March and arrived on the 5th of April. Cleared customs by the 11th, which included a weekend.
  2. Customs clearance times

    Our stuff arrived on the 5th April which was a Wednesday and was cleared by the 11th. So that was 7 days which included a weekend.
  3. Investing money for children

    My parents bought Premium Bonds for our children. No problem having them when you don't live in the UK and you can register and manage online. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  4. Buying strategy

    Absolutely they would want to choose the safest. The same anywhere I guess. In Perth we had an offer but the buyers were coming from South Africa and both didn't have full residency. Naturally we turned that down!! Too risky!!
  5. Ticket is bought!

    We used Chess who in turn used Britannia at this end. 20 ft container cost us just under $8k including a motorbike crate. They originally quoted us a bit more but I did a bit of haggling! Very happy with them. Used Letton Percival for insurance. Good luck for the move and our condolences on your sad loss.💕
  6. Buying strategy

    Our bank, RBS, have confirmed that they can certify that we have sufficient funds without revealing balances of our accounts. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  7. 12 month update

    Absolutely agree with all of the above. Spent 10 years in Perth. The only difference is we got out! [emoji322][emoji322] Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  8. Full Relocation Package as Social Worker on a 457 Visa

    Definitely our experience too albeit in a completely different field, Construction industry. It is known as "tall poppy syndrome" I believe!! Not something we had heard of before but it was so true. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  9. Where to have a holiday?

    Isle of Man?? Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  10. Timing

    We came back in March after 10 years in Perth. We decided roughly where we wanted to be as we were not going back to our original town. Our decision was based on being central to get the most out of an area when looking for jobs. We therefore based ourselves in Derbyshire which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the Country. From there my husband could apply for jobs literally anywhere from York to Coventry. We booked a holiday cottage for the first few weeks which means you have everything you need to hand and no extra bills to pay. We were lucky in the fact that it was early season and they had not many future bookings. We ended up staying about 10 weeks there and moved out twice for weekends when they were booked, we simply stayed somewhere else and then moved back in!! I am happy to say that we made 2 new friends who are now regular visitors to our new house!! AirBnb is another good option. We simply put our belongings into storage at the removal company's depot until we were ready. If you have pets to collect it might be an idea to fly them slightly ahead of you as I believe the delay at this end is now slightly longer. We picked our dog up 90 mins after landing but I believe that has now changed and it takes longer. Don't know where you are flying into but we came into Manchester and booked a night at the pet friendly Britannia Country House Hotel before travelling on the next day. Good luck. PM be if you have any questions or want advice about the move [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  11. The cost of living

    I would say it is cheaper here on the whole. I was spending up to $300 per WEEK for a family of 4 in Perth and now I am spending between £80-£100 per week, including wine. Utilities are cheaper, most definitely electricity! Mobiles and internet are a fraction of the cost here with unlimited broadband. Rates, yes a bit more expensive as is petrol, but I don't drive as much as the kids get the free school bus from the village and we have local, very competitively priced shop/post office! Car insurance and home insurance definitely much cheaper for us. Eating out varies, but on the whole cheaper than Perth. Clothes/household shopping much cheaper and much better quality. Vets bills are cheaper and so are the flea tablets and the like that you buy from pet shops in Australia. Our vet actually does a payment plan where you pay £9.50 per month (for a dog under 10kg) and this includes all boosters, 6 monthly check ups, flea tabs for the year and worming tabs for the year and a discount off other services. Rent is about the same but we are living in a Grade 2 listed farmhouse, by choice, but it is our dream house and hopefully will buy it!! And don't get me started on the price of school uniforms!!! I know this doesn't apply to the OP but others maybe interested. I just bought my two children uniforms for September, including blazers for about £150, for both! Nothing like the around $600 we spent on our son(so just one set of uniforms) for his first year in high school in Australia!!! Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  12. Anyone applied for a UK passport this year

    Maybe, yes. 10 years ago so don't remember. But that makes sense. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  13. Reactions from UK family?

    Welcome home Pixie 77 and family[emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  14. Anyone applied for a UK passport this year

    So who put the visas in in the first place?? I assumed it was the British passport office. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  15. Anyone applied for a UK passport this year

    When we renewed our children's passports the PR visas were not transferred. Actually we never even thought about it as we assumed everything would be recorded electronically and their passports would be linked to ours with the visas still in. It was only when we were at the airport going to the UK for a holiday it was pointed out to us that we might have trouble returning with the children without the visas in our passports!!! We had to call up a friend to go to our house and find and scan the old passports to use just in case! Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz