What do you know about when you shift from one home to another home, especially Interstate? You really think you know what is involved and you have everything covered but boy things are forgotten or new things arise unexpectedly.
Recently I shifted interstate, sold my home in Brighton, Queensland and purchased a home in Newhaven, Victoria. Being a real estate agent I thought I had everything covered. But did I!!
Firstly I would like to say, when you sell a home, this is a very stressful time. You have a settlement date and you have to be packed up and have cleaned the home by a certain time. What happens if the removalist truck arrives late or you are still packing after settlement? “Panic”! Usually the selling process is a snowball effect. The new owners have to move out of their home because the buyers of their home are moving in on the settlement day and maybe they have sold their home and the buyers are moving in into their sold home, all on the same settlement day. All property settlements are happening on the same day. What a debacle! Thus very stressful to all concerned and everyone has to be shifted and out and cleaned up before the settlement time on settlement day. Not easy!
You have to arrange to disconnect and reconnect all your utilities: electricity, gas, telephone, Pay TV, internet and whatever else. You have to be at your new home for connections to happen and the companies say “between 8am to 12noon, or 2pm to 6pm and you have to be at your new home for all this to happen. What a nuisance and time waster. How do you do this if you are working and do not know anyone who can be there!
Other areas you have to change – address changes for your communication such as banks, Medicare, private health, memberships, electoral roll, and more, the list keeps on going.
I might add you always find out some other problems and cannot work out how certain appliances operate or the pool pump is not working or whatever. All I can say it is fun.
When you move interstate this is very interesting. Because in Australia each State has different laws and settlement for your new property, you have purchased interstate has to be at least 4 days after the settlement of your sold home. This is because of transfer of funds to the conveyancers Trust Account or due to the bank timing. So what happens during this time? You have to arrange accommodation for at least 4 to 5 days and what happens to your furniture? It is sitting in a furniture truck. The removalist can charge you for storage, or the amount of days to unload. Or you can do what I did and this does not happen all the time, I gained early access to the property to unload the furniture. You cannot stay in the new home until settlement has happened. This can only happen if the sellers have moved out earlier. Be prepared for this.
You have settled and you have moved into your new home and all is really feeling good. On the first night you pop the cork to celebrate the purchase. You are feeling quite excited about your new venture. The next day after feeling absolutely exhausted you have to face the task of unpacking. Hint- the quicker you can do this the better. When the unpacking is finished it feels so much better.
The next thing is getting to know your community. This is daunting when you do not know anyone. It helps if you have children but if you do not, joining clubs you are interested in, is the only way to meet people. I play golf so I joined the golf club straight away and also I am in Rotary.
I am starting to meet people and starting to feel I am belonging to a new community.