What do these celebrities say about New Zealand?


10 quotes that will inspire you to visit or move to New Zealand

When Charles Darwin visited New Zealand back in 1860 he commented, “I believe we were all glad to leave New Zealand. It is not a pleasant place. Amongst the natives there is absent that charming simplicity …. and the greater part of the English are the very refuse of society.

How things have changed!

New Zealand is one of the most desirable places to live on earth. Not only because of the breath taking scenery but also because of the high quality of life.

Here are 10 quotes from famous visitors and natives of New Zealand:

1)            “There’s a real purity in New Zealand that doesn’t exist in the states. It’s actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It’s a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected.” Elijah Wood

2)            “I can’t believe Nelsonians get to wake up in this amazing paradise every morning.” Ian Mckellen

3)            “There is only one word for New Zealand – epic!.” Bear Grylls

4)            “I moved out to New Zealand to live as I thought the warmth and peace and quiet would help me. I went away and changed my whole life routine.” Michael Crawford

5)            “New Zealand is not a small country but a large village.” Peter Jackson

6)            “Fiordland, ladies and gentleman. What a spectacle. Earth destination number one.” Stephen Fry

7)            “Whenever I get stressed I just want to hop on a plane to Queenstown.” John Travolta

8)            “I’ve got to say God really outdid himself down here.” Bob Harper

9)            “If you want to buy a slice of Heaven, you need to make New Zealand your home.” Rod Donald

10)          “I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.” Edmond Hillary

For more information on moving to New Zealand visit our removals page here.

Making the Leap from Manchester, UK to Auckland, New Zealand

Last October PSS helped Mandi H, the blogger behind Looking & Leaping make the successful move with her family to New Zealand.

Here mum (33), dad (33), toddler (2) and two cats – tell PSS International Removals about their experience of planning a move from Greater Manchester in the UK to Auckland in New Zealand – and finally taking the leap. You can follow their emigration adventure on her Facebook: Looking & Leaping and Instagram

Why Auckland?

“I have family in New Zealand and it’s something we’ve been thinking about since we visited them back in 2010. We came out once more while considering the move over to Auckland, so it has been a big plus to have them here.

Another big draw was that my husband is in the construction industry and his skills are sought-after in New Zealand. Whereas, with Brexit and unknowns surrounding the future of the economy, the sector has started to scale back in the UK.

Not so long ago, back in 2009 when the UK went into recession, we had to move from our home in North East England to Greater Manchester to avoid redundancies. Job security, although never guaranteed, is even more at the forefront of our mind now we have a family. We’re encouraged that Auckland is investing a lot into its future at the moment, with plenty of structural engineers needed.

Of course, the lifestyle and better weather also helps!”

What was your biggest fear throughout the emigration process?

While having a family has been one of the biggest reasons for wanting to move into New Zealand, it has also been a concern that we are doing the right thing for our son. If we were a young couple without family ties, it would perhaps have been easier to make this kind of decision. You would know that, if it didn’t work out, it would only affect you, rather than having an impact on your children.

Leaving family back in the UK was also a worry, particularly both sets of our parents. It is a very long and expensive journey and it is a lot to expect of them to travel so far to visit their grandson. We have committed to always maintaining an emergency fund to jump back on the plane in case of any problems. It takes around 24 hours, so it’s quite an undertaking that can’t be taken lightly.”

When you think about living in New Zealand, what excites you most?

We’re both really excited about the fresh start. Although it’s not without anxiety, selling up and starting again is an exciting prospect. Also, not having had access to our extended family while we lived in the UK, it will be a joy to see our son playing and growing up with his cousins.”

Who in your family was most worried about the move to New Zealand?

I think, at the beginning of the process, my husband was probably more worried than me. He was particularly concerned about how his parents and extended family may react to the news of what we wanted to do. After all, no-one wants their children and grandchildren to move to the other side of the world.

Now that it’s actually happening, it’s me who has been more worried. My main concern has been for my father who, although he has good friends, does not have any other family members living close by. I doubt I will ever not feel guilty about that.  Thankfully, he is aware of Skype and he gave it a dry run while still in the UK, skyping twice daily to talk to me and his grandson.”

Who your family is most excited about living in New Zealand?

I think we’re all excited about the new adventure, each with our own particular reasons. I am really excited about getting to spend time with my family over here; and Mr H is looking forward to his new job, which involves challenging projects that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to undertake in the UK.

Our son, although only almost three, has so far been most excited by the planes in the airport and going to the beach! I don’t think young kids really understand what is happening, but he is an adventurous child, taking it all in his stride.”

Now that you have moved, is there anything still to arrange?

Before flying to the other side of the world, we wanted to make sure we had as much arranged as possible. The thought of moving abroad without a job secured made us very nervous, so that was very important for us to do prior to leaving.

To help achieve that, we applied for our visas. We started the process separately from any employers or job offers, as we were lucky enough to have enough points to apply for residency in New Zealand without assistance.”

When my husband was offered a job in Auckland, we were extremely fortunate that it came with a relocation package, which took a lot of pressure off in the first instance.

Our two cats, which we shipped over, are currently in quarantine. Shipping pets is a long process, requiring certain very carefully taken steps to be done at set times. We’ll be glad when they are at home with us, completing our family.

What is still to be arranged is a big one – a long-term home in Auckland. We have furnished rental accommodation in a beautiful area until our shipping container arrives from PSS International Removals, with all the contents of our home.

We’ll continue to rent afterwards, despite being owner-occupiers for more than a decade. Buying in Auckland is not attainable for us in the immediate future, due to house prices being considerably higher than where we lived previously.

I’m very much aware that the rental market in the areas we’re looking is competitive and fast-paced, and we’re now under a deadline to secure the right place. That is a big concern and it will be a huge relief when this is sorted and we can settle in.”

How did your husband secure a job in New Zealand?

When job hunting, we looked at immigration websites and at specialist construction industry recruiters in New Zealand and the UK. We had to get the timing right and not to apply too soon, as employers naturally want to know when you’re going to arrive in the country. If you still have a lot of obstacles in your way, such as putting your house on the market, it’s impossible to suggest a starting date.

In the end, the job came through the same UK-based recruiter who had secured my husband a job in Manchester previously. My husband spotted that he was advertising a role in Auckland on LinkedIn, which was quite serendipitous.

The recruiter sent my husband’s CV and portfolio to the company, which led to a Skype chat late one night, followed by a brief meeting in the UK.  My husband received a job offer by email soon afterwards.”

Do you have any friends and family in New Zealand?

“Yes, my half-sister, her husband and my niece and nephew live in Auckland, having moved here more than 10 years ago. They are now residents of New Zealand and both their children were born here.”

Why did you choose PSS to handle your international removals?

“During my research into shipping, I asked three companies to provide quotes. Only two of them, including PSS, offered a home visit to obtain an inventory for their quote, which was really important to me.

We chose PSS because of a positive face-to-face meeting, good value and ease of communication. Having a toddler in the house, I found it easier to keep in touch by email than on the phone, and PSS’ online communication was excellent. They were always very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

On packing day, there was a slight miscommunication and our move manager was on the case and it was sorted quickly with no problems. The packing guys were very quick, professional and full of good advice. My son was absolutely thrilled when the lorry arrived with the shipping container – it made a two-year-old boy’s year!

On the UK side of things, I had a good experience with PSS. We are expecting the shipment to arrive soon for phase two of the operation.”

What has been the hardest obstacle in your emigration adventure so far?

Obtaining visas was a very lengthy process and required a lot of work. However, I knew from my research that we would obtain them without any major problems, so I didn’t experience the nerve-wracking wait that many people endure.

I think the hardest obstacle we faced was saying goodbye to friends and family and the life we had built in the UK. The weeks in the run-up to flying were particularly challenging and emotionally draining for all involved.”

What belongings did you take with you?

Prior to moving, we had a really good clear out. It’s amazing how much you accumulate in your house and it was a good opportunity to look and ask, “If I haven’t I touched it in five years, do I really need to send it to the other side of the world?”

Once we’d decluttered, we decided to ship the majority of our remaining possessions, including most of the large furniture (sofas, beds, chairs etc.), and larger electrical items, like our TVs. And, of course, we brought our pets with us too.”

Which belongings did you leave behind?

To avoid complications with New Zealand’s customs, we didn’t attempt to bring any particularly examinable items from the garden. We left our lawn mower, garden furniture, bikes and outdoor toys, as we knew that customs would want to pick through and potentially charge if there were any issues.

The only large item we brought, which we know customs will examine very carefully, is our Dyson vacuum cleaner. I had it professionally steam cleaned and disinfected to help it pass inspection. There will be a charge for it to be examined and hopefully it will meet the standard so that no further action is required.”

What emigration advice were you given?

When my sister and brother-in-law moved over here, they sold all of their possessions in the UK with the intention of buying everything new here. However, on arrival, they found that the price of home furnishings in New Zealand was high and there was no wallet-friendly IKEA option. After their experience, they recommended that we ship the majority of our furniture, which is what we have done.”

What emigration advice would you give to others?

I would recommend visiting the place you are intending to emigrate to more than once. It’s important to remember that living somewhere is not the same as going on holiday. You have to work, pay taxes and do boring, day-to-day stuff just like in the UK. So, when you visit, you need to investigate beneath the surface and not be too distracted by the beaches, sunshine and lovely landscapes.

I also strongly advise that people considering emigration do their research. Don’t spend too much money on the process until you know what visa options and job prospects are available. Only then can you decide if it’s for you.

That said, there are always ways and means to your end goal. It’s taken us many years to make this move. At the start when we were considering it, we would’ve had the better exchange rate, but my husband wouldn’t have had experience in his profession to obtain a job with a relocation package so easily.

Did I mention research? I can’t stress that enough. Research, research, research.”

Update: How are they getting on 3 months on from arrival in New Zealand?

It’s now three months on from their move so we caught up with the Henderson family to see how they settling into their new home.

How did your move over to Auckland go?

I think the move went smoothly as it could’ve gone thankfully, that’s not to say there wasn’t any delays or minor hiccups en route but it’s such a big deal that you expect there to be a little something here and there.

Finding permanent accommodation in Auckland was our biggest challenge to meet within a fixed deadline – particularly with no references and pets! Thankfully we are very happy and settled in our new home, definitely learned a few lessons along the way navigating the competitive rental market here in Auckland.

How are all the members of your family settling into their new life in New Zealand?

We are all settling in really well. My husband loves his new job which is a big relief as that was a massive factor in the relocation.  Our son is thrilled to have his cousins to chase round the garden and a sunny family Christmas was certainly a pleasant experience.  Even our cats seemingly have taken it all in their stride!

Are you happy with your decision to move?

Definitely. I’m glad that we got here in spring as it allowed us to acclimatise before this particularly hot summer has kicked in, not that I’m complaining!

It’s not to say that the future will be without challenges – the housing market in Auckland is, as we expected, more expensive than what we came from so it’ll be a while before we can escape the rental market.  All things considered, we have no regrets so far and the future looks bright.


Are you thinking of moving to New New Zealand?

If you are thinking of following in Mandi’s footsteps and relocating with your family to New Zealand, then give our team a call on 020 8686 7733. They will be happy to advise you on your move and answer all your shipping questions.

Take the fun new PSS Alternative Australian Citizenship Test for Australia Day

This year to celebrate Australia Day, we have created our own fun version of the Australian Citizenship Test.

The official Australian Citizenship Test was introduced in 2007 and is only available to permanent residents – but anyone is welcome to try our alternative quiz!

Test your knowledge of the weird side of Australia with multi-choice questions such as:

  • What shape is wombat poop?
  • Which Australian Prime Minister broke the world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer?
  • Which Australian city used to be called Batmania?
  • What did an Australian man famously try to sell on eBay?

Every year PSS International Removals helps thousands of families move Down Under.

Whilst this quiz is just a bit of fun, it does highlight the importance of learning about your new country and appreciating its culture before you arrive.

This will not only help you to feel more at home but also enable you to fit in, no matter where you are moving to.

The official version takes 45 minutes but you’ll only need 2 minutes to complete the PSS version!

Let us know how you get on with the quiz and feel free to share it with your friends and family.

Happy Australia Day!


7 Quotes To Inspire You To Get Started On Your Dream Move Today!

This is the time of year when everyone starts to reflect on their future.

You may have been thinking about making a move overseas for some time. Why not make this the year it happens?

Here are some inspiring quotes that will motivate and inspire you to get started on making your dream move overseas a reality.

Most importantly get started today!

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yes, the first step is to get started. Be bold, start taking action and see where it leads you.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  – Robert Frost

Most people are content to dream about moving but never take action and live to regret what might have been. Don’t make this mistake – take the less travelled road!

 “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

Sometimes visas can take time to apply for, so the sooner you start, the sooner you can be enjoying your new life in your new country.

Do you frequently talk about your dream move to your friends and family but not much else? Then take this advice from Walt Disney:

 “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Making the move overseas can seem overwhelming. But take it step by step and you’ll be there faster than you would have imagined.

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — George Herbert

Everything doesn’t need to be perfect, but give our team a call and we’ll be happy to recommend the ‘tools’ and migration partners than can make your journey as smooth as possible.

Lastly one of our favourites:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” —Mark Twain

Don’t live in regret. Set sail this year and PSS will be with you every step of the way!

So what are you waiting for? Click here to make an online enquiry or call us on 020 8686 7733 and we will be happy to get you started on your move overseas!

How to plan your move overseas and your arrival in your new country

It’s that time of year when more and more people are thinking ahead and making plans to fulfil their goals. If you’re thinking of moving overseas, there is no better time than now to start making your plans and considering everything you need to do to make your move successful.

In the second part of this series, we are looking at what you need to consider for your actual move as well as planning to make your arrival in your new country as smooth as possible.

If you missed part 1 on making your initial plans and planning for leaving the UK, you can read it here.

Planning your actual move

Planning your move overseas

1. Planning the removals process

Don’t leave this too late. You need to find a reputable international removals company and organise a home survey to get a quote. There is also forms and other paperwork you need to take care of before your move so ideally begin contacting companies at least 3-4 months before your estimated move date.

If you are moving your whole house or part house contents you can get a quote or more information here. There are also many cost-effective options to send boxes or other luggage to help you get started in your new home. Click here to get an online quote.

2. What to take / what not to

You will need to understand the customs regulations of the country you are moving to as well as what is and what is not worth taking. This can depend on cost and availability in your new country.

Your removals company can advise you on this, but our downloadable customs guides will help get you started..

3. Pets

You need to decide whether it’s feasible to take your pets with you and if not, find them a suitable foster home in the UK. We recommend talking to a pet relocation specialist such as Transfur International Pet Relocation for advice on this.

4. Should you take your car, boat or other vehicles?

If you are going to another right-hand drive country this is certainly worth considering. It can be transferred in the same container as your personal belongings or separately.

5. Planning your Finances

This needs careful consideration to make your money go as far as possible. It’s good to start early so you can look at all the options available.

  • Moving budget – How much is going to cost you to move?
  • Money transfer – How much money can you save using a specialist international money transfer agent instead of your bank?
  • Emergency fund – How much money can you set aside for emergencies or making an urgent trip back to the UK?
  • Pension transfer – Should you keep your pension in the UK or transfer to your new country?

6. What are the options for healthcare and travel insurance?

Even if your new country has the equivalent of the National Health Service it may not be as comprehensive as you are used to in the UK. Fortunately, private health care can be very cost effective in many countries.

7. Where can get the best flight deals and should you do a tour or stopover?

Contrary to popular opinion the best flight deals are not always available online and can often be bettered especially if you plan in advance.

Also, should you do a stop-over or even a world tour on your way to your new country? We have noticed a trend among many of customers to use the time whilst their goods are in transition to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and see the world.

Check out our travel partners for some amazing deals.

Planning Your Arrival

Family arriving in new country

1. Orientation

Even if not stressful, it would have bound to be a rush leading up to your move, so it is important to allow some time to take a breath and orient yourself in your new country. Treat the first week or two as a holiday rather than rushing into your new job and life.

2. The delivery of your goods

You will also need to plan the delivery of your goods. Roughly when will they arrive? Will your new home be ready to receive them? It may be a good idea to arrange a storage back up plan just in case.

3. Bank accounts

It is a good idea to arrange new bank accounts before you even leave the UK. This will be one thing less to worry about on arrival and also ensure you have some funds easily available.

4. Your new job

It’s a good idea to plan ahead the starting of your new job or having a good list of contacts and resources so you can hit the ground running if you are looking for work. Think about what supporting documents you may need such as written references and evidence of qualifications.

5. Accommodation

What’s your plan and budget for initial accommodation – hotel, bed, and breakfast or Airbnb?

Longer term are you renting or buying? What are the prices in different neighbourhoods?

6. Schools

You will need to check out the availability and entry requirements ahead of time. Some families also plan their move to fit in with the school year in the country they are moving to.

7. Healthcare

Hopefully something you won’t need but it is good to be prepared with regard to emergency contacts and longer-term healthcare.

8. Settling in budget

You will need to think carefully about your initial settling in costs and you are going to make your migration fund last. This should help motivate you to start saving now.

9. Settling into your new neighbourhood

Planning ahead to settle in can make you feel more at home and reduce that listless feeling on arrival. For example, you can look for local British expat communities and also interest groups in your new country that you are familiar with in the UK e.g. Church, hobby, and interest groups.

This way you can quickly integrate into your new community, reduce the risk of homesickness and find some helpful local contacts.

Making your move overseas

There is a lot to consider when you make your move overseas, but don’t be daunted. Take it step by step and keep evolving and adding detail to your plan as you go.

Feel free to contact PSS International Removals for help, advice and also a free Home Survey or shipping quote.

Our advisers will be able to answer all your questions about the international removals process including what you can and can’t take to your new country.

Part 1 of this article can be found here.

26 Important Things To Consider As You Plan Your Move Overseas In 2018

Are you thinking of making 2018 the year you make your big move?

The ‘quiet’ holiday period is the ideal time to start developing your masterplan for making your dream move overseas happen in 2018.

There is a lot to think about so we have compiled this checklist of things you need to consider as you plan your new life overseas. It is by no means comprehensive, but at least it will get you started.

(This is part one, part two can be viewed here)

So let’s get going…

Planning to make it happen

1. Make the big decision – this is the year!

Many people take a lot of time to carefully consider the positive and negative aspects of making the decision whether to move or not. It is completely natural as it’s a big decision which comes with lots of if’s and but’s.

Sometimes the only answer is to just go for it, rather than the risk of regret.

Study your options and see which opportunities are available and what suits your family.

Then make that decision! Don’t let fear and worries hold you back if it is the right move for you and your family.

2. Decide where, when you are going and check your eligibility

You will probably have some idea already where you would like to go but you will need to check if your desire matches your eligibility. Entry requirements have changed a lot recently for many countries.

Don’t be too despondent if your first choice country is not so welcoming – there are many other opportunities for starting a new life overseas, and countries you have not considered may be more ideal than you realised.

3. Planning your visa application

Depending on your country of choice and your type of visa this can take anything from weeks to months so it is important to investigate the process carefully and seek expert advice where necessary.

Being prepared and realistic in your expectations can save you much time, aggravation and even money further along the process.

4. What work opportunities are available?

If you are fortunate you already have a job offer, however, for many migrants, you will need to check what opportunities are available in your field. Fortunately for most popular UK expat destinations and occupations, there are many specialist recruitment consultancies willing to advise you for free.

There is a huge demand for many skilled occupations including health, education, construction, trade and other professionals.

You can contact PSS and we’ll be happy to pass your details on to relevant recruiters.

5. Where in the country do you want to live?

It is good to be open and flexible but you should also research which area best suits your family and work preferences. Cost of living, amenities and job opportunities can all vary considerably. You will also want to find the environment that you feel most at home in.

6. Should you make a familiarisation visit?

Although you’ll be surprised how many people we have successfully helped move to a new country in which they have never been set foot in, it is not ideal. A familiarisation visit in the style of the BBC TV series “Wanted Down Under”, could be a great idea for making the transition a smoother process for all your family.

A country can also look very different when you visit it with the express purpose of living there rather than visiting on holiday.

During this visit, you can set up job interviews, check out accommodation possibilities and how different areas suit you.

Planning for leaving the UK

There’s a lot more to leaving the UK than arranging your farewell party!

1. Decluttering

Clearing out possessions you no longer need can take longer than you expect so it is good to plan this so it’s not all a last minute rush, ending up with you filling up two shipping containers with belongings you are no longer going to need.

Everything you sell can also be a useful contribution to your migration fund!

2. Selling your house

This is one of the key things that holds up people’s move overseas, especially if the finance you need to move is locked up in your house. Talk to local estate agents about the state of your local market and the price you can expect or what you may need to accept for a quick sale.

3. Cutting ties

You will need to make a list of all the organisations you need to inform and services you need to cancel before you leave. This includes everything from banks, insurance, social security, HMRC and transferring your Netflix account.

4. Family, friends and your leaving party!

This may not just be informing them, but also making arrangements to take care of any responsibilities you have

You won’t want to arrange your leaving party until you know when you’re going – but don’t leave too late either as you’ll have so much to do immediately before your departure.

Click here for Part 2 of this article where we will be looking at planning your actual move and also planning for your arrival in your new country.

In the meantime, if you would like a quote, home survey or just some friendly advice about the overseas removal process then give one of our experts a call on 020 8686 7733 or complete an online enquiry form here.

PSS Teddy’s Christmas Shopping Trip To New York

Have you met PSS Teddy?

He’s the most adventurous bear we know since Paddington!

He loves to travel the world and visit new places.

He often hitches a ride with children who are moving with PSS International.

You can follow him and see some of the countries he has visited on Instagram – @teddies_travels.

So far he’s been seen in Australia, New Zealand, South Kora, Malaysia and Corfu to name a few.

How PSS Teddy helps children move overseas

Moving overseas can be quite an adventure, especially for children. That is why PSS have recruited Teddy to help out.

He accompanies hundreds of children on their move overseas every year. With PSS for company, a potentially nerve-wracking move becomes the exciting adventure of a lifetime!

Find out how to get your own PSS Teddy down below.

PSS Teddy visits New York

This week he is doing his Christmas shopping in New York!

Here is PSS Teddy arriving on the ship to Manhattan Island like so many migrants before him.

Here is PSS Teddy having a rest in some comfy Christmas decorations outside the Rockefeller Centre in New York:

Here is PSS Teddy visiting the Empire State Building – one of world’s first sky scrapers!

Here is PSS Teddy today in Central Park with one of his favourite children’s stories – Alice In Wonderland. Can you spot him hiding on the statue?

Here’s Teddy busy shopping at Saks on Fifth Avenue – no doubt buying Mrs Teddy a luxury handbag for Christmas!

Today Teddy has spent the rest of his pocket money, Christmas shopping at Macy’s Department Store, New York.

PSS Teddy believes in Father Christmas – do you? Like and share this photo if you do and follow him on Instagram!

Get a free PSS Teddy for your travels

Are you travelling overseas in 2018? Would you like PSS Teddy to accompany you?

Simply send an email with your address to info@pssremovals.com with the subject: “Please send me a PSS Teddy”.

Then take a picture of PSS Teddy on your travels. Send us the photos (you don’t have to be in them) and we will post them on Instagram for other children to see!

What are your property options in Australia?

Moving to Australia conjures up images of buying a house with a swimming pool, A flowing open interior and a BBQ area for those all important social occasions. Whether this property dream can come true will be dependent upon where you move to and what your budget is.

If you decide to move to one of Australia’s major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane you can expect to pay what are considered ‘eye-watering’ prices for apartments and houses. Recent reports showed that in Sydney, prices are over the $900,00 price range and 42% of your monthly wages can be eaten up by your mortgage.

Despite worldwide economic fluctuations, Sydney saw a 10.2% increase in property prices between June 2016 and June 2017. Melbourne and Brisbane saw staggering 13.8% rises during the same period.

That said, the good news is that if you move out of the major areas into some of the Suburbs, you can expect to get a lot more for your money. For example, you can buy a house in Adelaide for $436,000, in Perth for $495,000 and Hobart for $360,000.

Beginning a search for a new home in Australia needs to be considered within the the guidelines of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). This gives information about what kind of homes non-resident foreigners can purchase. It’s worth checking out their website before proceeding with any property searches. You will also need to apply to the board in order to purchase a home.

As with house-hunting in the UK, the best place to start is with well known websites that list various properties. The most relevant in Australia are Real Estate, Real Estate View and Domain. Prime Location and Right Move also offer similar options.

Property styles will vary throughout Australia. You can expect to find more apartments in the big cities where location may be more important than size. There are a number of different styles dating back to the 1800’s which saw the typical two storey house with veranda and spacious rooms developed across NSW and Sydney.

Others such as the ‘Queenslander’ which was built on stilts with timber cladding came a little later. Bungalows, which many expats will probably be most familiar, arrived in the early part of the 20th century with their paved gardens and red brick facade.

Buying a property always requires a great deal of organisation and research and it is no different in Australia. Some banks will offer special mortgages to expats so it’s worth looking for the best deal. You will need to prove you can afford the home and details of your finances back home may be a requirement to secure a mortgage. Make sure you have all your details to hand. You will be expected to pay a 20% deposit on property purchased and expect another 5% to go on legal fees.

There is more than one way to buy a home in Australia. A buyer’s agent can help find, negotiate and purchase a property. You can find a professionally accredited agent through REBAA, Australia’s premier industry association for buyer’s agents. Getting yourself a conveyancer and mortgage broker is also essential. Again pick one based on reputation. Your estate agent should be able to point you in the right direction.

Australia also offers a good selection of houses up for auction. This is a common way for residents to buy new homes. When buying a house you have a cooling off period in which to change your mind, but at an auction there is no such luxury. It’s worth seriously considering what you are prepared to buy for before visiting the auction and sticking to your price. It’s easy to get caught up in the action and walk away with a home that doesn’t suit you or your budget.

PSS International Removals can help you move to Australia. For more information see here. If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.

How to find a construction or engineering job in New Zealand

Despite the newly elected government being viewed as “anti-immigration”, New Zealand’s booming economy means that there are many opportunities for people with the right skills.

However, landing that job can be a little tricky and nerve-wracking when you are relocating from the other side of the world.

At PSS International we frequently get requests from customers for help with job searching. Sometimes it could be that one partner already has a job offer, other times they have committed to moving to New Zealand but are doing so in anticipation of getting a job on arrival.

We have therefore teamed up with RobLawMax one of New Zealand’s leading recruitment companies who has recently set up an office in London so they can tempt more ‘poms’ to join their 200,000 compatriots down under and fill some of the many vacancies.

There really has never been a better time to make your dream of moving to New Zealand a reality.

What jobs are currently available?

RobLawMax focuses on the construction and engineering sector and is currently has many white collar and skilled trade vacancies available.

If you, or someone you know, has the right experience and qualifications, you could soon be on the fast track to starting a new life in New Zealand – a country regularly voted among the best places to live in the world.

They currently have both consultancy and contractor companies actively seeking these types of skills:

  • Quantity surveyors
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Project and site managers

In addition, all qualified building trades are in very high demand including:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Operators of heavy machines like diggers, bulldozers.

Other positions are available too. You can also quickly make sure you meet New Zealand’s points criteria by checking the official immigration website here.

Construction, engineering and trade job vacancies

How to make the move to New Zealand?

It is a big journey moving to New Zealand – and not just the distance. You will have a number of hurdles to overcome but with the right team behind you, it should be fairly straightforward.

RobLawMax is extremely helpful and has much experience helping British nationals make the move.

What’s more, their service is free! So you can’t get much better than that.

Wll Mallard, who heads up their new London office has agreed to offer an assessment for any PSS customers looking to work in the construction and engineering industry.

He will be able to quickly confirm if your experience and qualifications meet the requirements, tell you about current opportunities and advise on the most suitable areas of New Zealand for you to look into.

RobLawMax is also in the unique position of being able to offer both placements to employers and direct employment with themselves, including up to 3 years fixed term contracts for increased continuity and certainty of work for tradespeople.

So if you were concerned about finding the right job, worry no more. Give Will Mallard at RobLawMax a call and you could soon be lining up job interviews and turning that dream move into reality!

Will can be contacted on telephone: +44 (0)7951 802809 or email: willm@roblawmax.com

Don’t forget to mention PSS International when you call and we look forward to helping ship your belongings when you start your new life in New Zealand.

It could be sooner than you think!

For more information about moving to New Zealand click here.

Which of the top 8 British expat countries is best for you?

Dave See, CharNick

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There’s not many decisions bigger than deciding where to move yourself and your family, especially if that means relocating abroad. The world really is your oyster in terms of where to go, but that can be can slightly overwhelming when trying to narrow down your choices. To help narrow down your search criteria and pick the perfect expat location, here’s a taster of some of the top destinations for Brits.

1. Australia – Over one million Brits have already chosen to live Down Under and it’s no surprise thanks to the allure of an outdoor lifestyle and sunnier climes (in many of the Gold Coast resorts). The fact that it’s a multicultural society (43% of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas) means that any new arrivals won’t be treated as an oddity. The simple fact that the country itself is so vast – with only 6.4 people per square mile – and has 500 national parks means the great outdoors really is on your doorstep.

2. USA – The sheer size of America (3.8 million square miles) means it offers expats a huge range of choices in terms of jobs, locations and lifestyles. If you find yourself a job in one of the big cities such New York you’ll be exposed to the best cuisine, housing and culture you can expect. You’ll also find some of the most expensive property in the world (a three bedroom flat in the Financial District will cost upwards of £7 million pounds). In other areas though you’ll find the average house setting you back around £144,000 which is apparently a small castle if you move to Detroit.

3. Canada – A top notch education and healthcare systems are a big draw to the 607,377 expats that already live in Canada. The Canadian teaching system was recently ranked as 9th in the world, with above average scores in reading, mathematics and science. To put this in context the UK was 28th. All Canadian residents have reasonable access to healthcare without paying out-of-pocket. Canada also offers a relatively easy emigration process and expats are allowed to apply for residency within three years of arriving there.

4. Spain – While the Brexit-effect may loom large over much of Europe, Spain still proves itself to be the most popular country in the region, with 308,000 expats living there (France, Ireland, Germany and Italy all have considerably less expat Brits). In fact, a recent survey showed that the number of Britons living in Spain over the age of 65 has doubled in the past 10 years. Settling predominantly on the Costa Blanca on Spain’s east coast or the Costa del Sol in the south, the warm weather, a cheap standard of living and the sheer number of Brits living there, makes it a home from home for many. The British PM Theresa May has already made pledges to continue to support pensions and healthcare benefits to those expats living in Spain, although this has yet to be finalised.

5. New Zealand – If you’re looking for more sunshine, why not consider New Zealand. Three major Kiwi cities get 2,000 hours a year, compared to the South East of England which has just 1,750. Obviously there’s more to the country than the weather, the great vast open spaces mean you’re never far from a fjord, native forest or mountain. In a recent HSBC survey New Zealand was voted as 14th in the world overall when compared economically, but first in terms of experience, ranking highly for healthcare, finance and quality of life.

6. South Africa – With pristine beaches, cultural experiences and a relatively low cost of living South Africa has some 318,000 British expats residing in its cities and surrounding areas. The 2016 Mercer Cost of living survey ranked Johannesburg and Cape Town as two of the cheapest cities in which to reside, at numbers 205 and 208 in the world rankings. Luckily most available jobs for expats will be in these two cities and thanks to a solid temporary visa situation you should be able to work as long as you possess the correct skills. Top jobs are currently within the automotive industry, IT and communications, mining, banking and the services sector.

7. Ireland – Doing business in Ireland is easy and that’s official. The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2017, ranked 18th out of 190 economies. It ranked particularly highly in paying taxes and starting a business – great news for budding entrepreneurs. You’ll also find good, free schools if you are looking to relocate your family. Healthcare is some of the best in the world too, and expats are able to receive free or subsidised public health services.

8. France – Just a short hop over the channel means France has always pulled in plenty of British expats, with 185,000 of us currently residing there. A number of negative connotations have been drawn around areas such as ‘Dordogneshire’, which is home to a vast number of Brits, but that shouldn’t put you off. The slower pace of life in the varying regions, coupled with new cultural experiences proves a big draw. The most popular regions include Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine, Brittany and Rhone Alps.PSS International Removals can shop your goods to all of these countries. For more information see here.

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.