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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.

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.

Shipping Your Pet Safely

PDArt1, Dog

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Taking a pet abroad when families relocate is a key area of concern for many. With pets such as dogs, cats and even ferrets taken overseas you need to be aware of the documentation required and country-specific customs timeframes involved.

With pets separated from their owners for the journey as well as potentially months in quarantine, it’s certainly worth thinking about whether this is a trip worth them taking.

If you are only away for a few months or up to a year, it might be best for them to stay with a caring relative or friend. If you are however emigrating for good, then there may be no option. Where you go, the pet goes too.

So where do you start?

Planning is the key. Research the country you are moving to and find out what the rules and regulations are around transporting pets. If your pet is coming from the UK and going to another EU country, then take a look at the European Commission website which details what is possible.

In general, dogs, cats and ferrets can travel between the two areas, but they will need to have a rabies vaccine, microchip and pet passport or EU Health Certificate.

It is very different in countries such as New Zealand and Australia where importing dogs and cats will involve a quarantine process, which could see you parted from your pet for sometime. In New Zealand for instance, there are a huge number of restrictions on breeds and a list of residency requirements for cats and dogs. It’s worth looking on the Ministry of Primary Industries website to see what is, and what isn’t possible. You’ll also need to check the airport through which the pets can travel and book a quarantine facility, as this has recently changed. This is something they recommend you do well in advance as they can get booked up. Australia too has strict import regulations and cats and dogs (the only pets currently allowed) are required to have an import permit as well as a number of health checks. Look at the government’s Department of Agriculture and Water for more details.

Once the research on a country’s requirements is done, you’ll need to look into how your pets will travel. If you’re moving from the UK to EU countries it may be a case of you driving your pet to the new locations. But if you’re going further afield, a specialist pet relocation service is best placed to help you to decide on how to transport you pet efficiently and with the greatest of care. For instance, taking a pet across America may be difficult in hot summer months as dog’s are not allowed on planes due to the heat.

Other issues worth considering:

If you’re travelling long-haul, pick a pet-safe airline, noting whether they fly animals and the cost. Some airlines have better reputations than others for pet care so take your time to research each properly.

Find an airline approved travel crate and give your pet time to get used to it. Think about the pet’s journey and whether it will need extra water for the flight. Dehydration can be a potential issue if not addressed properly.

Ask your vet to give your animal a thorough health check and think about possible issues.

Choose a pet relocation service that can help with all essential details and red tape. For instance, there is a current 180-210 preparation day wait for transporting dogs and cats to Australia.

Is your pet allowed into the country? There are a number of restrictions on dog breeds in certain areas so it’s worth looking into this before even considering movement.

Once your pet has arrived on terra firma there will again be a number of issues concerning quarantine and collection processes. Make sure to research the criteria via official government websites so you can manage both yours and your families expectations.

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 form.

A Moving Checklist – Australia

Steven Penton, Beauty Point, Tasmania.

 

There’s so much to think about when you move abroad. Moving your family, pets, bank accounts, jobs, schools….. the list can go on and on. One thing you can outsource is the actual process of moving as this can be handled by a company such as PSS International Removals, which has over 35 years experience in relocating homes to the other side of the world. We know exactly what essentials you need to remember before you head off Down Under.

Be organised. Don’t leave everything to the last minute. Draw up a list of the most urgent of your concerns. Some things can wait until you are in Australia, whilst others need to be taken care of immediately.

Prioritise! Decide if you are going to ship everything, because once the goods are packed and on the lorry they’ll need to stay there. If you want to hang onto particular toys (for the kids) or technology (for the teens) make sure you keep them to one side. Important documents, such as proof of medication use, will need to be kept with you.

Check your passport is in date and make sure the relevant visas are in place. You will not be allowed to enter Australia without the correct documentation. See here for more information about visas.

Make plans to arrange bank accounts for your arrival. You have up to six weeks to arrange a bank account in Australia using just your passport – after that time period you’ll need further identification. See here for more advice.

Shipping your car is easy with PSS International Removals who can help with this process. You’ll also be able to drive in Australia for up to three months with your UK license, after which time you’ll need to get a local one. More information can be found here.

There are very strict guidelines about what you can and cannot take into Australia. Again PSS can help you with this, providing a list of goods that will not pass through customs. This link details all relevant information.

You’ll also need relevant documentation for your household goods to get the all clear at the customs office. Again PSS International Removals can let you know what you can pack into those crates and what you’ll need to leave behind.

Confirm how long the shipment will take. When shipping your personal belongings to Australia the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your destination will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments.

Confirm your new address. You will need to let PSS International Removals know where the removal is to be delivered to once it arrives in Australia. It really couldn’t be any easier. Please visit our website for more information PSS International Removals.

Westpac – Making Banking in Australia Easy

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Moving to Australia is a popular choice for Brits, with over 1.2 million already based Down Under. Planning a move to the other side of the world can be fraught with anxiety, with a great deal of concern placed on finances, banking and getting access to your money once you’ve arrived.

PSS International Removals is pleased to announce its new partnership with Westpac Bank. Westpac is Australia’s oldest bank, and the longest-serving foreign bank in the United Kingdom, with over 200 years helping customers in Australia and the UK.

With Westpac you can jump online and open an account in minutes, securely transfer your funds, and organise for cash withdrawals once you arrive in Oz.

Westpac make it easy because:

√ You can open an account online up to 12 months before you move

√ They waiver the account fee for the first 12 months

√ You can set yourself up for 24/7 telephone, mobile and internet banking before you
arrive

√ The ability to withdraw your money once you arrive for free at one of Westpac’s 3,000
ATMs in Australia

Additionally, Westpac are the only Australian bank that has a branch in London with a team of Premium Relationship Managers. So if you require a higher level of banking, you can make an appointment to come into branch and discuss your needs with one of their team.
So, get organised and open an account today, or ask us to connect you with a Westpac Premium banker in London to find out how they can support you with your move.

Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) is a limited company incorporated in Australia and registered in New South Wales, Australia under the Corporations Act 2001(Cth) of Australia with registered number ABN 33 007 457 141 (Westpac). Westpac’s head office is at 275 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia. WBCs London office is acting in an introductory capacity only and does not provide any of the products and services referred to in this communication. For information purposes only WBC (a) has its principal place of business in the United Kingdom (UK) at Camomile Court, 23 Camomile Street, London EC3A 7LL, and is registered at Cardiff in the UK as Branch No. BR10, and (b) authorised and regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority in Australia. In the UK, it is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request. If applying for an account, it is provided by Westpac in Australia and as such is subject to the regulation of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and will be afforded the protections of Australian laws, which may differ from UK laws. In particular, the account will not benefit from the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme or rules for the protection of retail clients under the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Full terms and conditions available on our website.

 

 

 

International Removals to Australia the PSS Way

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Australia Day 2010 by Travis Simon
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

There’s nothing more daunting than moving house. Add in moving to a new location overseas and the enormity of the situation could throw even the hardened traveller off kilter. Packing up your belongings is a difficult business especially if you’re unsure of how to protect your goods or even whether you can take them with you in the first place.

Avoid some of the stress with the help of a family run, experienced business such as PSS International Removals. With over 35 years in the business we have plenty of experience in moving sofas – and lives – to the other side of the world. We also adhere to the highest international standards. These include, FAIM Accreditation, which is the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry; Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members; Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection.

So where to start? Even before you’ve got your visas confirmed, PSS recommend you call our free, no obligation, removal quote service. This will give you an idea of costings and logistics. We can also send an experienced estimator who will give you advice on sending your goods abroad. Once the quote is agreed you will be given your own moving coordinator to keep you updated.

If you’re planning to send either part or all of your household goods, this is classified as a removal. All of your belongings, which can include a car, will be sent via one container onto the destination.

If you’re moving to Australia there are a number of goods you cannot take into the country with you. At PSS International Removals we can advise you on this but initial information can be found here. You’ll also need specific documentation for your move, which again we can help with. Details are available here.

You have the option of packing your own goods or getting the experts in. If you decide to pack yourself, PSS will give you all the boxes and packaging you need to protect everything on its long journey.

If you prefer us to pack your belongings we will arrange a suitable ‘moving day’ date with you. Once the removal is complete you’ll be given a list of what’s gone and then the container will return to the depot or onto the demarkation port. This will be the last you see of your belongings until they arrive at your new destination.

When shipping your personal belongings to Australia the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your destination will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments. PSS International Removals will also make sure you have all the correct customs documentation meeting Australian requirements.

Soon after you arrive in your new home, PSS will call to arrange the delivery of your goods to the location of your choice. It really couldn’t be any easier. Please visit our website for more information PSS International Removals.

Which Jobs Could Earn You More Money In Australia and New Zealand?

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Salary growth along with added benefits such as flexible working, increased holiday entitlement and career opportunities are just some of the employee desires revealed in Hays 2017 Salary Guide.

As worldwide recruitment experts, Hays surveyed more than 2,950 organisations across Australia and New Zealand, which represents more than 3 million employees. The results of the survey reveal both optimism for a growing workforce but caution when it comes to salary increases.

The good news is that businesses are booming – and are optimistic that this boom will continue.  75% expect an increase over the coming 12 months, and 36% foresee a strengthening economy coming in the six to 12 month period.

This rising level of activity revealed that many companies expect to increase their overall headcount in the coming year with 45% expecting to bolster their permanent staff levels and 23% adding to their temporary or contract workforce. This however doesn’t mean salaries will see a comparative increase.

In fact, many of those surveyed are nervous about salary increases and even those that are considering them offer tentative low rises.  Employers in 11% of industries admitted they will not offer salary increases in their next review and those that do are looking at minor adjustments.

The survey also found that 65% will increase salaries by less than 3%, with 19% intending to award between 3 and 6% and just 5% expecting to offer more than 6%.

The good news is that some industries are offering above average pay increases. A skill shortage across the regions in technological and operations staff, accountancy and finance, means higher wages are needed to attract employees to key roles.

Hays 2017 Salary Guide found that industries intending to offer more than a 3% increase in the next 12 months, include 48% of the IT and telecommunications sector, 42% of advertising and media and 34% in construction, property and engineering.

“Salary growth for the majority of Australia & New Zealand’s skilled professionals will remain subdued in the year ahead, says Nick Deligiannis, managing director, Hays Australia and New Zealand. “Add the number of employers who indicated that business activity has and will continue to rise, and such small salary increases will test the loyalty of employees.

“It seems the time honoured supply and demand principle has also failed to impact salaries in all bar a few instances.  Yet Australia’s strengthening economy, rising business activity, growing headcounts and skill shortages cannot be overlooked for too long. The piercing question therefore is how high will turnover reach before typical salary increases climb above three per cent?”

If you are considering a move to Australia PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 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.

To find out more about the latest salaries around Australia and New Zealand , click HERE to view the Hays Specialist Recruitment salary guide.

If you want to discuss your potential job prospects in the fields of Construction, Engineering, Accountancy and Finance, IT, Digital, HR or Marketing then get in touch with the London based Hays team who recruit into the Australian and New Zealand markets “   0203 465 0158 or email globalinkteam@hays.com

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A restaurant tour of Sydney

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Nicki Mannix, Vivid

Nicki Mannix, Vivid

Sydney is a foodie haven. From a delicious smashed avocado breakfast, to a Thai lunch and Korean supper, there is something for everyone of varying tastes and budgets.

Time Out has listed its top 50 Sydney restaurants here, but if you want a quick guide to the best brunch, pizzas, cocktails and gourmet dining read on.

A good brunch with excellent coffee is not hard to find in Sydney. Think poached eggs, sourdough and a bit of rocket on the side and you won’t be disappointed. If you like the idea of some baked ricotta and Baba ganoush thrown in you may have found your food nirvana. Check out legendary chef, Bill Granger who has his own restaurant Bill’s at Bondi. The full Aussie breakfast includes scrambled eggs, cumin roast tomatoes, miso mushrooms and pork, chili and fennel sausage.

If you’re lucky enough to hit Sydney at the height of summer (and even if you’re not) the best place to get a good view, and a good meal is on the waterfront. Freshly cooked fish and chips at The Avalon on The Beach – The Kiosk and direct access to Avalon Beach is certainly a good way to spend a couple of hours, after an obligatory surfing lesson or attempt to cruise the waves. Pizza is always a great way to stave off any hunger pangs before dinner and Pizzaperta based in Pyrmont offers great tasting Italian street food and al fresco dining. Think authentic pizzas with a twist. The Waterfront Cafe at Church Point offers seafood to die for with buckets of prawns, oysters and calamari dominating the menu. The cocktail menu offering Mojitos, Bellinis and Martinis doesn’t look too shabby either.

A truly unique way to spend the day exploring Sydney’s greatest foodie destinations is an all-inclusive Taste of the Opera House tour, which takes place throughout 2017. You’ll get masterclasses in sushi and cocktail making, as well as a specially prepared lunch from Portside Sydney’s ‘hatted’ head chef Lauren Murdoch. A great one-off experience.

Unable to last between lunch and dinner, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are a variety of high tea options. A number of the luxury hotels including The Langham Sydney, The Westin Sydney and Park Hyatt offer a varying array of delicious cakes and finger sandwiches. For a more low key, but no less delicious, alternative The Gunners Barracks Tea Room offers spectacular views, peach flavoured white tea, samosas and creamy mango pudding.

Dining out in Sydney offers everything from Cantonese delights at Mr Wong’s , Middle Eastern food such as halloumi, egg plant and warm hummus at Kepos & Co and roast barramundi, ricotta ravioli and fennel salami at low-key Italian joint Sagra. Thai and Chinese restaurants feature heavily too but Time Out voted French influenced Hubert, the best of the Sydney bunch. Eating takes place in a number of different areas. So you can have a Normandy burger at the bar or share a chicken or a Riverine rib-eye in the main restaurant. All offer an excellent culinary experience.

If you are considering a move to Sydney PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Tips For Finding the Perfect Country To Relocate To

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Kevin Stanchfield  Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

Kevin Stanchfield
Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

With advancements in travel the world has become a much smaller place. With over 5 million Brits living abroad, emigration is certainly an attractive proposition to many. But where to start? Many people will have a rough idea of the kind of job they want to pursue or even the climate they want to live in. But other key factors such as language, proximity to home and living standards can have a major influence on choosing a suitable destination.

With so much at stake, we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the right country:

1. Do your research. You may fancy life Down Under but if you don’t meet their strict immigration criteria you won’t get in. New Zealand too draws up a list of careers eligible for a visa, so make sure you read up on all the details. Those careers currently in demand are medicine, engineering and IT. The good news however is if you’re currently moving within the EU things are much easier.

2. Fancy learning a new language? There are plenty of places in the world where you can stick to speaking your native language. In fact, all countries have large expat communities so you’ll never be too far from a familiar conversation. However, you may want to be more adventurous. In countries such as Denmark learning the language is imperative. It’s easy to find courses through your local council who are obliged to offer courses to all foreign residents.

3. Read about the country in all its glory. You may have read A Year In Provence but does it really reflect what life is currently like in southeastern France? It’s unlikely. If you have a family, you’ll need to look into the school system and childcare facilities. Take some time to research housing and social welfare provision and different towns and cities within your chosen country. Expat Forums can give you interesting insights.

4. Look into the weather. Living in a warmer country is often a reason many people (especially Brits) choose to move to a new country. Sunny days may be great for a holiday but can you see yourself working and living in 40’ heat, which you might face if you move to UAE. Just like the UK the weather can be totally different around the country so when choosing a location, make sure you check thoroughly. Los Angeles may be gloriously sunny all year, but New York certainly isn’t.

5. Choose your lifestyle. What kind of life do you want in your new location? Beach barbecues? Balanced working hours? A busy social life? A large salary? Everyone will want something different but it’s important to be clear about what your priorities are. Working in Asian Pacific countries pays an expat on average $126,000 (£95,000) dollars, compared with the global average of $104,000 (£79,000).

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Packing your pet, the cost and quarantine

 

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elizabeth tersigni, My Dog

elizabeth tersigni, My Dog

 

As important members of the family, when someone decides to relocate, the cat or dog have to come too. Depending upon where you are moving to this is either relatively easy – or quite complicated. In fact, getting an animal into some countries can be almost as tricky as applying for your own work permits or visas. The best families can do is be mindful that when they are thinking of relocation, they factor in time and consideration for what the pet’s needs are. For example, demand is high in some countries for quarantine accommodation, so if you don’t book your pet in early, they may get left behind. Others require blood tests and tape worm immunisations whilst others do not.

To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of checks you need to do, depending upon which country you are moving onto.

Moving from one EU country to another:

Thanks to the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) owners of cats, dogs and ferrets (!) can transport their animals within Europe, following a relatively easy and straightforward scheme which sees them being issued with their own passport. This is done once a series of other procedures have been completed. In the UK only Official Veterinarians (OVs) are able to produce a pet passport. Your local vet is most likely to be able to point you in the right direction.

This scheme allows for pet owners to move their dogs and cats to Europe (and a host of other countries, see list here) by following certain criteria set by the The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs:

1. a microchip

2. a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)

3. a pet passport or official third country veterinary certificate.

4. tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

You must wait 21 days from the date of the rabies vaccination before traveling.

The cost of the procedures including vaccinations and documents could be in the region of £200, but remember the cost of flying or shipping them to your new destination may be expensive, and include the price of a ticket and transportation. Costs will be dependent upon the size of the animal and whether it can travel with you or it has to go in the hold. Shipping or flying costs will also vary.

Moving from the UK to Australia

Moving your dog or cat or horse (hamsters, ferrets and rabbits need not apply!) is relatively complicated in Australia and it’s worth getting yourself fully versed in what’s required. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has step-by-step lists for both dog and cat owners about what they need to do before and during the moving process.

Certain dogs are not allowed into Australia and a full list can be found here

First up, all dogs must be microchipped and need to receive a rabies virus vaccine after which they are then scanned for the Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre (RNAT) test. There are strict rules around the test and dogs are not eligible to be allowed into Australia until at least 180 days from the date the blood test was drawn.

Once this is complete you will then need to apply and pay for an import permit, book tentative post entry quarantine accommodation, take out various other tests on your dog, including an external parasite treatment before obtaining a Completion of Veterinary Health Certificate.

Once your pet has arrived in Australia they will be subject to 10 days quarantine, but if there are any health issues, this time can be extended. Clear step-by-step information can be found here. Information about transporting cats can also be found at the same address.

It can cost anything from £1,900 to £3,000 to transport a dog or cat from the UK to Australia, so once again factor this all in when you are pulling together a budget. It actually may be more expensive to take your dog abroad than it is a young child.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.