Moving House in Australia

I am so excited. We are so excited; me, Mrs Bob and Elizabeth. After nine years of living in the same house, the house we purchased without ever having stepped foot in it, we are moving. It’s a house we have a lot of affection for, one that will be especially remembered as the house we bought online from the comfort of our office chairs, as we sat in front of our computer screens in England.

It’s a house we have grown to love more and more over the last nine years…

AUS homeBut for us, it’s now time to move.

We decided we wanted to move because, as much as we do love our house, there were certain things we wanted that it could not give us. Higher ceilings, more light, a bigger kitchen, better layout and easier garden maintenance.

Moving house in Australia works very differently from in the UK. Here’s a brief outline of what has happened so far. What is refreshing about buying a house in Australia is how quickly it can be secured.

We spent about three months looking at houses, and then finally decided to bid on one after viewing it on Wednesday 9 November. That bid went in at 6 PM the next day and a deal was finally verbally agreed on Saturday, 19 November while we were enjoying A Weekend Break on the Gold Coast. On Monday evening two days later, the real estate agent came round and me and Mrs Bob signed some documentation.

The agent then went round to the sellers house and they also signed it. By 7 o’clock that evening I received a text message from the agent saying the deal was done. This is a legal document, only we are allowed to back out subject to the building and pest inspections and we have 10 days in which to complete that. The seller cannot change their minds and we cannot be gazumped.

I will be meeting the building inspector at the property this coming Monday in the afternoon.

So just 11 days after making the first bid and without even actually seeing a solicitor, the deal was done. We have signed a 90 day contract instead of the usual 42 by mutual agreement, because the seller has not yet found a new house to move into and we’ve not sold our house yet either.

So our expected moving in day has already been set at the 20 February 2017.

Not only have we not sold our house, but we haven’t even put it on the market!

We have about one or two weeks worth of work to do on our place before we can put it up for sale, you know the sort of thing, decluttering, tidying and a bit of decorating here and there. So the blog part of my website will be going quiet for a while as I have work to do.

New for 2017

I decided a couple of months ago that next year I would blog less frequently. Currently I add three new blog posts a week; that will now change. I’m going to put more emphasis on updating and adding new pages on the website rather than writing about Australian day-to-day life. I will continue to add blog posts on some of the major moving to Australia issues, but just once or twice a month.

So there’ll be no post on Monday about what I did at the weekend, which is great news for you. After all, who wants to read about somebody decorating a house or packing trinkets into cardboard boxes?

No more Friday afternoon videos either, like this one about moving house, Aussie style…

No, that’s not exactly how we will be moving, but that sort of thing does happen in Australia. Our move is the more traditional kind. We are selling a house that is firmly attached to the floor and moving to another completely different house which, we hope, is also firmly attached to the floor.

We now have 90 days in which to sell our house or else.

And we all know what the ‘or else’ is, don’t we?

Yes, a massive loan. Yikes!

An update coming……. sometime soon.

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  • Donna Berryman April 7, 2017, 4:25 pm | Link

    Congratulation Mrs. Bob and Elizabeth for your new home. May your new home give you a prosperous life, full of happiness and freedom of pains.
    Last year I and my husband too had shifted into our new home in Palm Springs, California. Before moving to our new home it was a very hectic job to select the right packing boxes for the various types of household items and furniture. But, still, we had planned to hire a door to door transportation services for our vehicle and furniture. We had put all our vehicles into an auto transporter which was provided by the auto transport Palm Springs (http://www.wewilltransportit.com/auto-transport-palm-springs/) services, and all other furniture were gone on a moving van. After we had shifted to our new home it had a bigger kitchen, amazing garden layout and beautiful bedrooms.

    • BobinOz April 7, 2017, 8:36 pm | Link

      Interesting. Part of me thinks this is just an advert for that auto transport company in Palm Springs, and I normally delete blatant comments that are an advert with a link.

      But yours Donna, it’s so beautifully done, you’ve put so much effort put into it, it’s way better than the vast majority of meaningless one liners I get. So it can stay.

      If it’s not an advert, and you have genuinely moved recently yourself, then I also wish you all that you have wished me in your new home 🙂

      Cheers, Bob

      • Donna Berryman April 8, 2017, 7:55 pm | Link

        Thanks! Bobin.
        Yes, I understand what you are trying to say, I know there are many people who do blatant comments and advert with a link.

        Yes, I moved to my sweet new home in Palm Springs. 🙂
        Thanks for your wishes.

  • ale December 22, 2016, 1:28 am | Link

    Hi Bob Congrats!
    I wonder why you mention that you are moving to a house with Less Garden maintenance.
    I have read before, when looking for a house, “low yard maintenance”.
    Can you tell me why is that so important?
    I am not in australia yet, and one thing that i love is taking care of my garden. Is it there any problem with that im brisbane?
    With a bit of luck, i am going to be there by next july or august.
    Regards!
    Ale

    • BobinOz December 23, 2016, 8:36 pm | Link

      Hi Ale

      No, there are no problems with gardens or gardening in Australia, it’s just a personal preference thing. If there is a ‘problem’, it’s that some gardens can be very big and with lots of very sunny days broken by occasional torrential downpours, those gardens can grow very very quickly.

      That includes weeds. Have a look at…

      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/9169/the-problem-with-gardening-in-australia/
      http://www.bobinoz.com/blog/13735/the-good-life-in-australia-living-on-acreage/

      The house I live in at the moment is on 1642 m², so there’s quite a bit of gardening to do, in the new place though I’m looking forward to enjoying the concrete. For some people, low maintenance gardens are a big plus, for others, like yourself, you will probably want a big garden.

      Good luck with your move, hope it all works out. Thanks, Bob

      • Ale January 19, 2017, 5:53 am | Link

        Thanks bob, you rule!

  • Dawn December 21, 2016, 9:03 pm | Link

    All the best in the new house, Bob and family.
    I so hope to catch up with you one day. You’re like the cousin I love though haven’t met yet. You’ve really made our move so much easier and we’ve recommended your website to friends who are in the process.

    How has Elizabeth been enjoying high school?

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    P.S. Let me know when you plan to visit Adelaide.

    • BobinOz December 23, 2016, 7:27 pm | Link

      Thanks Dawn, we are really looking forward to our new house. You know what, I think I’ve got one or two of those, cousins I haven’t met, maybe you’re one of them? 🙂

      Elizabeth is absolutely loving her new school, it’s incredible to think she’s been there a year already, time flies so quickly. She’s made loads of new friends in that time, they are always arranging to do all sorts of things over the weekends, she’s very happy.

      So we are happy too 🙂

      Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you as well, and Adelaide, I must be due a visit soon, haven’t been there for six years.

  • Kylle December 11, 2016, 8:13 am | Link

    Congrats Bob and family!! How exciting! All the very best with the move and selling your own house 🙂 Your expected move in date of Feb 20, 2017 makes me realize how soon WE will also be moving (back to Oz)!! The 3 of us (plus dog) are hoping to be settled in with our bunch load of bags at my parents home in Sydney by the end of April 2017.
    Here’s to huge exciting changes for all of us! 🙂
    Much love,
    Kylle

    • BobinOz December 12, 2016, 7:12 pm | Link

      Looks like 2017 is going to be exciting for both of us Kylle, yours perhaps a bit more exciting than mine. I am only moving around the corner 🙂 You are coming back to Australia!

      Here’s to next year, let’s hope it goes very smoothly. Cheers, Bob

  • Pete December 7, 2016, 6:57 am | Link

    Hi bob,
    I enjoy reading your blog, it will be interesting to see what changes you make,
    Regards Pete Taylor

    • BobinOz December 7, 2016, 7:20 pm | Link

      Thanks Pete, I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like myself 🙂 I have finished the bulk of my decorating now, I still do have a few other things to sort but I will be adding a new post very soon.

      Cheers, Bob

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