It is always a good time to move to Australia!
Of course, we would say that. In all honesty, though, the timing of your move can have cost implications. Today, we look at the few considerations you should consider when planning your relocation.
How timing affects relocation cost
When the removalists have excess work, they will charge higher rates. Not to be unfair, some conditions impact this higher rate. One of which is the employment of additional staff to handle the workload. Labour costs contribute significantly to the cost of removals. During the holiday and Christmas, contract staff are at a premium, and of course, the end-user has to pay.
As with most things, removalists, have a high season. For Australia, this is summer. Many people are moving domestically during that time. Now, for internationals, if you are also currently based in the Southern Hemisphere, then it would be summer in both your departure country and on arrival in Australia – this will impact your quotes.
Solution: The way around this would be to obtain your removals quotes early on in your relocation, as early as possible and lock them in. That way, as their demand increases during their quoting stage, they are more likely to load other quotes, not yours.
Again, high season is the same all around the world. If you choose to relocate over the Australian Summer (November, December, and January), your temporary accommodation costs could be 20-30% higher than normal. Factor this in. Unfortunately, no matter how early you book accommodation, the prices will already be fixed for the high season. That said, the earlier you can book, the more choice you will have – whilst there are still choices, there is an opportunity to save money.
It is not all bad news. There are ways to save money elsewhere in your relocation if you need to move during the high season. We know that most people with school-aged children will move at the start of the school year. In Australia, this is January, summer and the high season.
Solution: Accommodation alternatives. Using a relocation company can reduce your stay in temporary accommodation, or a service such as INSPECT4U by Personnel Relocations will eliminate temporary accommodation completely.
Another great option for high season is to house sit. There are websites such as Aussie House Sitters in Australia where people are looking for house sitters over long periods. Again, locking this in early will give you more options.
Bonus tip: When booking a house sit or temporary accommodation, make sure they are plenty of convenient food options, markets or grocery stores nearby. You want to save money on car hire and fuel, so having options within walking distance is key.
The cost of living in Australia is high, and education costs are no different. Private schools can charge upwards of $30,000 per year, and even public schools can cost several thousand dollars per year. While schooling in Australia can be expensive, there are several ways that you can offset the cost if you move at the right time.
One of which is buying second-hand uniforms. The start of the school year or even the end of the previous year will present with uniforms and books that others are selling.
Solution: Keep an eye on Facebook Marketplace or enquire about the school the children will be attending. Most schools now operate a Facebook page to sell used school uniforms. Keep in mind that a uniform for a Private school will set you back $800 to $1000. Keeping an eye out for used uniforms is a great way to save money.
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