Reasons to move to Melbourne:
For seven years running Melbourne ranked as the world’s most liveable city and is today second behind only Vienna.
The city has a highly diverse economy and population leading to a huge variety of cuisines, entertainments, nightlife and sub-cultures.
Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and is home to the Australian Open, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the AFL Grand Final, and the MotoGP among others.
Melbourne might be most widely known among Brits as the home of Ramsey Street, the fictional cul de sac in the long running TV soap Neighbours.
But like Kylie and Jason it has come a long way since the 1980s and today it is known as the sports, arts and cultural capital of Australia.
The city is young at heart with a median average age of just 28 years. As a result, entertainment is focused on clubs, restaurants, shopping and a vibrant café culture, all of which cater for younger residents.
That’s not say to say that Melbourne is not for families. With lots of stylish expansive housing, great schools and a reliable public transport network, Melbourne is a great place to raise a family.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being transported in special breathable bubble wrap.
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in the UK & Australia will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly.
They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods ready for checks or inspections.
Once your belongings have cleared customs, you will be contacted to discuss a convenient time to deliver them if not already agreed.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 strategically placed storage facilities throughout the UK to choose from.
Our partners in Australia can also off your storage facilities should you require them.
Insurance For Removals to Melbourne
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
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Property Prices In Melbourne
The average house price in Melbourne is around AUS$420,000 (£237,000), compared with Sydney where the average is around AUS$852,000 (£474,000).
Housing in Melbourne is 35% cheaper than in London and 24% than in Sydney.
Monthly rent for an apartment in the centre of Melbourne is around AUS$1,902 (£1074), compared to AU$2781 (£1570) in Sydney.
Melbourne is one of Australia’s most expensive capital cities, narrowing missing out on this berth to Sydney.
But while property close to the CBD tends to be expensive and in short supply the further from the city centre you venture the more reasonably priced the homes are.
In the past six months, it has become a buyers’ market as property prices across the region have slowed. The number of properties on the market has reduced by about 20% compared to 12 months ago.
According to Melbourne’s leading independent property consultants, Metropole, as we as we move forward into 2019/2020, it looks likely to be a period of greater stability.
It is predicted that real estate markets will pick up soon and property values are expected to increase by 4% by 2020. Today the biggest impediment buyers face therefore is the difficulty in obtaining finance.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Melbourne there are plenty of ways to conduct your search.
One popular method is the use of real estate agents, who tend to have good knowledge of the city and often have access to properties before they are publicly advertised. However, expats should note that estate agents often charge a fee of around 10 to 20 percent of the rental cost.
For those who decide to go it alone, local newspapers are a good source, as are real estate websites and online property portals.
Whatever area you choose to live in you’ll no doubt find yourself with good neighbours!
White & Company Provide Removals to Melbourne and all major locations in Victoria
The average monthly net salary in Melbourne is AU$4104 (£2315) compared to London AU$4420 (£2493).
Basic utilities (including electricity, gas and heating – if you ever really need it!) for a studio apartment cost around ASU$208 a month (£117).
The average price paid for eating out at a standard restaurant in the CBD is AU$17 (£9.60) which compared to London is 11% cheaper.
Moving to Melbourne you will most likely encounter that your biggest increase in expenditure is likely to be your weekly food shop.
There’s no denying that groceries in Australia are on average far higher than here in the UK, with less diversity in both were you shop and the origin of products.
Although you will find that food is expensive almost everywhere in Australia, you can save in other ways. In central Melbourne for instance, there are plenty of reasonably priced restaurants if you are on a strict budget.
It is also worth noting that Melbourne offers so much free entertainment especially around Federation Square. Look out for special offers such as cinema ticket promotions and free outdoor concerts.
Of course one of the great joys of living in Melbourne is it’s easy access to many free, spectacular beaches.
Port Phillip’s evocative bay services the city with gentle curves of sand, picturesque piers and quaint bathing boxes, while its Peninsula region offers rugged windswept back beaches.
Beyond the suburbs you’ll find some of the country’s most spectacular and unpopulated, stretches of coastline. Some beaches have built in BBQ areas where you can bring your own food to cook and enjoy a picnic with friends and family.
Melbourne’s economy has recorded significant growth and hosts the headquarters of many large corporations.
There has been a noticeable rise in demand for workers in the construction, defence and technology industries as well as those with skills in advertising, arts and media.
Tourism is an essential pillar of Melbourne’s economy and the city is a magnet for backpackers.
The tourism industry is responsible for supplying over 22,000 jobs in Greater Victoria.
In 2016, 2.5 million international tourists decided to go on vacation in the state of Victoria, spending around 6.7 AU$ billion.
Lots of backpackers will work in these industries on working holiday visas or similar, with others choosing to stay and do second years.
There is however more permanent full-time positions in a wide range of sectors including the construction, defence and technology industries. There is also a huge demand for teachers and nurses who have the relevant qualifications and experience.
If you want to find a job quickly in Melbourne, then you need to be prepared with a professional CV which is directed specifically at the Australian market.
Recruitment agencies such as Live the Dream Australia have many years’ experience placing UK residents in Australian jobs and can help with interview skills, visa applications and CV reviews.
Online job websites and Australia newspapers are also a good place to look for jobs and get an idea about the relevant skills and salaries commanded.
Six of the top twenty high schools in Australia are based in Melbourne, according to the ‘Better Education’ ranking.
Schooling options vary from free state schools which are either independent or faith based, and fee-paying private institutions and international schools.
With nine universities and half of the country’s bio-tech companies based here, the city is a hub for students, researchers and scientists alike.
For expats with children one of their foremost concerns will be ensuring that there is access to good education in their intended destination.
Melbourne has a sterling reputation for education from kindergarten right through to higher education.
Children under 5 years of age can attend the many kindergartens or pre-schools across the region however, education at this age is not compulsory and fees are payable.
Around two-thirds of schoolchildren in the state of Victoria attend government-run schools, which offer an excellent standard of education.
Most students study for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in upper secondary school, but ever-increasing numbers of schools in Melbourne now also offer the International Baccalaureate.
There are also many private schools in Melbourne, which are either “Independent” or “Catholic” and which charge annual fees of up to around AUS$20,000 (£11,284).
Melbourne is home to Australia’s leading University, the University of Melbourne. Other world-renowned universities in Melbourne include RMIT University, Monash University, Deakin University and La Trobe University.
Weekly removals services to Australia with full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
Shipping can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks. From arrival at port in Melbourne to the additional time taken for the clearing of customs and quarantine.
Storage offered either at our secure facilities based in the UK or through our industry partners in Australia.
Now that you’ve hopefully decided to settle down and move to Melbourne it’s time to figure out how to get there.
Australia has long been the expat destination of choice with thousands making the move each year.
During this time White & Company has positioned itself as the international removals firm of choice for all Removals to Australia.
To find out more about how we could get your dream move to Melbourne underway don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
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What Others Say…
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Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
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