Dont worry to much.
Just go with an open mind, you can find out most stuff you need to know on here anyway.
A few good site for you to look at :
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow and http://www.realestate.com.au
here you should get a good idea of whats happening and house prices.
Good luck on your move.
Hey, we havnt done a reccie either, I'd rather put my hard saved cash into the actual move.
We have researched it to death - we have a friend whos lived there for 11 years now - who is helping us/meet at airport/paperworks/bbq's etc, he's in the same trade as my oh so has helped massively with advice of which companies are good and who not to go near with someones elses bargepole!
We are going with eyes wide open - its not the uk - so wont compare it - we wouldnt want it to be a mini uk - we want a change - we could move in the uk if we wanted the same old...
we have lived abroad before - so are prepared for as much as possible..
Its gona be hard weesp - as long as you remember 'rome wasnt built in a day' & 'how long it took you to make your friends you have now - it'll take just as long to forge strong friendships like that all over again'.
We know we are doing the right thing - we're terrified - be stupid if we didnt have any concerns - the worlds a huge place and i would rather die trying than rock in a crappy chair in the uk when im old wishing i had tried!
Good luck, xxxx
Originally Posted by weesp
Good on ya, Very wise attitude.
Better to regret the things you have done than regret never trying them at all.
Im sure you wont regret the move.
Good luck with everything.
Thank's for the great advice made me feel a bit stronger and bit more positive about moving, I hope you don't mind me asking, why did you make the decision to leave cornwall and move to oz as cornwall is absolutely beautiful? would be interested in your thoughts.
Im in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire which is also beautiful...when its not flooded :p
Unfortunately the views are not enough to keep us...
I agree with you though that Cornwall is beautiful - oh and i looked at moving 'south' a few years ago - couldnt find enough work for him unfortunately - manufacturing is dying a death in the uk.
Im in catering so should find a job anywhere...i hope!
How's your kids feel about moving, my kids are 17, 14 and 9 and are excited about moving, my eldest is not too keen on going back to school though as he left last year. We just want to go to a suburb which has plenty for them to do, especially football, still looking at diferent areas, probably need to be there first to decide.
Were leaving Cornwall for various reasons.
We both want a more relaxed lifestyle and warmer climate and to be able to spend more time together.
We have lived in Wales, Coventry, Bath, Bristol, Plymouth then moved back to Cornwall but know where felt like home untill we did our recci to Adelaide and that really felt like home to us both and in many ways its a lot like Cornwall as well.
Kids are mixed about moving really, little ones are excited etc, 15yr old daughter keeps chopping and changing - mood at the moment is that shes flying back on her 16th - so will have to see how she settles when we first arrive etc, 16yr old son is looking forward to going back to school - he chose last year to rebell - screwed up his gcse's and only got 5 - he wants a fresh shot at it all and knows its the best way for him to make friends.
Suburbs - well we havnt got a clue really - gota see them before we can decide, the big kids want to go to a sports orientated school, but mostly it will depend on where hubby gets work- hes the main bread winner - well for now;) - im looking forward to getting back to work (been off for 6mths due to breaking leg) but will make sure kids/family are all settled as much as poss before i work fulltime.
Our friends live in Eden Hills, so would be nice to around that area but not really fussy.
There are alot of good schools around with great sporting facilities so hopefully that wont restrict us too much.
All play football, oldest plays basketball & waterpolo competitively, daughter is a superstar rugby player on england pathway (hence us not wanting to go as we are ruining her life) and does harriers athletics. Little man is a scary little pool shark!
Originally Posted by weesp
Wow, what a sporty family you have, what does your OH do? Mine is a painter & decorator. Are you on full visa or temp, we're on temp (sir 495). It must be really helpful having friends already in Oz, they must love it after being there for 11 years, do they have kids? I've read that Eden Hills is really nice.
HiWhat part of Cheltenham do you live?Have you sold your house yet?Are first buyer pulled out and we are having absolutely no interest at all now.Rachel