IrishStew

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    I am trying to prepare the Mother of All Lists.!!!! :confused:

     

    All the things to do with leaving and arriving - cancelling, closing, booking, informing, setting up, registering, applying - ya get the picture?

     

    I know in the past others have talked about lists, excel spreadsheets etc, but now I can’t find them on the site.

     

    Perhaps someone would point me in the right direction or maybe even throw us a few suggestions of the ones they wish they had thought of sooner themselves.

     

    Most probably know the obvious, but what about any obscure or easily forgotten ones.

     

    Thanks

    IrishStew

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    Guest ali
    I am trying to prepare the Mother of All Lists.!!!! :confused:

     

    All the things to do with leaving and arriving - cancelling, closing, booking, informing, setting up, registering, applying - ya get the picture?

     

    I know in the past others have talked about lists, excel spreadsheets etc, but now I can’t find them on the site.

     

    Perhaps someone would point me in the right direction or maybe even throw us a few suggestions of the ones they wish they had thought of sooner themselves.

     

    Most probably know the obvious, but what about any obscure or easily forgotten ones.

     

    Thanks

    IrishStew

     

    Very good thread there:wink: I'll be following this as well:smile:

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    This is definately not an essential but the one thing I really regret not doing before we left the UK was getting some decent family photos of us all together. Things can change so quickly and as my mum passed away 18mths after we got here we will never have that chance again.

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    Guest ali

    Sally I'm sad to learn about your loss. May she rest in peace.

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    Guest ozdreamsa

    This is so true, we should always have a family pic b4 we make a big move.

    Time flies, people dies, memory remains.

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    Guest matt n mel

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    [TD] This might help ( I copied and pasted it months ago off a thread- maybe on here not sure)

     

    Before you move

     

    12 months to go

     

    Make sure you have at least 2 years left on your passports.

     

    Dig out all your personal paperwork, including birth, adoption and marriage certificates, employment refeences, driving licences and qualifications.

     

    Apply for your visas

     

    Update your CV to make it suitable for the Oz/Kiwi market place.

     

    Start job hunting.

     

    Put your house on the market.

     

    Get your finances in order, consolidate bank accounts and reduce debts.

     

    Consider talking to your employer about your migration plans.

     

    Talk to your childrens schools about your plans and ask them to prepare hand-over files.

     

    Discuss your plans with extended family and friends.

     

    6 months to go

     

    Get quotes from removals companies and flights and get them booked.

     

    If you are shipping pets, make sure they are fully innoculated and fir to travel. Your vet can advise you.

     

    Get quotes and book pet shipment.

     

    Sell any unwanted items of furniture and clear out cupboards.

     

    Clean and paint any garden tools and furniture you plan to take. Items with soil on will be denied entry at customs.

     

    Give formal notice to your employer and ensure you get your P45.

     

    Ask your doctor, dentist,optician for your hand-over files.

     

    Open an Oz/Kiwi bank account.

     

    Set up a trading account with a currency broker.

     

    Request credit references from your bank,building society or any other lending agent.

     

    Identify temporary accommodation in case your house sells sooner than expected and you have to move out

     

     

    2 months to go

     

    Track down temporary accommodation in Oz/NZ.

     

    Book accommodation for each destination on route.

     

    Register children in new schools.

     

    Book accommodation in OZ/NZ for pets.

     

    Start having Goodbye parties now as time runs away at the end.

     

    Organise all birthday cards and presents for the next 3 months.

     

    Request up to date statements on any endowments, pensions and investments.

     

    Depending on your tenancy agreement, give notice to your landlord if renting your property.

     

     

    1 month to go

     

    Give your change of address to your bank, passport office, DVLA, pension company, inland revenue, insurance brokers and accountants.

     

    Bring council tax and utilities up to date and cancel accounts for TV, internet, phone and insurance.

     

    Go to a car book sale to sell any items you don't want to take with you, or donate them to a charity shop.

     

    Arrange all your post to be redirected to a friend or relative.

     

    Transfer funds to Oz/NZ.

     

    Start packing non essential items.

     

    Collect all hand-over files from doctor, dentist, optician, schools etc.

     

    Arrange some private health cover for Oz/NZ if required.

     

    Pay off any outstanding debts.

     

    Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards.

     

    Shred any personal records you are not taking and dispose of.

     

    Confirm the removalists are booked.

     

    Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a handy travel file.

     

    Cancel any redundant direct debits or standing orders.

     

    Ask for a copy of your No Claims Bonus from your insurance company.

     

     

    1 week to go

     

    Cancel any newspapers, milk or satellite TV subscriptions.

     

    Sell your car, bike, van or any other transport you wont be needing.

     

    Cancel car insurance.

     

    Buy some currency for each destination on route to Oz/NZ.

     

    Throw more Goodbye parties!

     

    Ensure that yur gods are either about to leave the UK or are on their way Down Under.

     

    Organise any presents and cards your children may want to send to their friends prior to leaving.

     

     

    1 day to go

     

    Make sure transport to the airport is organised and will arrive in plenty of time for the flight.

     

    Establish who will be coming to the airport to say goodbye.

     

    Pack activity sets and small gifts to amuse young children on the flight.

     

    Get a good night's sleep

     

     

     

    When you get there

     

    On arrival

     

    Pick up a copy of "On Arrival" magazine at the airport; it contains lots of ideas, information and helpful websites.

     

    Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation.

     

    Contact people back home to let them know you have arrival safely.

     

    Try not to sleep through the day.

     

    Set up a Pay-as-you-Go mobile phone to start your off - you can buy a cheap SIM card and use it in your UK phone.

     

    Find your nearest internet cafe for property and area research.

     

    Take a few days to get over the journey and explore the area.

     

     

    1 week later

     

    Get a tax file number (TFN) for Oz or an IRD number for New Zealand.

     

    Contact your new employer to confirm you have arrived.

     

    Explore the area or suburb you think you would like to live in and ask the locals as many questions as possible.

     

    Meet with rental agents and start reviewing some accommodation property options.

     

    Find a solicitor to help with rental or purchase contracts.

     

    Consider buying a car sooner rather than later. Used cars are cheap if you don't yet qualify for credit.

     

    Get car insurance.

     

    Register at a local school and arrange to meet your children's new teachers.

     

    Get a landline installed and set up internet access.

     

    Invite your neighbours around for drinks and focus on making new friends for you and your children.

     

     

    1 month later

     

    Review your financial position and transfer more funds if required.

     

    Set up standing orders for utilities.

     

    Register for your local doctor and dentist, and for Medicare (Oz).

     

    Meet with mortgage brokers to understand your borrowing capacity.

     

    Visit your children's schools to ensure that they have settled in ok.

     

    Identify a reliable plumber, electrician and mechanic in your area.

     

    Consider re-writing your will.

     

    Discuss your first month with your employer and resolve any problems that may have cropped up.

     

    Start to attend social functions or join a sports club.

     

    Establish a routine and settle into your new life!

     

     

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    bring a power board in your luggage ,then you will only need one adaptor to charge phones cameras, laptops,or use dryer etc. have a save trip

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    Guest matt n mel
    Hi MAtt and Mel

     

    Thats a great help, 1 week to go for you lot - must be very exciting

     

    Actually we're already here! Been a whirlwind, but so glad that we took the plunge.

    Good luck with your move

    x

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    Actually we're already here! Been a whirlwind, but so glad that we took the plunge.

    Good luck with your move

    x

     

    Is it July already I though we were still in June!!!!!!

     

    IrishStew

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    Also if you are going to be job hunting when you get here, going for interviews etc, remember to pack your interview clothes in your suitcase and shoe cleaning stuff for your interview shoes.

     

    When you first get here, if you haven't got internet in your accommodation, find your local library as they are great places for free internet access. Also many of them have toy libraries you can join to get stuff for the kids until your container arrives.

     

    Depending on the time of year you are arriving, you may need to book temporary accommodation a bit further in advance than two months. Feb/March is very ver busy here in Adelaide with the various festivals and sporting events, and anything between December and February will mean you competing with locals who take their long summer break then.

     

    I shouldn't worry about pre-enrolling your kids in schools before you get here either. Until you arrive and find out where you will be working, and hence where you would be living long term, there's little point in committing yourself to one area before you've arrived.

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    Sally:

     

    I just read your post and just want to say how sorry I am for your sad loss. I do empathise, as I also lost both my mum (1998) and dad (2001) after my husband and I returned to England in '93.

     

    So many 'what ifs?', but there are no answers - other than to say be glad for all the precious memories and make the very best of your life in Oz. Your mum would have wanted that for you, I'm sure.x

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    bring a power board in your luggage ,then you will only need one adaptor to charge phones cameras, laptops,or use dryer etc. have a save trip

     

    Hi angelab:

     

    This is a great tip, and one I picked up on PIA before our last trip to Adelaide. We took a 4-gang powerboard with us and used it every single day of our 3 months there last October-Jan. We're going back in four months time -- and it's already packed!!

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    Guest K.gordon

    what a great list......9 sleeps until we depart for the beautiful Oz, I haven't slept soundly for weeks so I'm just hoping the children will sleep on the plane so I can follow suit.........

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    Guest USA soon just SA

    I recently did a post in its own thread that talks about putting 3 boxes after each item. one for contact details, and a second to indicate that the initial contact/arrangements have been made, and then a second to indicate that the item ahs been finalized. this helps because you can not only check things off, but also know that arrangemnts have been made, and only need to be finalized at a date closer to the final departure. We wil try to think of any additional items.. We are not selling our house, but are keeping it, and trying to set up caretakers, so our list is a complete disaster. We are down to the final 7 to 10 items that are persistently met with problems due to the willful obstruction or incompetence of the person handling the other side of the transaction. But we are glad to hear that people in australia always provide prompt and reliable customer service, right?:nah:

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