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Bean85 Apr 2nd 2019 7:46 pm

Temp accommodation
 
Hi everyone sorry if this has been asked before.
Hoping to be making the big move by end of next summer (Melbourne, Altona/Williamstown area). I was just looking for some advice around initial accommodation. Ideally I would like to have a rental in place for our arrival, is this something you can arrange over the internet/telephone prior to arrival? I know its risky as not seeing homes in person but I would prefer it rather than move my little boy around staying in Air bnb etc.

Thanks in advance!

rammygirl Apr 2nd 2019 10:10 pm

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You will find it hard to secure a rental without either you seeing it in person or have someone view on your behalf. There is a very good reason for agents to request this. Often pictures are not only deceiving but years (sometimes decades) old.

We we actually did manage to secure a rental as our good friends viewed for us and we knew the area well. Even then many agents would not entertain the arrangement so limited the choice.

There is also the consideration of when your furniture will arrive and clear customs. We had to hire furniture till ours arrived.

The second time time we moved out we booked temp furnished for a few weeks and got the keys to a rental two days before the furniture was delivered.

I would book book three or four weeks in a holiday let or serviced apartments. I would never sign up for 6 months or a year to a place I hadn’t seen. Seriously some places that looked great on the internet were FAR from acceptable in real life!

Kooky. Apr 3rd 2019 12:57 am

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Hi Bean85, I agree - I really would get a serviced apartment or AirBnB for a few weeks, sure your little one will be fine. We did secure a rental before we moved but we had a relocation agent and came on a looksee. As rammygirl, we also had to rent furniture for a month and our stuff only came from Singapore, not the Boro (I'm from Redcar).

Bean85 Apr 3rd 2019 6:30 am

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Originally Posted by Kooky. (Post 12665138)
Hi Bean85, I agree - I really would get a serviced apartment or AirBnB for a few weeks, sure your little one will be fine. We did secure a rental before we moved but we had a relocation agent and came on a looksee. As rammygirl, we also had to rent furniture for a month and our stuff only came from Singapore, not the Boro (I'm from Redcar).

thank you for your advice really helpful, we're also from Redcar!

Bean85 Apr 3rd 2019 6:31 am

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Originally Posted by rammygirl (Post 12665079)
You will find it hard to secure a rental without either you seeing it in person or have someone view on your behalf. There is a very good reason for agents to request this. Often pictures are not only deceiving but years (sometimes decades) old.

We we actually did manage to secure a rental as our good friends viewed for us and we knew the area well. Even then many agents would not entertain the arrangement so limited the choice.

There is also the consideration of when your furniture will arrive and clear customs. We had to hire furniture till ours arrived.

The second time time we moved out we booked temp furnished for a few weeks and got the keys to a rental two days before the furniture was delivered.

I would book book three or four weeks in a holiday let or serviced apartments. I would never sign up for 6 months or a year to a place I hadn’t seen. Seriously some places that looked great on the internet were FAR from acceptable in real life!

Thank you that's really helpful! Suppose you're right in the long term better to view the area etc

Pollyana Apr 4th 2019 4:26 am

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Originally Posted by Bean85 (Post 12665214)
Thank you that's really helpful! Suppose you're right in the long term better to view the area etc

Definitely the way to go. Too many real estate companies use old and/or doctored photos and you really need to see a place in person.
When I moved recently and my old place was put up for rent again by the agents, they used the same photos they used when I moved in - over 10 years ago.

Buzzy--Bee Apr 4th 2019 11:47 pm

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Originally Posted by Bean85 (Post 12664981)
Hi everyone sorry if this has been asked before.
Hoping to be making the big move by end of next summer (Melbourne, Altona/Williamstown area). I was just looking for some advice around initial accommodation.

We have a furnished apartment we have been renting to new immigrants for almost 10 years now. Generally people stay for 4 weeks until they find a rental. We're in SE Melbourne, on the train line, so the other side of Melbourne from Williamstown. If you would like to PM me your email address I can send you details and then you can decide.

BB

carcajou Apr 7th 2019 7:49 am

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What visa are you arriving on?

Pollyana Apr 7th 2019 11:16 am

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Originally Posted by carcajou (Post 12667065)
What visa are you arriving on?

Looking at previous posts.... I'd guess at a 189

Bean85 Apr 7th 2019 11:17 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 12667095)
Looking at previous posts.... I'd guess at a 189

Yes 189 visa

Bean85 Apr 7th 2019 11:18 am

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Originally Posted by carcajou (Post 12667065)
What visa are you arriving on?

189 Visa

carcajou Apr 7th 2019 11:51 am

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Then AirBnB is the way to go for about a month. It isn't recommended to try and secure long-term accommodation before arriving as you are unable to inspect it.

jon111 Apr 14th 2019 5:59 am

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i employed a relocation agent and great as they were usless. absolutly no one would rent us a house without us ourselves specifically viewing it first, then we had to put 3 months up front and a bond. do a cheap air b and b and get on the ground we secured a decent enough house after 5 days and 18 open houses. we got refused on most but there you go. good luck :)


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