Moving to a new neighbourhood is exciting but it can also be a little daunting, especially if you’re moving to a new state or country that’s far from your current home.
Finding new places to hang out, eat and shop is part of the fun of moving and even if you do find it a tad stressful trying to hunt down the perfect cup of coffee in your new hood, there are plenty of online resources that you can turn to, from the local council’s website to Time Out or TripAdvisor to give you the rundown of the area’s top attractions and local facilities.
When it comes to sorting out your utility providers and finding the best energy plan for you, this is when it can get a bit more complex, and a lot less fun! Trying to estimate how much energy you will use in a new house for instance is not easy, as you can’t rely on your old bill, especially if you’re moving from say Townsville to Melbourne where the weather and your electricity use is going to be vastly different.
And with energy prices around Australia now at their peak, this isn’t something you should leave to chance and hope that when your first bill rolls around you won’t get bill shock. Recent research by Energy comparison site mozo.com.au showed that Australian households in Victoria can annually save up to $929 in Victoria, $737 in South Australia, $532 in Queensland and $481 in New South Wales by switching to the most competitive plans on the market.
If you’ve recently moved interstate, be sure that you also check out your state Government’s energy scheme to see if you are eligible for any of the concessions or rebates available.
Here’s Mozo’s top tips to finding the best energy deals in your postcode:
#1. Look beyond incentives. Getting $100 off your first bill is a great incentive to sign up but you’ll want savings over the longer term as well so be sure that you check the plan’s tariff and discounts so that you will be getting a good deal.
#2. Sign up online. Many providers have big discounts for signing up online or if you pay your bill via direct debit.
#3. Bundle your gas and electricity. Many providers offer generous discounts if you sign up your household’s electricity as well as gas services with them. A dual fuel package is also a convenient option as you’ll only need to deal with one supplier for both services.
#4. Watch Exit fees. Discounted deals are great but don’t forget to run your eye over the fine print. Sometimes, the ‘special’ offers are available for long term plans and you may need to pay an exit fee if you want to cancel the plan earlier.
#5. Compare, compare, compare. The best deals are usually on offer to new customers so it pays to regularly compare and switch. To compare plans check out the Australian Government’s website Energy Made Easy or try Mozo’s Energy Cost Cruncher Calculator.
Interstate moving tips from a WridgWays removalist
The moving tips you need for a smooth move
Whether you’re moving interstate to start a new job or to be closer to family, it’s a big step and can be a complicated process.
At WridgWays, we help people move interstate every day. We can help make the process as simple and painless for you as possible, that way you can focus on the important things.
Check out our interstate removals checklist and start getting organised today!
Moving interstate is never simple. There are so many things you need to take into consideration. From organising utilities, arranging pet transport and even changing your address for what seems like an endless list of services and authorities!
It may seem complicated, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done well. With a cool head and plan set in motion, it’s easy to streamline all the processes for your interstate removalist service. One way to help plan your move is to create a checklist.
With an ordered checklist it’s easy to prioritise what’s what and ensure nothing gets missed or forgotten along the way.
How to get an instant removalist quote for your move
Whether your move is local, interstate, or international, it’s always a busy and stressful time. But you can make things easier for yourself with careful planning and the right help.
Choosing a professional removalist to help with your move will ensure everything goes smoothly, so you can focus on the important things.
Our team at WridgWays would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and business during 2017.
We wish you and your family all the very best for the holiday season and hope the coming year brings you happiness and success.
We look forward to working with you in 2018.Sydney Property Market: Five Affordable Suburbs To Rent
Sydney is easily one of the priciest Australian cities for renters and buyers alike, yet its natural beauty means that many will forgive its pricey property market.
With a glistening harbour, world-renowned architecture, and a beach culture like no other, it’s no wonder there is such high demand to live in this bustling city.
Like so many others across Australia, you may be looking to make the move to Sydney for a career opportunity or just a change of scenery.
Sydney’s centre, which is well-known for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is filled to the brim with a mix of apartment living and the contrast of mansions skirting the water.
For most, squeezing into one of the small spaces in the CBD is a costly housing option, especially with the median 2-bedroom apartment cost being $900 per week. If you’re looking to relocate interstate to Sydney, then you may want to consider a rental in a suburb just out of the city.
With a robust public transport system combining trains, buses, light rail, and ferries – finding an affordable suburb out of the CBD will in no way hinder your access to the city’s main attractions.
Well-known for politics, cool weather, and roundabouts, Canberra hasn’t always been seen as the trendiest of Australian cities. To buck this trend, there have been new developments popping up from one corner to the next, and locals have been delighted to witness a much-needed increase in the number of restaurants and cafes in Australia’s Capital.
Given the political scene, it is no surprise that few people think of Canberra as a foodie hotspot. However, it has become exactly that.
In recent years Canberra restaurants and cafes have been built to create the kind of buzz that pulls in people from around the country, rather than simply to appease the politicians passing through.
Canberra’s culinary scene is quietly thriving, with something on offer for everyone’s taste buds (and wallet).
Whether you’re looking for a weekend away or a full-fledged interstate relocation to Canberra, we’ve got the guide to have you eating your way through Canberra restaurants and cafes in 2017.
Coming in at the 15th most expensive city in the World, it’s no surprise that you’re searching for some free and fun things to do in Melbourne.
Affordability aside, you’re about to be swept up by one of Australia’s largest and most multicultural cities. Melbourne is diverse in more than one dimension. It has stunning art, and prides itself on its unique sense of culture which is just one of the many contributing factors to its 7 years running as most liveable city in the world.
But travelling or moving to Melbourne from interstate definitely calls for some smart budgeting, and meticulous planning.
It’s time to get savvy and start preparing your list of free and fun things to do in Melbourne with some help from our below guide.
Adelaide provides more than safety and affordability. It’s a world-class city that is home to over 1.3 million people.
Unlike Australia’s larger cities, you won’t endure overcrowded shopping precincts, footpaths, or extreme road traffic conditions. (more…)
Finding a spot to eat in a new city can sometimes feel like an ordeal, and for the foodies out there the fear of missing out (FOMO) can sometimes be too much.
Where do you start? For those who have just relocated to Tasmania’s capital, we’re here to point you in the right direction of some Hobart restaurants and cafes.
These aren’t your typical dining experiences, and you will be doing yourself a favour if you add at least a few of these to your Tasmanian bucket list. Once you have settled in after your move to Hobart, or even if you’re just visiting, you can start exploring these restaurants and cafes. (more…)