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4 tips to reduce the stress of moving

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

21 January 2017

Whoever said change is as good as a holiday clearly hasn’t moved house! But moving doesn’t have to be the stressful experience most people associate it with. Moving to a new home is exciting! It represents a fresh start and is a great excuse for clearing your life of clutter.

Imagine if you could focus on the excitement rather than the stress when getting ready to move. Here are 4 tips to reduce stress levels and help make your move the exciting time it should be.

1. Check in with your agent to ensure your new home is ready

There’s nothing more stressful than booking your removalists in for a certain date and time only to discover that Settlement has been postponed at the last minute. Contacting your agent will confirm that all is in order and you will have access to the property at the time you have been advised. Not only do removalists need to be booked in, but utilities also need to be switched on ensuring you will have power on the day. Working with us, you will find we don’t wait to be contacted about these arrangements. We will contact you to confirm everything and communicate with you every step of the way.

2. Give yourself the benefit of time

If you can, try to organise your move over a few days or over the weekend so you’re not trying to move, unpack and settle in all in one day. It’s also a good idea to start packing non-essential items early. Pack a box or two of items you know you won’t need before moving throughout the period between Exchange and Settlement. Just be sure not to pack away items you will need like toiletries, everyday crockery, cutlery and cookware.

3. Pack a small overnight bag

Packing a small bag with the clothing and toiletries etc. that you will need on your first night in your new home (as though you were going on a holiday) will ensure you have easy access to everything you need for your first night in your new home without having to rifle through multiple boxes to find what you need. That way you can just hit the sack when you get there and start unpacking in the morning.

4. Avoid multiple trips

Sharing the load with family and friends or better yet, hiring a removalist company, will minimise trips to and from one property to the other, reducing both cost and stress.


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City of Melville high schools shine

by ShelMarkblog In Uncategorized

15 January 2017

With another festive season over and most people heading back to work, parents are beginning to gear the kids up in readiness for the start of the 2017 school year. For many this means starting high school.

As property specialists we have observed over the many years that we have worked with property owners in the City of Melville region that our local area is blessed with an unusually high number of excellent educational facilities – both public and private. So sought after are some of the schools in our local area that many people will go out of their way to move to our area just to be within the zone for their public school of choice or within easy reach of some of the most highly ranked private schools in the state.

Many people plan well ahead, which is actually smart thinking when you realise just how popular certain schools are. These schools consistently rank highly in terms of how well their students perform, academically, in sport and socially. Last week an article published in the Weekend West caught our eye. The article, titled, ‘A new way of ranking’ listed the top 50 Western Australian high schools based on the median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for year 12 students in 2016.

The highest ranking public high schools in our local area were:

  • Rossmoyne Senior High, which came in at number 15/50, and
  • Applecross Senior High, which came in at number 24/50.

Local private schools that made the list were:

  • Penrhos College (3/50)
  • Santa Maria College (5/50)
  • Corpus Christi College (19/50)
  • All Saints’ College (26/50)
  • Aquinas College (37/50)
  • Wesley College (49/50)

Many of these private schools have dedicated buses, which take children to and from school from Garden City, making the commute safe and easy.

All schools listed also had a high percentage of students to achieve the WACE (98% and over).


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