THE BIG MOVE - Kids and Moving

Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 12:24 p.m. in General Interest

Moving to a new home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face especially for young children, so it is important to take them into consideration.  With proper and sensitive planning, these changes can be put into positive framework.

The following are a few points to take into consideration.

  • Prepare your children for the move by giving them lots of information about the reasons for moving, and letting them know what they can expect in their new home.
  • Invite children to talk about their feelings with you.
  • Listen to what they have to say and assure them that you understand.
  • Avoid being over optimistic and insisting everything will be wonderful.  Even if the new home is fantastic it may still take time for them to adjust.
  • Try not to take it personally if your child is having trouble adjusting to the move and blames you for causing it.  Try to explain that sometimes big decisions need to be made and some cannot be avoided. 
  • Provide emotional support and understanding.
  • Share the feelings that you may have had during your childhood.
  • Don’t forget to share your feelings with someone, adults sometimes need support as well.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of your new home, neighborhood and community.


Young Children

  • Minimise changes to the child’s routine and avoid any other new experiences such as toilet training, new foods, a new pet etc. 
  • Prepare for the move by using fantasy play with your child to act out the moving process with toys and stories.
  • Expect some regressive behaviors such as thumb sucking, sleep disturbances or bed  wetting before and after the move.
  • Involve your young child in the moving process by encouraging them to pack at least one box of their own things.
  • Personalise your child’s boxes by providing labels, stickers, rubber stamps or color pens to mark the boxes.  Perhaps your child can create their own labels.
  • Create a story book of the move by taking photographs at various stages of the move.
  • Keep in mind that young children live in the present.  Don’t be surprised if moving in the weeks ahead has little meaning to them.


Older Children

  • Help your children say goodbye to friends by encouraging them to have a party or informal get together.  Make a scrap book as a keepsake.
  • Give them specific jobs to help with the move and let them know that their assistance is essential.
  • Gather information from contacts regarding information about the new community. 
  • Make contact with clubs or sports organisations that your family would be interested in. 
  • Highlight any excellent facilities that they may not have had in their neighbourhood.
  • Contact the new schools for information on their activities and programs.
  • Some people tend to have the children looked after while they are packing and organising but this is not necessarily a good idea.  It may help involving them completely in the activities of the move.
  • Above all try and keep life as normal as possible, concentrate on the positives but ensure you understand their feelings.

 

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THE BIG MOVE - Who Do You Need To Contact

Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 12:17 p.m. in General Interest

Did you know that it is compulsory to notify some organisations of your change of details?

  • These include, Vic Roads within seven days for your vehicle registration & driver’s license, and the Electoral Office. You will also have some organizations like banks, insurance companies and doctors, where you will need to change your details also. 
  • Australian Taxation Office...This particular change of address must be done in writing. For the ATO’s most recent address please look in the latest white pages A-K.  The letter must include: your tax file number, your old address, your new address and the date that it comes into effect, also three copies of identification.
  • Electoral Office...We have enclosed a change of address form/s for the Victorian Electoral Commission or you can go to www.vec.vic.gov.au.
  • Utilities...When disconnecting / reconnecting your utilities you should call them at least 48 hours before your moving date.  We recommend a week or two before to avoid any unforeseen delays.
  • Water Authority...Please contact the appropriate water authority 48 hours before your settlement date to create an account and have the meter read.  Your solicitor should then on settlement date forward the transfer of ownership documents to the water authority.
  • Telephone...Disconnecting your telephone it will only take 1-3 hours.  However, connecting at your new property can take between 1-5 working days so remember to call a week or two before you move.

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THE BIG MOVE - The Day of Your Move

Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 12:11 p.m. in General Interest

So the big day has finally arrived!

Walk around the house with the removalist to show them exactly what you want done, however remember they are the experts. Show them what you will want as soon as you arrive at the new house. They can pack these items last.  

  •  Keep children out of the removalists’ way.
  •  Leave your forwarding address and/or contact numbers for the new owners/occupants.
  •  Have your final payment for the removalist ready.
  •  Carry with you—keys, valuables & any important and or legal documents.

 The Move OUT:

  •  Take one last walk through the house to check nothing has been left behind.
  •  Ensure all windows are locked.
  •  Ensure that all lights, taps and power points are turned off as well as at the mains switch.
  •  Lock up and leave the premises only when everything is loaded and the removalists are on their way to your new premises.
  •  Send someone to the new premises to let the removalists start unpacking as soon as they arrive.

 The Move IN:

  •  Oversee the placement of your large items of furniture. This will save you time and     energy later on.
  •  Check to see that all of your utilities are connected (telephone, water, gas etc.)
  •  Check to see that you have hot & cold water running from all the taps.
  •  You shouldn’t try to unpack everything on your first day. Begin with the essentials like perishables, food/drinks and make up the beds.
  •  When appropriate, introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours.

 

If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible.

Here at Abercromby’s Real Estate we wish you all the very best with your move and also wish you a warm welcome into your new community.

 

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THE BIG MOVE - 1 Weeks To Go

Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 12:08 p.m. in General Interest

As you know all know by now, moving home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face.

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So with only 1 week to go before the big day, here is yet another check list of things to do:

  • When you are at the final inspection, bring along a measuring tape and measure your large furniture items so you can figure out the best position for each in the new premises.
  • Also when you are at the inspection take a note of where and how many telephone outlets there are.
  • Cancel /redirect your newspaper delivery service.
  • Organise any last minute household repairs and cleaning.
  • Contact your new local council to receive information on garbage removal in your new  area.  
  • Organise to spray for pests in your new property. 
  • Start to contact your family, friends and services with your new details.
  • Start contacting banks, clubs etc with your new details. If you have children, don’t  forget to change their details where needed as well. We have attached a checklist for you.
  • Start using up all your frozen and fridge foods. Use up as much of your pantry foods so you don’t have to transport them.
  • Confirm your removalists and their arrival time.
  • Collect all instruction books/warranties for appliances staying with the house for the new owners/occupants (e.g. stove, oven, dishwasher, heating/cooling system, hot water system, etc.) and leave them in the top kitchen draw with your contact details.

If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible

 

THE BIG MOVE - Start Planning

Posted on 13 Jul 2017, 10:16 a.m. in General Interest

Moving to a new home can be one the biggest changes that a family can face.       

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The following post is the first in a series that aims to provide you with a summary of the services & amenities available to assist you when moving house. It is very important when moving house that you are organised. There is so much to think about, so much to plan and do. Produce a plan for your move, that way it will be less daunting. Planning and preparing down to the last details will make your move easier.                                                                                       

• One of the first tasks we recommend you do is set a moving date.
• Start a central file for your move documents.
• Enquire about removal companies. Discuss costs, insurance, packing, loading, delivery, and the claims procedure with your mover. If you have contracted to have the  mover do all the packing for you, arrange to have this task completed a day or two before loading the truck.
• Moving is a great excuse to have a big clean out of all your unwanted belongings. We would suggest hiring a skip for couple of weeks to help you discard any unwanted items.
• Maybe you could have a garage sale? Divide up/label your items into three categories: items you are taking with you; items that you will give away; and items that you will sell.  
• Start collecting sturdy cardboard boxes & paper for packing. If you go to your local supermarket and ask at the enquiry counter, they may have some boxes they can give you. Your removalist can also supply you with a variety of packing materials.
• Create a floor plan of your new home and plan the placement of furniture.
• Also decide which items you are going to pack yourself and slowly begin packing rarely used items. Remember to label all boxes clearly once you have packed them. You could even label them as to which room you would like them to go in at your new home.
• Purchase packing items if you do not have them already — tape, boxes, bubble wrap, labels, scissors, butcher paper, labelling markers — and start keeping newspapers. Newspaper will leave dirty ink smudges, so only use to cushion and protect.
• Each time you receive incoming mail, take note of who it is from, so you can contact them later with your change of address details.
• If your children or yourself use public transport, look at alternative routes to get to work or school.
• If you are moving out of a rental property, notify your agent or landlord in writing of your intention to vacate the premises, giving at least 28 days written notice. (Check the terms of your lease.)

 

 If you would like any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 9864 5300 as we would be more than pleased to help you make your move as trouble free as possible

 

 

Abercromby's Announcement

Posted on 3 Apr 2017, 11:35 a.m. in General Interest, Market Updates, News

We are delighted to advise that Sam Goddard has been appointed as a Director of Abercromby's.

Sam’s dedication and hard work coupled with his maturity and leadership qualities leaves no doubt that Abercromby's will be in good hands well into the future.

We congratulate Sam on his appointment and look forward to a long and successful relationship. Sam can be contacted on 0448 870 454 or email: samg@abercrombys.com.au.   

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Kew's towering turret estate with city views

Posted on 27 Oct 2015, 10:25 a.m. in Abercromby's, Auctions, General Interest, Luxury & Lifestyle

'Swinton' c1856 - Rare and Remarkable Riverside with CBD Views, is this week's cover story in "The Weekly Review". http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/spaces/23-swinton-avenue-kew-towering-turret-estate/

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23 Swinton Avenue, Kew is for sale by Private Auction on Wednesday 11th November. For more details, click here: https://www.abercrombys.com.au/kew-23-swinton-avenue-ab3084/

 

 

Good life flows from established vineyard

Posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:24 a.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News

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A boutique winery and residence is on the market, and will appeal to discerning wine lovers.

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Winemaker Philip Murphy has listed his Mornington Peninsula residence and winery for private sale with an asking price of about $8.5 million.

The move comes after the property, which has views across the southern end of Port Phillip Bay, was passed in at a private auction late last month.

Murphy built the Mediterranean-inspired property at 484 Purves Road in Main Ridge about eight years ago and harvested the first grapes from the 0.8-hectare vineyard in 2007, under his label Philip Murphy Estate. Read more…

Source : The Age Domain

March Economic Update

Posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:45 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News

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Over the past six months, Abercromby’s has experienced a resurgence of buyer confidence. As Victoria’s foremost luxury and lifestyle specialists, 40 per cent of our sales over the past few months have been in excess of $3 million. In fact, a number of these sales exceeded $6 million.

Our expert sales staff, diligent support team and individualised approach to every vendor’s home seamlessly combine to achieve outstanding results. Currently, our sales success rate is just shy of 100 per cent.

This underlying confidence is encouraging owners of premium and unique homes to place them on the market. These quality offerings are then being swiftly purchased off-market, prior to auction and on auction day with multiple competing bidders.

Nationally, unemployment is on the rise and currently sits at 6.0 per cent. Experts suggest that recent job losses at Holden and Qantas do not reflect a softening economy, but rather, businesses making structural improvements. Leading economists predict that unemployment will peak in the coming year, followed by strong business expansion and job creation.

In March, the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep the cash rate at a record-low 2.50 per cent. The RBA Governor Glen Stevens said that low interest rates have started to stimulate the economy, and that an extended period of low rates will encourage an increase in non-resource sector investment. The Australian economy grew in the December 2013 quarter by 0.8 per cent.

Helping exporters return to profitability, the depreciating Australian dollar is also driving demand by foreign property buyers who are investing strongly in both residential and commercial markets. Buyers from mainland China are especially active, attracted to Australia’s continual supply of quality property stock and economic stability.

An independent partnership driven business, Abercromby’s sets itself apart from the competition with a premier service that is both discreet and completely confidential. To learn more about our exclusive, prestige offerings, please call us today on +61 3 9864 5300.

Super rich’s peninsula playground mansions bought and sold invisibly

Posted on 28 Jan 2014, 2:11 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, Luxury & Lifestyle, News

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As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, the very rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they live in much bigger houses and so have less opportunity to get on one another’s nerves.And when it comes time to sell those houses – what regular folk like to call mansions – there’s more of a how-to-do than just bunging a few photos online and labelling the place with ”a touch of class”.   

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/super-richs-peninsula-playground-mansions-bought-and-sold-invisibly-20140118-311rq.html#ixzz2rjk01G8c

Season’s Greetings

Posted on 18 Dec 2013, 5:42 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued clients for their on-going support in 2013 and wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas.

May 2014 be a wonderful year for you all and we look forward to assisting you in any real estate matters you may have.

Please note our office will be closing for Christmas at 12noon on Tuesday the 24th of December and re-opening at 9am on Thursday the 2nd of January

A Career at Abercromby’s!

Posted on 10 Dec 2013, 5:44 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News

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Abercromby’s Real Estate is always on the look-out for, and ready to employ, experienced sales people who have a proven track-record of success.

Our family-oriented company is firmly ensconced within the niche luxury markets of Stonnington, Boroondara, Port Phillip and Yarra, as well as the premium rural and seaside lifestyle property market.

Not only does our boutique size provide the pinnacle of service and outstanding results to our exclusive clients, it is the ideal workplace where flexibility, training and leadership pathways are readily available.

Are you at a point in your successful career where you want to focus on new challenges and advancement? Are you a dynamic and friendly team player who has established an effective network and database of long-term clients?

If this describes you, then it’s time to step up to a role which will position you at the peak of the real estate industry. Working alongside elite clients who expect only the best, our directors will provide you with the support to succeed and you will forge an exciting future.
Please contact Andrew Harlock on 03 9864 5300 if you would like to discuss these opportunities further.

MEET OUR PEOPLE!

Posted on 3 Dec 2013, 5:45 p.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest

A day in the life of Hugh Hardy.

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A local resident his entire life, this convenient positioning close to his clients, as well as his children’s schools and extra-curricular activities allows Hugh to be well-organised and achieve a healthy work/life balance.

Rising early, he likes to take the time to properly prepare for the day. Some days he will start off with exercise, while other mornings can be dedicated to focusing on his two daughters before they head off to school.

Hugh begins his work day by calling clients to discuss current market conditions and answer any questions they may have.

After attending internal sales and strategy meetings, his focus returns to making further calls. Touching base with buyers, he seeks their feedback on homes they have inspected with an aim to understand their property requirements.

A Toorak and South Yarra premium property specialist, Hugh is very hands-on with all aspects of the marketing process. Every day he reviews the progress of each campaign, refining any strategies to ensure success.

His preparedness and attention to detail comes to the fore with each individual property. In consultation with his clients, he isolates and highlights the home’s important nuances and unique features to deliver a compelling sales campaign.

Always at the cutting-edge of emerging technologies and social media, Hugh is always researching and considering how these innovations can be applied to real estate.

Although a large part of Hugh’s business comes from a loyal following of referrals and repeat clients, he enjoys setting aside time every day to meet new, prospective clients.

On some days, to balance out any evening client meetings and to foster positive family relationships, he spends quality time with his two daughters straight after school.

A long-standing Kooyong Tennis Club member, he plays regularly, seeing it as a great outlet for exercise. His interests in golf, surfing and bike riding combine perfectly with his lifestyle property at Flinders. Passionate about the arts, Hugh can be found absorbed in the broad range of galleries and music found on offer throughout Melbourne.

Save your sanity, your marriage … even your life!

Posted on 27 Aug 2013, 10:34 a.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest, News

Psychology experts rank moving house up there among the most stressful things in life, even ahead of relationship problems. Avoiding the stress can be easy, if you know what you’re doing.
But the trouble is, most of us only move about once every 10 years. So it’s not something you gain much experience at.
How to keep calm when moving on
For most people, moving house involves the most expensive and life-changing transaction they’ll ever undertake. On top of that, many sellers do it under already stressful circumstances, often one the ‘three Ds’ – death, divorce or debt!
Or maybe they’re moving interstate, or just feel pressured because they’ve already bought elsewhere. Not many vendors call an agent to say ‘take your time, I’m in no hurry’.
In these cases, the potential stress of moving house can be magnified by other stressful conditions. And if stress doesn’t kill you, it can sure play havoc with your love life!
So, in the interests of a long and happy life, here are the three things sellers must avoid:
– pushing your spouse into the sale process before he/she has committed to it,
– having unrealistic price expectations, and
– appointing the wrong agent.
The third point is vital. Once you and your family have decided to sell, your most important decision is which agent to appoint. You need one so professional, so good at their job, and so in tune with the market, that the sale process becomes plain sailing.
You should also look for an agent who shows empathy for your situation because after all, for the next 60 days, you’ll probably spend more time with them than with your other half!
Psychologists will tell you, best way to deal with stress is to recognise what’s causing it and have a plan to deal with it. Remember, things will only be stressful if you don’t feel in control. A great agent puts you in control and on top of the situation.
Your agent should be able offer:
• Trustworthy guidance and advice. Experience counts.
• Pricing accuracy. It’s vital to get it right.
• Proven market expertise. Buyers these days are savvy, but a top agent will always know the market better.
• Respect and consideration. Your agent must be someone you trust to show your home, and conduct open homes in your absence.
• Constant feedback. The best agents keep you informed, always.
• Skillful negotiation. Negotiation is the key. A quality agent not only knows how to attract genuine buyers, they can draw out those buyers’ best possible offers.
Change isn’t scary if you know what you want, have a plan to achieve it, and feel organised and secure.
Houses can be bound up with memories. But the memories don’t stay in the house. They move with you. Don’t worry about what you’ll miss, be excited about what’s ahead. Your house should be about who you are now, not who you were then.
These days, there are plenty of self-appointed property experts out there only too keen to tell you what they think. But without informed research and experience, their views are only that … opinions.
Choose your agent carefully, and enjoy the selling journey.

OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE 2013

Posted on 25 Jul 2013, 11:27 a.m. in Abercromby's, General Interest

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Visit one of Stonnington’s best kept secrets this weekend. 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday
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Northbrook and Stables
1257 High Street, Malvern
Visit the stables and Northbrook House, and access the historic collection, which includes books, journal articles, photographs, building plans, maps, subdivision plans, rate records, newspapers, research notes and general local history information.
The large, Italianate style home was designed by prominent London born architect, Charles D’Ebro.

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