Offers a Helping Hand to Australia Bound Migrants

May 17, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
New business venture, Moving To Melbourne, aims to redress the accommodation problems new immigrants face when arriving in Melbourne. Additionally, the partnership with Melbourne Pet Minders, allows the company to meet the requirements of clients who choose to emigrate with their four legged friends in tow.

For prospective emigrants looking to make the move to Melbourne, Australia, then help is at hand., is a new family run business which has been set up to help and assist people in the process of emigrating to the Victorian Capital.

Owners, Robert and Kate have first hand experience of the trials and tribulations involved in making the move, having migrated themselves back in 2004.

The company offers a variety of services, including airport pickup, furnished rental accommodation and suburb tours.

Robert explains the rational behind establishing the business. "In the weeks leading up to us moving to Melbourne, it was very stressful. We were in constant contact with real estate agents in Australia, trying to find a place to rent, however, this proved impossible as real estate agents wouldn't / couldn’t allow us to rent a property until we'd viewed it first". Fortunately for us, we managed to arrange a private short term rental for 5 weeks from an Australian couple who were traveling around Europe and were renting their own house out for the duration."

Many newly arrived immigrants find themselves in a similar situation and often end up in hotels or camp sites on arrival, until they can find more permanent accommodation. "For a family, spending several weeks in a hotel room on arrival is far from ideal" says co-owner Kate. The situation is not improving either; A recent report highlighted the fact that Melbourne is experiencing strong population growth and rental vacancy rates are below 1 per cent in many areas. Many real-estate agents report up to 20 prospective tenants go for each property.

With this in mind, Moving to Melbourne aims to take some of the stress out of emigration. Pre-arrival services provided by the company include: suburb information packs which include a variety of information including local newspapers and school prospectuses. On arrival, Moving to Melbourne will meet and greet at the airport then transport the client to the furnished rental accommodation. Post arrival services include the provision of comprehensive information and assistance and local suburb tours.

For migrants who have also shipped their pets to Melbourne, then assistance is available from sister company who can provide a variety of pet care services for clients until they get settled, including pet boarding, pet sitting and dog walking.