Removalists for your Lorne seachangeAugust 25, 2014
Only a generation ago a seachange was the domain of retirees or the exceptionally well off who had enough money to not worry too much about work.
But these days, more than 80 percent of seachangers – those people abandoning the big city for coastal life – are couples under the age of 50 with kids who want a life on the coast and a more interested in working to live rather than living to work. In fact, the rate of growth in rural coast areas such as the Surf Coast is 60 per cent higher than the national average. Some of the appeal is no doubt that properties in regional areas are generally cheaper than capital cities but the lure of the Southern Ocean and the lifestyle it creates also plays a big role.
Even in Geelong, people are pulling up stumps and making the move to coastal centres such as Lorne, for example, which is great news for removalists such as Torquay Furniture Removals who are always happy to help people move house.
The seachange phenomenon is an issue we’ve looked at closely – first because we like to know the reasons why people are seeking the services of our removalists, and also because we want to know what we’re missing out on. What our research has shown is that a seachange, while often a great move, is not a decision to make lightly and there are a few issues to consider before selling your city home and heading to the coast.
Perhaps the overriding advice we’ve come across is to not make the mistake of thinking that a seachange to Lorne or wherever it is you’re thinking about is going to solve other problems in your life. In other words, make sure you’ve sorted out the hassles with your job, your family, your whatever before making the move, otherwise you’ll take those problems with you . In other words, nothing will change.
As well, remember that you might be leaving behind the friends, close neighbours and all the clubs and groups you’ve been involved in when you pack up, call in the removalists and head to the sea. Making new friends and contacts in a new environment can be hard work and stressful so make sure you’ve done your homework and got to know what your new home offers and maybe made contact with clubs and groups in your seachange destination.
If you’re the other side of 60 you might have a few health issues that need regular attention, so make sure your coastal destination has the medical facilities you need. The same applies to children. Kids get sick and need attention and sometimes they need that attention quickly. Somewhere like Lorne is okay because it has good healthcare services but some of the more remote coastal areas are both time and distance away from medical attention, so you need to factor that issue into your decision making.
Medical facilities aren’t the only that can be in short supply in some seachange areas. Restaurants are often plentiful but if you’re seeking an exciting nightlife, or gourmet delicatessen food, for example, you might go wanting.
Another good point to remember is that your old neighbourhood probably still has plenty of appeal and you might – just might – want to return if you seachange doesn’t go to plan. The question you need to ask yourself in this scenario is whether you can afford to pack up again and move back to your old neighbourhood. It does happen. As well as moving people into their new home, we’re also the removalists for Lorne newcomers and seachangers in other coastal centre when the seachange hasn’t quite gone to plan and they’ve headed back to the big smoke.
Probably the last really big issue to consider is whether you still need to work, and if you do, is there work available in your new location or at least within a reasonable commute? Even though you might have moved to the coast so you can work to live and not live to work you might still need to work a little to pay the bills. Check that you can work if you have to, and if you can work from home, make sure your new destination has fast and reliable internet service and also doesn’t suffer the power blackouts which can plague some of the more remote coastal areas in our region.
A seachange can obviously be a wonderful lifestyle change for young and old but make sure you do your homework. Better still, go and spend a couple of weeks where you’re planning to reside and treat your stay as if you were living there permanently and not holidaying. Remember, holidays are nothing like real life.
When you’ve done your homework then it’s time to get in touch with Torquay Furniture Removals and we’ll help with your shift to your new coastal home.