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4 things to do when moving to Geelong

Posted on 28 June 2017

Geelong is the largest provincial city in Victoria and is located a short one hour drive south west of Melbourne. There are several reasons why people are now looking to move into provincial cities on the outskirts of Melbourne, the most common reason is the fantastic real estate value. For example, the average house price in Melbourne is now at a high $700,000, while the average house price in Geelong sits at a far more affordable $450,000. With more and more people deciding to move to Geelong, here is a list of things you should do when moving.

1. Choose the right area

The first thing you should do before moving to Geelong is to choose the right area for you. This is largely dependent on your family situation. For instance, if you have children then your main priority would be finding a safe area with a fantastic school. However, if you don’t have children then living in the inner city with close transport links and shops might be more ideal. Luckily, Geelong is spoilt for choice when it comes to schools, whether it be state or private. Newtown is close to the centre of Geelong and is situated next to some of the city’s best schools, including St John’s Lutheran Primary School and The Geelong College.

2. Get your new house inspected

This is something that you should do when moving to any new house in general. A building inspection is vital as it helps to avoid any potentially upsetting surprises when moving, such as issues with the building structure or with timber pests. Some people avoid these inspections as they can add up and become expensive, but if you log on to Compare Inspections, you can compare prices of Geelong inspections, side-step any hidden costs, and make it much easier to get a building inspection in Geelong. In addition to this, the site also allows you to purchase an existing report (if there is a recent one available for your property), or to sell your report after completion for 30 per cent of the profits.

3. Don’t give up on a commute to Melbourne

If you need to travel to Melbourne often, whether it’s for work or study, you do not have to worry about the commute. Geelong is famous for its big city atmosphere without the big city congestion, giving you a more laid-back lifestyle and making your commute to work far less stressful than it would be in Melbourne. In addition to this, there is little need to actually drive to Melbourne as the Geelong public transportation system is more organised than Melbourne’s. This is especially the case for the Geelong train system. The superior organisation of the Geelong train system is due to the new regional train link and the fact that trains are frequent, running every ten minutes in the morning and every twenty minutes in the evening. This can make your commute to Melbourne faster and easier.

4. Immerse yourself in the local culture

Whether you want to live in the inner city and visit local bars and cafés, or prefer to live by the coast and soak up the beach atmosphere, you will be able to do it in Geelong. If you’re looking for beaches then you should look no further than Eastern Beach, with its sculptures and stunning scenery, it is one of Geelong’s most recognisable cultural hotspots. In addition to this, you cannot move to Geelong without paying attention to its fantastic and long-lasting sporting culture. Geelong is home to the second oldest football team in Australia and boasts fantastic AFL matches every other week, so a visit to the Simmonds Stadium is a must when moving here. Finally, you should also understand the local history when you’re moving here if you want to be a part of the community. This means that visits to the Old Melbourne Gaol, Geelong Gallery, and Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre are vital to immersing yourself in the Geelong life.


By Darel McBride


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