On arrival in Perth you will obviously need somewhere to stay. There are a number of options and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Stay with Family or Friends
The cheapest option is to stay with family or friends in Perth. This option is great from a financial stand point but you will need to get your own place quickly or risk overstaying your welcome. One advantage of this option is being able to talk to locals about the different areas and explore the city with them.
Is a Hotel or Motel an option?
You can stay in a motel or hotel for the first few days but this option can get expensive very quickly. After a few days you start to miss the comforts of home. A family living in a cramped hotel room will get on each other’s nerves after a few days. The advantage of this option is that you can look at a few rental places or houses for sale without committing to anything before seeing it.
If you want a place for a few weeks while you look around check at places such as Craigslist, Findads and Gumtree for short term rental options. You can really get a feel for an area by doing this and make sure that you are choosing the right suburb for you. The property will generally be furnished, so this can be very helpful if you are waiting for your furniture to arrive by ship.
A long term rental chosen a few days after arrival or before you arrive over the internet is often the best option for families. It is helpful to have a long term option to help kids feel settled in their new country. Moving around can be very disruptive to children and will make the first few days at school very difficult. You can choose between a furnished or unfurnished property. Getting all the documents together for a rental can be difficult but a number of companies can help you with the process. The list of required documents can be found here. Be prepared to pay between 4 -8 weeks rent in advance to secure the property. You will get this money back at the end of the rental term minus the cost of any damages to the property.
The final option is to buy a property. You should only do this if you are sure about the suburb (area) that you are buying and happy to live there for a long period of time. Use one of the short term options at first and visit your potential home a few times to make sure that this is the home you want. Be aware that you will probably need expert help to sort through all the documents required of you, some of which you may not have as somebody moving to Perth.
When looking at the suburbs you need to think about your commute to work, distance to schools that you like and what type of area you would like to live in. Talk to locals and experts to make sure that you find the right place for you.