Hoe Family Wanted Down Under


Hoe Family

British families sample life down under. Plumber Craig Hoe is desperate to spend more time with his family and believes a move down under could hold the answer.


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Convincing someone you love to move halfway around the world

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is a tough enough task - but when two members of your family

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have big worries about uprooting their lives,

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it could be a recipe for heartbreak.

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Craig Hoe's work is ruining his family life.

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I've missed so much up to now, I don't want to miss any more.

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But can he convince them moving to Australia is the answer?

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If this is Australian life, then you can keep it, because I don't want it.

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Especially when it comes at the risk of tearing the family apart.

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When I know that I'm not going to see you again till...

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It really tears at my hear...

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With its 30,000 miles of coastline and sunny climate,

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Australia has long been a favourite destination for Brits

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dreaming of a new life abroad.

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But leaving behind everything you know to start again so far from home

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can turn a simple dream into the hardest challenge of your life.

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Ahead of the Hoes are some huge decisions,

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as they experience the reality of life in Australia.

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At the end of their week, they'll face a challenging choice -

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whether to stay in the UK or make the move for good.

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After flying 10,000 miles and crossing three continents,

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the Hoes touched down in Brisbane.

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It's the furthest they've ever been from family in the UK.

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Even so, they're excited, if a little confused.

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We set off on Saturday, at... About one o'clock?

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..one o'clock in the afternoon. And we're now Monday morning.

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Wha... Whe... Are we Monday? I don't know where we are!

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But the long journey has also been a rare treat.

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It would have been the longest time we've spent together as a family

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for a long time - which I enjoyed, it was good.

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I enjoyed that time spent together,

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sat, not being able to get away from each other!

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However, the thought of family and friends they'd be leaving behind

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is already hitting home.

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Because of what we're doing, it felt like we were going.

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It felt like the first cut-off, and it was hard.

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It was hard to do that.

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So what it would be like if we do it for good...

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I can't imagine.

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I was already thinking about what I was leaving behind

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before I'd even set off, before I'd even got in the car. So, yeah...

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It's an emotional start, and there's still seven days to go.

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Back in the UK, the Hoe family live in the village of Hedon, near Hull.

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There's Craig and Lisa, who are 36,

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Ellie, who's 16,

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and Lilly and Poppy, aged nine and seven.

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Craig has a plumbing business. Lisa works part-time as a hairdresser.

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However, providing their family with a comfortable life

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has come at a high price.

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I can leave at seven in the morning, the kids will be in bed.

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Then I can get in maybe ten o'clock at night, and they're back in bed.

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It seems to be at the point at the minute where

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we're just living together, but separate lives.

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Desperate for a better quality of life with his family,

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Craig thinks the answer is to move to Australia.

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The reason for the move is hopefully to spend more quality time

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before the girls grow up - and I just miss everything.

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I've missed so much up to now, I just don't want to miss any more.

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Moving to the other side of the world is a massive undertaking,

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and it raises plenty of questions.

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It's like trying to fix something that isn't broken.

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Why? We've got a lovely life, lovely home, nice lifestyle.

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It's that itch you can't scratch,

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there's just something there, we have to...

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It's that nagging in the background that...

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It's your fault, you put it there. Yeah. It's all your fault.

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But the girls aren't convinced by the idea of a new life Down Under.

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It's all a big...fuzz.

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I'd love to try it, but it's whether I'd like it or not.

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And being away from family and friends, like -

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it's a bit out of my comfort zone.

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I don't exactly really, really, really, really want to go,

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because of all the members of the family.

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There's even more pressure on Ellie,

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as she'd be leaving behind her biological father.

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I'll miss my dad, I'll miss my Nana, I'll miss my best friend so much,

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words can't even describe, like...

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I'm crying now. Erm...

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I'm not sure, I just...

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I'd try and make new friends, but they'd never replace

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what I've got here.

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So...

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It's a massive dilemma for Ellie.

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The whole move could end up resting on her shoulders.

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You'd feel like we was abandoning her and leaving her behind.

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Say, right, you stay here, we're going over to start a new...

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You just couldn't do that. You can't leave one of your kids. No.

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And the children aren't the only concern. Lisa has another big worry.

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People say they go, and they have this big party, but

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I don't even know if I could have a party

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and say goodbye to all those people.

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I won't be able to be there if they need me, and that'll be really hard,

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because I'll just feel like I'm letting them down.

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I wish I could just pick them all up

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and take them with me -

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but it's our dream, it's not theirs.

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The Hoes are in an agonising position.

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Even with her doubts about Australia,

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both Craig and Lisa want a better future for their children.

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But if moving Down Under runs the risk of splitting the family,

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that's the last thing they'll be giving them.

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The Hoes want to see if Queensland's Gold Coast could offer them

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an ideal location for a new start.

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It's Australia's sixth largest city,

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and should have plenty of work,

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housing and lifestyle possibilities.

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But selling it to Lisa and Ellie could be a big ask for Craig.

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With this in mind, the Hoes speed off to their base for the week.

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They'll be staying in a four-bedroom house in the area of Pacific Pines.

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Hopefully it'll get them off to a good start.

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Whoo-hoo, it's nice and warm!

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Have a look...

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Very nice. Rocking horse! Oh!

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It looks like there's something for everyone.

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You've got your walk-in wardrobe. Ye-hey!

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That is ace.

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I'm happy.

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Spot on.

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Those are very positive sounds,

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and these are two very happy girls.

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Mine!

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Not Mummy's, not Daddy's, mine!

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Craig and Lisa also seem to have found what they're looking for.

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Look at that view! Wow!

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It is like living the dream, isn't it? Look at it.

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It's like what we pictured, isn't it? Perfect. It is.

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No, it's better than I imagined.

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The house is certainly a great start for their Australian adventure.

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However, Ellie is aware that her decision

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will affect everyone else's future.

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Mum's been talking to me about it a lot, asking if I'd want to go,

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but I don't know, I don't... I haven't...

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This is the first time I've been,

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so I just need to know what's what, really.

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I'm just scared of making the wrong decision.

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With so much to deal with over the coming week,

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there will be difficult decisions for everyone.

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Like most new arrivals,

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the Hoes are keen to find their perfect Aussie home.

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But with high property prices and low exchange rates,

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the reality of what's affordable could be very different.

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So, will they be in for a nasty surprise?

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In the UK, they live in a four- bedroom detached house near Hull,

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that they've made into a home they love.

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For Lisa to give it up for a house in Australia,

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there's one feature it must have.

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If there was a choice, pool or walk-in wardrobe,

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I would be having the walk-in wardrobe! We'll go to the beach.

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I was like, "Mum, you can get a walk-in wardrobe here."

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She was like, "No, but I like Australian walk-in wardrobes."

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I was like, "Mum, they're exactly the same." What's the difference?!

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Exactly!

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To help find their ideal home, we're going to give the Hoes a taste

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of the Australian property market.

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We'll show them three different properties,

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ranging from their dream home to what they can afford.

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Then we'll reveal the price of each house. First up,

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in Upper Coomera, which is just a short drive to the beaches,

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Brisbane, and close to parks and shopping centres.

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It could have everything the Hoes want from a house,

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but will it be to their taste?

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Nice, isn't it? No, not really.

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I don't think Lisa's impressed,

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Let's have a look at the rest. Not what I was thinking.

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It needs a bit of work, doesn't it? It's not the work.

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I just don't like the layout. I... It's dark.

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It's a terrible start, but at least it does have a walk-in wardrobe.

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That isn't a walk-in wardrobe - it's not what I was thinking.

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I don't like it.

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OK. And the style isn't quite to Lisa's taste, either.

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It's old-fashioned, it's like a nana's house.

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Coming down? Yes!

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OK, OK! What about the rest of the house?

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A lot smaller, aren't they? Small-sized rooms.

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I feel claustrophobic in here. I just...need a shower.

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Is this the bedroom, or...?

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This will be the fourth bedroom, won't it? I think so.

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It's got to be. Can't use this as a bedroom!

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This is the size I want my wardrobe to be!

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Clearly, this isn't their dream home.

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Even Craig is struggling with this property.

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The pool's not helping.

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Even with my vision, and what I can do with places, but it's not...

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Girls, what do you think?

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Would I move to Australia for a house like this?

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It's not the Australian dream, more a nightmare, this house.

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It's a bad start for Craig - this house is not to their taste.

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But can the price make a difference? Is this all they can afford

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on their ?250,000 budget,

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or is their ideal home still within their reach?

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See what it's worth. Do you want to have a guess or...?

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Just open it.

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So... 200 and... 247,000.

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That's similar to... 250? Yeah.

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250 grand for this. Yeah.

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I couldn't spend another minute in it, let alone a lifetime.

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No. No. No way.

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It's...

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It's awful. Yeah.

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I didn't think it were that much. No!

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That's a blow. It's nearly as much as their UK home is worth.

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Does this mean the right home will be too much for their budget?

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The next house is in the area of Coombabah. It's close to the beach,

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and has plenty of outdoor space for the Aussie lifestyle.

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After the disappointment of the first property,

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can this house lift their spirits?

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Don't like it again. It's quite small again, isn't it?

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A lot smaller than the other one, isn't it? Is that a kitchen?

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That's the kitchen. It doesn't even look like a kitchen.

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It isn't on a par with what we've got at home.

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Oh, dear. Another disappointing start.

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And the bedrooms aren't helping.

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Can't believe how small the bedrooms are.

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They're just so small.

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It's not small where you can cope with it, it's just too small.

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I wouldn't be able to have a bedroom this size.

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But all the bedrooms are this size. Yeah.

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Do you want this bedroom, Libs? No.

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If this is Australian life, then you can keep it, because I don't want it.

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It's going from bad to worse. No-one can see the point

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in making the move for this house.

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There's no pool, and it's really dark.

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We're coming here to have a better lifestyle,

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and so that we can spend more time as a family.

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We couldn't relax in somewhere like this.

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I wouldn't want to spend time as a family - I would be fed-up.

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Yeah. However much I want to make the move,

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I wouldn't bring them across if this was all we could afford.

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However much it would shatter the dream that I have to come,

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I couldn't do it to them.

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Is there any chance of the price helping?

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With everyone so disheartened by the size of this house,

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could Craig's dream be over?

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Time to find out what it's worth.

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BOTH: 270.

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That's ?22,000 over what they hope to get for their home in the UK.

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When I think what I could buy at home for that, it's a no-brainer.

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I wouldn't feel happy living here.

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I would... I would be on the first plane back home.

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With such disappointment over the first two properties,

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Craig really needs to find a house

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that his family can see themselves living in. Fast.

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Everything hinges on the last property.

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Returning to where they started, the last house is also in Upper Coomera area.

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However, it's a different proposition from the first one.

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It's a new build on a new development and Craig's last chance of convincing the family.

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This is what I expected. Yes!

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ALL: Oh!

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Ha-ha-ha. Now you're talking.

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Wow!

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It seems the Hoes have finally arrived. Buy it!

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ELLIE GIGGLES

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CHILDREN LAUGH Oh.

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My goodness. It's amazing, isn't it?

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Ah!

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With four bedrooms and two receptions,

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this house is sounding like it could be right up their street.

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I love it.

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It's fab.

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This is the Aussie dream.

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Yeah. Defo. This is what we were thinking.

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It's perfect.

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Upstairs, things get even better.

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Oh! LAUGHTER

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This is my room!

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And Lisa's found just what she's always wanted.

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LISA GASPS

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Walk-in wardrobe. I am happy now.

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I'm hyperventilating!

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We can all have a double bed each!

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Do you like it? Yes.

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This is the dream house.

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Suddenly, it seems everything is looking very different.

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Look at this! Have the Hoes finally found their dream house?

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It's gorgeous. Look at the view. I just love it.

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If we came out, this is what we'd be living in.

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By hook or by crook, it's just... This is what we're coming for.

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We look out of upstairs windows, we look at cooling towers

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and wind turbines and sewerage treatment plants.

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It's just... It's like another world.

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It is like another world.

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This house has got everyone singing a very different tune

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from the first two, but can they afford it?

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If it's out of their reach, could it end Craig's hopes of emigrating?

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Time to find out the price.

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I don't want to know.

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That's ?70,000 over their budget.

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I thought it would be a lot more than that, to be fair. I did. A lot more.

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Despite appearing to be out of reach,

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the Hoes are convinced this is the house for them.

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You always want to do better in life

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and the other houses, I wasn't doing better, it was a step back,

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not a step forward, whereas this is a step forward.

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I'd move here tomorrow. Me, too.

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I don't want to leave!

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It's a huge relief to Craig and a big comeback for his hopes.

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I'm off the ropes. I'm coming back fighting. I'm happy.

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I'm happy.

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See you soon, house.

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HE CHUCKLES I know!

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The first house was a bad start for everyone,

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even though it had a walk-in wardrobe.

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The second fared no better and didn't lift their spirits.

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But the third house was a completely different story

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and gave everyone fresh hope,

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although it could be a struggle to afford.

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Is Craig's hope of emigrating in with a fighting chance? It's time to find out.

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My vote goes to...

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..Australia! Australia. Australia.

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Everybody shows Australia. Based on the last property. Yeah. Not the first two, definitely.

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I'd really want the UK, if it was the first two. If we can live in a house like the last one,

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definitely Australia.

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That's a great start for Craig's hopes.

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But it comes with a serious price tag

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if Lisa and Ellie won't consider Oz without a dream house to sweeten the deal.

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That would mean both Craig and Lisa finding decent work prospects

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and salaries.

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Being self-employed, Craig has to work very long hours,

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missing out on family life, something he's desperate to avoid in Australia.

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If it's the same hours I'm working back home,

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that's not going to give me the family time that I want.

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It's just geography, it's not going to make a better lifestyle for us.

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We've arranged for Craig to work with Stuart, who has a similar business on the Gold Coast.

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It's a day of getting back to basics.

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It's like the good old days, fetching and carrying.

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The lackey, heh?! I haven't been one of them for a while.

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It might be fine for a day, but Craig is concerned about his long-term prospects.

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If we did make the move over,

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would the job opportunities be there, do you think?

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At the moment, the way things are, I'd say it'll be pretty tough.

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Yeah. At the moment.

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They seem to think that things will pick up in the next 18 months

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and the housing market will pick up again. Yeah.

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Once the housing picks up again, not a problem.

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That doesn't sound great.

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In the UK, Lisa is a self-employed hairdresser.

0:20:310:20:34

After her disappointment with property,

0:20:340:20:37

what she can earn could make all the difference.

0:20:370:20:39

If we need where I have to work more, I think, to get that home,

0:20:390:20:44

then, yeah, I would put in them extra hours just for that walk-in wardrobe!

0:20:440:20:50

She's having a try-out at a large salon in a mall.

0:20:500:20:53

It's quite different to what she's used to.

0:20:530:20:56

Lisa, have you ever worked in a big chain before, or in a big company?

0:20:560:21:02

No, I rent a chair in a salon, so I pay rent and whatever I earn is mine.

0:21:020:21:08

'The different working style also means a difference in pay.'

0:21:080:21:11

Are the wages pretty good? Yeah, definitely.

0:21:110:21:16

Um, you know, from your first years to your seniors,

0:21:160:21:20

definitely between 15 to 20, I think, an hour.

0:21:200:21:24

'That's ?10-?12 an hour, a lot less than Lisa brings home in the UK,

0:21:240:21:27

however there is a silver lining.'

0:21:270:21:31

Price-wise, if you were to do a semi, how much would you charge?

0:21:310:21:36

For that, you're probably looking at 99.95.

0:21:360:21:39

In England, I would charge 45 for that, so,

0:21:390:21:44

it's like a ?20 difference.

0:21:440:21:46

OK.

0:21:460:21:48

It is more expensive to get your hair done here than there.

0:21:480:21:53

So earning potential is obviously going to be more here. Definitely. Which is good.

0:21:530:22:00

That sounds more encouraging for Lisa.

0:22:000:22:03

Across town, Craig is keen to find out about his earning potential.

0:22:030:22:08

Salary-wise, do you know roughly what...? You'd probably get work...

0:22:080:22:13

If you worked for someone you're probably looking at around 60 grand a year.

0:22:130:22:17

That's around ?37,000,

0:22:170:22:19

more than Craig takes home in the UK.

0:22:190:22:22

But would it mean an end to the gruelling hours that come with being self-employed?

0:22:220:22:27

You'll be in that situation. Nothing changes when you work for yourself.

0:22:270:22:31

That's the nature of the beast.

0:22:310:22:33

If you want quality time with your wife and kids,

0:22:330:22:36

you'd probably work for someone

0:22:360:22:38

and you'd probably start at seven, knock off three, four o'clock.

0:22:380:22:42

Weekends are yours, your after hours are yours.

0:22:420:22:44

That's just what Craig wanted to hear. There she goes.

0:22:460:22:49

Lovely.

0:22:490:22:51

Done. All right. Excellent.

0:22:530:22:55

First bit of Aussie plumbing!

0:22:560:22:57

So a good day for Craig,

0:23:010:23:03

but how will Lisa vote after her first experience of work in Australia?

0:23:030:23:07

Based on the salon I was in today

0:23:090:23:12

and the earning potential here...

0:23:120:23:16

..I would go with...

0:23:180:23:20

..UK.

0:23:240:23:25

The wages are a bit rubbish, really, compare to the UK,

0:23:270:23:32

compared to what I earn at home when I work for myself.

0:23:320:23:35

I prefer my UK salon.

0:23:370:23:39

That's a setback for Craig's hopes of convincing Lisa to emigrate.

0:23:390:23:42

How does he feel about working in Australia?

0:23:420:23:46

Based on what I've found out today on job prospects

0:23:460:23:50

and whether there's work out there for me and the lifestyle which I'm seeking,

0:23:500:23:55

I am voting for...

0:23:550:23:57

..Australia.

0:23:570:23:59

For me, to be able to finish work and have a happy medium with the family is not possible at home.

0:23:590:24:05

At the end of the day, it's going to be worth it.

0:24:050:24:08

The lure of more time with his family has persuaded Craig that Australia is the place to be.

0:24:080:24:13

But he still has to convince Lisa.

0:24:130:24:17

The promise of a better work-life balance has won Craig over,

0:24:210:24:25

but Lisa's doubt keeps growing.

0:24:250:24:28

What may help is her and Ellie speaking to a family who have been through the same dilemmas.

0:24:280:24:34

Craig and Lisa are off to see the Wilsons.

0:24:360:24:39

They're old friends who emigrated two years ago

0:24:390:24:41

and they've laid on a traditional British welcome with an Aussie twist -

0:24:410:24:46

tea and cakes by the pool.

0:24:460:24:47

And thoughts soon turn to being so far from loved ones.

0:24:490:24:53

My dad came over and I had to go to work the day he left

0:24:530:24:57

because I could see in his eyes he was getting upset and I was. I just had to go.

0:24:570:25:02

I can't imagine. You've left them, and that would be really hard,

0:25:020:25:07

then you get them back for a bit and then they've got to go again. I just can't imagine.

0:25:070:25:12

I don't miss... I don't miss anything about England, nothing,

0:25:120:25:18

apart from my family.

0:25:180:25:20

But, at the end of the day, my family's here

0:25:200:25:22

and we've done it for a better lifestyle.

0:25:220:25:26

By the pool, Ellie is also sharing her worries with Ruby.

0:25:270:25:31

I'm just worried that I won't make friends if I do come here. I know I've got you,

0:25:310:25:35

but it's like other friends, with college and stuff.

0:25:350:25:38

Are they real friendly, is it easy?

0:25:380:25:41

I thought the same, "I'm never going to make any friends."

0:25:410:25:44

But I did and they're, like, really nice.

0:25:440:25:47

But at the table, Lisa's doubts are growing.

0:25:500:25:54

Part of me feels like, "Yes, let's do it,"

0:25:540:25:57

because I don't want to live life without regrets, I don't want to wake up in 15 years' time.

0:25:570:26:03

You've got to do it for yourself. You just do feel guilty. You do feel like...

0:26:030:26:07

You'll have weeks where you'll be good and you're on a high

0:26:070:26:10

and then you'll go downhill.

0:26:100:26:13

You're putting too much pressure on yourself.

0:26:130:26:16

Life is for living, at the end of day, and this is what it's all about.

0:26:160:26:20

This visit to close friends has shown that the ups and downs of moving so far from home.

0:26:200:26:26

Will it help or hinder Craig's desire for a new life down under?

0:26:260:26:30

See you later.

0:26:300:26:32

With Lisa missing home,

0:26:360:26:38

some quality time together could be very welcome for the Hoes.

0:26:380:26:42

For them, moving to Australia has always been about finding a better quality of life.

0:26:420:26:47

So it could be a big step forward

0:26:470:26:50

if the Gold Coast can deliver the lifestyle they want.

0:26:500:26:53

They've come to Currumbin Animal Park to see

0:26:550:26:58

if Australia can give them the time together they want.

0:26:580:27:02

Libby would like to be a zookeeper when she grows up

0:27:040:27:08

and she's showing early promise.

0:27:080:27:09

Smile, Lise!

0:27:120:27:13

It's like you've been separated at birth!

0:27:130:27:17

For the girls, this is a rare treat, not just because of the wildlife.

0:27:170:27:22

It's really nice having time to spend with Dad

0:27:230:27:26

because we don't really get to do that much in England

0:27:260:27:32

cos his job's so full on, cos he works for himself.

0:27:320:27:37

Does it look like Daddy having a sleep? Yeah!

0:27:370:27:40

It seems Craig's plan has worked a treat.

0:27:440:27:47

Today has won everyone over.

0:27:470:27:50

To be here and to see all of this

0:27:500:27:52

and to see Craig with the girls has just been fantastic.

0:27:520:27:55

I didn't think it would be...

0:27:550:27:57

It's just been fantastic.

0:27:570:28:01

I think I want to live in Australia.

0:28:010:28:04

However, there are still worries about one member of the family.

0:28:040:28:08

Ellie said she felt under pressure before we even came.

0:28:080:28:12

She feels like she would be quashing our dreams, really.

0:28:120:28:17

My dream is that we're all together and happy

0:28:170:28:20

and we wouldn't be if one of us was at the other side of the world.

0:28:200:28:26

But Ellie's doubts have reminded them of just how big a price

0:28:260:28:30

they may have to pay if they do choose to make the move for good.

0:28:300:28:33

Australia.

0:28:410:28:43

Australia. Australia. Australia.

0:28:430:28:45

Woohoohoo!

0:28:450:28:46

LAUGHTER

0:28:460:28:48

I knew you were going to do something.

0:28:480:28:50

MAKES MONKEY NOISES

0:28:500:28:52

No, don't you dare!

0:28:520:28:53

That's a resounding yes

0:28:530:28:55

and it's made Lisa realise something has to change.

0:28:550:28:58

Listening to Libby earlier,

0:28:580:29:01

saying that it was lovely spending time with dad.

0:29:010:29:04

It chokes me up. It's really sad

0:29:040:29:07

that she's finding this really special

0:29:070:29:10

cos she should have done a lot more of this at her age.

0:29:100:29:14

But even though she voted for the Australian lifestyle,

0:29:160:29:19

Ellie is still feeling the weight of the decision riding on her shoulders.

0:29:190:29:24

I feel a bit under pressure that...

0:29:240:29:26

it's about me. If I want to move, then they'll go.

0:29:260:29:32

But if I don't want to, then they won't. It's a bit...

0:29:320:29:35

..daunting to think that the decision is on me.

0:29:370:29:40

Cos that's not what I want.

0:29:400:29:42

I don't want to stand in their way

0:29:420:29:44

but it looks like I've got no choice.

0:29:440:29:47

The benefits of the Gold Coast lifestyle are a much-needed boost for the Hoes' spirits.

0:29:500:29:55

But it also gave them a glimpse of the future they could enjoy as a family.

0:29:550:30:00

However, Ellie's worries remain

0:30:000:30:02

and there's another obstacle in their path.

0:30:020:30:05

The Hoes' house in the UK is a modern, four-bedroom detached property

0:30:050:30:10

that they've lovingly extended,

0:30:100:30:11

and believe to be worth around ?250,000.

0:30:110:30:14

They'll need to get every penny to be able

0:30:140:30:17

to afford the kind of house they'd love in Australia.

0:30:170:30:22

So, we sent round two estate agents to give us their professional opinion.

0:30:220:30:27

A lovely remodelled kitchen.

0:30:290:30:32

Very clean lines.

0:30:320:30:34

'Modern, contemporary.'

0:30:340:30:36

Oh, he wiped his feet. Nice man!

0:30:380:30:42

Well, this is a very nice modern living space.

0:30:420:30:46

The feature fire really sets the room off.

0:30:460:30:49

A very nice, elegant bedroom.

0:30:520:30:55

Lovely decor.

0:30:550:30:58

Wow! Now this is a bathroom!

0:30:580:31:02

Absolutely fantastic.

0:31:020:31:04

A lovely place to stretch out. Fabulous.

0:31:040:31:07

All my hard work, there. Look, look.

0:31:070:31:09

'I'd put it on the market for ?195,000, and for a quick sale,'

0:31:090:31:13

I'd be looking between ?180-185,000.

0:31:130:31:17

That's over ?50,000 less

0:31:170:31:20

than they were hoping for. That's a shock, innit?

0:31:200:31:23

In the current market place,

0:31:230:31:26

'I'd suggest an asking price of about 220,000'

0:31:260:31:29

with a "for sale" value of probably 210.

0:31:290:31:34

I thought when we got it done before it was miles more than that. It was, but the house prices have dropped.

0:31:340:31:40

Oh, that's rubbish.

0:31:400:31:42

We'd have to re-evaluate and assess what property we could afford to buy,

0:31:420:31:47

and how that would affect us. Yeah.

0:31:470:31:50

The low value of their house has come as a real blow to the Hoes.

0:31:500:31:55

Their dream life in Australia is now hanging in the balance.

0:31:550:31:59

We've prepared a breakdown of living costs

0:31:590:32:02

to see if there's any way of affording the move.

0:32:020:32:05

There's nothing on here

0:32:070:32:10

that is anywhere near the price.

0:32:100:32:12

It's all at least double, if not triple.

0:32:120:32:16

It's ridiculous.

0:32:160:32:19

You're looking at a good, what, ?60 more, aren't you, on the shop?

0:32:190:32:22

Yeah...per week.

0:32:220:32:27

That's my shoe money gone out the window.

0:32:270:32:29

The day-to-day costs are coming out higher than back home.

0:32:290:32:33

Craig could earn slightly more in Australia, but how will the figures add up?

0:32:330:32:38

Shall I press it? Yeah.

0:32:400:32:42

?1,670.58p...

0:32:420:32:49

overdrawn!

0:32:490:32:51

Well, it's...

0:32:510:32:54

So, to live here, to live the dream...

0:32:550:32:58

That would cost us 1,670 quid a month more.

0:32:580:33:01

Yeah.

0:33:010:33:03

Doing the maths has highlighted just how difficult this move would be.

0:33:030:33:08

Could Lisa and Craig afford to live in Australia?

0:33:080:33:12

Time to vote on the cost of living.

0:33:120:33:15

Our vote goes to....

0:33:150:33:20

..the UK. The UK.

0:33:230:33:26

Based on the figures that we've got in front of us,

0:33:300:33:32

and on going for the property that we've looked at,

0:33:320:33:35

I'd have to vote - even though I want to move out here -

0:33:350:33:38

I can't...

0:33:380:33:40

I couldn't say Australia for that because it's just not,

0:33:400:33:44

it doesn't make financial sense.

0:33:440:33:47

Yeah.

0:33:490:33:52

Seeing their living costs in black and white

0:33:520:33:54

has shaken even Craig's confidence about the move.

0:33:540:33:58

But the biggest challenge facing the Hoes is dealing

0:33:580:34:01

with the pain of leaving loved ones behind.

0:34:010:34:04

Lisa and Craig know that seeing messages from home could be a painful experience for the children.

0:34:040:34:09

But they've decided to watch it together, as a family.

0:34:090:34:14

Hi! Hi, guys! I hope you're having a fantastic time.

0:34:170:34:21

'Hi, guys. I hope you're having'

0:34:210:34:25

the best ever time and it's everything you expect.

0:34:250:34:30

Ellie, the firstborn, is just....

0:34:330:34:36

I'm so proud of her. She's just...

0:34:360:34:39

She's amazing.

0:34:390:34:41

And Libby...

0:34:410:34:44

She's just a miniature Lisa - loves adventure.

0:34:440:34:48

And Poppy, the little dancer, that's what I call her.

0:34:480:34:51

I couldn't wish for three more beautiful grandchildren.

0:34:510:34:55

I was gutted to hear

0:34:550:34:58

that they may be going to Australia to live.

0:34:580:35:01

Obviously I don't want them to.

0:35:010:35:05

They're my world, em...

0:35:050:35:08

I'll miss them loads and loads.

0:35:080:35:11

I hope you're having a fantastic time,

0:35:110:35:14

but I hope you're not enjoying it too much.

0:35:140:35:17

For my own reasons, you know I don't want you to go. I'll miss you all like crazy.

0:35:220:35:27

I love you all so much. I love you all.

0:35:270:35:30

I love you all lots.

0:35:300:35:33

Hey, bro, come back to England, mate.

0:35:360:35:41

She's my best friend.

0:35:440:35:46

'I take you for granted'

0:35:520:35:56

but when I know that I'm not going to see you again...

0:35:560:36:00

..it really tears at me.

0:36:030:36:05

Nana's just being silly again, as usual.

0:36:080:36:13

I do love you all...so much.

0:36:130:36:16

I can't go on.

0:36:200:36:23

THEY SOB

0:36:230:36:26

Watching their loved ones was a harrowing reminder

0:36:350:36:39

of all they stand to lose should they decide to move.

0:36:390:36:42

If they can't cope with the pain of leaving,

0:36:420:36:45

then it will mean walking away from their dream forever.

0:36:450:36:49

With their future in the balance, it's time to make the final choice.

0:36:490:36:53

It's been a challenging week for everyone.

0:36:530:36:56

Craig and Lisa have fallen for the lifestyle they could lead in Australia,

0:36:560:37:02

but as the final vote approaches, are they certain where their future lies?

0:37:020:37:05

For Craig, it's all been about a better family life.

0:37:050:37:08

I feel guilty that when we're back in the UK

0:37:080:37:12

that I don't get to spend as much quality time with them as I'd like.

0:37:120:37:16

When I was growing up, my dad worked away a lot. I didn't see him a lot,

0:37:160:37:20

and I just don't want that to happen with my kids.

0:37:200:37:23

But Ellie is afraid of leaving behind the people she loves.

0:37:230:37:28

It's not as easy to leave your friends as it sounds.

0:37:280:37:32

It's not just round the corner.

0:37:320:37:34

It's the other side of the world.

0:37:340:37:36

I don't really know what I'd do without my friends that I've got now.

0:37:360:37:40

And Lisa is stuck in the middle.

0:37:400:37:42

I do feel really torn

0:37:420:37:46

between the UK and Oz.

0:37:460:37:49

You know, Craig really wants this, but I feel torn between Australia

0:37:490:37:53

and the life I've got. I really don't know.

0:37:530:37:58

So, after a week of tough choices,

0:37:580:38:02

when it comes to the crucial final decision,

0:38:020:38:04

which way will they go?

0:38:040:38:06

We've had a brilliant week. We've had our highs and lows.

0:38:070:38:10

We're going to make the vote on where we want to live,

0:38:100:38:15

whether it be the UK or Australia, so on that I'm voting for...

0:38:150:38:19

Australia. Australia.

0:38:190:38:22

Australia.

0:38:240:38:26

Australia.

0:38:290:38:30

What's the matter? I just feel really bad. Why?

0:38:340:38:39

I don't know. I just feel really torn.

0:38:390:38:43

I'm surprised with your vote, obviously,

0:38:430:38:47

but I'm glad you're willing to give it a try.

0:38:470:38:50

And I love you!

0:38:500:38:52

The Hoes' week showed that the journey to a new life

0:38:530:38:56

is fraught with pain and challenges.

0:38:560:38:59

Even though they all agreed on Australia,

0:38:590:39:01

they're aware of the sacrifices they still have to make.

0:39:010:39:05

The family faced a truly difficult decision Down Under,

0:39:080:39:11

but were they able to stick with their choice?

0:39:110:39:15

'A month after they returned, I travelled to Hull

0:39:150:39:17

'to meet up with Lisa and Craig.' Hi. Nice to see you both.

0:39:170:39:21

Tell me how the week was for the two of you.

0:39:240:39:27

For me, I loved it. I just felt

0:39:270:39:29

like I belonged. I felt like I...

0:39:290:39:33

It was like Craig stepped off the plane, and for him,

0:39:330:39:37

he said, "I feel like I've just come home."

0:39:370:39:40

But it wasn't quite the same for you, was it?

0:39:400:39:42

Not at all. I'm a bit of a control freak.

0:39:420:39:45

There, I felt like a fish out of water.

0:39:450:39:47

I said to Craig, "I'm still not there yet. I'm still not where you are."

0:39:470:39:51

And he just said, "Look, I'm not happy," and it shocked me.

0:39:510:39:55

I sat back and I was like, "You know, if he's not happy,

0:39:550:39:58

"then we need to do something about it."

0:39:580:40:03

You know, it's his life as well as ours.

0:40:030:40:05

Now I know it was critical that your eldest daughter, Ellie,

0:40:050:40:09

felt comfortable about possibly making the move.

0:40:090:40:12

And there was a big question mark.

0:40:120:40:15

It was such a big thing, wasn't it,

0:40:150:40:18

for her to see Australia, to see it?

0:40:180:40:22

But I think she sees more opportunity there.

0:40:220:40:26

She absolutely... She cried in the airport.

0:40:260:40:29

As we were leaving, she was like, "I don't want to go. Please, I don't want to go back."

0:40:290:40:33

I really didn't expect that. I really didn't expect her

0:40:330:40:36

to like it as much as she did, to the point where she was upset.

0:40:360:40:40

So, it's cards on the table time. Craig, I'm going to start with you.

0:40:400:40:45

How definite is this move?

0:40:450:40:47

For me, 100% cos I still feel it's the right move

0:40:470:40:49

for us as a family.

0:40:490:40:51

Lisa?

0:40:510:40:53

I am... 100%, I know it's the right thing to do.

0:40:530:40:56

The future for the girls is there.

0:40:560:41:00

It's so much better. I know it's the right thing to do,

0:41:000:41:04

for Craig as well. So...

0:41:040:41:09

I'm 100%.

0:41:090:41:10

It looks as if Ellie's now very much on board with the move.

0:41:120:41:16

But there's one vital piece of the jigsaw remaining.

0:41:160:41:19

Australia brought home

0:41:190:41:22

just how much Lisa would miss her family and friends.

0:41:220:41:25

So I've invited her cousin, Kelly,

0:41:250:41:28

to help her take that final big step.

0:41:280:41:32

So, a lot of this move, in a funny way,

0:41:320:41:36

does depend on your thoughts on them going out, and really,

0:41:360:41:39

in a way, whether it's with your blessing.

0:41:390:41:43

It's tough, isn't it?

0:41:480:41:50

That's how much family means.

0:41:520:41:55

It's just going to be hard to go.

0:41:550:41:59

We've seen how the whole family have voted,

0:41:590:42:02

but because you are so much part of their lives,

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we would actually like you to be part of that vote as well,

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cos I know, especially for Lisa, it's critical.

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So, I know this is going to be really hard.

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So, Kelly, the whole family moving out to Australia...?

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Regretfully...

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Just for them. Obviously, for me...

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I want them here. 110%, I want them to stay.

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That's true friendship, isn't it?

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And guess who's going to be the first person coming to visit?!

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She'll be saving up for her air fare.

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Well, emotions are still running high in that household,

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but Lisa and Craig are united in what's best for their girls.

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And that's a new life in Australia.

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I think if they get their way,

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they're going to be heading Down Under in literally a few months' time.

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Plumber Craig Hoe is desperate to spend more time with his family and believes a move down under could hold the answer. However, his wife Lisa does not share his dream, and for daughter Ellie it could mean facing a heart-breaking choice. With just seven days to persuade Lisa and Ellie, Craig has a huge challenge ahead of him.


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