Hello...my husband and I are starting to look at how we'd pack to move from the US to Oz. When you relocated, how much of your stuff did you take? Is it more cost-effective to try to take furniture and things you commonly use, or more cost-effective to replace it?
We brought zero furniture and four big suitcases of clothes and personal stuff. Anything made from wood will have to be fumigated by the quarantine people before you can take it to your new home - and you will pay for that. It's not cheap. Unless you have a huge attachment to something and it's not possible to leave it with someone in the US, you're better off buying all furniture here. The shipping expenses meant that for us, it was better to buy household items and such here - we gave away things, sold things on craigslist, and donated a ton of stuff. We have some things left stored with my inlaws until we get back, but now that I'm here I think most of that could have been sold or donated too - I hardly miss anything I left behind.
Thanks very much!
I have two leather and wood chairs that cost something like $2000 that I don't want to give up, and two TempurPedic beds and mattresses that ran about $5000--I think those are worth the cost of transporting and, for the chairs, fumigating. Other than that...yeah, it sounds like I should just hit Freecycle, Craigslist, and Ikea.
What do you think about household items--the zillion pots, pans, kitchen things...?
Again, we left nearly all of that behind. The shipping expenses to Australia are crazy - there's no easy way to get anything here, you either send it on a boat - which takes months - or by air - and with the price of fuel, that can get expensive very quickly. The standard advice I've seen for people moving overseas is to bring what you can fit in your suitcases. I brought a few kitchen items, less than a carry-on bag full. None of your electonics will work without adapters and converters. We brought our Wii, which is running through a converter - but only American games will play on it. Even your cookbooks will require you to convert the measurements and temperatures before you can cook. (I did bring a set of silicon collapsible measuring cups, and I love having those!) We moved for my partner's work, and the company gave us a moving allowance and put us into a furnished apartment for our first couple of months here - that was really helpful, as we didn't have to get everything all at once when we first arrived.
You should look into getting some shipping quotes - I can't recommend anyone since we brought things on the plane and sent a couple of boxes fedex. It's entirely possible that shipping your beds will cost as much as they did new, and with the US dollar floating all over like it is, you may be able to get new ones cheaper than shipping.
Australia has Ikea and Target. You can furnish your new place without spending a ton of money if you do it right, or furnish it with "for now" stuff and replace with nicer things when you decide if you'll be staying here for a long time. We're only here for a few years so it doesn't make sense for us to spend tons of money on really nice things we'll just be getting rid of in a few years.
My wife and I came with four suitcases between us, shipped our library of books in "M-bags" though the postal service, and an antique book-press via a "pak-n-ship" type place. Anything else got sold or given away.
We're bibliophiles and books are much more expensive here so we thought that was worth the cost. Unless you have amazingly great furniture, I wouldn't bother. And things like housewares are definitely not worth the hassle and expense.
Thank you very much.
We too have thousands of books...and that's the half that's left. I'll try to give most of it away but some of it I just won't part with.
I think the things we mostly will want are decorative. And our electronic media. And a few pieces of furniture that were expensive.
This is all useful...thanks. I'm starting to get an idea about what we're going to want to think about giving away.