Time to go home to England's green and pleasant land.
Anyway here are our quotes for shipping home.
We based this upon sole use 20' container, with all breakables packed by the removalists (BUT, toys, clothes, books etc packed by us) and part unpacked at destination (worktop unpack) with removal/disposal of all packing materials.
However, we had "maybes" and "definites" - if leaving the maybes here meant a part-container we asked for that cost also.
COMPANY A: Part container "not worth it", taking everything via sole use 20' = $8,858
COMPANY B: Part container would need to be 20' (???) = $10,370 (that's leaving the maybes) and if taking everything we'd need a 40' sole use container = $13,368
COMPANY C: Part container = $5,988, sole 20' = $6,995
COMPANY D: Part container "not worth it", sole 20' = $6,993 (once we'd told them what COMPANY C had quoted)
Just thought I'd post this so other folk can see how quotes compare.
So in essence, had we only got a price from COMPANY B and wanted to take everything, we'd be looking at $13,400 ish - by taking everything via COMPANY D it's costing us under $7,000.
That's a difference of $6,400
As it happens we're going with COMPANY D as they're arranging a full clean of the house 'at cost' (circa $200) which they guarantee to be ok'd at the exit inspection - or they go back and sort it for free.