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HI when I replied to you I should have said the size is 95 cubic feet(sorry). this is still what I gather large enough to take bookcases and furnitureetc.... the firm britannia is nationwide their tel freephone 08456006661. They will arrange a guy to come to your house and he will advise you what you can and cant take. Hope this helps sandra
i guess it depends how much you have saved up to spend on new things here. we too left most of our stuff and brought personal things,clothes, toys, tumble dryer (it was nearly new) and other bits. We have been here since june 2010 and still in need of stuff. we were very fortunate to have my parents supply most of the things we needed when we arrived, and friends lent us couches. I lived here 12 years ago and had started a 'glory box' with all things for the kitchen, all the birthdays and christmas' my parents added to it instead of sending stuff to the uk for me.
In hind sight we could of done with lots of things we left behind, and spent a long time saying 'oh we wished we brought that' .
Duvets.. they dont make them like they do in the uk and really wished we had brought ours with us.
Finacially we have regretted not sending stuff as yes some things are cheaper here, the quality isnt the same and for a few extra hundred pounds on the shipping we truly wished we had planned it a bit better and brought more things.
The day to day cost of living here is more than i remembered, but in reality we have survived off of one average salary since being here, but it has got to the point where I am about to start work and we are already putting a mental list of things we need to get like a lawn mower (our rental has the tiniest bit of grass but needs to be mowed every 4 weeks minimum, a cost we hadnt even thought about.)
Yes there is IKEA here, but it seems more expensive here than the UK. There are some good house hold furniture packages, but again it depends how much you have saved to go towards new things when you are.
You will need a car eventually and with the cost of outlaying for a rental with bond, a car, and starting up a house, it really becomes a hefty shopping list before you realise you have spent loads of money.
I read on here, something that makes so much sense, if you moved house in the UK you wouldnt leave most of your things behind to move into that house, so why would you to come here.
Yes there will be stuff you dont need to bring.. everyone has that stuff in there house..but think about what you do in your everyday life and what you use and the more realistic you are about it the more you will see that you are in fact saving money shipping it rather than buying it new here.
When you are settled and in good finacial position then start replacing old for new, you can even sell your stuff on here to help other newly arrived expats who need to get by until their containers arrive.
You dont want to be spending your hard earned money on replacing things you left behind, otherwise you'll never be able to spend your money on all the good things to go and do over here.. (something we have found that has happened to us).
Everyone has a different view so read them and make the right decision for yourself, hope mine has helped in your decision whichever way you go about it.
Im sure your OH would prefer to spend your money on outings and beer than to replace household stuff you already owned.. and its amazing how much stuff those boxes can fit in.
We used Excess Bagage.
Anything that fitted in a tea chest came over.
Big mistake We still got unopened boxes in the garage.
I would say bring it if its sentimental and cant be replaced, if its not, chuck it or sell it before you leave.
A lot of stuff would be cheaper to replace than to transport over.
PS. if you have decent fishing gear then bring it as stuff here aint that great
Hi, we use John Mason and we had about twenty and it cost around £800 - incl delivery this end to the house.
Read the small print on any of these small box companies...
I had some stuff sent over with VOOVIT and the charges and messing at this end was a little extreme.
You have to go to customs at the port and tell them whats in the box and and arrange for an appointment with AQIS near ikea and arrange inspection of the goods at the shippers.
Once box was on the wharf at the port I had to call AQIS to set up meeting.
They only do this at certain times and you have to do this within a set time or you get charged daft money.
I was working at the time and had to get time off work to do these things.
You have to pay for customs and AQIS for them to fill the paper work in.
Dont want to put you off doing it this way but be aware.
Rob and Mel