This has been an interesting thread to read up on so thanks for whoever bumped it up. While taking quotes from removal companies a few months ago I had a quick crisis in my mind about whether to ship everything or get new when we arrive.
I tried to do some research, but there wasn't much available to me on the net for prices etc - I started an inventory, put prices next to the ones I found (IKEA good and we have a lot of IKEA furniture which seemed cheaper in Adelaide than we paid here). But after that I got stuck. Just couldnt get all the prices easily, and the idea of then getting to Adelaide, having to buy every little last thing with 3 children in tow (or being endlessly babysat by relatives) was enough to make me reconsider.
On top of that - the idea of having to get rid of everything this end (probably more trouble than buying new there) at a time we want to be visiting family and friends, organising a goodbye bash or something similar etc - nah! don't think its for us. Plus, I want to look around my new house, and see all our familiar stuff- something really important to the boys too. We told them in Feb we were planning on moving, and they have been processing it - asking if they are bringing their beds to Australia, checking we are taking their toys etcetcetc.
One idea I did come up with (this might appeal to others but actually we aren't doing it now either!) was effectively moving out of our house a fair while before we flew, shipping the stuff early, and timing it so we didnt have to wait long and could get somewhere furnished for a few weeks max. But we have a better solution now. We have a house (PILs picking up the keys today actually :) ) and we sent a round robin email to friends and family, asking if they had certain things we could BORROW (because I dont want a whole load of 2nd hand stuff we then have to dispose of ourselves when our entire house arrives from the UK). We have been kitted out amazingly with promises - even including (PILs thought of this) a computer we can connect to the internet.
So all being well, we arrive in rented house, furnished before we get there by PILs, take an entire suitcase full of toys (we have 4 x 20KG baggage allowance and am prepared to sacrifice one of them to toys!) in Sept (18th) and rest of stuff will arrive some time in Oct (shipping it end Aug).
That's the plan, anyway...