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Very useful info - as always!
Quick update on costs, as of my enquiries today, for anyone who's beginning the process...
The Seven Seas 'Movecube' option came to £919 approx. for a 3 cubic meter container (their 'medium' size), all the way up to £4,000 for a 20ft (1,100 cubic feet) container from Allied Pickfords. Both companies were very helpful on the phone, incidentally.
We only intend moving small personal possessions so the cube seems a good idea.
As for the insurance side of things - the figures quoted by Seven Seas and Pickfords seem a bit high to me, so I'm checking out the independent providers.
Pickfords is a bit dearer but we took it as there is no excess
One trip hubby had a tile cutter damaged value 250 GBP guess what excess was 250 GBP so not worth the claim
But insurance is necessary in case the whole container goes AWOL
Our container this time is around 5600 GBP with insurance for a sole use 40ft container that will take the
car as well as the furniture
Thanks Philly. The quote we got for our transporting car came as a bit of a shock - it totals around £2,000 for a shared container. And then there's the threat of Australian customs charging many hundreds of dollars to clean it, should there be a speck of mud from the UK.
The insurance side of things is tricky as we have lots of paintings that are potentially expensive to replace, though don't have much commercial value (sorry, it's a bit complicated!). God knows what would happen if they were damaged and we had to claim... it would take years to sort out.
Another complicated thing to add to my already endless list of complicated things. Quick, someone tell me that it'll all be worth it in the end!!!
With your car check with Iron Chef if its worth taking - we are taking an Aussie car back so it wont be hard to get it on the road
The threat of customs cleaning its is a certainty -they will clean it regardless of how clean it is Our previous car was detailed before loading Oz customs cleaned it -twice !!
I have found pictures mirrors etc travel well and we have never ever had a breakage - except the guy off loading our stuff in Adelaide who dropped a box on his toe and broke it Toe not box
The tile cutter we had damaged I think was crammed so tight in its box and packaging it sent the whole base off alignment which doesn't do cutting a straight tile any good
Thanks Philly. I'll look into Iron Chef.
I did in fact get a couple of cheaper quotes for shipping possessions yesterday, though they were from a company that seems to attract mixed reviews - Anglo Pacific. Anyone on the forum had any experience? For a medium sized container they appear to be £200-300 cheaper than the Movecube option.