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What can I take?       started by jdonna on 18 Jan 2007   (11090)
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From jdonna

18 Jan 2007 4:21 AM
(49950)
We really want to make the move as easy as possible especially for our boys. Can anyone out there give me an idea as to how many things I can take and for how much. For example, i would love to take my bed and other things. Any help? Donna x
From tabitha

To jdonna

18 Jan 2007 5:13 AM
(49951)
hi we are here in belfast and we are taking almost everything we own down to 5 bikes christmas tree beds sofa washing machine units bed furniture etc we have a container of 20ft and it will cost us
From flojo

To jdonna

18 Jan 2007 3:49 PM
(50006)
Hi Donna, My advice to you would also be to bring as much as you can, we actually left some things that we wished we had brought. We didnt bring our fridge and freezer as we were told by the removal people that they had to be cfc free and had to have a certificate from the makers stating that this is so, we couldnt be bothered with that plus told they dont travel well. We were also told not to bring tellys as they wont work properly, we have spoken to people who have told us their tellys work fine so it may be worth giving it a try. Make sure all shoes and outside things are really clean, we cleaned our bikes with jeys fluid. I did have to pay $70 as they found some dirt on 3 pairs of shoes so go careful. We also paid
From Pasty

To jdonna

18 Jan 2007 7:06 PM
(50015)
Hi Donna If I were you I would take everything you can take. We paid
From knoydart

To Pasty

18 Jan 2007 7:22 PM
(50018)
We want to take our camping gear but have heard they may spray the tents which could potentially ruin them. Can we therfore post to someone there to avoid this or is it best just to sell them.
From Byrnefamily

To Pasty

18 Jan 2007 7:32 PM
(50021)
We haven't gone yet but have been told to take bedding as the bedding is very expensive. So much so I am taking her quilt covers when we go on our rekkie Deb x
From JacquiandAndy

To knoydart

18 Jan 2007 7:34 PM
(50022)
Hi As long as your camping gear is cleaned thoroughly it won't be a problem. Jacqui
From AdamandJenny

To jdonna

18 Jan 2007 10:51 PM
(50047)
I have to say definately take your bed, we really regreated not taking our bed frame with us. Kitchen appliances are worth bringing if in good condition. TVs, Video player can be easily picked up from Ebay or a second hand shop. We have Cash Generators and Cash Converters here in Midland, WA. We got a lovely solid wooden dinning table from Ebay for $35 which was a bargain. We only shipped personal stuff and the kids toys, bikes etc There are many markets / boot sales where you can get bargains. There is a good store called The Good Guys where you can buy most household stuff and Rick Hart is very good. Unlike the UK the prices in the department stores are not fixed you can bargain them down quite far. I ended up paying $250 for a tv stand that was priced at $399. Jen
From charlieb

To jdonna

18 Jan 2007 10:59 PM
(50050)
Hi, Having done it recently i would say bring all you can as replacing it all works out expensive. Our fridge from UK is now the beer fridge and you will need one, and much as mugs arn't expensive, if you need 20 they are! All i would not bring is....tv's, they really don't work! wardrobes, every house has built in garden equip' as may fail customs Good luck in move Charlieb
From cbrogan

To jdonna

19 Jan 2007 10:09 PM
(50147)
We had a quotation done a year ago and now things are definately happening, we had Pickfords in this morning to requote. And can take our fridge freezer its CFC free, we will. He even said pillows were okay to take, he encouraged us to put as much into our container as possible. I agree with the others on this link, to pay
From MomcK

To Pasty

20 Jan 2007 3:28 AM
(50179)
Hi, having just read Debbie's post about 'expensive bedding' I just wondered about bed sizes. Would like to take some of the kids favourite quilt covers - can you get single beds the same size as here (3ft)? Maureen
From shazpinkcat

To MomcK

20 Jan 2007 3:32 AM
(50182)
Hiya Maureen, Just type in bed sizes in the search bar, there is a very useful thread about this. Hope this helps. Shaz
From MomcK

To shazpinkcat

20 Jan 2007 3:40 AM
(50185)
Thanks for that Shaz will have a look. Hope you're feeling better today.
From Strickland

To Byrnefamily

20 Jan 2007 10:26 AM
(50207)
It cost us
From Pasty

To MomcK

20 Jan 2007 1:54 PM
(50211)
Hi we bought a load of cheap duvet covers (called dooners over here!) and sheets from TK Maxx in the sales that fit our son's bed before we left so they all fit, the beds are a little longer over here so stretchy sheets will fit. I bought loads of new sheets and duvet covers for my daughter and she's having son's mattress when he gets too bid so hopefully everything will still fit. If not, there is alway ebay to sell things on again! There is a thread on here somewhere which tells you the sizes of the double and queen sizes and I think that would be a good move to measure everything before you pack up. I bought a new queen bed here and some fitted sheets fit and other didn't and 1 duvet fit the queen covers and a thinner one didn't so it's a bit of trial and error! Hope this helps Jackie
From SLW

To jdonna

21 Jan 2007 1:56 PM
(50254)
Hi Donna Just to let you know that we flew out with Singapore airlines and rang to see how much baggage we were allowed before doing anything. We then allocated all the things that we really really wanted to take over with us first as you would be surprised just how much you can take with you on the plane. We ended up with 10 suitcases ( there are 5 of us though!) plus hand luggage in which we had laptops etc. The kids carried their most precious items as hand luggage which were games consoles etc.which helped with their adjusting to Oz. We were 2 months without our things so what we did take with us on the plane came in really useful. We then had quotes from loads and loads of different removal companies. The price differs loads from cheapest to most expensive. We actually went with the cheapest and everything got here in one piece and on time. Some companies use a different company at this end to deliver and unpack which is what our company did and they were great. They delivered, unpacked in a day. We didn`t have to do anything but direct where we wanted everything placed and they came back to pick all the boxes and rubbish up for us a couple of days later after you have unpacked your personal items yourself. I would suggest you write on any pictures that you are bringing what the picture is on the box as they were packaged really well and we had to open them all to see what space we had to put them up. The rest are now stored in the garage but would have been better if left packaged until needed. They tried to get us to take insurance out but we figured that we`d risk it for what it was worth and we didn`t even have any broken items. We brought all our tv`s as they work fine with Foxtel which is our equivalent of sky. We also brought a fridge freezer ( didn`t need any certificates though which someone else mentioned on here). Most of the houses here have walk in robes or at least built in robes but we brought all ours over and put them in the garage which keeps everything neat. Plates, cups, cutlery, pots and pans, I`d say bring everything ( you`ll probably end up buying more too with all the barbies). You can buy start up packages of the essential kitchen items from places like K mart to put you on till your stuff arrives. We also bought lots of cheap 4 plug extension leads from Tesco before coming out. We put a couple in our cases so that we could use electrical items straight away with adaptors and the rest we packed with the boxes. We then only had to change 1 plug on the extension lead and still had 4 UK plugs as you`d be surprised how much time it takes to change all the plugs at once. We were told not to bring garden stuff and xmas decorations as they are hard to clean but I have heard of a company in UK that steam cleans things especially for this purpose just in case you are particularly attached to your lawn mower! Also - clothes, don`t be fooled into thinking that you won`t need jumpers etc as it can get a bit nippy in the winter here in Perth ( sure it`s not as cold as Uk but don`t throw away all your woolies just yet. You just won`t need as many as in UK!) - don`t forget that we don`t have central heating here so when it`s nippy you feel it. We were told not to bring our hoover as you could never get it as clean as they would want it. Basically, everything has to be perfectly clean before being packed but don`t get neurotic about it as I did as if there are any problems they are easily solved. It`s not like they are going to turn all your belongings back to the UK!! Hope this helps! Sharon
From samwilson12

To SLW

24 Jan 2007 11:50 PM
(50557)
Hi Sharon We now have our visas and are starting all the hared stuff now like shoipping etc. You said you used the cheapest quote and all was well, as we are on a budget (after paying for a staff and english bull terrier to fly!!!)do you mind me asking who you used? Thanks Sam
From Strickland

To jdonna

25 Jan 2007 12:25 AM
(50559)
We used John Mason and took almost the entire contents of our 3 bedroomed house, 2 sofas, double bed, washer, dryer, garden stuff etc. - filled a 20 foot container, Cost