13 Feb 2007 1:37 AM
|Hi, has anyone had quotes for shipping their personal effects? Are you taking cars (bearing in mind they have to be pre-approved before entry into Australia and all air-conditioning units have to be removed - not sure what the crack is on climate control though?) Could you give us an idea on the cubic feet/metres of your effects as a comparision price for shipping. Are you shipping in a 20ft, 40ft or groupage container?
Any info much appreciated.
13 Feb 2007 2:14 AM
You will get loads of different replies to this one as everyone and their belongings are very different. We are a family of 5, we lived in a 3 bed house in UK and had a sole use 20ft container which we filled to the brim with just inches to spare, we bought the fridge/freezer, washing machine, beds, wardrobes, 3 piece suite, all tv's etc, in fact there was little we DIDN'T bring, glad we did though as it would have been costly to have sold it all in UK and then replaced it all here.
We used a company based in Kent called DAP International and it cost us |
13 Feb 2007 3:06 AM
|Thanks for that. You know, you could have been describing us. We are a family of 5, live in london, myself 41, hubsand 42, Jack 12, Harry 8 and Grace 5. We are humming and arring about the car. A lot of people on here say cars are cheap - is that not the case? We don't have anything special, Renault Scenic, but it does have climate control so would definately come in useful. My husband has a motorbike too but he said he will sell it. He also has a van for work (Plumber) but will probably sell that too. Can you give us an idea on the cost of living, food, property rental/purchase etc. That would be much appreciated. Thanks.
13 Feb 2007 3:11 AM
You have some great info now that you have made the move! we were not going to bring washing machine fridge freezer tumble drier as 1. we were not sure they would work and 2. i was not sure about particularly the washer as i didn,t know if it would pass customs.
any info would be great.
thanks in advance
13 Feb 2007 8:50 AM
|Didn't bring a car, Still waiting for our 20ft container to arrive (can't wait) like Wheels it was packed to the brim (I thought it wouldn't all fit in), the cost was |
13 Feb 2007 10:11 AM
|Thanks for that Ali.
Perhaps you could give us some idea on the rental situation. If you have a look at my last post regarding property rentals, perhaps you can put my mind at rest.
Hope your container arrives safely, when are you expecting it? Let me know.
13 Feb 2007 11:34 AM
We feel the cost of living here is higher than we experienced in the UK. Our average weekly shop for family of five is about $250, rent is cheaper than UK, don't know about mortgage repayments as we don't have one, utility bills are slightly higher (we feel), vehicle fuel is cheaper which is a relief as we run a big 4x4 which cost a fortune to buy but we needed a 7 seater but did not want a people carrier, the one we got was by far the nicest we could afford, also Mark had to buy a 'Ute' for work and it is not great but again cost a small fortune (considering age/condition).
Although financially life is tighter for us here, we are MUCH happier and that makes all the difference, we said before we came, we would rather be happy and broke than comfortable and miserable and we are!
13 Feb 2007 11:50 AM
|My advice is bring everything! We bought our wash mach which works a treat just changed the plug, bought my Henry hoover again just plug change, luckily for us we bought 4 tv's from the UK and they all work, PS2, dvd players, iron, hi-fi's, we bought our fridge/freezer over (as it was CFC free) and it worked fine, just a little too small for us now so we bought a double one here and now my old one sits in the garage filled with beer and wine (quite normal here)!
I didn't bring my dishwasher - don't know why but now wish I did as had a brillant SMEG one there, bought a Miele one here which cost $1700 (ouch).
We even bought wardrobes which although not really needed as almost every house has built in robes we feel it is nice to have our familiar items and they add detail to bland rooms.
Husband bought all his tools, cleaning them was hell though, we bought bicycles, a 6 man tent, you name it we bought it - there are things I now wish I had ALSO gone out and bought to ship with us - electric blankets, lots of blankets, thick pyjamas for all and other silly items that were cheaper there but we are finding are almost double here.
Lastly we bought our 2 year old computer which works perfectly fine, also bring your lamps, lightbulbs are standard in fact there is little you can't bring unless it is on the government prohibited lists. If you bring lots of UK electrical items make sure you bring a few strip plugs that way you put an Aussie plug on the end and plug all your english items into them, our kids still do that in their bedrooms - tv/dvd/stereo/ps2, it only costs one Aussie plug that way as they are quite pricey appx $2.50 per plug - you could go to the |
13 Feb 2007 6:09 PM
Our container should arrive early March. I'm not sure what the rental situation is like, we fixed up a 3 month furnished rental before we arrived. It sounds expensive at $625 per week, but that includes all bills, internet and the use of a car (we just have to leave it with a tank of petrol), it's been great that we haven't had to fork out for that. Our rental hear finishes at the end of march, by which time our house should have gone through and we'll be ready to move in.
15 Mar 2007 10:44 PM
I am most interested in your temporary accommodation. We are expat Aussies who have been living in the UK for the last 8 years and now we are planning our return. We hope to be out of here in 3 months or so. Could you share the details of this rental with us. Many thanks
15 Mar 2007 11:34 PM
You can view the accomodation on www.movetoperth.com it's called Rileys and is under accommodation without pool.
If you look and are interested, pm me and I can give you the contact details of the owner
18 Mar 2007 7:17 AM
thankyou for the info on Rileys. I had not come across the movetoperth site and
have added it to the arsenal of sites which I am using to attack my move 'back home'.