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What to take??       started by Jane23 on 11 Apr 2004   (1199)
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From Jane23

11 Apr 2004 9:45 PM
(4244)
Hi there, We will be moving in July from Scotland. Being me I would like to bring everything including the kitchen sink!! However my husband is of the opinion that we take as little as possible and I mean 'little', because of the costs of shipping (although we haven't had any quotes yet), and the possibility of things getting broken and damaged en route, plus he thinks furniture etc is just the same prices as back here. Can anyone please tell us what they did and what they would recommend. Should we bring as much as possible or do as my husband suggests and turn up with our suitcases!!!!!! Many thanks Jane
From iainandlorraine

To Jane23

11 Apr 2004 10:44 PM
(4247)
Hi jane We to had this dilemma and have opted for shipping as we were surprised at the cost definately cheaper than replacing for just over 3,000 we can take everything including our trailer tent. That includes customs, insurance. I did leave behind all the stuff that was done like my dining room table. We were quoted for a 20 foot container can't comment on damage as we have not left yet. Lorraine
From Jane23

To iainandlorraine

12 Apr 2004 8:13 PM
(4267)
Hi Lorraine, Thanks for your note, I will be showing it to my husband and hopefully it will make him rethink!! Really should get my skates on as we're supposed to leave here at the end of June and I've been sitting in a daze since January and now we're in the middle of April!! Bye Jane
From kazw

To Jane23

13 Apr 2004 1:02 AM
(4272)
Hi Jane, We are also leaving Scotland end of June/beg of July time. Where in Scotland are you from? We have had quotes from 3 removal companies, all around
From llowe

To Jane23

13 Apr 2004 3:56 AM
(4275)
Hi Jane, Mind trip experiment now, hope that's ok with you, matey!! Taking stuff to Oz was a common theme with bosswoman and I, ie talk talk and more talk so I'd thought I'd share this with you. Say if you are to move next door..ish, couple of street down the road, what would you take? We would take the lot, save buying more stuff when the current bits are still okay... alright, alright agree, we will buy some new but not all(especially the costly items). Well, we would still need to pack(one end) and unpack(the other end) whether it's the next neighbourhood or the next continent!! Agree? Whether it a container or just a huge removal van the process is still the same. Agree still? The thinking remains the same, we'll get rid of 'dead woods' during sorting out(and for sure) what to ditch BUT what we aren't sure ie expensive items we'll ship AND if it is really, really what we don't want, we can still ditch in Ozz. The beauty is still the cost, ie when we get there and discover that we could use and we haven't taken it with us, then the replacement cost in Ozz could be astronomical. That's the main criteria we are using and that the bottom line is similar to that of moving in the UK. We plan to ship our car as well for eg. The cost is not very prohibitive, about
From llowe

To iainandlorraine

13 Apr 2004 3:58 AM
(4276)
Hi Lorraine, Juat read your posting about the trailer tent, it must be totally clean, definately of soil and mud. Otherwise, you might be in for a cleaning or disposing bill in Ozz. Regards LIAM.
From iainandlorraine

To llowe

13 Apr 2004 5:40 AM
(4285)
Hi Liam Thanks for that we steamed cleaned it all. The removal firm we went with are the usual ones in our area who do all the army removals etc so were able to advise us on what to do with all outdoor stuff, we chucked out the groundsheets and had to pressure wash all the pegs,so hopefully it will satisfy the custons Lorraine
From Ali_G

To llowe

13 Apr 2004 6:07 AM
(4287)
Liam I notice that you are planning to take your car. We had considered this (we have a new Saab) but abandoned the idea after working our LCT (luxury car tax) GST and import duty, with the calculations provided on the gov website and the removals company it worked out at about $14000 using quite a generous exchange rate, Please tell us how you have managed to work out a figure of
From llowe

To Ali_G

13 Apr 2004 9:38 AM
(4291)
Hi Kevin/Alison, My Merc(D reg) is 16.5(Jan 2004) years old so the LCT will be minimal if it applies at all. The shipping is about
From KarenS

To iainandlorraine

13 Apr 2004 8:13 PM
(4300)
Hi Lorraine Have sent you an email, have you got it? Hope everything is ok. Karen
From llowe

To Ali_G

13 Apr 2004 9:20 PM
(4301)
Hi Kevin/Alison, Just found the cost calculation for exporting my car:- Cost of car(pre-1998) + modifications(LPG)
From Jane23

To kazw

13 Apr 2004 10:42 PM
(4305)
Hi Karen, Just read out your note to my husband who is now coming round to my way of thinking!! We are in Kilmacolm, 10 miles from Glasgow. Where are you from? Do you know which area of Perth you will be settling in? Time is going in so fast isn't it. You sound much more organized than yours truly, I'm sitting here hoping someone will wave a magic wand and before you know it I'll be in Perth!! Bye for now. Jane
From kazw

To Jane23

13 Apr 2004 11:21 PM
(4309)
Hi Jane, We are a family of 4, 2 girls aged 15 & 12, from Dunfermline, Fife. I have just finalised our travel plans today - we fly out on the 28th June via NY & Sydney, so we won't actually arrive in Perth until the 5th July. I persuaded my husband that the ticket price was too good to miss & reckon that we'll need a short break after all the stress we're going through! We shall be staying with family initially in Harbour Rise, Hillarys. Its worked out really well, a few days after we arrive they leave for Scotland for a 2 month visit, so we have accommodation & transport whilst we await the arrival of our furniture & car. Ideally we would like to settle in Kallaroo/ Hillarys but are keeping an open mind as we know the housing is quite expensive in Hillarys. Also we are trying to place the girls in high school & this is proving harder than we expected, so we are also considering Duncraig & Carine as options. As we've now sold the house we need to get cracking on with sorting out the attic/garage etc......where's that magic wand you mentioned? Best Regards, Karen & Iain
From Jane23

To llowe

15 Apr 2004 4:14 AM
(4333)
Hi Liam, I think we'll be going down the road of chucking the things we definately don't want or donate to charity and take everything else along with us and move into furnished rented accommodation until such time when we get our own place. Cheers Jane
From Kazp

To llowe

15 Apr 2004 7:13 AM
(4338)
Hi Liam, hope you dont mind me asking but you mentioned shipping your car, and we have been considering this since my brother - who is out in Perth at the moment told us how expensive 2nd hand cars cost to buy. WE have a ML 320, 4 years old, which we were going to sell before we left the uk, do you think its worth taking with us? How much approx will it cost us to ship, are there any hidden costs we should be aware of? Any advice would be appreciated, as you seem to have done your homework, Thanks. Kaz P
From llowe

To Kazp

15 Apr 2004 8:19 AM
(4340)
Hi Kaz, The final analysis is how attached you are to your car. The financial side is often cheaper(many said) to export from here(UK) than the replacment costs. There are 3 taxes to think about and if I got it right your ML320 is worth
From llowe

To Jane23

15 Apr 2004 8:30 AM
(4341)
Hi Jane, Also most importantly, if in acute stress, TAKE a 'lay down + cups of tea + light background music eg wonderful world(by satchmo) and think of the triple 's' in Perth etc'. TAKE a small chunk at a time with this migration thingy and you'll be looking forward to it rather than buckling under its weight, seriously. Anyway, take care esquirette... Regards LIAM.
From Bet

To llowe

15 Apr 2004 8:40 PM
(4346)
Hi Lliam,Been reading with interest the car transport info. Could you please let me have the shipping details,costs etc as you seem to be very knowledgable in this field,Many thanks ralphbet@ntlworld .com
From llowe

To Bet

15 Apr 2004 8:57 PM
(4347)
Hi Ralph, One email and attachment sent. I have built a s/sheet for my own guesstimate. If you want, give me the cost of purchase of your car and date of manufacture, I can give you a rough idea about what it will cost to ship. Regards LIAM.
From Jane23

To kazw

16 Apr 2004 9:25 PM
(4361)
Hi Karen, Hillarys does look lovely, the houses are amazing, me and the girls go on to the virtual tours on the houses that are up for sale and sit and drool. I don't think you'd need to ever go on another holiday again if you lived in some of these houses, but then again I think you would be scared to relax so it might not feel like home especially with my two girls. How are your girls coping with the move, my eldest who is 12 really hates me for taking her away from her granny, cousins etc. and is worried because we don't have any family over in Oz so at the moment I'm the wicked witch from the west!! So to say life is stressful at the moment is an understatement!!!!! Bye for now. Jane
From kazw

To Jane23

16 Apr 2004 9:36 PM
(4363)
Hi Jane, I can well sympathise with you re your daughters reaction. Our 2 are in favour 1 minute & upset the next! However they are being very good at the moment & having been there twice now they are well aware of the amenities on offer at Hillarys, shopping/cinema at Whitfords etc. Perhaps it would help if the girls emailed each other with questions/anxieties? If so let me know & they can either do so through aussiemove or msn etc. Best Regards, Karen.
From Jane23

To kazw

16 Apr 2004 9:45 PM
(4365)
Hi Karen, Spoke to the girls and they think that would be great, the msn address is: mellau2@hotmail.com. Maybe they can reassure each other!!! Cheers Jane
From kazw

To Jane23

16 Apr 2004 10:00 PM
(4366)
Hi Jane, Kirsty (15) can be reached on xoxbubblesxox04@hotmail.com Jodie (12) can be reached on kazw1029@aol.com Hopefully they can help each other! Regards, Karen.
From dhayes

To iainandlorraine

19 Apr 2004 11:20 PM
(4437)
With the mention of a trailor tent, I had to send the following for your interest. Australian customs will insist you get an application for vehicle import approval (yes even on a trailor tent). I remember an importer of a trailor recently having to bounce his trailor from Australia to New Zealand, whilst approval was being sought, only for it to have to be shipped back again once approval was given. If you read the customs prescription it suggests they will likely give the approval, but they are this hard on people who havn't arranged it. Visit www.customs.gov.au and scroll down to caravans and trailors. You may have done this already, if not it would be worth while for peace of mind. Best David
From iainandlorraine

To dhayes

24 Apr 2004 5:30 AM
(4535)
Hi David Thanks for your posting we have been away for a few days. Our removal firm are international shippers and we have paid for them to clear all our belongings through customs including trailer tent. Lorraine
From MezAndAnne

To iainandlorraine

25 Jun 2004 12:04 AM
(6169)
Hi Lorraine, Just looking into what and what not to take, in particular our tent. It isn't a trailer tent, just one of those dome tents, but noticed you steam-cleaned your trailer tent. In terms of steam cleaning, how do you go about that, i.e. is it easy to do it yourself (need to hire a whopping great iron, ....), or are there firms which would do it for you / does the removal company do that for you? And did everthing go OK with customs re dirt, etc.? Hope you've all settled in well, and any help (from you or anyone else logging on) greatly appreciated! Mez and Anne
From leigh_and_ross

To MezAndAnne

25 Jun 2004 12:35 AM
(6170)
Hi Guys, We bought our tent with us and no one said anything at all, it may have been checked by customs, so you just need to ensure that the tent pegs have no soil on them and then this should be fine. I'm assuming that the rest of the tent is not covered in mud... if it is then i'd also hose that down!! But other than that i wouldn't worry about it. Regards Leigh
From MezAndAnne

To leigh_and_ross

25 Jun 2004 12:45 AM
(6171)
Hi Leigh and thanks! That's great to know - we'll check it out and give it a spring clean before it all gets packed away. Really hope things are looking up for you guys in Perth now. Thanks again and take care, Mez
From iainandlorraine

To MezAndAnne

25 Jun 2004 1:29 PM
(6185)
Hi We had our own steam cleaner and just used that didn't actually touch canvas just all the trailer pegs etc and anything been in contact with ground. Don't know if it will pass or not so we shall wait and see. We had a few probs with removal firm who 'forgot it needed an import license however they are sorting that out for us and the shipping agent here have been excellent. You'll not have to worry about that with a dome tent. I think you get companies to clean tent canvas but don't know cost. Perhaps someone else can help on that one. Can't wait and dreading stuff to come at same time incase its not clean enough or broken. At least its insured All the best Lorraine