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Is it cheaper to ship or buy new?       started by AdamandJenny on 28 Mar 2006   (7228)
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From AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 12:47 AM
(29713)
We are trying to work out what to ship!! Do we bring beds & matresses, washing machine, dishwasher, sofa set etc Is it cheaper to ship everything or buy new when we arrive?
From lew

To AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 6:02 AM
(29737)
thsi is a question that is asked a lot -i think what you need to do , like i did is look at your stuff and approx how much it would be to replace it all-even down to the small things -ie kitchen itensils and if it works out more then definatly ship.We estimated that it would cost us ,from the quotes we have been given, approx
From margarte

To AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 6:20 AM
(29740)
if you payed alot for your things bring them with you,some thing are no good out there, like washing machine dishwasher tv dvd videos any elec, some you have to get change over for their wants the cost is deer, also matresses don't travel well buy new or make sure you seal them well you need to bring you thing with you so it feel like home, you don't need to have a full load as you can share it with others how are going to the same part as you
From jason70

To margarte

28 Mar 2006 7:44 AM
(29747)
Adamandjenny, When deciding to take or not take your goods you need to work out the replacement cost for all the items you do not take. Also you need to consider the cost of a container, which is circa
From Shari3

To AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 9:56 AM
(29755)
Hi Just to add, there was a post a while back (I forget who from) that said a half container would cost approx.
From Ushas

To AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 7:25 PM
(29761)
Ask for two quotes from the companies that you get in to quote. I asked PSS to quote for everything and then again with most of the large stuff removed. The difference was 600 pounds. I could never have replaced everything for that so we brought the lot. And I am pleased that we did as there were so many hassels and costs when we first moved into a rental that it was one thing I didn't have to worry about and my home felt like my home straight away. Ushas
From charlieroberts

To Ushas

28 Mar 2006 11:28 PM
(29772)
we are discussing the very same issue. option 1- take the lot. but then filter through the rubbish as and when.
From carol

To AdamandJenny

28 Mar 2006 11:52 PM
(29774)
The only things we didn't take were.......fridge, freezer, cooker, sofa (but only because we would have needed a new one anyway) and most of the crap in the loft, most of which gets forgotten anyway so obviously not needed. Everything else came with us, 99 packages in total, some of which are still not unpacked 10 months later!! (essential then??) This was the contents of a 2 bedroom house and we part shared a container. I was so glad to have familiar things around me, it helped to feel 'at home'. By the way, our mattresses travelled ok, no damp etc, they were well wrapped and washing machines work fine here. Some TV's will work, some not. Ours will only work through Foxtel although i believe some will also work if routed through a set top box. You will initially have expenses ie car to buy when you get here so the more you bring the less to fork out when here and it gives you time to really shop around for a good deal to replace anything if you wish. Carol
From Shari3

To charlieroberts

29 Mar 2006 1:04 AM
(29778)
Hi Charlie You sound just like me, I haven't really decided which option to go for, though know we don't need option 1, just either 2 or 3. I did wonder about the iron... Don't know if Western Australia is any different, or if things have changed in my 10 years ex pat, but it is highly unusual to get fully furnished places. Usually will have a stove, but you will need your own fridge and everything else. I remember as a student everyone trooping to St Vinnies to stock up on dirt cheap furniture, which is always an option while you wait for your stuff to arrive. We might do that just for the basics like sofa until ours arrive. Shari
From JILLIE

To carol

05 Apr 2006 3:09 AM
(30294)
Hi there Carol Hope you don't mind me asking but how much did your 90 odd boxes and sharing a container, cost you? Jeff and I with Katie who is 7 live in a semi-detached house in Christchurch near the New Forest, England and we are hoping to move to Melbourne by Sept 2007. We are budgetting like crazy at the moment and would value your reply. To give you an idea the largest pieces of furniture we are possibly taking is a single sofa with a 2 seater settee, sofa bed with 2 adult bicycles 2 pine double beds which will be dismantled and 2 tall boy dressers and 2x 6' book shelves. We are still debating whether to take our washing machine and tumble dryer. We are emigrating to MELBOURNE! Thanking you for your time in reading this. Jillie
From carol

To JILLIE

05 Apr 2006 11:18 AM
(30324)
Hi Jillie, we used PSS ( would recommend them, excellent service ), UK to Fremantle, our biggest packages were the washing machine and mattresses, we also took adult bikes, pine beds etc but most of it was in the standard large cardboard carton, LOADS!! of books, dvds, kitchen stuff etc. We paid GBP1800 including extra insurance for the more valuable stuff (my paperwork tells me this was 400'cubic feet and i'm assuming we shared container as it didnt turn up when the packers were here, it all fitted into their little lorry.) and there was a quarantine inspection fee at this end of $160. This was last May so presume prices will have gone up by now. I would say if you can fit it in and it is not on its last legs then bring the washing machine. I've never had a tumble dryer but also not had a use for one here, clothes have dried out on the line no probs even in winter. One thing you can do to save space is to pack any drawers etc with smaller unbreakable or well wrapped items. i even stuffed a few bits into my microwave!! We didnt bring our sofas, they needed replacing but something to consider maybe, room sizes here are generally larger and some furniture can look extremely small when you get it in the room.......our wide screen tv is lost in the room here whereas it took up most of the space before!! Any more questions, feel free to ask. Carol
From fayeemmamorgan

To JILLIE

05 Apr 2006 5:59 PM
(30337)
do you have website for (pss) is this pickfords? thanks faye
From carol

To fayeemmamorgan

05 Apr 2006 6:20 PM
(30339)
PSS International Removals www.pss.uk.com Carol
From charlieb

To carol

05 Apr 2006 9:09 PM
(30353)
Hiya all, Speaking from experience we would not advise a part container, we would advise all or nothing, Why??? because we arrived six weeks ago, our furniture was taken into a part shipment container two weeks before that by White & co (i am told second biggest in UK) and guess where it is now????? yes you guessed it still in UK!!!!!!! and there is nothing we can do about it, they have our money and our furniture!, They inform us that they have to join it with another part container and don't guarantee a time scale which if you read the small print they don't despite telling us that their turnover was so fast it never sat for more than two weeks!!!! so our advise would be if you have somewhere to stay with furniture when you arrive ship it all over at least it sets straight out and you will hopefully have your stuff by the time you have brought and need it. Goods are pretty much the same price over here maybe a bit cheaper but if you are selling it cheap its worth remembering that you will only have to buy it all again, and shopping is only fun when it is a choice, not a relentless daily task (house/cars/schools/furniture etc) Oh, quick gems....don't bother with wardrobes, we have 3 on our container and viewed lots of houses before buying and everyone had built in wardrobes!!! bring the drier, it isn't sunny all the time!! (advise from Oz friends who all have them) and to finish, you do need quilts it gets cold at night, but mine and a few friends are still in transit so we have had to buy again, so if you can't wait 8-12 weeks for things budget for buying again! Hope this is helpful to someone? Charlieb
From carol

To charlieb

06 Apr 2006 8:26 AM
(30394)
Hi Charlieb, Sorry to hear about your container, do you know how long it will be before you get it? I think you must have just been unlucky, it doesn't appear to happen in many cases if you read some of the previous threads but of course that doesn't help in your case. Agree about the wardrobes, most house have built in. Youre right it isnt sunny all the time but if you havent got a tumbledryer i wouldnt necessarily rush out and get one. Electricity prices etc and i know nobody, including any aussies who have them! Perhaps i just have poorer friends!!!
From paulaine

To carol

08 Apr 2006 1:11 PM
(30583)
We have a bit of experience of both. We live in a biggish 4 bedder and 4 years ago it burnt down. Faulty TV as the cause, no post pub toast and cheese thankfully! We had to replace everything and the cost ran to many thousands, thankfully we were insured. The point is, it was the 'bits and pieces' which ended up costing a fortune, filling the kitchen, study, hall, toys, entertainment, dining items, all added up and we had really only considered the big-ticket items when measuring our loss. We are currently moving to Melbourne and we are taking everything, we have shipped a 40' container and are sending another 600Kg by air to get us started and the 200 or so Kg we will get with 4 air tickets will accompany us. The reason is it is cost effective. There are plenty of lower quality cheaper items available in Melbourne - but they will not last forever; however, if you have built up your possesions over a few years and they are average to reasonable quality they will cost a fortune to replace and shipping, though expensive up front, is by far a better option.
From maggie1

To paulaine

08 Apr 2006 1:46 PM
(30586)
hi pauline, was having a read at your message and discovered you where heading to melbourne, which was a nice surprise as myself and family are hoping to emirgrate there in early 2007. also most people who use this site are moving to perth. i would really appreciate any info on suburbs. we have family in victoria and where looking at geelong as a possibilitity.(my family live in watsonia and fitzroy). Any info you could give us will be very much appreciated. we also will be shipping our furniture over and could you recommend a shipping company. When do you head over to melbourne and have you ever been there before. will sign off now. all the best. marguerite.
From paulaine

To maggie1

08 Apr 2006 2:58 PM
(30597)
I have been in Melbourne for the past 26 days starting my new job but came back to the Middle East yesterday to complete some things in my old role. Shipping: I have moved abroad 3 times in the past 10 years and thoroughly recommend Baxters, they are not the cheapest but you will have no issues with them. Full pack/unpack, insurance, professional non-swearing uniformed crews who care for your stuff. I have a contact if you PM me. I was on my own for the 26 days and spent most of them walking the suburbs or visiting other new arrivals who work for the same company. I have 2 small boys and the city did not suit me, I found Geelong too far, but have chosen Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook. (try www.slr.com.au or point cook real estate or google sanctuary lake au) I am back in Mel on 24 Apr then in Europe from 12May-1 Jun then back down under. If you want to compose a list of questions I will do my best to answer them. The people I work with have lots of new arrivals and a lot of info floats around the office together with a small amount of work and some pretty awful tea. Out of interest, part of my travelling back is to find new staff for the Mel office so if there are any engineers with aeronautical, naval, automotive, defence experience, FE analysis, damage tolerance, ageing structure, metal analysis, fatigue management, design, stress or similar skills pm me as we will sponsor applicants and family visa and pay relocation and a decent salary. Good luck with your plans and send in the questions Paul
From jaco

To paulaine

13 Aug 2006 4:21 AM
(38096)
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From ima_baha

To paulaine

14 Aug 2006 1:10 AM
(38164)
Paulaine I have been reading this website almost every week for the past 2 years and this site really help & guide me in submission of my hubby application, from TRA, STNI sponsorship and visa application. We are heading Melb too and at the moment we are still waiting for our visa application outcome. My hubby is main applicant, under motor mechanic trade. After reading your msg I'm interested to know more about the employment that you mentioned and my hubby would like to know how does he go about in applying automotive jobs or any similar jobs related to his skills. Actually I'm just too worried with regards to employment when we reach Melb, like how long will it take to look for one. Thanks/Rgds Ima & Baha
From ima_baha

To paulaine

14 Aug 2006 1:10 AM
(38165)
Paulaine I have been reading this website almost every week for the past 2 years and this site really help & guide me in submission of my hubby application, from TRA, STNI sponsorship and visa application. We are heading Melb too and at the moment we are still waiting for our visa application outcome. My hubby is main applicant, under motor mechanic trade. After reading your msg I'm interested to know more about the employment that you mentioned and my hubby would like to know how does he go about in applying automotive jobs or any similar jobs related to his skills. Actually I'm just too worried with regards to employment when we reach Melb, like how long will it take to look for one. Thanks/Rgds Ima & Baha
From JILLIE

To carol

26 Oct 2006 11:12 PM
(44290)
God this has taken me ages to get used to this web-site (a total novice) as I only delve in now and again I completely forget to reply. Anyway, I see you have settled in this past year and enjoying life in the West. You reply has been a great help to us and we are getting a quote from PSS shortly. We aim to be in Oz by next Sept 07 and have just been advised on our medical etc today. Good luck with all and Thanx again Jillie