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Monday, November 28, 2011

I've got moving on my mind!

My ex-pat mommy community is dwindling... with two mommies having left for the USA in November, one mommy moving back to Canada in December, and one mommy moving to Australia in January.  So from amongst my crew of ex-pat friends that leaves just one person behind.  Me.

At least that was the case until last Thursday... when... Brad finally got a job!!! For ease of dissemination here are the details.

Where: At a small aeronautics company in Victoria, BC.

When: Brad's contract is up on Jan 11th, and our tickets are booked for Jan 18th.

What: AHHHH!  Three days and three nights of panic attacks have settled down into a quiet and blissful acceptance.

Why: I love Ireland, but I also love Victoria. My heart has more than enough chambers to hold all of this love.

How: I may be leaving Ireland, but I know it's not forever. The land of wind, sheep and embracing people will not escape us so easily.

Now we get down to the hard stuff.  Moving. Never easy, but definitely made difficult by the great stretches of land and water that we must travel. At the moment my life is full of shipping, selling, donating and flying our possessions out of this apartment. Add to all that the fun of an 18 day xmas vacation (no spoilers) landing right in the middle of all this planning, and all I can say is PHEW!

Anyways, because I refuse to get all teary and sentimental so early in my moving process (spent 3 days wound up tighter than a top last week, and I don't wish to go back there quite yet) this blog is going to be an informative piece on moving "stuff" overseas.

Moving overseas is an expensive endeavor... if you've only a few things to take, flying with them as checked baggage is probably the cheapest (€50 -€100 each).  Shipping is expensive and slow.  However, you aren't given a weight restriction, so that's an added bonus (especially if you have a husband who simply can't help himself when he walks past a bookstore).

Airfreight tends to run at €130 a box. This is usually door-to-door, but it does have a weight restriction.

Deep sea freight runs at about €125 for just a few boxes, or €700 for 50 cu.ft.  Though it does get cheaper the more you ship.  This is for a door-to-door price.  If you deliver to the shipping company yourself and collect it at the port it would be much cheaper.

Bells and Whistles: There are all sorts of things that companies can offer to make their prices seem more reasonable... like free fumigation, free boxes, bubble wrap and tape, free disposal of packing materials upon arrival, etc.  But basically they really don't make much of a difference... unless you're going to Australia.  Steffi is going Australia (good bye my sewing companion) and has a huge number of issues to deal with around inspections.  For example, no wooden toys for her daughter.

Insurance: Insurance is tricky, because if you pack yourself then they only insure total loss, not damages.  So if you want, say, your bike to be insured against damages then you have to hire professional packers. Insurance prices are based on your own evaluation of your items and is listed for each individual item (bike €700, book €10, etc). The price ranges from 2.5% to 3.5% of your goods evaluation.  (Brad will have fun fitting Maximum Likelihood Curves to the value of stuff).

Plane: It is insurance that makes bringing your stuff with you on the plane much more affordable, because the airline automatically has insurance against loss or damage.  And really, over seas there isn't a limit as to how much baggage you want to bring.  We are each allowed 10 checked items... however, getting those items to and from the airport is a pain in the @ss, and will likely add to the cost.  In our case, we have a starting point of 2 bikes, 1 bike trailer... then all of our boxes.

At the moment we're stuck between two shipping options and just bringing it all with us on the plane.  One company quoted us a price €100 cheaper than our second favorite company; however, their insurance costs are higher by 1%.  Just waiting to hear back about the cost of professional packers before doing the math to figure out what we're going to do.

The photos are emblematic of the blog.  Everywhere (in this case, Ireland) has it's blights (in the potato above) and it's benefit. This summer Brad, myself and Nikolai all took horseback riding lessons.  We loved it, and decided if we stayed in Ireland it would become a new hobby of ours. In the land of horses, a riding lesson is about the same price as a swimming lesson. Nikolai was in a class of very competent toddlers, and he wisely chose to ride the smallest horse.  He never did learn to remember to hold on to his reins!

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