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Aquasport Mon 30-Jan-17 19:20:13

Apologies if done to death but I need some help and can't find any recent threads on this! Dh is Australian and we have two primary age kids, we are wanting to move back (likely SA). I am hoping for tips on schools, containers, renting. What should we take/leave behind. Any tips or what you have learned/wished you had known would be much appreciated.

Aquasport Mon 30-Jan-17 21:44:05

And when I say schools, I don't mean specific recommendations but how best to help dc settle/ what are the main diff between there and here....etc

Newbrummie Tue 31-Jan-17 17:40:51

We found it a lot more chilled in many ways, sneakers rather than shoes, skorts, tshirts, world didn't end if you didn't have the logo tshirt but it did if you didn't have a hat !
Ours were 3 years ahead tbh so they had it quite cruisy for a while which was nice, they had a lot of play time and time for hobbies

Newbrummie Tue 31-Jan-17 17:42:05

In terms of containers, I paid £3000 and shipped the lot, half of which broke within 12 months of arrival but was already 7/8 years old ... wish we'd sold it all and spent the £3000 on new

Aquasport Tue 31-Jan-17 19:19:49

Thanks newbrummie that is really useful to know - how old were yours when you took them? Thinking same about furniture - everything in this house pretty old so maybe we would be better off buying new. Also worried about wood regulations hmm

Scotinoz Tue 31-Jan-17 20:15:09

Take it all! Appliances are expensive, furniture is expensive (and crap), it's nice to have homely stuff.

Pay for a decent shipper, have them pack/do customs paper work - it takes about 8-10wks door to door.

We had timber furniture and had no issues with customs. Give your Hoover a good clean though 😀

Newbrummie Tue 31-Jan-17 20:37:40

Ours was Laura Ashley so not cheap stuff, no problem with wood regulations but all was either too small in the rooms, looked old, fell apart - next stuff tbf, still not cheap though - or unnecessary ie wardrobes.
Get a move cube, buy all lovely new bedding, towels etc, photos, kids stuff, take the tags off it all and send it a month ahead of you and it should arrive as you do !
I disagree that appliances are expensive now, Theres sales everywhere apparently, furniture I don't know, I bought Ikea, that's the same everywhere isn't it

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