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Practical advice on the move

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Practical advice on the move

Post Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 7:02 am

We are a family of 4 (two small kids). We will move to Northern Italy late this summer. Housing schooling etc is all figured out, my wife is Italian, and has family there with free apartment for us. I've applied for citizenship. We live in San Diego, California. Our dilema is how much to move and by what method. Should we move our car, it's a good choice for there Honda CRV and will be worth more there than the value here plus shipping. Should we move furniture, and other stuff or just make do with the minimum and what we buy there plus stuff from the family. We could put it all in a 40' container, or less in a liftvan, or just pack some suitcases and bail - the problem with the last option is that we also need to move some office stuff, we are architects and will have an office there doing work from here (don't plan on getting much work if any in Italy even though my wife is a licensed architect there).

I'd like to hear about any experiences others have had with either type of move.


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:19 am

I can give you one perspective. When we moved from the US to Budapest, we moved everything. We had a 40 foot container, filled it with furniture, car and diapers (we had a new baby) and shipped it. Someone told my husband to take everything that was important to his wife. I had guessed we were going to stay 10 years so it seemed to make sense. In retrospect, I am happy we did. We have since sold the car (without too much of a hassle) and bought more furniture. If we ever decide to move back, that is going to be a very expensive decision! Embarassed There are positives both ways but I am happy with the way we did it. Of course, the company was paying for it and the bill then was about $12,000. If we were going to pay for it, we may have done it differently.

One thing about the car...they are much cheaper in the US. I am tempted to ship a car over here just for that reason. Hondas are popular in Europe so servicing shouldn't be a problem, and if it happens to be a diesel, all the better.


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Re: Practical advice on the move

Post Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:07 am

Very Happy Thanks for the post. I have checked prices for our car online at some sites in Italy and it does look like it's worth much more there. Too bad it's not a diesel I don't think they sell them here. You are confirming our ideas. We may compromise with a 20' and whatever we can fit in with the car.


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