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Moving from US to Germany - container costs?
(I also posted this message on the Relocation Forum but got no responses. Hopefully someone can help me here.)
I am a recently retired teacher and plan to move to Germany to live
with my younger partner who is a German citizen. She is quite a bit
younger than me and has traveled extensively and therefore doesn't
have much household belongings or furniture. I have a fully
furnished house in the US which I plan to sell. I am trying to
decide what to leave (sell? I'm sure at a great loss) and what to
take. I hate to get rid of a lot of necessary home furnishings just
to have to buy them again in Germany. Of course I have to weigh that
against the cost of shipping. Can anyone who has done this give some
specific costs? What are the options for container sizes and
prices? Can anyone with experience recommend a good moving company?
Any other helpful advise would be greatly appreciated. I plan to
ship door-to-door from Connecticut to the Wurzburg area. I also have
some very high quality small kitchen appliances: blender, food
processor, coffee grinder. I was thinking of taking them and buying
a good voltage converter to operate them in Germany. Is this a good
Danke, Stan Kundra
I have alot of American Army friends and they usually use good quaility converters for things like that.
I'd suggust spending some time at toytowngermany.com or thebrits.de both are top quality resourses for all things German.
Personally I'd suggust putting most things in storage and living here for a year to see what you need and don't need. Storage wouldn't be that expensive and you'd get a good idea of what to bring over, or even if you want to stay.
Generally speaking German houses (actually appartments) are much much smaller than American, if your lucky you might get 1000 sq ft place with a large storage room. As well for some wierd reason they don't come with closests or lights, so usually the first place every expat visits is Ikea.
TV etc won't work but all other electronics will.
I've been in Germany for 7 years and are currently moving to Spain and I can't see my self return back to Canada for a long time, I love Europe.
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