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Guest posted a topic in Aussie ChatHi all. Please can anyone give me an up-to-date account (roughly) of monthly expenses for a family of 5 moving to Brisbane. I have looked on lots of other threads but theres not much up-to-date. Things such as ... household bills medical expenses food bills car expenses internet/phone/sky etc etc. Just would like to get a rough idea please. Thanks, Mandy:wink:
Seeing as there always seems to be people asking about the cost of shipping etc, I thought (seeing as I've just finished organising ours) that I'd share what I've uncovered. Just to add that we are packing all the household stuff ourselves - the company will only be wrapping up furniture/ packing mirrors and pictures etc. This is definitely worth doing as (like the companies will admit) when they pack, they don't do it with your best interests at heart, i.e. the less they stick in a box, the more you go over your allocated space and the more they clobber you for! We'll also be taking apart anything that can be flat packed, just to ensure that we can squeeze as much in as possible. So, of the many, and I mean many companies that I had troop around our house - here are some of the results and the best deals we got. Quotes based on a 20 foot container from Perth to UK (East England) leaving in June: Allied Pickfords - $10,600 for a complete pack - never asked them how much for self pack as I tossed the quote straight in the bin with a laugh when it arrived! Crown - $9,000 Kent Movers - $7500 Movements International - $7995 down to $7400 when asked for discount Keys Bros - Between $6500 - $7000 Transglobal (same people who own Chess, meant to be cheaper but admit they don't offer the same level of service as Chess?!) - $6500 Chess Moving Perth - $6358 Additional hard casing for 42" plasma - $90 Please note none of these quotes include insurance - and this is where they try to make the money of you. One agent wrote down that 3 ornaments in our lounge should be insured at $6000! Last time I checked we didn't have any Faberge eggs! We personally won't be insuring the shipment. We've done so in the past and couldn't get them to pay out for damages they had caused when packing. Short of the whole container going over the side of the ship - which is highly unlikely as I should know after having written a whole boring book on the subject of shipping - we'd rather take our chances. Nothing we have is that valuable and things that matter aren't replaceable anyway. Needless to say we're going with Chess. They seem OK and they're partnered up with Britannia in the UK, which is at least a removals company I've heard of. The one thing I would say when dealing with agents is: a) Tell them you have made plenty of international moves (even if you haven't) so they don't think they can treat you like an unexperienced idiot. b) Play them off against each other to get the lowest price - competition is rife at the moment. c) Get a quote for self pack to compare to a full pack. d) Get the quote in writing ASAP. Chess did try and pull a fast one on me by giving me one price by phone and then add $200 more to it the following day in the written quote they emailed over. I said that I expected the pay what I was originally told and if they didn't stick to that I would carry on shopping around. Needless to say 5 mins later they called back to re offer the original price. Anyway, I know that finding the right company can be a long winded and stressful ordeal, so I hope all our homework is of help to someone else out there. Of course these were the prices we were offered, or rather I asked for, but at least it gives a guideline. Good luck all! Rachel :biggrin: