What's The Best Way To Move Favorite Household Goods Overseas?

What's The Best Way To Move Favorite Household Goods Overseas?

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Tess Wilson
Jan 5, 2016

Q: Hi! I'm in a bit of a weird moving situation, and haven't been able to find any tips online. I'm hoping you can help me out! The situation: I live on the East Coast and am about to graduate with a PhD.

I'm looking for a job as a researcher, which means I may be moving to the West Coast, Europe, or Australia. Depending on how the job is funded, I may or may not receive any relocation help (this is typical in this field). The turnaround time from applying to starting can be very quick and not super negotiable, so I'm asking for advice now, before it gets stressful! Our furniture is cheap, old, and/or falling apart—we're planning to get rid of it all when we leave. Most of our clothes and small extras fit in luggage, so that's not an issue, but we have some very nice household items from our wedding that we'd like to starting using, instead of waiting and storing them forever...

It's mostly very nice pots and pans, a few high-end items like crystal candlesticks, a beautiful cake pedestal, etc... The question: What's the best way to move this stuff with us (nationally or internationally)? Is it better to ship it ourselves, or to use movers even though no furniture is going? And should we include other cheaper items (like utensils or kitchen gadgets) that would be easy to buy again? Keep in mind that we may be footing the bill ourselves. -Sent by Stefanie

Editor: Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and adventures! Jet-setting readers, how do you recommend Stefanie handle this more-than-a-suitcase, less-than-a-shipping-container move? Please share all of your long-distance moving advice!

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