I Think We Need One More Shipment Of Stuff
We’re getting closer to my retirement date....9 months, but who’s counting. It’s looking like we will want to make one more shipment to STX. My question is this, we don’t need a full or even a half container full, is there some other option for say a 1/4 container? Our situation is as follows, we own both our retirement homes (north and south) but currently live in a 3rd rental home, lease expiring next March. Like many folks at our stage of life we’re trying to figure out what to do with everything we’ve accumulated over 31+ years of marriage, 3 kids and so on. The home we purchased on STX was partially furnished so we shipped down what we thought was enough stuff but now that we’re more settled we thinking theres more that should come down. Most of its smaller, a few tables, chairs, lamps and artwork. Too big to ship by UPS but not enough for a container load. We will also be shipping down a 2nd car but I’m not sure that’s relevant as it’s apples and oranges, I think. Any ideas or insight is appreciated.
Sounds like you need to crate your stuff and ship it to one of the freight forwarders to put in their container. Easier said than done. Best if you can can fit it on standard size pallets. You may be able to get a local moving company to come and crate if for you and truck it to the freight forwarder.
I ship stuff LCL (less than a container load) with Tropical all the time. Just do as Exit Zero said. When I make a booking I give them the commercial invoices for the items, the dimensions and number of pallets, and their weights. I usually arrange inland transport to the port in the states myself, but most companies can help you with that too if you need it.
Thanks everyone for your advice. I'll start looking for a local (Boston) company who can help us package up the goods we want to bring with us. It will all be things we've owned for years so nothing new or recently acquired.
We have used Blue Ocean in the past, is Paradise better for this type of shipment?
They do make 10 ft containers (but you don't see them that often). If you can find one locally, you could pack it yourself and get it trucked to one of the shipping companies for the boat trip.
Depending on your timing for sending the 2nd car (and the size of the car), you might also be able to put the car and household items in the same container (nothing in the car but the keys and copy of title). Either of these would depend on whether there would be any value to you to have a lockable storage when it got to the island (and whether it's allowed if you have a HOA).
my husband and I are heading down FT in 3-6 months, and are in similar situation in Boston area. I’ll be interested to hear what works for you. For earlier (small) shipments we’ve used Paradise Freight to VICargo.
@Path2stx We currently live about 30 minutes north of Boston. I think we've decided to book a 2nd 20ft container, only because it's the simplest option, even though we won't come close to filling it, half at best but it gives us flexibility (to bring more than we'll actually need - purging stuff is hard). We'll likely do this around Thanksgiving as my wife will be going down around then for the winter and we need to be out of the house we've been renting for the past couple of years by the end of March, plus I retire on March 1st 2021, at which point I'll will make a quick run to Martha's Vineyard, to drop off a few things there, and then race to STX on March 3rd to escape the cold and be done with New England winters forever!
@jaldeborgh. We’re having trouble purging as well, and are reluctant to clutter up our STX place, but I’m sure we’ll have quite a bit to ship down with us. We haven’t figured out what’s coming yet, but perhaps we could share a container... we’re in Cambridge. The way things are seeming now, the Late November timeline could work for us too.
@Path2stx Sorry I missed your comment on potentially sharing a container, that might work. We should have a good sense of what we're shipping by late October, once we have that we should compare notes and see if it makes sense. One issue would be unloading, our home is about 10 minutes east of Christiansted.
I used vi cargo. You box your stuff up with detailed list taped to box. Numbered. You take or ship your boxes and furniture to them. They shrink wrap it and ship it down. It’s really pretty easy. Time consuming on your end to have to number and label and list each box. But well worth it.
You box your stuff up with detailed list taped to box. Numbered. You take or ship your boxes and furniture to them. They shrink wrap it and ship it down. It’s really pretty easy. Time consuming on your end to have to number and label and list each box. But well worth it.
In some ways we're not that organized and our situation may be a bit unusual. We have been living in a rented house for the past 2 years, having sold our nearby permanent residence of 17 years, in anticipation of my retirement. At the same time we own 2 (retirement) homes, one on Martha's Vineyard and one on STX. The rented home is filled with 30+ years of accumulated possessions so my pending retirement is forcing us to purge, from all locations. We have spent the last few months trying to decide what we can use in both retirement locations, what we can give to our 3 children, relatives and/or friends and finely what will be sold or donated. The result of this process is that our list of what shipping to STX is dynamic and keeps growing under the rationalization that what we have here is better than something that we currently have in both locations. We're still pushing for a final shipment(s) just about Thanksgiving time as my wife (and hopefully me) will be able to spend the full winter on STX this year. I'm trying to arrange to work remotely from STX between late November and my retirement on March 1st next year. All of this is made even more complicated by the fact that we need to finish up a significant remodel of our Martha's Vineyard home, having done nothing to the house since we built it 25 years ago, COVID-19 has delayed the project by 6 months and we're now hoping it will be livable by late October. In any case the lease on our rented house ends in March 2021 so there is a hard stop to the chaos.