Unpacked container this weekend. Update
Well, I want to update on the terrific experience I had with the move from Michigan. The container came to our home August 29th. It was a 20 footer and we had Lee Fleming with Managed Freight take care of everything, and I mean everything. I called him before scheduling this at my home and told him in order to get a container, I needed to make sure we had a storage unit. He drove to Sun Self Storage and had them hold the last 20 X 10 storage unit until I called.
Crowley was the carrier and it arrived on island September 12th. I drove to Crowley and paid them $6,284 that included ground and sea travel. What I paid Lee for his service was nominal at $746.
We unpacked the container this weekend and an FYI, if you have the container over 1 week you will pay $20 a day. The container sat right against a fence at our storage unit so traffic could go by and it didn't block anyone. It was just so much easier than I would have thought.
If you want Lee to manage your move he is available all the time on his cell. His cell is 340-277-4504.
I recommend him highly.
Good information-- thanks for the update!
I've been hear a year and a half and STILL haven't moved my stuff down. Hopefully soon...
Jules I had to laugh at your post... year and a half and still not moved your stuff down!
Would like some input....
I hear two somewhat competing theories:
1. Load your stuff in a container and ship it down.
2. Unload your stuff before you come.
Wife and I are thinking about "moving lite".
I suppose it depends on how much "stuff" you have and how attached you are to it.
But would like to hear people's thoughts on what they realized they HAD TO MOVE DOWN with them, and which things they moved down that they later realized they could have done without.
Would have brought more mosquito repellent 🙂
I didn't move my stuff down here until I was here five years. 😉
What we had packed was not furniture. We had a 20 footer with wood shop tools, mechanic tools, 2 bycicles, and boxes of stuff. Crap and sh%*. Probably will not want it a few months from now. Keep you posted on when the sale will be....:)
If we hadn't just stayed here from our vacation, we would have brought so much more than we need. As it was, since we were here for at least a couple of months before we settled in and started having our friend ship our stuff, we had way whittled down what we wanted. And we can pretty much get anything we need here... maybe not everything we want, but we either do without or have friends bring stuff when they come.
Our of all of the stuff we left, gave away, sold or trashed, I can't remember if there was anything I wish I had kept. The only thing I REALLY miss from the staes is McCormicks California Style garlic salt and pepper which i can never seem to find on island.
Funny - I just used some of the McCormicks today!
we had a container delivered about three years ago from Miami. I had stuff shipped from all over (China, Louisville, NJ, Miami etc. and had it staged in Miami. It was great. I shipped it down to STT for about 3500. Then I had a guy drive it to my house which was under construction. We had furniture, cabinets, kitchen appliances, and everything including the kitchen sink. I highly recommend that anyone that is building a house ship the stuff down. On the kitchen cabinets alone we save over 6000. That alone paid for the container. One word of advise. If you buy an appliance from off island the warranty is not honored in STT. I found that out the hard way. My new frig had a problem. So I had to pay to get it fixed.
Other than that it is the only way to go. Save time and $.
I'm glad you had a positive expierence.
My son is coming down on Monday - I sent him a note asking him to bring any of the packages that I left behind that he won't ever use. I had lots of McCormicks in the pantry. Glad you mentioned it !
I moved with 2 suitcases. First place I lived was furnished with the usual cheapo kitchen equipment, but after a few years I bought my place. Made a trip back & sold my place there but the furniture, etc. wasn't "right" for down here so other than a few quilts, etc. I started over here. After Hurricanes Hugo & Marilyn I was glad I hadn't brought any of my antiques or sentimental things as I lost nearly everything.
Funny about the furniture. Back in Michigan both children, 24 and 20 were getting seperate apartments while we were down here from June until August. Essentially, they went 'shopping' in our house. When I went back there, everything was out of the house. We had told them to just take the furniture. But the gas grill, dishes, toaster, George Forman grill were all taken. we already have these things down here as well, so it was good that they got those. but my husband loves to work with wood and has drill press, band saw, scroll saw, circular saw, sander, planer, lathe, vacuum system, clamps, router, and his mechanical tool box, power washer and air compresor.
And this stuff will get used here when we build a home.
Then there was one dresser and a king size mattress, photo printer, laser printer, and t.v.. and two trail bikes that we probably won't use. Just a few boxes of bar glasses, and cooking utensils that didn't get swiped by the kiddos. And the kiddos packed the container for us back in Michigan.
We also brought all of our tools. Thank God. We use them a lot.
Yeah, Tabra had all of her tools shipped down here, but with the cost of replacements here on the island, it was well worth it.