This will seem like a dumb one, but I'll ask anyway. Leave our washer/dryer stateside, right? We'll probably be renting for at least six moths, and there's probably plenty available used.
What say ye?
IF you are not moving all your stuff down leave it behind. It wont be worth the cost of shipping it down versus buying a new or used here. IF you are moving all your stuff down and have room in your container might as well bring them. Stoves, fridges, generators, etc all cost more down here. If you have gas dryers or stoves make sure they work on propane and not natural gas.
You won't know whether you'll be able to use them until you're settled. For example, I've only been able to use stackable units, rather than side by side.
We're planning to bring very little – at least for those first six months. All our furnuture is crap anyway. Then when we get more settled we plan to have what little is worth keeping shipped.
Our dryer is electric. That's probably a bad idea, isn't it, what with the cost of electricity. As to the stove, we were planning on selling it with the house. It's electric also.
Trader, is the side-by-side versus stackable a space issue, or is there something wierdly cosmic going on?
JohnB - many houses in the islands were designed with space for a washing machine, but a lot of the locals hang their clean clothes out on a line to dry. Since no space is available for a dryer in a lot of properties if you use side-by-side units, there are more stackable units used here. Many condos have a small laundry closet that accommodates a stackable set. You can get stackables that are entirely electric, or you can get one that uses propane to heat the air going through the dryer. Those are much cheaper to run than the ones with electric elements in the dryers.
On our property we have a shed off of the garden patio that is used for the laundry. I thought it a little strange, but Ive heard that this is quite common.
Alexandra's correct. However, some condos don't allow propane so it will all depend on where you're at. My units are full-sized but stackable.