This was my first experience of international relocation. This is like moving house locally, but with a whole pile of added complications.
- it's more expensive (though not as expensive as I expected it to be)
- it takes longer - could be three months from Australia to the UK - which complicates planning
- we have to deal with customs
- packing needs to be more careful
We used CHESS Moving and shipped 37 cartons filling five cubic metres (which is exactly what I estimated back in December). With their simple insurance plan, the total cost was a bit over $2000.
The packers were pretty good, but I was glad I packed my books myself, as they didn't treat books with as much care as I did.