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Old 22.11.2011, 13:28
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Re: What's the quickest you've relocated?

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I plan a trip to the french part and might be able to help you out...when are you moving?
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Old 22.11.2011, 13:59
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Sorry lol. I am going to the UK. I am almost out of cash so really hoping that moving a small 1/2 bed appt is not going to cost the Earth although with Swiss prices I feel I will be tempted to bin a hell of a lot
If you've only got 1/2 a bed, you could probably get it in a car

The cheapest/quickest way would probably do your move would probably be this:

Start cleaning and packing now (you've start getting an idea of how much stuff you have).
Hire a van in the U.K. and fly there to pick it up.
Drive it here using Norfolk lines ferries.
Load up.
Drive to U.K.
Unpack van. Drop off van.

We did it the other way with a 7.5 tonne lorry and it was two half days driving + an over night stop (tacho regs) + the same taking the lorry back to the U.K. + a flight back here.

We did it a week before Christmas.
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Old 22.11.2011, 14:02
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Old 22.11.2011, 14:34
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Re: What's the quickest you've relocated?

From my wife starting her new job on the 1st September, including finding a house to having furniture to the new house (from Luxembourg to Switzerland) was something like 24 days!!
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Re: What's the quickest you've relocated?

My husband is an expert at speedy relocations. I think his record is somewhere around 10 hours - 15 minutes for his boss to propose the relo, 45 minutes to get to the airport, 9 hours' flight, check in to the new office.

I, on the other hand, have to sell the old house, find a new one, clear-out/pack up the stuff, tie up any legal and financial loose ends, learn a bit about the new country, get the pooches ready to fly, and say good-bye to friends and family.

I usually need a week.
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Old 22.11.2011, 15:15
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Re: What's the quickest you've relocated?

OOOH...this brings back memories!

We have no children but dogs and cats, moved from a 2 bed house plus office back in July.

The way we did it was to pack all our personal effects, office equipment and small furniture into a long base van from the UK, which we then drove over. If you do this DON'T forget to complete your customs forms. When we drove to Basel we didn't know we needed them (how niave) but they could clearly see what was in our van and how innocent our mistake was so they waved us through. They could have asked to have the whole van unpacked

My OH had to be in CH for work so I stayed behind in the UK and sold everything through ebay, the local paper and freinds and friends of friends. It was hard to see things that I love go...but they were too big for our new place in CH. Plus we thought it much easier to buy things over there and have a fresh start.

So the van and OH half went over end of June and I went over with the dogs via Swiss 2 weeks later. We rented in the UK so it was a simply return of the property to the landlord.

It was short but very tiring. Imagine 13 hours drive twice over plus flights. The cost was cheaper than hiring professionals but more hassle.
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Re: What's the quickest you've relocated?

I packed a studio once in eight hours, but I had very little to give or throw away and the stuff I didn't keep had already been arranged for handing off (pots, pans...).

my most recent move (from a 3.5 to a 2.5 apt) took me a week to do the throwing and sorting and packing and moving.
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