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Moving & Long Term Storage Household Goods

Am retiring and considering spending part of the year here and the other part in the USA. I'd like to take a year and just rent living around Europe. What to do with my possessions, and where, is key in proceeding. I'm overwhelmed as to how to get info to make a decision about storing my household goods here, or shipping them to the USA and storing them there until I figure out where I will be living. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Moving & Long Term Storage Household Goods

I think you will almost certainly find much cheaper storage in the US. A friend of mine put her stuff in Zebrabox storage while she did an internship (just a small locker, probably about 2 sqm), and the storage rate was higher than my apartment rental when I lived in the US.
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or shipping them to the USA and storing them there until I figure out where I will be living.
Unless the items in question are uniquely valuable*, it doesn't make much financial sense to ship something only to store it.

If you don't need it here, get rid of it. Simplify.


An anecdote:

The move to Switzerland happened quickly, a matter of days from vague idea to hopping on a plane, so there was little time for sensible 'getting rid'. Since the company was paying for shipping and storage, I simply divided the house into three: Stuff to ship by plane for immediate use, stuff to ship via container, and stuff to go into storage.

Well, the years passed in the blink of an eye. When we bought our house here I decided to empty out the storage unit back home and ship the contents here. But when I opened the unit my first thought was 'What the heck was I thinking, saving this stuff? I tossed out ca 90% of everything I had stored, things that simply has no relevance or use in my current life or in the foreseeable future. There were only a few things that made any sense to bring back to Switzerland.

Oh and by the way: I payed duty on those few things, as only the first shipment of household goods is duty free. As you decide, consider the cost not only of shipping but also potential tax.

I'll say it again: Simplify. If you don't need it now, chances are you won't need or want it in the future.

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*And if they are uniquely valuable, most inexpensive storage options will be inappropriate. To store anything valuable, a discussion with your insurance company is likely in order.
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Re: Moving & Long Term Storage Household Goods

Thanks everyone. Really grateful for your input. I'm used to making decisions, but this one has somehow managed to tie me into knots. Thanks to you all. It gives me better perspective.
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