Packing All Our Worldly Goods

29 May

Well after many hours chasing up Australia Post and the US Consulate trying to figure out where his passport and visa were, James let Amazon know that he wouldn’t be able to make it for the initial start date. Australia Post had sent James an email to let him know that his passport/visa were officially lost and they were no longer going to search for it, so James paid like $600 to get a new emergency passport.

He let Amazon know about the new ETA and one of the lawyers or relocation got in contact with someone on the US end, who contacted Australia Post and that day Australia Post sent James a notice to let him know that they had found his passport. =/ So I’m not sure if they just pretended to look when James originally put in the enquiry or what, but we were very unimpressed. At least James can still use the visa inside his old passport.

So we’re finally at the packing stage. We moved everything to the living room and sorted the sea shipment to one side and the air shipment to the other. We were told not to pack anything, and one of the movers said that we actually did more than was necessary. He said that most people just walk them through their house and point at stuff they want to take with them. But James is super efficient and now all our stuff is packed, ready for Seattle!

I took this photo but James said that it made it look like we had a lot less stuff than we actually do. He said “this is just the tip of the iceberg” and took some more photos.

You can see one half of our couch in the background and the other half in the foreground being packed by the guy in blue. In front of the couch is a chest of drawers and then an Ikea shelf. The other mover is pointing at the lamp. Apparently they had to cut the cable to get it to fit in the container and James is going to put it back together when we’re in Seattle.

To the right were more boxes. On the window sill you can see the aerosols that we weren’t allowed to take. Everything was waterproofed and covered in what James described as “cushiony, plasticky paper”.

This is the cushiony, plasticky paper. It was taller than me.

It looks like a lot of boxes, but apparently we packed a lot lighter than most people doing a corporate move. He did say that people paying for their own relocation tend to have less stuff. He also said he’s been doing a lot of packing recently for people moving from Melbourne to Seattle (for Microsoft though, not Amazon – I guess they also did a recruitment drive in Australia).

Everything is insured – $45,000 for the sea shipment and $10,000 for the air. I have to say that I won’t be crying if it all gets lost!


4 Responses to “Packing All Our Worldly Goods”

  1. Ginger October 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Hi! Might relocate to US this year (from Sydney) and have a cat too. Which pet relocation company did you use and were you happy with their service? Any other advice on moving cats overseas is appreciated. Thanks!

    • pamperedhousewife November 1, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      We used Worldcare Pets and were really happy with them. They weren’t cheap (around $2000 per cat) but they were very professional. On the Australian end they guided us through the various steps, provided us with oversize crates, and picked up the cats on time.

      The cats had a stopover in LA and Worldcare Pets gave us updates on how they were doing. They also sent us some photos of the cats, which was probably meant to be reassuring but unfortunately they looked terrified!

      On the Seattle end the contractor they used was something like 5 hours late dropping off the cats with no communication (we did contact Worldcare Pets who said they’d check what was going on), but aside from that everything went really smoothly. You could tell that the cats hated the move but it only took them 10 minutes to bounce back. It was amazing – they took longer to adjust when we moved house in Melbourne! My theory was that because they hated the journey so much, any destination seemed great in comparison.

      Anyway, I hope that was helpful and good luck with the move! Feel free to ask if you have any other questions.

  2. Ginger Camp November 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you! This is really helpful. Appreciate your quick feedback 🙂

  3. andyli0210 February 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi, thanks for your post, really helpful. I recently got an offer from Amazon and start planning relocation from Sydney to Seattle. But I found that my relocation package is quite different with your husband’s. Amazon only pay me 15K relocation payment once, then I need to arrange all expense related to my relocation.

    From your experience, is 15K enough(for two) to relocate from Australia to US and cover all the flight tickets, shipping and temporary lodging expense? I would like to switch to a relocation package like you guys got, really appreciate if you could let me know some details about the relocation package you got. my email is:


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