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#490580 - 05/07/14 12:03 PM Moving to San Pedro from California  
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Looking for recommendations for shipping/ moving companies from anyone who has made the move to San Pedro from Southern California in the last couple of years.

Also, looking for opinions regarding selling all household goods in Calif. then buy needed items in Miami and ship from there to save on packing and cross country shipping costs prior to shipping out of Miami.

Thank you!
Jan


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#490623 - 05/08/14 05:22 AM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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My advice - store your stuff, move down, shop here and see what you can get / what you need.
Then go back stateside, divest what you don't need, ship what you treasure and shop to fill in the gaps.
I find that prices for small appliances and other household goods are the same, if not a little bit less at Mirab than if purchased up north. Curtains, pillows, etc - also available, affordable and nice.
Selection not as great, and no big sales, but for me it was great fun to get things locally --
The goods I'd bring from the US - bedsheets, computers, printer cartridges, personal items.
When in the US I also stock up on quality body lotion, contact lens solution and toothbrushes.


#490642 - 05/08/14 09:12 AM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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Thank you Diane. Your suggestion seems to be the most common one. I think the most difficult part of moving out of the US is letting go of the big ticket furniture items that have been acquired over the years.
I am already excited to have some of the local made wood furniture in our new home, I.e. Tables, stools, headboards, etc made for us.

Where is Mirab?


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#490645 - 05/08/14 11:50 AM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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Mirab has two stores - one for housewares/small appliances/dishes/ tv's etc - in center of Belize City now, will be moving to a new larger location on northern highway eventually. Mirab Furniture Gallery is a very nice store with mattresses, couches, etc - located on the Western Highway, about 2 miles outside of Belize City center.
Having locally made wood furniture is great fun. The pieces are both stunning and affordable.

#490653 - 05/08/14 03:47 PM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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I will make a trip over to Mirab as I have an appt in Belize City mid June. That should help me in deciding what to sell before shipping our goods.

Thanks again for your tips Diane!

Jan


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#490966 - 05/16/14 12:43 PM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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I made the move from San Diego. Bought a diesel box truck and loaded it up. I hired a driver from Belmopan who flew up and drove the truck through Mexico to Belize City. Then I barged the whole truck over and sold it. Worked out great.

#490972 - 05/16/14 03:27 PM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: jeffb]  
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Wow. Quite an adventure! Who did you use to barge it over to the island?


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#491016 - 05/17/14 01:09 PM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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I like Diane's advice, too. We lived there and brought down Island appropriate furniture, stored the rest in our house that took forever to sell. Then when USA house sold after 4 years, stored that furniture. By then, we decided after living through 5 Summers in Belize we didnt enjoy them. We decided to become snowbirds and were glad we didn't sell our stored furniture. Now, we like our new Summer place so well, we will have a great yard sale in Belize when we sell our Belize house. We will go back to vacationing in Belize. The point is, it takes a long while, living somewhere to find out if you like it enough. So, don't burn your bridges in an all-or-nothing decision.

#491018 - 05/17/14 02:18 PM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: GwenA]  
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I agree with Gwen. I kept all my things in the States ... you will learn to do with less on the island. In my opinion it is not worth the money to ship things over. When you look closely you are allowed a container if you are living here ... with a lot of rules attached. Enjoy the adventure just don't break one camp before you have really tried out the next.

#491033 - 05/18/14 08:29 AM Re: Moving to San Pedro from California [Re: B4B]  
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Good information for you. I made 8 trips here before I decided to move down. Then I lived here one year before I sold my California home. Take your time, there is a lot to learn.
As always - recommend you read "Don't Stop the Carnival."


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