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    House is sold waiting to exchange contracts so hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
    Seven Seas "Large Move Cube" booked for next Friday, cost £1442. Booked in wife's name on the basis what is mine is hers and what is hers is hers.
    Temporary accommodation has been arranged in the UK for a couple of months.
    Next will be the visa application on the basis of spouse.
    I will keep this post updated for the benefit of other members, early days but no doubt there will be problems, red tape and bureaucracy.

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    good luck with the move, you should have no trouble getting a multi entry non 'o' from London, no financials required, lots more hoop jumping in Thailand to get a yearly extension for being married.

    were you married in Thailand or the UK

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    Married in Thailand, also have had the marriage certificate translated by The Hull consulate and apostilled by the FCO too.

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    at least with the Thai marriage cert, its one less thing to worry about in Thailand, with regards to yearly extension.

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    Where will you be moving to ?

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    Not quite sure at the moment, we will rent at first. We do have a small house in Bang Bua Thong which is rented out but needs lots or work to make it comfortable. But will probably rent on the outskirts of Bangkok or Northanburi until we settle down.

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    Just waiting on the exchange of contracts and the final moving dates. Move cube by Seven Seas Worldwide has been booked. Furniture and items sorted out between what we take, sell, give away or dump. Purchased a laptop as the main computer (desktop) will be on the container. Outlook email addresses created using Office 365 subscription, one drive cloud storage set up as back for the important files including scans of IDs, passports etc. Started moving internet site sign ins to new account, this is taking a long time and required a spreadsheet with details of all accounts.

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    Move Cube by Sevenseas loaded up today, cost just under £1.6k including the premium insurance. At first looked a bit small, but using the plastic template they send every thing worked out well and also managed to put in an additional cupboard.
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    good luck there fella hope all goes smooth for you

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    Yep, good luck with the move Ivan and hope it all works out great Look forward to hearing more about the experience and shame another is leaving the folds of The Company where I too worked after such a long time.

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    Which Company ?

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    I see the tool box in your photos. That is one area where I could run into problems IF my container is checked. I could almost fill your box with my tools . I know its supposed to be household goods but I've nowhere to put them once I leave the UK and they would only bring a fraction of their replacement cost if I tried to sell them so they're going - mig welder and compressor included. In any case, I've never known a mechanic who's been able to part with the tools they've built up over a lifetime and I intend to continue maintaining my own vehicles once I move.

    I guess the worst they can do is confiscate them so I figure its worth a shot. From what I'm told, only a fraction of containers actually get checked. I think I'll talk to a Thai shipping agent first though.

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    Which Company ?
    The one where Ericsson Certificates were updated and not overlooked ;-), Three. Seems an age since I was let go in July by IBM, was I that memorable

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    Sorry I never worked at Three ? my older brother Andre did, in the standards department.

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    Not sure about confiscate, but maybe a bill for import duty which is decided on by the value which the customs decide how much its worth, so totally variable! For us every thing is listed in my wife's name as a returning resident so hopefully tax will not be an issue. MAy be you can teach your partner to weld ;-)

    I found the shipping company very helpful on advice, we had some display swords including a 4 1/2ft broadsword which could of been classed as on the prohibited list. As it is blunt and for display only the company told us to list it on the manifest as a toy/model.

    One thing I can suggest is not to be too sentimental on what you keep. No point shipping it if you are not going to use it, or it is of limited value or is available at a reasonable price in Thailand. As for the tools, I did started with three tool chests and managed to winkle it down to one. Decent set of screwdrivers, spanners etc and my beloved Dremel.

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    Sorry Ivan, thought it was you that worked at Three, would have been more likely IBM ;-) with
    swords including a 4 1/2ft broadsword

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    Maybe you can teach your partner to weld ;-)
    No partner - I'm happily single but I believe the same concession is available to holders of a retirement visa. In that case I will enter on a retirement visa and then convert that later if and when I am working. Its not really about tools that might be available reasonably in Thailand - as I'm sure you know, its about the tools you get 'comfortable' with over time.

    I have found reasonably priced tools in Thailand but on inspection, they are very poor quality. Good quality tools can be hard to find outside Bangkok and when you do find them, they are very expensive. There's nothing I would want to do without and as I'll be filling at least half a container, I don't think it will cost me any more to give it a go. I think a decent agent should be able to make sure things go 'smoothly' .

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    Good luck to you Ivan hope all goes well , i am hoping to do the same next year ,did you put items inside of drawers etc in the move cube ? is there a time limit on when you send the cube and arriving in LOS ,? i read that you couldn't ship stuff until a month before you arrive in LOS is that the case? . I want to send a few chest of drawers and sideboards etc ,that Mexican pine stuff .

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    Yes we put items in the draws.
    Not sure about time limit as it takes two months to get there. However there was questions on the manifest on when we are arriving in Thailand. However as everything is in the wife's name I do not see it being a problem, all we had to do was ignore the visa section and upload a copy of the wife's Thai passport. No doubt Sevenseas will advise you, I found them very helpful with our queries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    House is sold waiting to exchange contracts so hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
    Seven Seas "Large Move Cube" booked for next Friday, cost £1442. Booked in wife's name on the basis what is mine is hers and what is hers is hers.
    Temporary accommodation has been arranged in the UK for a couple of months.
    Next will be the visa application on the basis of spouse.
    I will keep this post updated for the benefit of other members, early days but no doubt there will be problems, red tape and bureaucracy.
    What part of Thailand are you moving too.?
    And are you making the right choice?

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