My husband and I are moving from the US to England in about a month. I was just wondering if we should sell our electronics (tv, microwave, dvd player, etc.) and buy new ones when we arrive? Are they formatted differently in England than they are in the US? And what about the plugs and outlets?
Any helpful feedback/tips for moving to the UK would be appreciated.
I'd be leaning towards selling them before you go, regardless of formatting, etc. Electrical items are so cheap nowadays that the cost of transporting them would be more than what you could buy them in the UK for (unless you have some huge state of the art plasma TV). But if it's just normal run of the mill stuff, get rid of it beforehand.
This goes for clothes also. We moved to the UK for a few years and the cost of transporting boxes that had items of clothing made it more economical to buy coats and stuff when we arrived.
it's all paid for by the government. i was just wondering if it was going to cost a lot of money for special adapters, plugs, etc.?
The plugs (and hence outlets) are certainly different, and now I'm thinking that the actual power might be different also. I think that the UK uses 220 volt appliances and, if my memory is correct, they are around half that in the US? If so, your appliances won't work (well, they will for a split second).
If it's just plug/adaptors you need, then they are not expensive and you can get them anywhere. But if there's such a difference in power then no plug, or "step-down" transformer will be economically viable for so many appliances.
Unless they have any significant sentimental value (and i'm scared if that happend with anybody and their microwave) or are brand new and very expensive, i'd probably say sell them.
The differnece in plugs/voltage/hassle factor is rarely worth the effort, and whilst most will work ok when converted, they aren't always perfectly stable. For the cost of replacing them (as it's less then shipping for most things, then surely if they would pay for shipping they will pay for replacing them as well)
The only things i would consider bringing would be your Video player (if relevant and you have a number of videos you would bring as well) due to different formats and incompatibility, and also laptops/computers, although monitors/peripherals etc can easily be bought here. New DVD players are global anyway, so that isn't a problem.
Other than that, i wouldnt bother. The other thing to be considered is the overal value (not cost). Moving to a new job/home in a new country, do you really wnt to have all your old stuff with you? I find that there is definite psychological bonus in moving to a new place/country/culture and then populating your new house with new (or newly acquired) bits, especially the non personal items i.e. a tv is just a tv at the end of a day. I couldn't tell you why, but it's not just me either - i've found many people who agree with that. It helps with the "new life" idea
thank you for all your help. i'll probably have more questions which i'll post here, but for now that's all i can think of.