International moves...BTDT?

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International moves...BTDT?
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Sat, 04-23-2011 - 8:18pm

We are possibly moving to London for DH's job at the end of the summer. Haven't decided to do this yet, but think it would be a great experience for the family. However, I have lots of questions.

Sell or rent our house here? We have an antique house that requires lots of maintenance. It has to be lived in, so leaving it vacant is out of the question. I'd hate to lose it, but I'd hate it worse if some renter didn't care for it properly.

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 1:20pm

My personal experience was not a positive one. My parents emigrated from UK to US when I was 14. I hated the experience throughout my high school years. My older brother hated it as well, though my much younger sister seemed to adjust very easily.

I suppose it was different in the fact that we knew there was no home going back as a family. If offered your opportunity with my own family, I could not do it.

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 11:20am

London is a great spot even without any weddings. The museums are good, there are lots of interesting bars, restaurants, galleries, theatres etc. Dd is really enjoying being there for all those reasons, and I am happy she gets to experience a civilized city.

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 7:59am

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 6:22am

or the risk of losing your stuff too...with one move, we got a couple wardrobe boxes by mistake, in it were what looked like some heirloom pieces, i had notified the mover of the mistake and hope it reached the family it belonged to.

 

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 6:12am

I do like the ideaand the mental commitment

 

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 5:08pm

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 1:14pm

There are three ACS schools in London? I guess they must also draw a fair number of locals. The IB/US diploma route sounds sensible. It could get messy to put them in the British system. The IB diploma seems to be well regarded both in the US, Britain and continental Europe.

If this is your DH's last assignment so to speak then it might be smarter to sell the house, one less head ache while you are away. Is it going to be tricky to sell it? If you don't manage to sell it before leaving, do you have someone who can be in charge of the selling?

I guess if you do not have to pay for the moving, just take what you like. We got a container, packed it up, then it was trucked down to the Carolinas somewhere and came over by ship. It was nice to have all my kitchen stuff, I have to say. But, as tryingtoquit said, it does take forever.

Do not plan to move your youngest for the last year of HS, especially not if he/she is in an IB school. It can really get to be a mess (a nephew did it). So I would probably plan from now on how to extend your stay there to allow him/her to finish HS in London.

I forget, do you have a Euro passport?

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 12:53pm

I wanted to add, that DH had a friend that went to England for a "one year" assignment that lasted 9 years- he was able tokeep extending it.

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 12:48pm

I haven't done one, but I know many who have.

1) for a three year assignemnt I would rent. When you look at rents and the housing allowance is paid in $, rememebr that the $ and puind flucuate, so don't rent at the tiome of the allowance.

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Sun, 04-24-2011 - 11:50am

Thank you for your reply. Yes, this is a "full relo." It's just complicated by the decisions we have to make about our house. I don't think they'll buy our house from us, since they are a British company, so we either keep it and pay someone to look after it, rent it out, or sell it.

The market here is all over the place. Some houses sell in a day; others sit for a year. My sense is that if this is right, God will make a way, but we do have to make some decisions and some serious efforts.

The assignment is a three-year contract, so they expect him to either renew the contract if they like him and he likes the job, or to return to the US when it ends. He is thinking of retiring at that point. At that point, our oldest will be in college and our youngest will have one year of high school left, so that's a little challenging, but I don't believe there's ever a "wrong" time to move, just wrong reasons. And that's what we've got to sort out when we go over there next week to visit!

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