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Container questions

Posted by Ellen M on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
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In response to 141147: Container questions, posted by Jeffrey R2 on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 12:15 a.m.

We shipped our household goods from Denver to Na`alehu in 2010. Because we live in a rural area and don't have a pick-up, we decided it was easier to ship our belongings then to sell them and start over with the shopping and delivery in our remote area. Others experiences vary.

Regarding the process, we used Matson. You can go to their website and learn a lot about cost from your area and how the process works. Also, you can call them with questions; we always found them to be very helpful.

The cost to ship includes Matson delivering a container to your house and leaving it for ten days for you to load. Then they come back and pick it up and several weeks later it shows up at your house where they leave it for you to unload. We hired a moving company (Mayflower) in Denver to load the container for us for several reasons, (1) the lowest level of the container is four feet off the ground, and (2) they are experienced in packing stuff for moving over the water. I know that others have packed the container themselves and have offered some great packing ideas, but we are neither young nor handy. When the container arrived at our house in Na`alehu, we hired some local young men to unload it for us.

As far as insurance, check with the company that handles your homeowner's insurance. If I remember correctly, they covered our stuff during the move.

The smallest Matson container size is 20 feet. We were lucky that we found someone in Denver who was also moving to the south part of the island, so we shared the container. You cannot put your car in the container (at least we couldn't from Denver). You could also check out PODs, although I have no experience with them.

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