Roberta, best wishes and good luck. Portugal is a fantastic place to retire to - even during a pandemic.
I retired in late 2019 and moved to Portugal for the New Year. I was in Colorado for the previous 13 years, and our shipment sailed from California.
I am not sure what questions you may have, and I’d be happy to follow up if you have specific questions. Until then, I’ll make some very general suggestions:
- Expect to have more than you expect. Since you’ll pay by cubic feet, and not weight, of your shipment. Prepare early moving anywhere, let alone halfway around the world, is a hassle.
- Pare down. Almost everything you want and need is available here. Electronics are especially important since you’re on 110V/60 Hertz cycle and it’s 220/50 cycle here. You can get transformers (the important thing here is the Wattage drawn by the device. In very loose terms, if it has a heating element it’ll draw higher W’s. You may find it easier to plan on buying new devices here. The good news is that things are often cheaper here, but for electronics that does not always apply. TV’s are especially important, if your TVis not dual 110/220 do not bring it.
Our international shipping co. took us door-to-door (Denver to Alcobaça). If you pay for them to box up your items it can jack your total cost considerably.
Our shipment left Denver on 18 Dec. and had an ETA of mid-Feb. The actual delivery was late March. I think such delays can be par for the course, but the pandemic and a strike at Lisbon harbor were factors. The bottom line is to expect the unexpected and just roll with it. You’re moving someplace great; there’s no need to get roiled by routine aggravations.
As an aside, this could be a golden opportunity for an American to buy property in Portugal. The pandemic has definitely made it a buyers’ market.
I’ll leave it here for now. Again, let me know if you have questions. Perhaps we’ll meet one day in Central Portugal.
Best wishes, Dan