This is a much asked question and the answers vary. Some say just sell what you have and begin afresh here, others say to bring it all. I'm inclined to the latter. If you arrive with just suitcases of clothes and then find a place to live you then have to drive all over to buy what you need. If you bring your stuff you can settle in quickly then look around and replace if necessary/desired. I would suggest that it would cost more than GBP 1300 or $2500 to replace your belongings. For example, what did your sofa cost? If it's in good shape it would cost a good deal to replace it here. Also familiar things may help your kids settle easier and quicker.Hi we are moving from uk to Canada, Onterio in April next year, we are wondering if it is worth shipping over our sofa, childerens beds, cds, books, pots, pans, ect, we have had a shipping quote for £1300, which includes storage? what did you do?