Moving halfway across the country.. best options or advice?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How long is your SO going to be in grad school? If it’s only for a year or less, you might want to look into storage options for at least some of your boxes. Storage places can be really cheap, and a lot of them offer $1 or free storage for the first month.

You can also try Craiglist to see if anyone is driving that way and offer to pay them a little bit. If you can find enough people, you can just ship the rest. I imagine shipping 15 large boxes would cost over $1,000, but I’m not sure.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsZynxy:  Don’t do shipping if you have heavy items like books.  Shipping usually goes by wieght and it’ll end up costing a fortune.  Try contacting a moving company, often if they have a bit of space left in a large load you can negotiate a deal (they want to ship as full a container as possible so it’s in their best interests too).  I’d be wary of CraigsList, mainly the fact that you’re trusting a complete stranger to NOT run off with your goods.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Purge purge purge. We moved from Boston to San Fran by shipping through UPS and USPS and it cost about $1100 for both of us combined. Since you have your car to stuff full, that should be no problem – you’ll be shipping stuff half as far!

USPS has media mail rates (ie really cheap) for books, DVDs, CDs, etc. That’s a great way to save money on the heavy books!

But seriously, you probably don’t need like 50% of the stuff you’re trying to keep. Be ruthless.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@renwoman:  Not true for the books – media mail and those USPS boxes where “if it fits it ships” for a flat rate are a godsend for books.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsZynxy:  Me & DH moved from GA to California 5 years ago & moving all that stuff was a pain! We also didn’t want to have to deal with a u-haul/trailer the whole way, plus that eats up gas quick. We ended up going with a site similar to u-ship. We listed what we needed hauled, approx weight, locations & timeline and then the site puts your listing up for experienced haulers to bid on. Similar to that show on A&E or discovery or whatever… It worked out great for us- quick, easy, the company was bonded in case of any accidents, and everything arrived in perfect condition! We ended up paying about $600 for a 400lb pallet of boxes which ended up arriving before us. Not sure if that would work with your furniture as the people we went with required us to put all the items on a pallet & package it up with the giant saran wrap stuff (easy peasy since we had a friend that worked in a shipping warehouse). We just left all our furniture since it’s pretty easy to find cheap stuff at yard sales  & thrift stores- plus for the quality of our furniture it would have been more expensive to ship it than to get rid of it on craigslist. We packed up all our art, valuables, breakables, and a few suitcases with clothes & other essentials in my car. 

 

 

 

Edit: We did use USPS for media mail & that ended up being about $700. BUT DH had over 1,000 lbs of records & I had at least 500 lbs in books…. I agree with PP’s- you have to get rid of pretty much everything except the basics. We threw out or sold well over half our belongings before even trying to pack up, then realized it wasn’t enough so we threw out at least another quarter. 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsZynxy:  I would pack everything and number the boxes in order of necessity.  Box number 1 — most important.  Box number 20 – don’t really need.  Then pack your car completely full, leaving room to see out the back.  Whatever doesn’t make it in the car goes into storage.

You’re not going to stay in the midwest forever…so why bring everything?  You don’t NEED your extended edition of LOTR; your partner should have a copy.  Et cetera.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsZynxy:  I don’t know which one it was now… It might have been U-Ship, but either way it was the same process as U-Ship (posting, bidding, winning)…. If you don’t have a friend that works in a shipping warehouse you can get the huge blue pallet saran wrap from office supply stores with a huge rotating handle for like $20- soo much faster! Just be clear about your items, pickup & dropoff in your listing & with the carrier. Some carriers have the giant trucks that need forklifts/ramp to get the item s into it but other carriers are smaller and can easily manage…. 

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