Post # 1
Hi Bees – FI and I are trying to figure out a little moving/storage issue and I thought I’d see if anyone here had any advice!
Our current lease ends on 8/31/14, and we have to be out of our apartment by noon that day. The lease on our next apartment doesn’t begin until 9/1/14 at 8 or 9 AM. While this is an issue in and of itself, we figured we could rent a UHaul truck overnight and stay in a hotel or with family/friends. Not a huge issue.
Except that we have to go to a wedding that entire weekend in New Jersey. Which is a 5ish hour drive from where we are now. And we need to be at the wedding in NJ on 8/29/14 in the evening. It’s Labor Day weekend, and we have a lot of friends going, so we plan to stay through Monday, 9/1/14.
Basically, we’re going to need to move out of our apartment on 8/28/14 and will need somewhere to store our belongings from that day until 9/2/14 in the morning. We would arrive home from NJ on 9/1 at night and would move into our new apartment the next morning. So basically, we need someone/something to store our belongings for 5-6 days that isn’t going to be crazy expensive.
Further complicating this entire scenario is that weekend is THE moving weekend for all of Boston (where we live). Because of all the college students, the vast majority of apartment rentals start on 9/1, and moving trucks/storage facilities can be hard to come by. We need to figure out what we want to do ASAP so that we can reserve something without paying an arm and a leg.
Does anyone have any advice for what we should do? Rent a storage unit for a few days? Can you even do that? This is NOT ideal, as we want to avoid loading everything a moving truck, unloading the truck into storage, loading everything back onto another truck and then unpacking. Would a moving company hold onto our belongings for those few days, or would that cost us way too much money? Any other ideas?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California
Is there any way either landlord will work with you as far as keeping your stuff at your old place for a few days longer or moving in at your new place a few days earlier ..even at a certain cost you feel comfortable offering them? Otherwise, how much would a UHaul cost for a few nights? I feel like that would be the easiest option & just parking it at your parents’ or a trusted friends’ place for the weekend ?
Post # 3
Do you have any companies where you live that use secure pods for moving? They deliver the pod to a spot you specify in front of your current residence, you load it up, secure and lock it. They come back and deliver it to wherever you want, whenever you want.
Post # 4
there are PODS as pp suggested but they can be expensive.
you can rent a storage unit in many places, first month for $1 but that may be a pain since you have to move the stuff twice.
normally i would say you could call a moving company and ask if they can hold your stuff for a few days but since trucks are in high demand at that time it might not be an option, but maybe worth it to ask anyway.
Post # 5
I’d work with both landlords to see if either of them can work with you at all. DH and I had to figure out what to do with a moving truck for one night when we bought our house, and it was a huge headache. We had to have property managers write notes and stick it on the windshield in our apartment complex to not tow it, and even then, they wouldn’t promise it wouldn’t be towed. Moving trucks in big cities suck.
Post # 6
If the new landlord won’t work with you I’d get a Pod. I would think that’s cheaper than keeping a UHaul for days.
Post # 7
stephanie091512: julies1949: ajillity81: JiminyCricket: Bazinga: Thanks, everyone! I’ll check with our new landlord to see if there’s any way we could get in there a few days early. That would make EVERYTHING so simple. If not, the POD seems like it could work, although I don’t know where we’d put it, and we’d probably have to get a permit from the city. I’ll also see how much it would cost to have a moving company just hold everything for a few days. Thanks for all the great ideas.