(Closed) Best strategy for moving when I'll be in another country at lease end?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Based on experience, the storage unit is a recipe for disaster. Moving items twice means more damage and more risk of loss. It is also expensive. Is there anyway to pay to move on a week early or move out a week late when your fiance can supervise? Or do you know anybody you trust and can pay to oversee the move.

Get a hotel room for those nights.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

If you can’t avoid the two moves, I would spend extra to get the most professional company you can afford.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

liaeona:  Most movers have warehouses. You simply book the move out of one place on a specific date, and the delivery to your new place on a specific date. They will charge you for storage but at least your things are with the same people all the time.

You may have to book the movers for the 20th or 21st if you can’t find movers that work on Sunday. 

It really doesn’t sound like you have the time to be moving your things into and out of a pod. I would hire movers.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

The pod worked for me when I had a delay like this, it avoids the unpacking and repacking too. A good moving company can hold things in storage as well, like Bekins. But it will cost a lot more. I was very happy with them though.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

liaeona:  Have you priced out the move as described versus renting for an extra period of time? 

I have done a difficult timeline move twice. Once with super expensive, high quality movers that stored my stuff in their warehouse. The damage and loss wasn’t horrific but it was probably at least $700; and it’s impossible to collect on their insurance. 

The next time, I went with a less expensive mover and storage unit. Epic disaster. My furniture suffered tremendous damage – thousands of dollars. And they raped and pillaged us at the second location (long story). 

As such, going forward, I would pay the extra rent if that was an option. Second choice would be the expensive mover with the warehouse.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  zl27.
Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

liaeona:  I has the pod for a month and a half. I did use movers with it, it was super easy. I liked that my stuff was in there as I packed it. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

liaeona:  your extra half-month rent is going to be cheaper than hiring movers twice. Def get some movers’ quotes now, bc extending your lease is likely to be your cheapest and safest (for your stuff) option bUT you will need to talk to your landlord ASAP.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

liaeona:  In that situation I would get a pod.  That way you can pack it all up before you leave town, have it stored for a few weeks, then have the pod delivered when you are ready to unpack at your new location.

I would suggest packing a suitcase with essentials and storing it at a friend/family members pace so that you have a bit of flexibility on the day that the pod gets dropped off and you aren’t totally without clothes and other essentials.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

liaeona:  stinks to have to pay double rent but to be honest you probably would have spent about the same for 2 moves and storage…. I know that my move was about $900 for a 2 bedroom moving 3 blocks away and that was actually fairly low compared to a lot of the quotes we got

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