Post # 1
As luck would have it, I will be out of the country May 27th-June 5th when my one lease ends on May 31st and the next one begins on June 1st. Fiance will be out of state that week. I am also traveling the week before (5/23-5/26) and week after (6/6-6/9), so essentially I will have to have everything packed and ready to go by Sunday May 22nd (and we will be driving back from a wedding that morning!). This also means that I will not be able to really move in until June 10th. Both places are in the same city, but I am trying to figure out what to do with my stuff–I can’t move it all myself, so I will definitely need to hire movers…I guess twice? Also do I get a storage unit, or do I use a pod? I’m really not sure what to do logistically here!
Anyone with experience of having to move over a spread out timeline? How did you handle it?
I’m also trying to figure out how to handle the nights of May 26th and June 5th when I’ll be home but likely won’t have any of my stuff–do I pack a lot of suitcases and leave them in my car? Air mattress? Or hotel? Gah!
Post # 2
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
If you can’t avoid the two moves, I would spend extra to get the most professional company you can afford.
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
zl27: I wish we could be flexible with the weeks, but there’s no way I’m paying an extra half month’s rent (would be around $700) to keep my uninhabited apartment longer, plus I doubt my landlord would even give me that option. The place we’re moving into is a friend’s place and he’s not planning to move out until May 31st, so an early move in is not possible either. 🙁 We don’t have a lot of friends in the city, and those that we do have also all tend to travel during the week. It’s a gross situation and I think the two moves are inevitable. A hotel sounds much better than a hardwood floor, I definitely am leaning that direction!
julies1949: that would be ideal if the movers could take care of it–would I be saving much money over storage+amateur movers though since, presumably, movers with warehouses cost more? We will be out of town the 20th and 21st, which also REALLLLLLLY doesn’t help. Life of a consultant, I swear.
BalletParker: How long did you rent the pod for? Did you use movers with the pod? I like the convenience of it for sure.
Post # 7
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.
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
Update (though probably nobody really cares 🙂 ):
I talked to my landlord and the person who was going to start renting my apartment in June had to pull out, so they are able to extend my lease for half of a month. This also means that we won’t have to hire movers at all since Fiance and Future Father-In-Law will be able to help me move! And I don’t have to be homeless or bedless and pack my entire life up in two days. So all around good news! 🙂 thank for the advice to ask about an extension! It’ll cost me around $700-$800 but is probably worth twice that in saved sanity.
Post # 11
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
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