Post # 1
As if a wedding isn’t going to be costly enough, I just realized that I haven’t even budgeted, or looked at any quotes on how much it’s going to cost me to move (17+ hours) my things. EEP! Granted, I only really have my room (bed and bedroom furtinture) /wardrobe/car that I’m moving — but it’s still another cost I need to factor into the budget.
Sooo, if there are any LDR brides (or groom’s) that have moved long distances before/after the wedding, what company did you use? And approx. how much do you think I need to budget for this kind of thing?? I’m completely clueless
Post # 3
I havent’ moved yet -still researching my options, but I’m relocating about 1900 miles (midwest to west coast) and so far it looks like a U-Haul rental or a Pod will cost about the same (approximately $1300) – but the U-Haul price doesn’t include gas. I think if you use a company, the price may depend on whether or not you are moving to/from a big city. Can you drive your car or do you need it to be transported?
Good luck – moving is such a pain! But at least it means the distance part of the relationship is almost over.
Post # 4
@Miss Stella: I’ve been trying to crunch numbers for the possibility of moving, as nothing is set in stone just yet. U-Haul is the cheapest way it seems, or possibly doing the Pods storage that can ship it to your specific location. I think that was the slightly cheaper option at about $999. Still, a lot of money.
I’d just try checking out everything U-Haul, Budget, Pods, and there may be other moving companies out there that will move it if it’s not much. If you find any good deals, please share.
I’m trying to save about $350-400 a month to get enough cash for moving and covering deposit fees and such. But if you’re making the move, stress to him he needs to be setting aside funds, and if the worst happens, he has some extra cash to help you out on the move. Is he going to be joining you on the trip ? Or are you driving solo?
Post # 5
I moved to Australia from Chicago for a year and in a week we’re moving to Chicago form Australia, we sold all of our things/donated/gave it away because the cost to move things to other hemispheres is more than it would be to buy new things!
Post # 6
I am trying to figure this out, too. It will coincide with me completing my Masters, so I am anticipating that my parents will chip in a bit.
International moves are very expensive. But on the bright since I am a student: I have little furniture that I would want to keep. My only must-move-with-me item is my awesome desk chair. <3
Post # 7
Oh, awesome! Thank you for all of the ideas, ladies. Now I at least have a few ideas of where to start looking 🙂
@bmarie12: I will be driving my car down after the wedding, so I can take some of the smaller stuff with me! Fiance and I are also both about 45 min from major cities, so hopefully that helps as well 😉
@Silentlove: He was going to fly here, and, if we’re doing a truck, he said he would drive so I wouldn’t have to (especially alone) – although, I would be there with him. And, I’ll for sure keep everyone posted if I run across any deals! I did see that the PODS thing runs 5%-10% discounts occasionally – but that scares me as to how much they’re actually going to cost…..
@kingytobe: Good luck with your big (second) move that’s coming up!
@SnowflakeDS: You sound like me! I am paying for my master’s, the wedding & moving, too! lol
Post # 8
Hehe! My husband moved here to California from The Netherlands in Europe. Luckily he’s one of those guys that is a minimalist, so he was able to fit everything he wanted into our suitcases. For that distance, it’s not worth moving furniture. lol Oh and add in immigration costs to our LDR costs, wedding costs, etc. 🙂
Post # 9
@dodgercpkl: I wouldn’t move any of my furniture that long of a distance, either! It’s funny, you mention the suitcases, though, because a family member actually suggested that. They said to just sell the furniture and UPS the rest.. which, is brilliant minus the fact that my Fiance currently lives with his brother.. and all of their furniture belongs to the brother.. ahh 😛
Post # 10
I use to work for a moving company, and a lot of them will give you a free quote. Stevens Van Lines, United, Atlas, Redball, Wheaton. You probably have an agent or two in your area!
Post # 11
Good luck! I was extremely fortunate to be moved by my new company, so I don’t have a ton of information for you on the move itself.
But I might be able to save you $300 in late fees by telling you to research the auto registration requirements for your new state. I arrived in the state the day before I started my new job, which was a really dumb thing to do, because I had no chance to go to the DMV right after I began working (no vacation time! and the DMV is open only Monday through Friday!)
Long story short, I had to pay late fees and penalties for not registering my car within 20 days of moving. What kind of stupid rule is that? Oh right, the kind that generates money for the state, ugh.
So excited for you!
Post # 12
@Mrs.Oat: Thats a really good point! When I moved I paid about $130 to switch my registration and plate over. But here it goes by the year, make & model of your car. (not sure why) and if you still owe on it or not. Also here in LA you need a “brake tag”- which is only like 10 dollars, but it just shows you had your car checked out by a mechanic and its okay for the road.
Post # 13
@Lida: To be honest, I haven’t even thought about that! Thank you for brining it up! Yipes… Another thing I now need to buget for, lol. Although, the 20 days thing is a dumb rule, imo! But that was great for your new company to pay for your move! My current company paid for most of my grad school, so maybe I can find a new company that would be willing to pick up my move, too.. hmmmm…. ;o)
@misskarianne: Since I’ll be a LA gal, too, I need to pick your brain a little 🙂 — how soon did you switch your stuff over when you moved? Do I need to do it within a certain time, or is it just by the car & all that fun stuff?
Post # 14
have you thought of just selling your stuff; lot easier, you’re building a new life together may as well start your new life with new stuff; buy new stuff from the money you sold your stuff for; there’s still all that gas you pay for in the moving truck
I sold all my stuff on craigslist and in 3 yard sales, donated or gave away the rest, I’d say I made over $1000 plus my car for $11,000, and brought 5 bags of clothes with me to England; and paid air ticket and $50 for each extra checked in bag so an extra $150 on top of airfare
I just left two small boxes with a sister and my rocking chair with a brother; but my whole life was in 5 bags
Post # 15
I am moving from LA to Milwaukee and whatever does’t fit into my teeny tiny Beetle is getting either donated or sold. To me, it is not worth the thousand dollars plus to transport my things. If I had more expensive things I might reconsider but I don’t so it doesn’t matter to me. I kind of want to start fresh with FH anyways.
Post # 16
I will be moving after the wedding (FI is also moving from where he is currently living, but it will be well before the wedding so he will already be settled). Unfortunately, his company will pay for his moving expenses, but not mine. We’re considering having him sell most of his furniture (mine is nicer anyway, lol) and then using the moving $ to pay for my move/things. It sounds like it’ll be ~$2000 to use a company similar to Podz and then I will be driving my car out there. Renting a U-haul with a trailer for a car seems to be about the same price, excluding gas costs. I’m dreading the moving process!