Post # 47
Only time in my life we have ever had.movers was right after.my dad got.out of the military and into corporate work and we moved from Chicago to Texas. And they broke an heirloom antique clock.
I have heard too many horor stories (one on here where a poor Bee lost half her stuff and the rest was trashed!) To trust anyone else with my stuff. We have friends and generally cooking dinner and providing lunch is enough for them. And we go help when they move. No way I would ever pay hundreds for someone else. Plus BIl loves packing stuff so far be it from me to stop him!
I guess it might be different if I lived in a huge city and a huge apartmemt building with stairs but we have and always will live in suburban areas with a.max.of two story apartments.
Post # 48
Pack yourself and hire movers for at least the big stuff.
I’ve definitely gotten pickier over which friends I’ll help move. If you are just being cheap and picking a vacation over hiring movers then I’m not going to help. Like someone else said, it’s hard work and no one enjoys doing it.
Post # 49
I’ve seen a bunch of poster on movers breaking things. That’s true, but keep in mind – if you pack poorly, you’ll damage things too! Some small amount of breakage in any move is expected and then be happy if there isn’t really any. My parents were military and I moved a lot (7 times after college) too. I think the only time we had an issue was the last one when a box of CDs/movies was stolen. My parents had full insurance that move because it went into storage for a while (it was their final post-military move) plus fairly detailed records, so they were ok. We were also lucky it wasn’t any home videos. But that happened once out of say, 20 moves.
Post # 50
I will never allow friends to move us again. While I was very grateful for their help for our first move when we were 22-23 ish, it ended up being a very expensive nightmare. Not only was just about everything we owned damaged, but so was the inside of my place, my fiancés old place, and our new place. Nothing was organized, things were literally throw into the truck and then throw up the stairs….like boxes with breakables inside!!! I had a set of extremely expensive end tables that were put legs up in the truck and then slid across the floor of the truck from one end to the other…It took everything I had not to burst into tears in front of 4 of his friends. It was so horrible. The chandelier by my front door was taken out with the couch. & everyone laughed. We had to replace just about every large piece we owned and I can’t even think about the cost to fix all the damage. Not to mention that it took alllllllllll day long. We’re in our 3rd home together since and we have always used professional insured movers. It ends up being ridiculously cheaper. My mother Moved us from New Jersey to Florida in 1996. If you are going to move between states, I highly recommend getting your own truck, hiring licensed insured movers to load your truck to your specifications, and then YOU drive your truck to home sweet home and hire movers to unload. It worked great for my mother. Nothing was lost or stolen or gone through and it was a lot less hassle then losing everything you own.
Post # 51
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@HisNightOwl2014: Every time I swear that I am going to pay movers and every time I end up moving everything myself. TV, big furniture (king sized wooden bed with huge headboard, footboard and frame, dining set, etc…) and all. With all of the deposits (first, last and security was over $2000) we put down to move this last time I couldn’t stomach another $300+ on movers. We rented a Uhaul and moved everything ourselves. Bonus: My FH got winded moving a piece of furniture and decided that he was going to quit smoking because he felt it was finally catching up to him.
Post # 52
thats what i plan to do box/pack everything my self and then let them move the heave stuff and boxes ; ) last time they did brake a lamp ; ( but it could have been the way i packed it too but yup ill pack the boxes and mark them myself its the heave stuff i dont want anyone moving (friends,family) and my flatscreen tv lol the movers wrap them itams nicely
Post # 53
Before my last move, I was all about DIY, then my husband nearly killed himself trying to carry my huge wooden dresser down narrow stairs. After that, we used an amazing moving company that came and helped us pack things, moved and placed all the large items in our new place, and SUPER quickly! I will never go back 🙂 We have to move often because of his job, and they pay for the movers now, so that helps.