Post # 1
Hey everyone! I am relocating to California in a little over a month and trying to figure out how to get my things from point A to point B. I don’t have a lot to move – no furniture aside from 1 side table and a small folding bookshelf. I’m estimating 7-10 cardboard boxes and 2-3 large tupperware containers tops.
Originally we had a fun idea to get our friend who wants to come visit to drive a rental truck across the country, but HOLY GOD that’s so expensive – cheapest quote I can find is $1,600. There’s no trailer hitch on his car, so a trailer is out and apparently NOBODY rents cargo vans for cross-country trips? Every site I’ve been to has given me NOTHING for the dates/times I need. Bah.
So I’m looking at movers now. I really, really didn’t want to go this route as I’m terrified about having my precious few belongings stolen/damaged – but it seems to be the only way.
Can anyone give me some recommendations for companies to look into? Or how the heck to do this? I’m already getting rid of 75% of what I own for this movie, but there’s some stuff I really can’t bear to part with.
Post # 3
Bumping this for the evening crowd 🙂
Post # 4
Can’t help you with moving companies, but welcome (soon) to San Jose! That’s where I live 🙂
In the past I know people who have used Starving Students for their moves – here is some information about their long distance services http://www.ssmovers.com/moving/long-distance.php
Ideally maybe you could find someone moving from the same area and split a truck with them?
Post # 5
Unfortunately a lot of long distance movers come by their reputation for a reason :/
I know you said you don’t have a lot of stuff, so this may not be worth it for you at all, but ABF/U-Pack might be an option. They either give you a moving cube (I actually don’t know the size off-hand) or you can reserve space in one of their 28′ trailers. I haven’t used them yet but have them booked for my Canada to US move coming up and they were by far the most affordable option for long distance moving.
The other possibility is if your friend is interested in driving his car with a trailer, trailer hitches are relatively inexpensive – although someone more car-savvy than me might know better if certain kinds of cars really can’t have hitches attached.
One final possibility is ditching what little furniture you wanted to bring and shipping your boxes through UPS/Fed Ex or possibly even through USPS? I know for sure you can ship through UPS and presumably other couriers, and it’s certainly less expensive than movers. I had considered getting rid of all furniture and non-essentials and just shipping the key things, when the cost of the long move was really getting me down.
Post # 6
Oh my gosh, this is the exact move we just did last fall! From Syracuse to California (but we’re in LA area).
For your situation I would really suggest you consider renting a minivan from like Budget or Alamo. The ones with the fold flat seats hold so much stuff in the back, and they are SO much cheaper than renting a cargo truck. I once rented one for 3 days in Florida to drop off in Syracuse for $40. Can’t beat that.
We had way more things to move (a 4 bedroom house worth), but for what it’s worth, we went with Atlas. I worked with Mark Bell at their Syracuse office and even though he could be a little quirky/weird, he knew what he was doing. He was within $100 from the actual amount with his estimate which I was very impressed with. Everything arrived save and sound. No idea if pricing would be worth it with such a small shipment, but might be worth a call.
Hope that helps!