We’re going to road trip from LA to the farm, and we are going to do it in a car (we’re selling one of our cars). That means figuring out how to get our things from Los Angeles to our new home, without driving it there ourselves. I had heard of PODS and contacted them first. Whoa, pricey. Kept calling places and found the best option with http://www.upack.com. 1800PackRat.com started out quoting me higher than even PODS, but their customer service was fantastic and they were able to almost match upack’s quote. I almost switched the reservation just for their A+ service, but when you’re moving, every hundred or two hundered dollars counts! If you think you *might* move in the next six months, if you have even the slightest possibility, go online and get a quote generated ASAP. I did that a few months ago when we were tossing around the possibility, just to find out how much it would cost to move. Then, when the date was set and we were a month and a half out, I went online to generate a new quote with the exact dates, and the cost had almost doubled. Luckily, I had the old quotes and called and u-pack was able to exactly match their original quote, by just asking them to. We’re moving in June, which is a busy month for moving (Jan-April are less busy), so keep that in mind if you are flexible on your move. The way our move is set up, we chose a certain amount of feet inside a moving truck that we think we can fit our things into. If we end up using more or less, the quote changes $90/foot, up or down. When our things are loaded, they are secured with a “wall” and a padlock. There will be other things loaded in the remainder of the space.
Questions to ask the moving company: how are my items secured inside your truck? what level of insurance is included in your quote? is the tax included in the quote provided? are there any additional costs or is that the amount I will pay, as long as my things fit inside the space in the truck quoted?
Our moving truck drops off the “trailer” and we get three days to load it up. We lock it up, and they’ll pick it up. It will arrive 7-10 days later at the farm for us to unpack (the road trip we’ve planned is about 8 days, so we may arrive before our belongings).
Since moving cross-country is so expensive, its smart to sell all you can. Since I bought most of our furnishings on Craigslist or at thrift stores, it isn’t too hard for me to part with them. We’re keeping one bedroom set (selling one), keeping our dining set (wedding gift) but selling our couch and living room furniture. We’re taking our washer/dryer but selling our fridge. I’ve listed most of our things for sale on Craigslist and have had a lot of luck selling things. Husband was not happy to part with his drywasher, but that space hog would not do him much good in Illinois, where there isn’t desert (or gold) to drywash.
I’ve lived in urban areas for my entire adult life. I’ve never considered that internet might not be easily available & affordable. I’m going to be working remotely part time for my Los Angeles employers after the move, so I need to make sure internet is ready for us when we arrive. Husband needs to be able to do Skype meetings for his work. I went to price out the options, and kept running into “our service is not available in your area.” The satellite options have data caps at 15GB (we’ve used 99GB already this month, and there’s a week left in May). Now I’m looking for “small business” internet options, since all the “home internet” options have small data caps. Once I figure out the best option, I’ll let you know….