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    movers... grumble

    So, I've gotten a few loose estimates for moving (fill out a form estimating your stuff online, etc). Appears to be in the neighborhood of $2500 for a 1BR (appx 700 sq foot apt). I've never done an out of state move, but I'm surprised its so high.

    If it was all out of pocket, I'd probably sell all my (mostly cheap) furniture and start over... but, I do get a stipend.

    Wondered if those out there with relocation experience have some recommendations for movers I should look into? If I could cut it down to $2000, I'd feel better. My relocation package is a little tight considering the enormous buy-out I (unfortunately) have on my lease.

    Option B is to rent a Uhaul, get a moving crew on each end- that would be around $1500 including a 1-way ticket back for him. My pops is more than willing to drive it, but creeping the corner to 60 I really don't want him to spend 3 days driving a U-Haul Truck.

    Thanks!

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    If you go option B, I wouldn't suggest U-Haul...Hertz-Penske has never done us wrong.

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    Get UA to drive. He could fly to MN, drive the truck (after loading it for you) and then no return flight.

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    Fuel surcharges right now on LTL (less than truckload freight) are as high as 40%. Moving anything on a truck right now is going to cost you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    So, I've gotten a few loose estimates for moving (fill out a form estimating your stuff online, etc). Appears to be in the neighborhood of $2500 for a 1BR (appx 700 sq foot apt). I've never done an out of state move, but I'm surprised its so high.

    If it was all out of pocket, I'd probably sell all my (mostly cheap) furniture and start over... but, I do get a stipend.

    Wondered if those out there with relocation experience have some recommendations for movers I should look into? If I could cut it down to $2000, I'd feel better. My relocation package is a little tight considering the enormous buy-out I (unfortunately) have on my lease.

    Option B is to rent a Uhaul, get a moving crew on each end- that would be around $1500 including a 1-way ticket back for him. My pops is more than willing to drive it, but creeping the corner to 60 I really don't want him to spend 3 days driving a U-Haul Truck.

    Thanks!
    Do you think that being 60 years old means he can't drive for three days, even driving a U-Haul vehicle?

    Unless he is in bad health, I would thank him profusely, and allow him to show his love and affection for his daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Get UA to drive. He could fly to MN, drive the truck (after loading it for you) and then no return flight.
    That's the quickest I've been volunteered for anything

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    Don't go the U-Haul route. Much more chance for problems and you're aren't saving much money.

    I moved out here (relocation package) about 1 1/2 years ago, and my girlfriend just moved out recently. Both of us had good experiences with the movers.

    I (my company) used Budd Van Lines.

    I can't recall which company she ended up using, but I'll text her in a while (when she's awake) and ask her so you can see about a quote from them too.

    Both of us had good experiences with little to nothing broken or scuffed.

    Side note: Moving is pretty expensive, and I think you are right about your furniture. If it isn't expensive, antique or sentimental, sell it and start over. I had a friend (co-worker) who had hopped companies and moved around quite a bit, he said a rule of thumb was that it cost nearly as much to move things as it did to buy them new, so don't keep heavy items unless you REALLY want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    That's the quickest I've been volunteered for anything
    Bet you'd willfully help her out, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Bet you'd willfully help her out, though.
    He'll be her new "string along"....like her old workout partner.
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    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    He'll be her new "string along"....like her old workout partner.
    Sorry, only one chica has ever strung me along....

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Sorry, only one chica has ever strung me along....
    Up til now, yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    - it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    He'll be her new "string along"....like her old workout partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Sorry, only one chica has ever strung me along....
    so far
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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    yeah, 60 isn't a big deal if he's in good health. Have UA fly in and help you pack, get some other helpers as well. DO NOT USE U-HAUL. Penske is preferred (nice clean, new trucks from what i've seen), I've also used Budget with no issues.

    The guy at u-haul used the wrong size ball on the trailer when we moved my sister to college. On the return trip, the unloaded trailer bounced off the ball at probably 60-70mph on the expressway. Thankfully, my dad was able to stay just ahead of it as it slid to a stop behind our minivan (the chains kept it right behind us). As it slid to a stop, it bounced onto its side and slid that way a bit, then flipped back upright. That was interesting.

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    yeah, 60 isn't too bad.

    We took a 17 foot Penske to NYC last year. To haul my daughter's stuff.
    I'm not 60, and I wish she had more friends tho

    But she did get us into the US Open.
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    I've used Budget quite a bit. I've never had anyone pay me to move, though.

    oh yeah, and all y'all can go smurf off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Do you think that being 60 years old means he can't drive for three days, even driving a U-Haul vehicle?

    Unless he is in bad health, I would thank him profusely, and allow him to show his love and affection for his daughter.

    East Hill
    Aw EH, you are on the right track as usual (and got me all teary eyed). But.. he isn't in exceptional health and should not be lifting things. I also worry about his comfort sitting in a truck for 3 days. Maybe I worry too much? I know, he's just a dad and he wants to be there. Personally, I don't want to sit in a UHaul for 3 days, and don't expect he should either- Anyway, If that is the case, we'll tow the car and I will ride with him.

    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Don't go the U-Haul route. Much more chance for problems and you're aren't saving much money.

    I moved out here (relocation package) about 1 1/2 years ago, and my girlfriend just moved out recently. Both of us had good experiences with the movers.

    I (my company) used Budd Van Lines.

    I can't recall which company she ended up using, but I'll text her in a while (when she's awake) and ask her so you can see about a quote from them too.

    Both of us had good experiences with little to nothing broken or scuffed.

    Side note: Moving is pretty expensive, and I think you are right about your furniture. If it isn't expensive, antique or sentimental, sell it and start over. I had a friend (co-worker) who had hopped companies and moved around quite a bit, he said a rule of thumb was that it cost nearly as much to move things as it did to buy them new, so don't keep heavy items unless you REALLY want them.
    but I REALLY like IKEA and there isn't one in CO yet?
    I'll look into some services besides U-Haul. Right now its looking like the do it myself route would be $1000+ cheaper, but I need to weigh a few things first.

    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    He'll be her new "string along"....like her old workout partner.
    lets be clear here. he is still the current workout partner, and current occasional cute date.

    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    yeah, 60 isn't a big deal if he's in good health. Have UA fly in and help you pack, get some other helpers as well. DO NOT USE U-HAUL. Penske is preferred (nice clean, new trucks from what i've seen), I've also used Budget with no issues.

    The guy at u-haul used the wrong size ball on the trailer when we moved my sister to college. On the return trip, the unloaded trailer bounced off the ball at probably 60-70mph on the expressway. Thankfully, my dad was able to stay just ahead of it as it slid to a stop behind our minivan (the chains kept it right behind us). As it slid to a stop, it bounced onto its side and slid that way a bit, then flipped back upright. That was interesting.
    scary experience! Glad everyone was OK. I'll look into some other companies.

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    A big problem with the "people to help" is I'm leaving mid-week. So, people available are slim pickings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
    But she did get us into the US Open.
    After we got busted carrying her and her roommate across the Tri-Borough Bridge in the back of the truck
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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    How about this, Arti? http://www.ssmovers.com/ Part of the money goes to charitable contributions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    How about this, Arti? http://www.ssmovers.com/ Part of the money goes to charitable contributions.
    great idea siu! I contacted them for a quote. that would make me feel better about my hard earned money (uhhh unless they want to suck up a lot more of it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    I'll look into some services besides U-Haul. Right now its looking like the do it myself route would be $1000+ cheaper, but I need to weigh a few things first.
    I still think movers is a better route, but at least try this route. Get one of the reputable movers to come out and do their free quote. Then at least you get a decent estimation of size/weight in their quote and can better guesstimate the online calculators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I still think movers is a better route, but at least try this route. Get one of the reputable movers to come out and do their free quote. Then at least you get a decent estimation of size/weight in their quote and can better guesstimate the online calculators.
    yup! I've got one lined up so far for next week, working on getting a couple more. I think they'll see I'm pretty possession-less.

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    Take pictures of your furniture before they move it. Take pictures of the walls they'll be bumping. Watch them while they're carrying things.

    Movers always damage something. Always. And most of the time you don't know it until they're gone.

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    Biggest cost of moving is the packing. And the most important part. A good pack job can survive the loading, riding and unloading part of moving, even the occasional gorrilla mover. If you do it yourself, how likely are you to take the time to pack things, wrap things and prepare your beloved IKEA junk... er, stuff (sorry, not a big fan of IKEA stuff - and trust me, after numerous military moves, I have a pretty good reference for solid furniture and, uhm, not so solid stuff) for being loaded into, piled on top of and generally stuffed into a truck?

    If you want to go the DIY route, you might check into just a packing/prep service (no idea if they exist or not) to get your stuff ready for you to load and haul.

    Otherwise, find a reputable company and bite the bullet. Any options on lessening the buyout of your lease?
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