The best way to move across the country?
January 12, 2009 1:53 PM Subscribe
What’s the best way to move halfway across the country if I’m leaving the biggest items behind?
posted by inatizzy to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
For me, "the best way" = a balance between lowest cost, least hassle, and best protection of my stuff. I do not have my own car. If you've moved long-distance before, what worked or didn't work? How did you decide which items to sell off and which to bring with you? Details:
I'm moving from the east coast to the midwest at the end of next month and will live with my parents for a few months before moving abroad. I'm selling off a lot of things beforehand, including all of my furniture. (unless you tell me otherwise.) But I still have a lot of stuff to get from point A to point B.
First, the easy ones: books, small kitchen items, DVDs, office files and supplies, clothing/shoes, and other knick knacks. These are able to be packed up in boxes and shipped UPS ground without much trouble or worry, I think.
But what about these types of things, which are more delicate/bulky?
1) a couple of computer mini-towers, a Mac Mini, and two external harddrives.
2) a widescreen LCD monitor without its original box (I should've kept it, I know!). It's about 19" on the diagonal.
3) a couple of vases.
4) sentimental photographs, and other memory-filled items. (I keep a lot of things like that and am a little scared to ship them UPS.)
5) sentimental mugs and pint glasses
6) some heavier/bulkier things, like a couple of tents and tarps, framed wall hangings, pillows, blankets/linens, some board games, etc.
I've looked into PODS/Door-to-Door moving solutions as well as a one-way car/van rental, and both come in around $1000 or more. For the sake of price comparison, I priced out a 40lb box, 20x20x20" via FedEx home delivery and it costs about $30 each. Hard to say how many boxes it will take; I don't think I'll know until it's all packed up, though. (FWIW, I live by myself in a small apt that has one bedroom, a living room and a galley kitchen, if that helps to estimate the amt of stuff I have?)
Unless I wind up driving, I'll spend about $200 on a one-way flight, as well.
So given all that, what would you think is the best way for me to move myself and my stuff? Any creative solutions I haven't thought of? Thanks in advance for your advice. :)