Please help us plan our move.
May 6, 2010 6:14 AM Subscribe
Please help us complete a cross-country move efficiently and cheaply. How? Keep the cars? Keep the stuff?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (29 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
We're going to be doing a cross-country move at the end of the year. Unfortunately my new job doesn't cover moving expenses. Thus, we'll either be paying for it or doing it ourselves. (Anon because our current employers don't know.)
Other items of note:
- We have a toddler. Our time to pack is pretty limited.
- We're pretty thrifty and good bargain hunters.
- We'll probably be living in a rented apartment for 6 months while we look for a house. Thus, much of our big stuff will be in storage.
- We just did an in-town move, purged a lot, but it still took each of us nearly 2 weeks off (on and off) to complete the move. We paid ~$600 for movers to take our stuff from one house to another.
- Our books are still all boxed up, so we could Media Mail them. We already purged all non-essential books in the last move.
Question 1: any ideas on how we could do this move? We could pay for a moving company ourselves. We could drive cross-country with a UHaul. Other options that we don't know about?
Question 2: What about our cars? 1 is a paid-off 11 year old Station Wagon. 1 is a 8 year old not paid off Diesel VW bug. Would it be best to just sell them here rather than tow them? (We're moving to a city where we'd probably only need 1 car, but we'd prefer to have a station wagon be that 1 car.)
Question 3: I need some sort of formula or set of rules to determine when items are worth moving (in terms of monetary values and deprecitation as well as pain-in-the-ass-ness of disassembling and reassembling or packing and unpacking.) (And maybe the answer is that it is always worth keeping stuff you already own. I'm open.)
Some examples of stuff to consider:
- 4-year-old flat screen TV, purchased for a few thousand. Certainly could get a better one for cheaper now.
- Bed. We have a full sized bed and bed frame from Ikea. We'll be getting a King for the new house. Move and keep the full for the guest room or Craig's List?
- Kitchenware. None of our kitchen stuff is of especially good quality nor am I attached to it. Packing dishes, glasses, and mugs is a huge pain in the ass.
- Ikea/Target cube bookshelves.
- 5 year old Ikea couch with some wear. VERY HEAVY.
- LazyBoy recliner.
- 2 Target ~$50 club chairs.