I recently got a job that pays well with Medtronic (contract first, good signs for the future). I'll be paid handsomely and I need to start work on April 1st 2013 (or sooner). I have an apartment in Kalamazoo, MI until 5/01/2013. This is a 10 hour drive move, I have slightly less than 2.5 weeks to make it happen. What's the recommended way to do this, some combination of measuring, U-haul, gas cost, driving out there to check places out, figuring what to take, getting rid of the other stuff.... All that. I'm thinking Pods.com (based on Ask.Mefi post searches, along with friends and family, as of now). Input?
posted by ender6574 to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I need to be living somewhere in Minneapolis MN, dressed and ready for work as of April Fool's day 2013. There are a million variables floating around my head (should be addled brain) and each one depends on the others. Here we go:
The final compensation rate agreed upon got me so I need to start working on April Fools Day. I've done some research and it looks like if I find a place in NE Minneapolis, like Marcy-Holmes, Dinkytown or St. Anthony West then I'll wind up very happy with where I live; theaters, music, culture, and that would be 10-15 minutes of commute to my work site.
However, the apartments that I see online (apartments.com mostly, based on recommendation, please revise) are pretty much no vacancy until about May, they'll call me if that changes. I'm thinking that if pods.com does what they say, namely put a pod in my extra parking spot here in downtown kalamazooo, I fill it up, they pick it up, it goes to Minneapolis and I call when I'm out there and get the pod dropped off to the place I find, that would be wonderful. Any experience with that?
I'll call them tomorrow but if that's real (nearly all bad reviews, but it's the f*()&^ general internet, people write more when they're pissed than when they're happy hu-ha, that's why I Ask.Mefi. Rarely I do, gotta get the question right in your head or wait a week) then I can go up north this weekend, do the brakes on my car, introduce my girlfriend to my parents, then order up a pod, get my friends to help me move my stuff into it...
Yeah, there's also this girl I love. Love may not be the right word, I can't call her girlfriend, but I do want to plan all future endeavors such that she's with me in within 6 months... then all the married babies things that would make us officially adults. She's got a great dog...
So, gotta narrow this down to a place that allows dogs and then fundamentally figure if I move once or twice. Clearly I need to set up show in the new town and make a place for her to come visit and move to.
So, the plan is, I get a Pod delivered to my Kalamazoo place, get help to fill that up and make a call to have it moved, I drive out to Minneapolis (after doing all the brakes on my car this weekend) and some place to stay, while I do the ground work figure a good place for me to make a phone call and say "pod should get delivered about here, at approximately this time" etc. Then with some planning my friend Dan up in Brinkley drives his vacation taking ass on down to Minneapolis and helps me unload that pod at the place I'll specify. And we'll have a fun weekend :-)
So will that work? I would appreciate any advice whatsoever, I'm just making this up, and one of you must have tried something like this at some point...;-) Right?