I've been tasked with moving the contents of a friend's storage unit in Seattle to his new home in San Francisco. The locker contains six dining-room chairs, a large pendant lamp, and a few more boxes of miscellaneous household items. I boxed everything but the chairs (
, to give you an idea of the total volume) and have been trying to find a way to get this stuff to the bay area for less than $1000.
Here are some services I've looked into:
: Their rep said he can give me a full quote, but he knows it's going to be in the $2K range.
: They won't ship point-to-point. I'd have to rent a truck (and an assistant) to get the load to their facility in Seattle, and they'd deliver it to another FedEx facility in Hayward. The load's owner would then have to rent yet another truck to retrieve the stuff and get it to his house in the city. The bid was $818, but once you factor in the costs of two local truck rentals and an assistant, it's not that great a deal.
: this is the PODS-like arm of the U-Haul business. They want $919 -- but again, that's between facilities, not door-to-door.
: These guys came in cheap at $843. I was halfway to booking. Then I read their Yelp reviews
and realized why their offer was the lowball. Seems too risky.
At this point I looked into simply renting a U-Haul truck and making the drive myself. I can get a 10-foot truck for $752. Enough milage is included to make the 850-mile journey without including extra charges. However, the estimate does not include fuel, my return ticket, or the night's lodging I'd need if I did it myself.
Any other ideas, please, hive mind?