We're moving. Now what?
August 14, 2006 12:08 PM Subscribe
Oh god, not another moving/travel question. Oh, but it is! Eattheweak and I are picking up and moving from Denton, TX to the Olympia WA area in about seven weeks. We've done nothing to prepare and now it's crunch time. You can bet your britches that there's
We're done with the south. It's time to get out. His parents live a few hours away from Olympia, we both like that area of the country. So now what?
We need to find a place to live first and formost. We have to decide on it sight unseen. Where do we start? We've been looking at a variety of apartment sites, but it's hard to actually figure anything out from that. Same goes for the apartment rating sites. Those are just filled with people who hate them or the apartment managers trying to inflate the score.
We want something cheap but not slummy. Somewhere we can just be left alone as long as our rent is on time. I will be working in Lacey and he hopes to be going to Evergreen State. We're also noticing that Denton and Olympia's version of cheap might be very different. What is the usual price for an ok one bedroom apartment?
Next, we'll be driving. We're planning on going from Denton to Santa Fe, NM (to celebrate my birthday) then to Pheonix, AZ then getting through LA as quick as possible and just head north. Anything we keep an eye out for or be on notice about? He can legally drive and we were considering getting me a learner's permit in Texas (he's 27 and I'm about to be 25). Will this cause any problems with the other states?
As far as we can figure, unless we want to drop a couple thousand dollars there is no way for us to move big stuff like furniture (2 desks, a bookshelf,and an end table to be exact). So we're thinking that we'll ship things like records and video games and books media mail to his parents and pack anything that'll fit in the 99 Chevy Malibu and just leave everything else behind. Any other solutions worked for you guys?
Basically we're one huge ball of stress and any help you can give to guide or direct on the travel or living in Olympia front will be greatly appriciated.