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Thread: Best way to move?????

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    We moved several times from down the street to 5 hours away. Small do it your self moves are the worst!!!! Packing yourself is not always a good idea as we spend too much time and do not pack right. Our last move was the 5 hour one. We had a 4 bedroom home with 3 two plus garages full of ? We needed to be out in 6 weeks. We sold stuff, gave away lots more stuff and threw out lots more. We started packing for 2 weeks and did not seem to get ahead. We then called in professional help (luckily DH's nephew was a mover for Bekins). We finished the rest of the packing 3/4's still left after we did our packing, in 6 hours that would have taken us 2 more weeks. Learned to do it right. Everything went into 1 truck including a car. Professional is the right move! Save yourself headaches and backaches, yes it costs more but is well worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pahega View Post
    Getting rid of "stuff" will be the biggest hurdle, I think. Sorting and deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be overwhelming. A lot of people suggest doing a yard sale, but I live out in the country 30 minutes away from a sizable town. People don't have yard sales this far out. What is the next best thing?
    We're getting ready to move after over 22 years in one place. We've been de-cluttering and find you have three piles:
    one for the trash; one to give away or possibly sell and one to keep. For the trash make a pile somewhere and hire a trash dealer to pick it up. We've taken many bags of things to the dump but have had one pile picked up and are getting another pile ready.
    The give away/sell pile is a problem. I've done yard sales in the past and find them a lot of work, so this time, I'm not doing that. I've taken many trips to Goodwill with items. You could call some charities and see if they will pick up things. If you have things you think you would want to sell you could try craigslist or ebay or have estate sale people look at them(this would work for furniture also). Unless something is very valuable you might give it away or trash it as a last resort. Small items of value could be moved with you and sold later.

    Getting rid of "stuff" is a hurdle but the only way is to pick a room and start.

    If you're moving locally it is usually calculated by time not weight as a long-distance move is. They will charge so much per hour for a truck and some men. With that in mind look at your "stuff" and ask yourself if it is worth the time it will take to move it out and into a new place. The more you move the longer it will take and the more it will cost. Also, if you are downsizing you need to keep that in you mind too. Will you have room for an item, do you really need it?
    I find that we've kept things "just because" because we had the room to keep it as you always think you might need it someday. Now I'm paying the price as I sort and move all that stuff out.

    Good luck in your move.
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    I don't empty dresser drawers. I put a blanket or something on top of what's in the drawers. take the drawers out of the dresser, move the dresser, put the drawers back in. Cover the dresser and bungie cord or tie down the drawers so they don't fall out. Saves a lot of time! whe you get to your destination, take drawers out, move dresser to proper spot, put drawers back in. I have been known to put photos in between clothes in the drawers. Mirrors and photos won't break in the drawers. I do as much as I can for myself.
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    I box up and move as much as I can in my car (household goods, clothes, small appliances) and leave the furniture and large appliances for a local mover to bring. Last time I got a little discount because my boss knew the owner of the company. If you have the furniture ready to go (I take the beds apart and empty all the dresser drawers), all they have to do is wrap it, load it, drive it over and unload it. I always have water and coke for them and I tip at the end of the trip.

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    This is especially good if you have any family with an open pick up truck and really don't want anything flying off the back.
    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    I don't empty dresser drawers. I put a blanket or something on top of what's in the drawers. take the drawers out of the dresser, move the dresser, put the drawers back in. Cover the dresser and bungie cord or tie down the drawers so they don't fall out. Saves a lot of time! whe you get to your destination, take drawers out, move dresser to proper spot, put drawers back in. I have been known to put photos in between clothes in the drawers. Mirrors and photos won't break in the drawers. I do as much as I can for myself.

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    Just one more, measure the new place to make sure what you want to take will fit.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    All My Sons just moved us from Tennessee to Florida-The moving men said my quilt room stuff was 3/4 of the truck-I laughed till I got to Florida, and yes, it was at least 1/2 of the truck-I haven't quilted for 6 months, stuff was packed by me, and all made it okay, was kind of scared with my 4 sewing machines, packed in the trolley cases, all were fine-I did get rid of a lot of my stuff though through the Salvation Army-they appreciated all-and less cost to move it all the way here.

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    Two men and a truck has moved us a couple times. I have heard horror stories about movers, so I move my precious items, photos and jewelery myself. Good luck!
    Last edited by jbingwell; 08-28-2014 at 03:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet View Post
    I've had "Two Men and a Truck" help me with small moves before. Maybe check them out locally. (Think they are nationwide, not sure.) Best Wishes on your move. I'm sure others can offer advice here too.
    Our daughter recently moved 8 hours away. She also hired 2 men and a truck. She had to pack everything but didn't have to lift anything...they were wonderful..very accommodating and polite...
    LilaKay...greatgramma to Brielle Mae

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    I definitely think hiring people to do all the heavy lifting and trudging up and down stairs is the way to go.

    I actually enjoy packing and I'm quite good at it, so I do that all myself. I like to buy most of my boxes so they're all the same sizes; I buy bundles in 3 sizes from Uline - I pick small, medium, and large size boxes and order bunches of each size. Small boxes are used for heavy things (books, rock collections) and really fragile things that I'll be carrying myself. Medium boxes for medium heavy stuff (kitchenware, general household stuff) and the big boxes are for lighter stuff and anything just too bulky to fit in a smaller box. I try to make each box similar in weight, to make life easier on the moving guys. I label boxes with the room location, and then in a corner I will scribble a short list of what's inside the box. I don't list everything, just a few things; I can usually remember what things are together in a box so that helps me find things very well.

    I don't buy packing material; I use clothes and linens and fabric and batting to pad all my belongings instead. I end up with fewer boxes overall that way and no packing material waste to dispose of at the new house.

    Some things, DH & I move ourselves - I pack a large box of things I will want immediately at the new house: stuff like toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic utensils, some bottled water, some hand soap, some dish soap, some windex, a basic first-aid kit; also stuff like extra packing tape and a box cutter...things that myself or the movers might want to use during the moving-in process or right away on first day. DH & I each also pack a suitcase for personal/precious stuff - medications, toiletry kit, spare change of clothes, all our jewelry and watches; also stuff like photo albums & an external hard drive that holds all our photos, etc. Those go into our cars. Anything extra fragile goes into a car, my PC and my main sewing machine go into a car. The dogs, cats, fish & birds ride in the cars. Any leftover perishables go into coolers that ride in the cars as well. DH also usually does another trip and puts all of his music equipment and guitars in the car and transports those himself. (Some of it is not replaceable; either due to sentiment or because it's vintage stuff that just doesn't exist anymore)

    At the new house, I put signs on each door so they know which boxes go where. My job, as they're moving stuff, is to flit around (out of their way) and smooth bumps and answer questions. DH focuses on getting the animals settled in somewhere safe and out of the way and also handles buying food & water.

    We usually buy pizzas or sub sandwiches for ourselves & the movers when the work is done, and keep lots of cold water available for everyone throughout the process.

    Good luck on your move!!

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    In our area, there is a company called Three Men and a Truck. They do excellent work. They moved my daughter and also a good friend. Would definitely check into them if I move.

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    We have the Two Men and a Truck in this area.
    We have lived in the same house for 45 years and do not plan on ever moving.
    I routinely donate things I no longer want so not as much stuff as you might think. The things I keep on small knick knack type things. A lot of them are put away as I got tired of dusting them years ago. I have lots of them in glass cases and they stay clean.
    I would strongly suggest you donate stuff you no longer want.
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    I have moved 10 times in the last 40 years. Each move I add a few more garbage cans on wheels to my collection. The lids are taped shut. This has worked best for me. The garbage cans hold a ton of linens, pots, sewing, etc. I just number the cans in a spiral notebook and they are ready for moving. I can handle the cans because of the wheels and they can take the weight. You have to use the better cans because the wheels on the cheap ones will split. The cans go to the room they belong in and depending on the need determines the ones that are unpacked first. My family has made fun of me for years collecting bubble wrap, but once moved and unpacked the bubble goes back into the cans for storage. This last move was 10 miles and I moved 1 room at a time, leaving the furniture but moving every thing else in the room. It was the easiest yet. I may have one more move and then I can get rid of the cans hopefully.

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    I have moved so much I should be professional...I have had the best experience with Atlas. I have used them several times and thus far they have been the best..

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    Both of my sons worked for a moving company when in college. A couple notes - You can buy used boxes from the moving company for way less than buying new ones, and they only keep the good ones to resell. And you can hire their guys through the moving company for what they refer to as "side jobs" to do the packing and moving for you since it is only 1/2 hour away (probably only on Saturday or Sunday if the company is busy during the week). They usually charge about $15 per hour per person. You can even "rent" their truck for the day. Also, the Salvation Army will send a truck to pick up any donated items from your house so you don't have to move it yourself.

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    Before you rule out the college kids, a lot of these are insured and bonded. Just because they are college kids does not mean they aren't professional business owners.

    Also, check with your local fire dept. In our area, the firemen work 24 hrs on and 24 hrs off so they often have a business like a moving company or a lawn care service they take turns working their days off.
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    I would contact the local big names in the moving industry and get a quote from 2-3 of them for DIY packing and them doing the moving and then them doing it all. You can get used boxes from the moving companies and often on Craigslist too. Get rid of all the "stuff" that you can. By packing yourself, you can use your linens, towels and the like to line the outer areas of the boxes- you could your fabric stash, too for wrapping. Make sure you bargain with them and ask if there is a day of the week that would be less costly. Purge stuff, bargain the move cost! If you get used boxes from them, ask about returning the dish barrels and wardrobe boxes for a refund of half their cost. Those boxes are so sturdy they hold up to many moves before becoming unusable. Ask the moving company if they have partially used rolls of tape they can throw in the deal at no cost. Make sure that every moving company you interview knows they are one of 3 or so that you will be considering. Nothing better than leverage especially when it comes to moving costs.

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