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    Best way to move?????

    I'm going to be moving about a half an hour away and am wondering what everyone has experienced in moving. I'm 60, widowed, and don't want to do the heavy, labor intensive lifting and moving. I've accumulated so much stuff in a three story large home.... uuuggghhh. Have any of you had good experiences with moving companies, and if so who would you recommend? Have some of you just hired some good strong college kids and rented a truck? Are there other options out there? The last time we moved was over 30 years ago and we did it ourselves, but I know that isn't an option now. Thanks for any suggestions!!!

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    While the college kids would probably appreciate the money, unless you know them, I would not do that. You would probably be better off with someone who is bonded. I hate that we have to think like that but protecting yourself is smart.

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    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.

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    Thirty years ago we moved five miles, and obviously we were much younger. We paid a moving company $333 (odd I still remember!), and that was the best money we ever spent - probably. Our children were young and of no "muscle" help. We packed everything and labeled the boxes for which room it was to go. The moving men quickly put boxes where indicated. My husband and I spent the next couple of weeks at night after work (sometimes until 1:00 A.M.) getting everything unpacked and in place. I have always been the type of person who wanted things done yesterday! After three surgeries in nine months, I no longer fit that description. I could easily sit and look at the boxes now!!!

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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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    We have only had national name moving companies, North American, Allied, Mayflower and United. They were all pretty good. I wouldn't go with someone that isn't well known to be reputable. I think Two Men and a Truck specializes in shorter moves and they seem to be all over. I've had the movers pack, which I would really recommend for you. But first you need to cull out what you don't want and maybe call in someone who does estate sales so they can try to sell the stuff you don't want. We've moved 7 times and each time it's gotten harder to deal with. Here in Florida there are people who specialize in helping older people sort through and dispose of stuff before they move. Good luck to you.

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    We're thinking about moving in a couple of years, and what we plan on doing, is to yard sale or donate most of our "stuff", with the exception of my fabric and stuff, and tools, everything else, we'll buy used or new, so I'm afraid I'm not much help.

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    You can NEVER start too early to start packing. I used Xerox boxes that I have collected over the years since they are easy to stack being the same size. I don't know who my friend called but they were awful. I think it said College students of which they weren't. Broke numerous drawers in both the chest and dresser which still haven't been fixed.

    I would rent a storage unit near where you will be living and start to move all the small items into storage. That is what I had planned but since my friend was paying for the move, I agreed yo what he wanted done. Should have, could have but didn't!!

    Label every box with what is in it, what room it is going and number each box and be SURE to write ALL THAT information in a notebook. Time to start purging. Good Luck.
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    We moved Mom with "Two Men and a Truck" They were very careful and efficient. We didn't have to empty drawers. They wrapped the dressers in saran wrap, put them on the dolly and out it went into the truck. Anything breakable or of significant value - move yourself.

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    I also recommend the "Two Men and a Truck" kind of help.

    Last time we moved, I went online and found a company that provided moving manpower for about $50 per hour per man. I hired two men and they helped my husband move everything from the truck into the house. Turned out it would have been better to hire three men, as then there would have been two pairs of men working together to carry stuff in. My husband underestimated the amount of work, so the men stayed extra hours, but they did manage to get everything into the house in one day.

    Previously we had used a local company that basically sends out a small truck and a couple of men well-schooled in how to move things. They had come recommended from a friend, but I saw they are also listed in the yellow pages. They did a really good job moving a piano, and they were extremely fast and efficient moving things from one apartment to another. They did not have one of those big moving vans so, to move a large 3-story house, they would have had to make multiple trips. Or, perhaps they could send out several crews at a time.

    I have seen some horror stories about families using the large moving van companies to move households. There was one story on tv where the mother researched companies online in order to find a good one. They loaded up the entire house and then disappeared. They lost all their photo albums, including irreplaceable vintage photos of the older generation. Whatever company you use, save all the photo albums and anything else that could never be replaced for your own car.

    Edit: Here's a link to the "Two Men and a Truck" website where you can find more info.
    http://www.twomenandatruck.com/home

    Edit2: I just read through some of the reviews at the website, and it appears that quality varies a lot from one franchise to another. Be careful.
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-26-2014 at 12:16 PM.

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    a few yrs ago i used College Hunks hauling Junk. they charged me $100.00 to haul off two old recliners. Long time later i found my trash pick up company would haul off one chair for $15.00. Anyway, a well known company would be my suggestion after you clean house a lot. give to charity, etc. Weight is the cause of most of the high cost of moving.

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    I have a lot of antiques and collectibles and I've always packed the china and small things and moved them myself. I hired North American to move the big furniture and they were outstanding. They moved all my antique furniture without a scratch. They were good to work with and worked very hard. I've used them twice for short moves and would do it again in a heartbeat.

    I've never heard of any problems with large moving companies, but I have heard of a lot of people doing online research instead of talking to anyone and getting taken by a "company" that isn't licensed or even really a moving company. I stick with the large moving companies and check credentials when they arrive. I've always had good luck with my 3 moves in the last 20 years. Five if you count helping my mother move into and out of assisted living.

    Also, be sure whoever you use it insured and bonded. If they are, you have recourse should anything go wrong. Insured companies will cost you more, but they're worth it.
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    "Two Men and A Truck" also get my vote. They moved us a year ago, full size house with 14 years worth of hubbys stuff and another crapload of stuff I brought from my house of 17 years. I loved not having to take everything out of the dresser drawers and stuff. They wrapped everything in saran wrap type stuff and moved them as they were. They were very efficient.....picked up really heavy items and walked them to the truck like they were paperweights. If I ever have to move again.......I will definitely use them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KwiltyKahy View Post
    While the college kids would probably appreciate the money, unless you know them, I would not do that. You would probably be better off with someone who is bonded. I hate that we have to think like that but protecting yourself is smart.
    I agree. The biggest problem with just hiring a couple kids is that if they damage your tv or $1800 sofa, you're never going to see a dime. If you get someone who is bonded and insured, you'll have to file a claim but you'll be compensated for the damage.
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    From what many have said - the first thing to do is decide what you really want to take with you - and then get rid of the rest of the stuff.

    Probably much easier said than done.

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    We moved less than 5 miles from home to home we found a local company that offered a a few different options. We chose to pack and label everything ourselves. They came in packed the truck drove it to the new home and unpacked it. I had gone through and put signs on the differnt rooms...and they unloaded each box into the proper destination, and placed furniture where I wanted it. It worked beautifully. With my company I could buy packing and moving supplies from them I did a few things that I wanted heavy duty protection for. All the other boxes I bought used from Craig's list and garage sales other I got from the home improvement store.

    Biggest thing for us was to start packing very early and clearly label everything what room it went to for us anything without a label went straight to the garage. We also really looked at stuff do I love this? Will it fit in our new house? No to either of those questions it went into a garage sale anything that didn't sell went to good will...maybe I didn't make any money on it but atleast I didn't pay to move something I'm going to end up getting rid of anyway. We figure the money we saved on dr's bills and time off work was worth the cost of the movers...we recouped some of it by reselling all the moving boxes when we were done.
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    We've used Two Men and a Truck for single large items, like a piano or dining room set. For our big move (from one house to another a couple miles away), we used a national company. They provided all the boxes, and more boxes were available anytime I went over there and asked for more. They had specialty boxes for dishes and clothes, etc. I started a couple months ahead, going from room to room, filling boxes and stacking them. Got rid of a lot of stuff. I marked the boxes with their appropriate room, and then provided the house diagram the day of the move so all boxes ended up in the appropriate room. I don't recall how much it was, but it wasn't super expensive, probably around 800. We had one slightly damaged piece of furniture, but it wasn't a big deal to us.

    My daughter has always used movers that come in and pack up everything for you. That would drive me crazy as things just end up in whatever box has room in it. The packing was semi-organized if your belongings were all organized, otherwise the remote control ends up in a box with bath towels and dirty laundry and stuff from the junk drawer.
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    We just moved recently and eventhough the company paid to move us i would recommend many tips others have mentioned.
    1. Have a yard sale
    2. Declutter as if you are having your house ready to show. Meaning pack early and get it out of the way.
    3. Do not bring more stuff into the house than what is leaving. Ex. If you buy 5 bags of stuff at target 5 bags of old stuff needs to go out.
    4. Start finding home for your plants. Amazing how much space they can take.

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    These days you can have someone pack you, then move yourself.
    Or you can pack yourself, then have someone move you.
    And, you can have estate sales type places come give you evaluations and bids for the items you can part with after all these years, especially if you are moving into smaller housing.

    I moved self=packed a one bedroom house with no sofa, w/d, stove or refrigerator, from Austin, TX, to central VA, 7 years ago and the cost was over $2500. My father help with move financially, but I'd have felt it was worth every penny to have full, good help so I didn't have to exhaust myself at 62 years old.

    Best to you.

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    My friend used Graebel and was very happy with them. Not cheap but they packed attic and all cabinets and stored stufff in pods for a few months.
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    As your trip is only half an hour away, I would pack any treasures in small boxes that are easy to carry. Cart these yourself to the new house.Then have a yard sale of all the rest. You will only have a small amount to clean up afterward and no removal costs except for petrol. Then you can buy any new pieces of furniture you may need which will suit the new place. These will also be delivered by the company from which you have bought the items.

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    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?

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    Just a tip about packing boxes. We moved last year and I found this idea to be very helpful. Instead of labeling each box with the contents, I kept a book log- numbered each box and wrote the contents of the box in the book. That way, if I was looking for something specific, just look in the book and then try to find the box number. I did write on the box which room it was for. (i.e. kitchen # 21). We ended up with over 300 boxes- over 100 boxes of books and 50 boxes of sewing stuff. Oh my.
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    As others said, get rid of what you no longer need. Why pay to move it? Take all valuables yourself, especially jewelry, photo IDs (passport, etc)., legal papers, silver, coins, stamps...that sort of thing. We've always used national companies. My brother used a POD to move. If I had it to do over, I'd sell everything but linens and a few mementoes and buy furniture at the new place. The old furniture seldom suits, for some reason. IMHO
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    If you have some close friends, I'd use them. I used a nation wide company and found them lacking. So many of my totes were smashed, furniture damaged beyond repair, promised repairs never done, etc. The list goes on. On the other hand my mother used her neighbors and they were much better but they put a gas can in the wrong place and it tipped over all over the van so we had to air stuff out before putting it into the house. Overall though the friends were a better bet than the nation wide company and I paid them good bucks for the moving. Guess it's all what you're willing to accept with possible damage and/or theft.

    Good luck. I hope I never have to move again as I've accumulated even most "STUFF" since my last move 4 years ago.
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