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Question #90426 posted on 10/01/2017 9:08 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am planning to move out-of-state in the next 2-4 months. I've lived in Provo for a while after I graduated BYU, but I feel like it's time to move on to new places (and my job is remote-based anyway so where I live and when I move is entirely up to me).

How do I move a medium-sized amount of stuff across state lines cheaply, safely, and anxiety-free?

I'm lacking on big furniture items (no couch, no bed frame, no kitchen equipment to speak of, etc.) Basically, I have enough worldly possessions for the 10'x11' bedroom I currently live in, and I'm concerned that hiring a moving company would be overkill for the amount of stuff I actually have (especially when some things, like certain IKEA furniture, I'd rather just buy replacements for when I get to my new city). I also have several friends who had terrible experiences with moving companies breaking or just outright losing their stuff.

Additionally, I know that I could rent a small UHaul truck, but I haven't actually driven in literal years. I technically know how to drive correctly, but I am concerned about my ability to make a major moving trip like that (alone).

How have you, writers of the Board, handled your out-of-state moves? Particularly if you posses more stuff than a college student has, but less stuff than a family of 3+.

Signed,
Moving and shaking

A:

Dear Mover and Shaker,

When I moved out to Florida, I packed everything into a small hatchback, which my mother and I then drove for 45 hours through 6 states. Admittedly I was moving into a furnished apartment, but I did have a few guiding principles regarding what to pack.

The way I looked at the move was from the perspective of a week, a month, and a year. Everything that I knew I would want or need with me in the first week after moving had a space priority, like pillows and clothes. This also included items that would be more trouble than they were worth to replace, like shampoo. Rather than adding to the stress of the move by forcing myself to find a store and buy necessities, I packed them with me. Basically, I packed as though I was going on a one week vacation, and made those items my priority.

Next I considered items I would want/need within a month, like dish soap and plates. I did some research about how much those items would cost to replace, and made my decisions within the frame of an established budget. Pots and pans were packed, but dish soap was added to a list of things to buy upon arrival. Finally, with what remaining space I had, I thought about the possibilities of change within the next year, and packed some memorabilia that I wanted to keep with me.

If you won't be driving, there is also the possibility of shipping your car, though in my experience that tends to be on the pricy side, and you have to trust your belongings to strangers. My actual move from California to Florida only cost about $600, whereas shipping my car would have been closer to $1,000.

I wouldn't recommend driving a long distance by yourself unless you're going to limit yourself to maybe six hours of driving a day. If you're tougher than me I'm sure you could do more, but I get lower back pain, and it gets really tedious staring at the road for so long. If you can invite someone to help you, that's what I would recommend, but otherwise I would spread the trip out as much as you/your budget can allow.

On the actual trip, take time to relax and unwind. Book hotels with hot tubs. Find local entertainment or exceptional dining options. Find ways to enjoy the trip and break up the drudgery. Download podcasts and audiobooks.

Love,

Luciana

posted on 10/02/2017 7:22 p.m.
Ok, so this is something I feel strongly about, so I'm going to make a recommendation. Upack moving is the BEST, and you should ABSOLUTELY get a quote.

I recently finished my bachelor's in Texas, and was accepted to grad school in Arizona. I planned on going back to salt lake for the summer in between. I had enough stuff that replacing it would cost thousands and be a pain, so I was trying to get it moved. However, movers would ALSO cost thousands, and somehow the cheapest and easiest second option involved a parent driving to Vegas, flying to Houston, making a round trip to grad school by uhaul (only a few hours from Vegas, but we had to go all the way back to Houston to avoid ridiculous rental drop off fees!), flying from Houston to Vegas, then driving to Salt Lake. This was still going to cost multiple thousands of dollars and would take a week of driving. Somehow found upack, and they quoted me $900 plus they'd store it. It got to the destination in two days.

The story didn't end there - a week later, my advisor emailed me to say that he was being considered for a position in Canada, would I like to come with him? I would. But now all of my stuff is in storage in a city I've never been to, and I have to move it from Almost Mexico to Halfway into Canada. Not only did the Upack people happily get me set up with a reroute, they gave me a HUGE discount because they were sympathetic to my situation and they're run by actual people. They also tipped me off to some visa problems I never would have caught, and pointed me in some helpful directions to smooth over paperwork.

Tl;Dr if you are moving anywhere not local, want your stuff to get where you're going quickly and safely, with no hassle and no ridiculous other city drop off fees, you don't want to pay through the nose and you want to be treated like a person, then Upack are your people.

- I swear I don't work for them.
posted on 10/04/2017 3:37 p.m.
I also used U-Pack. You pack your stuff into a truck, put up a wall and the rest of the truck is filled with something else that needs to be shipped, like office supplies. They drop a trailer off at your house, you arrange when they come back for it and pack it up. They drive it for you and will store your stuff for a few days.

You pay by per foot of space that you use, so you don't have to worry about getting to much it to little space. I think they also have pods, maybe it's another company that does pods, which are smaller and probably more your speed.

The only downside was they don't drop off or pick up the trailer on certain days, and once they drop it off you can't move it. We had to leave it about a block away from our new place because that's the only place we could fit a 25 ft trailer (of which we only used 17 feet) and we couldn't move it closer to our house when we were ready to unpack. A pod would fit in a parking space nicely.

We didn't want to drive a moving truck through the mountains during the winter, and going with u-pack eliminated that worry.

P.S. Pro-tip for Provo: a guy in my old ward manages the chick-fil-a and instructs his employees to save cardboard boxes so they can give them to people coming in looking for moving boxes.