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Old 07-28-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hi everyone,

I made the decision to move from Los Angeles to Austin this weekend. I'm very excited but first need a new job! I'm currently a Project Manager for a website so hopefully I can find a tech job over there. How is the job market for tech? Any tips on the best places to live? What else should I know before moving to Austin? I'm figuring I need to save about $4,000 to be able to have a nice, stress free move. What do you think? I only have a 1bd apartment to pack up but also need to take my car etc. I welcome any advice, opinions and all other comments.

Thanks so much!


Shannon
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:05 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Hey, shipping a car costs about $1000, fyi. Maybe more. I know I was quoted $1000 for my '73 Beetle. I was quoted less from other companies but then I read terrible things about those companies, so...

Also, moving usually costs WAY more than you think it's going to. Make sure you read Moving: How to avoid Moving Company Scams to research your moving company. It's very easy to get screwed. You can have moving companies come out and give you quotes on how much it'll cost to move your stuff. Mine was THOUSANDS more than I thought it would be (but I have a lot of stuff).

Also, you'll need to have first month's rent plus a security deposit and hooking up utilities usually costs way more than you think it's going to. Then there's the cost of actually getting there. Anyway, stuff to think about!

Anyway, just remember that you usually get what you pay for. I once went with a moving company (in L.A., by the way. PM me if you want to know their name) because it was cheaper than another company someone recommended to me. It was absolute hell. They took 4 hours to drive 40 miles and charged me double for it and then held my stuff hostage until I paid them $1500 for moving a one-bedroom apartment's worth of stuff. They're listed on movingscam.com, but I didn't know about the site back then (if it was even around). My point is, don't go with a moving company just because they're cheap because they have all kinds of ways of over-charging you.

Sorry, I don't mean to frighten you. I'm in the midst of moving hell myself right now, heh.

Good luck!
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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Try ABF/UPack. We hired movers off of Craigsist and used ABF to drive the truck. We moved a 3000 square foot house from Colorado to Austin and it cost around $2000. We drove our cars with our pets so that wasn't an issue.

If you want any info about IT jobs I can DM you my hisband's info if you'd like. He's the Director of IT at Robert Half (an IT placement firm)

Good Luck!
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Don't expect Austin to be a mini California and don't call the highways and freeways with numbers (183, 2222, I 35, 45, etc..) The 183, The I 35...It's just the number
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Try ABF/UPack. We hired movers off of Craigsist and used ABF to drive the truck. We moved a 3000 square foot house from Colorado to Austin and it cost around $2000. We drove our cars with our pets so that wasn't an issue.

If you want any info about IT jobs I can DM you my hisband's info if you'd like. He's the Director of IT at Robert Half (an IT placement firm)

Good Luck!
I thought about using ABF and hiring movers off of Craigslist, but I was worried that I wouldn't save any money that way and it would involve a lot more hassle. I worry about the movers overcharging me. i.e. I once hired movers off Craigslist to help me pack up some stuff and move it it into storage. They took about 3 hours to pack up 3 bookcases. It took me about half an hour to pack the other 3. In all, they charged me $1000 to move 1000 sq ft of stuff into a storage pod that was in my driveway.

ABF quoted me $3100 for a 28' trailer and $4100 for a 35' trailer (I needed something in the middle) to move me from Ventura, CA to Austin. Then if you add in the unknown amount to hire movers... and I wasn't really saving that much.

I'm probably going with Allied to do my move. They're giving me a binding estimate and they'll take care of everything but the packing for $7000.

I'm glad to hear your move went well, however. ABF is supposed to be a fantastic company.
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