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Old 09-06-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Jeez, I'd hire a mover. I bet the cost will be comparable and you won't have to do anything but back. We moved a 3BR 2 BA house (with finished basement) and there are 5 of us, for $3000 last summer. I can't imagine a mover would charge you much more than $1200 for what you have and you save yourself a ton of aggravation.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Seems like that big moving box they leave in the driveway, some companies will move them for you, so check on the pricing. There is no way I'd move cross-country with any kinda U-Haul.

With that said, you COULD give the tables your folks gave you back to them for safe keeping or to a close relative, and you can take the money you'd get for your sofa to buying a new one when you get where you're going, so your parents will not have wasted the effort that went into getting it for you. What I'm getting at is, I wouldn't take ANYthing that I couldn't fit in my car. It can get pretty rugged going West.

Now, I'm not sure when you're going, but if you've already accepted the invite to the grad school, what I say now won't matter. But if you're still not committed to going out West for grad school, might I suggest if you stay in your state, it will be cheaper, and if you stay on the East Coast side of the Appalachian Mts, then you can move your stuff any way you want and probably be okay. There are so many good schools over this way, with every possible grad school subject, I just wish you would reconsider your move to the hinterlands.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Seems like that big moving box they leave in the driveway, some companies will move them for you, so check on the pricing. There is no way I'd move cross-country with any kinda U-Haul.

With that said, you COULD give the tables your folks gave you back to them for safe keeping or to a close relative, and you can take the money you'd get for your sofa to buying a new one when you get where you're going, so your parents will not have wasted the effort that went into getting it for you. What I'm getting at is, I wouldn't take ANYthing that I couldn't fit in my car. It can get pretty rugged going West.

Now, I'm not sure when you're going, but if you've already accepted the invite to the grad school, what I say now won't matter. But if you're still not committed to going out West for grad school, might I suggest if you stay in your state, it will be cheaper, and if you stay on the East Coast side of the Appalachian Mts, then you can move your stuff any way you want and probably be okay. There are so many good schools over this way, with every possible grad school subject, I just wish you would reconsider your move to the hinterlands.
For moving out West, I've definitely come to the conclusion that I will be selling a lot of stuff and packing everything else in the car or in relo-cubes.

The closest schools to NC that I was accepted to was Florida State and Auburn. I am strongly considering FSU, but I'm still thinking I'd like to experience living somewhere besides the South for a change. I was also accepted to University of Missouri, but it's not my top choice currently. I'd easily take a Penske truck to all three of these states.

My move would take place in the spring, so I have some time to think it over. The cost of tuition is irrelevant to me because I am receiving a tuition waiver and assistantship in return for teaching some undergraduate courses.

University of Utah offered me essentially the same package as FSU, so those two schools are on the top of my list. I've got a lot of thinking to do in the next few months... It would obviously be easier to move to Florida, but I'd probably enjoy SLC over Tallahassee.

One last concern is my parents and family. They obviously don't want me to move far away, but support my decision regardless. If I wanted to pay them a visit, I could drive up from Florida, even though it would be putting a lot of miles on my car. I'd definitely have to fly home from Utah, and I'm sure the plane ticket would be at least $400 from SLC to RDU. I could probably drive up three times a year from FL, but I'd probably only be able to fly to NC once a year from Utah. Also, my grandparents are getting old and it would be nice to stay closer to them.

Decisions... decisions...

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Old 09-07-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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For moving out West, I've definitely come to the conclusion that I will be selling a lot of stuff and packing everything else in the car or in relo-cubes.

The closest schools to NC that I was accepted to was Florida State and Auburn. I am strongly considering FSU, but I'm still thinking I'd like to experience living somewhere besides the South for a change. I was also accepted to University of Missouri, but it's not my top choice currently. I'd easily take a Penske truck to all three of these states.

My move would take place in the spring, so I have some time to think it over. The cost of tuition is irrelevant to me because I am receiving a tuition waiver and assistantship in return for teaching some undergraduate courses.

University of Utah offered me essentially the same package as FSU, so those two schools are on the top of my list. I've got a lot of thinking to do in the next few months... It would obviously be easier to move to Florida, but I'd probably enjoy SLC over Tallahassee.

One last concern is my parents and family. They obviously don't want me to move far away, but support my decision regardless. If I wanted to pay them a visit, I could drive up from Florida, even though it would be putting a lot of miles on my car. I'd definitely have to fly home from Utah, and I'm sure the plane ticket would be at least $400 from SLC to RDU. I could probably drive up three times a year from FL, but I'd probably only be able to fly to NC once a year from Utah. Also, my grandparents are getting old and it would be nice to stay closer to them.

Decisions... decisions...
If you do end up at FSU, keep in mind, you can get really cheap flights to NC on allegiantair.com. Sometimes $19.99 each way. Be sure to check on Wednesdays when they update the prices.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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You may also want to check out Movingplace and Movex. They do the same thing as Upack. I had good results with Movex a couple of years ago.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:41 AM
 
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According to their site, Movex ceased operations in 2011. Movex - Self Service Moving Truck Rental Alternative
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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This is my experience. I am moving from Phoenix, AZ to Chicago, IL for graduate school. I currently reside in a 2 bed/2 bath apartment, approx 1,000 square feet. My girlfriend, and our 2 cats are also coming along.

We actually sold our small sedan for a larger SUV and profited decently on the sale. We did this because roof racks for our sedan were impossible to find and the "generic" ones did not fit.

We looked into all sorts of cube systems. But something I found out was: in Chicago, door delivery is not allowed. Therefore, we would have had to hire movers for an additional cost. Also, high end electronics are not advised to be put into those cubes. Our neighbor here works for FedEx, and she said it wasn't worth to ship the TV because there is no guarantee it won't break in shipment and to get a create alone for it is $250.

Depite some of our furniture being new, Pottery Barn or La-Z Boy, we opted to sell everything. It's easiest for us. We also almost considered getting a trailer, but alas, that isn't worth it for us either as our bed may not even fit in it without purchased the biggest one possible.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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Smart man! You'll do just fine in both grad school and life. She be wise to marry you now!

The rising cost of fuel and insurance make the cost per hundredweight to move more expensive than most of the stuff is worth. That's why experienced expats only plan on taking a few boxes of personal effects.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Indiana
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Sell as much as possible, store the rest with your parents. Take what will fit in your car. Furniture can be easily replaced quite cheaply via craigslist, thrift stores,yard sales, etc. This will also make it easier to make your move into a bit of a sight seeing trip. Stop to see things of interest on the way if possible. You will create memories that will last far longer than your possessions.
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