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Old 06-26-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I'm trying to get ideas for when I am ready to move, so I appreciate any help.

I've already decided that with the exception of clothes and collectibles, I am getting rid of everything and buying when I get to my destination. I have thought about shipping what I can (depending on the cost vs. me taking it or getting a moving truck) to my father's down there. My problem is I have 2 piece of furniture that I DO want to take with me - a small curio cabinet that belonged to my grandparents and teh bureau they gave to my brother when he was born and later passed on to me.

What would be the best way to move those? I hate to get a huge moving van/company, but I want those items. Depending on moving costs (space, weight, etc.), it would probably make sense to ship my clothes along with the furniture. Unless there is another way to move the 2 pieces only of furniture.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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To clarify - I will pack what I can in my car. That will be some clothes and personal items, and all collectibles. Everything else will get shipped/moved in a van. But I won't have room in the backseat as I'll have my cats with me. Only what my trunk can fit.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Call local moving companies and tell them you only have a couple of items. If they have a move going that way and can fit your stuff on the truck they will.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Check out UShip. You list your items and movers going to your destination bid on your business. I sent a baby grand piano up the east coast using this service at a very reasonable price.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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Thank you!

I seem to VERY vaguely remember my unlce doing this with something going to my cousin in FL, but I thought they had found some local person who happened to be driving there. I was only 12, so I didn't pay much attention. LOL
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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This is the busiest period all year in the moving industry. Most full service movers have implemented weight minimums that range from 2100 - 5000 lbs.

Your most affordable options are to either rent a small trailer from U-Haul and tow the items down behind your car, or have the two pieces boxed and moved to destination via motor freight.

Personally I would recommend against using some the popular reverse auction freight boards like uShip because many of the carriers indexed there aren't licensed to handle shipping household goods interstate. Your stuff could end up in an impound yard or on the side of the street somewhere.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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RIKKI - I'm not looking to move *right* yet - any ideas when a slower period is? Besides winter? Is fall a bit better time?

I'm not sure I can tow anything on my car. I did think about driving a Uhaul and towing my car, but I'm not crazy about driving a Uhaul. Plus, does a Uhaul have enough room up front for 2 people plus 2 cat carriers? In my car, the carriers would be buckled in, in the back seat.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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Normally peak season in the moving industry ends in August, but this year is different because the real estate market is beginning to recover.

Even then, most interstate movers will only drop their off-season weight minimum to 1000 lbs. You only have couple of hundreds pound in both furniture pieces.

You need to rent at least a 16' truck to tow a car and then the combine length of the two vehicles will approach 30' long.

A 4'x7' uHaul utility trailer only weighs 240 lbs. and can be towed by most cars if not overloaded

U-Haul: Equipment specs
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:52 AM
 
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I wonder if Pods is an option with such little stuff. I'll have to look into that. I know my dad cleaned out his storage unit here, packed it into a Pods and had it shipped down south.

I need to find out of you can put furniture in one.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:07 AM
 
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Again, you're putting 200 lbs in a 3000 lbs box. Better to us a D type corrugated shipping container if you want to use motor freight to transport your stuff.
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