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Old 12-16-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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I'm a young single guy in my 20s, not many possession but will have to ship some stuff to my new location. So luckily no attachments, but I just can't see how you can move and stay organized? I'm interested in relocating to a new city and trying to figure out how this would go...

1. Quit my current job
2. Pack all my possession and send them to a storage facility in the new city via moving service (Cost ~$2000?)
3. Move myself to the new city via airplane ("free" via reward miles on credit card)
4. Stay at a hotel while I look for an apartment in the new city (~$500 across a week stay? Or also "free" via rewards credit cards)
5. Sign a lease (~$1000=first month, deposit, application fee)
6. Move possessions from storage to new apartment ($500?)
7. Look for new job

Should it really cost this much to move? Anyone here successfully deduct all these thousands of expenses on their taxes for relocating?

I'm not looking to pack my stuff in a U-Haul and drive across the country. To me that seems like a waste of time and energy.

Most of my possessions are small personal items, the only furniture I would ship is the bed. I paid $800 for a nice queens size bed only about 3 years old now. Is it worth it to ship? Do used beds actually have resale value? Don't moving companies have minimums? Without the bed it might be possible to just ship everything in about 4-5 heavy boxes via UPS. But then I have got boxes sitting around that would probably still need to go into storage anyway.

How can I minimize the amount of time apartment hunting while staying at a hotel during the first week?
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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I'm not looking to pack my stuff in a U-Haul and drive across the country. To me that seems like a waste of time and energy.
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Hmm what would you rather "waste" time and energy or money? Packing and hauling yourself is going to be the most economical route possible. Have you considered trying to get a job before you move? The expense of a flight or two to go interview may be worth it in reassurance rather than getting to the new town and having to stay in a motel praying you can get a job.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Why don't you go to the new place and get an apt. before you move? Fly there. Use your miles to do that. Then come home, load up your car, put the rest in boxes to ship, sell the bed, and drive? You will already have an address to go to. You will be able to skip the hotel and save enough to buy a new bed when there.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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Doing the packing and driving myself does seem like an inefficient use of my time... I'm looking for the most cost effective and organized way, not necessarily the cheapest way.

Also I'm going from NYC to most likely the west coast. So driving myself or a uhaul would be a long long trip. I also don't have my own car being from NYC.

However, I do see a big advantage to flying ahead of time to get the apartment and other things I might need. I could nail down the lease for a new apartment as well as establish a mailbox to start receiving mail. Ship everything to the new apartment.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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You want efficient and cheap. They may be mutually exclusive. You asked if it shoud cost this much to move. Eliminate paying for things you can do yourself.
First, you need to have a job in the location you want to move too (unless you are wealthy)
Rent an apartment in your new location.
Second. Pack all the belongings that you cherish...the rest give away, or sell, donate.
Drive your car, packed up w/ your clothes, electronics (you sold everything else)to your new place. Save your reward miles for a visit home ( you may get homesick)
Save the moving fees, the storage fees.

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Old 12-22-2012, 12:40 PM
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There are cheaper places to stay temporarily than a hotel. Also, what things do you have that you need to keep? If you're 20-something, it can't be much. Think about if it is really that important.

Otherwise, if you have money to support yourself while looking for a job then just go for it. Me, I'm moving cross-country soon but everything will fit in luggage. So I'm just hopping on a plane and going.
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