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Old 07-06-2013, 05:41 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

I am really in a bind. I need to move my stuff cross country for under $800. I am flying over and I can have my stuff shipped to a storage unit or my aunts garage. (Preferably storage)

I'm selling all my furniture in Chicago
I'm only moving a room of stuff (A few books, clothes, shoes)
and some kitchen appliances (pots, pans, plates, blender, utensils)
Other things include about 8 Paintings (very light canvases) plus a vase.

I guess you can count it as a Studios worth of stuff.

Do any of you have suggestions or recommendations of moving companies to consider.

I heard to check out UShip and I saw some people list they got quotes way less than $800 in reviews. However the scam reports do have me a bit wary...

The most promising option I've seen is companies like PODS (which is sold out) Since its a storage unit already! However I've been reading how people are being quoted about $2000???

*sigh*

I feel really frustrated and hopeless. So any suggestions would be a great help ...

Hope your day is going well, and thanks in advance
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:14 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm (planning on) moving a room of stuff (A few books, clothes, shoes)
and some kitchen appliances (pots, pans, plates, blender, utensils)
Other things include about 8 Paintings (very light canvases) plus a vase.
I guess you can count it as a Studios worth of stuff.

...suggestions or recommendations of moving companies to consider.
You really don't want any of movers for things that will fit into X cardboard boxes.

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The most promising option I've seen is companies like PODS...
How many cardboard boxes do you have?
If that number even begins to approach a POD full... start thinning.
Start thinning anyway... get down to 10 or 12 boxes. (12x12x18 =1.5 cube)
Then ship them.

The next level of savings would be driving down with the heavier boxes.

hth
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:17 AM
 
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Do you have a car that is going? If so then I would try to fit the items in there.
Have you priced storage units because they can be expensive especially over time?
Some of those items you listed such as pans it may be cheaper to just buy new ones. I would check the better business website for the companies you were suggestion to see if they have complaints.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Just have it all shipped/mailed. Use UPS ground. That's got to be less than $800. Doesn't sound like you have anything really large.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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You really don't want any of movers for things that will fit into X cardboard boxes.


How many cardboard boxes do you have?
If that number even begins to approach a POD full... start thinning.
Start thinning anyway... get down to 10 or 12 boxes. (12x12x18 =1.5 cube)
Then ship them.

The next level of savings would be driving down with the heavier boxes.

hth
Hi! Thanks for the response. I don't have the option to drive down at this point. Ya the amount of stuff I have won't fill a POD. Yet I see even then people shell out money in the 1000 dollar range. I was told to consider shipping barrels or FedEx to stay within budget???
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:53 PM
 
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Do you have a car that is going? If so then I would try to fit the items in there.
Have you priced storage units because they can be expensive especially over time?
Some of those items you listed such as pans it may be cheaper to just buy new ones. I would check the better business website for the companies you were suggestion to see if they have complaints.
No I dont have a car. I'm simply flying down. In regards to the storage units, very good point. Which is why I'm considering shipping it to my Aunts house. Thanks for the feedback
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:54 PM
 
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Just have it all shipped/mailed. Use UPS ground. That's got to be less than $800. Doesn't sound like you have anything really large.

Ya it's coming down to just using UPS or FedEx it seems. The only concern would be things made of glass I guess. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Ya it's coming down to just using UPS or FedEx it seems. The only concern would be things made of glass I guess. Thanks!
You can even have your stuff wrapped and shipped for you. I used a Mailboxes, Etc., place once for that. Paid them to wrap and ship things. Nothing showed up broken.

If you do it yourself, just wrap the heck out of everything with bubble wrap. You can get a big roll of it at office supply stores cheap.

Also, a pretty cheap option for boxes, is to buy a pack of file storage boxes at the office supply store. You put them together yourself. Then boxes are uniform shape/size and they're pretty light weight, too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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You can even have your stuff wrapped and shipped for you. I used a Mailboxes, Etc., place once for that. Paid them to wrap and ship things. Nothing showed up broken.

If you do it yourself, just wrap the heck out of everything with bubble wrap. You can get a big roll of it at office supply stores cheap.

Also, a pretty cheap option for boxes, is to buy a pack of file storage boxes at the office supply store. You put them together yourself. Then boxes are uniform shape/size and they're pretty light weight, too.
Great suggestions and advice! Thanks so much! I was a bit lost on how to go about this so this puts me a bit more at ease. Do you have any ideas for shipping, linen, clothes and shoes? Same route I'm guessing
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Great suggestions and advice! Thanks so much! I was a bit lost on how to go about this so this puts me a bit more at ease. Do you have any ideas for shipping, linen, clothes and shoes? Same route I'm guessing
What size are your paintings ??
I would be concerned that they may be too large to ship UPS or FedEx ground. They have a maximum overall size limit. IIRC is is 165" (where total size is length of the longest side plus 2 x width plus 2 x height).

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