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Old 03-13-2007, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I did a move from DC to NC last year and found this site to be VERY helpful -

http://www.movingscam.com/

Not just for finding a non-crooked mover, but for general move hints as well.

No affiliation to that site - just think everyone should know about the awful moving scams.

Oh, and you can get reasonably priced boxes from -

http://www.uline.com/

I ordered the 3 smaller sizes (16x12x12, 18x18x16, and 18x18x24). I wound up needing a few more smaller boxes, and not so many of the larger.

I found moving to be really stressful and a lot more work than I expected. The good thing is I threw away so much JUNK that the next time I move it will be much easier.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA on the way to Raleigh NC
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Thumbs up You guys are...

AWESOME!! I want to keep this info for when I move in one year, nine months, ___ days, ___ minutes,

Hey, Lizardlips - any luck with the house selling yet? I keep hoping for you. I know this is stressfull. But, it will sell, it's just waiting for the right buyer.

Are you still moving before October or whenever the house sells? How is your hubby taking the move? And the kids?
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I did alot of work on craigslist.org.
Sold alot of my furniture in the furniture section, got rid of alot of "freebies" in the "free" section AND got some free moving boxes (same section).

I had a lot of things I was going to donate, but due to lack of time, I listed all the items as a post on craigslist as a "free curbside pickup". Everything was GONE within the hour.

Nothing wrong with a little recycling.
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Wow. Great list. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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Walmart will give you boxes. Just call your local Walmart and ask them when do they unpack boxes and if you can have some. I know we had to go at 4AM in the morning, but the boxes were perfectly fine and free.
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:13 AM
 
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The advantage of using uniform size moving boxes, rather than store cast-offs, is that they are easier to stack on hand trucks and easier to pack in a moving crate or van. The tighter you can pack your boxes, the less likely anything will break and the more likely you can get more boxes in the moving van or crate. The more boxes you can pack, the less expensive it is. Also, when doing a cross country move, you don't want to be stuck at the last minute without enough boxes because the store you had counted on to have give-aways didn't have enough to meet your needs.

When I was in college, was merely moving within town and didn't have much stuff, trolling for boxes from stores really worked. It was a good way to save money. However, if you're moving a household of stuff from one state to another, I suggest reconsidering that strategy.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I agree with Rockyhillgal - I recommend uniform boxes, tightly packed. I did a lot of reading about how to pack for a long-distance move, and it paid off. All my belongs arrived intact - not even one crushed box. I think it'd be pretty hard for movers to pack up a tractor trailer with all different size boxes - not impossible of course, but it'd have to take them longer that way. I think I spent $100 on boxes - well worth it considering how well the moved turned out.
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