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Old 03-17-2007, 11:08 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I am moving from California to Illinois in July. I am trying to find the best cost to get all my stuff there. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, but will not be bringing most of my furniture...just a full size bed, a cardtable, and then general other things like clothes and personal items. I want to know other peoples' opinions on whether I should rent a truck and drive it there, or if I should ship my things and fly. I have looked up prices for renting a truck ($1000-2000), but I am not even sure where to start on the shipping. What kinds of shipping companies are out there, and would it be more or less expensive than the truck?
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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I am moving from California to Illinois in July. I am trying to find the best cost to get all my stuff there. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment, but will not be bringing most of my furniture...just a full size bed, a cardtable, and then general other things like clothes and personal items. I want to know other peoples' opinions on whether I should rent a truck and drive it there, or if I should ship my things and fly. I have looked up prices for renting a truck ($1000-2000), but I am not even sure where to start on the shipping. What kinds of shipping companies are out there, and would it be more or less expensive than the truck?

I am a pro at moving! I've moved far too many times...lol

Most of the larger named moving companies have a weight requirement on shipping goods. I think it's right around 3,000 lbs at least. When I moved from California to Missouri I used a moving company. I had close to 4,000 lbs. It was expensive to say the least. If you do decide to go with a moving company I would pack up as much as you can. I have several large paintings that needed to be packed properly for transit. So I had to use their crew to help out with that. Plus, I was also shipping my motorcycle/atv. That wasn't cheap either.
Be sure to read the fine print as far as insurance goes with a moving company too.

Since you don't have alot to move and if you feel comfortable driving a rental truck I would say do that. The small trucks are a breeze to operate.
I just did another move from Missouri to Ohio and this time opted for driving the truck myself. I saved the packing material for my paintings so I was good to go with that. And yes, doing it yourself saves mucho bucks!...it was right around $500.00 for the rental and figure in gas/diesel. If I went with a moving company from MO to OH it would have been right around $4,000+...

Are you taking a vehicle that will be towed? If not, check out the prices of getting a moving company to do it and what a flight would cost...compare everything cost wise.

Also understand that if you go with the moving company/flight option that you will arrive at your destination long before your furniture will. That's something to consider and be prepared for as well.

Last edited by citybythebay; 03-17-2007 at 11:55 PM.. Reason: Added more info my Alzheimer brain forgot...:)
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