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Old 08-11-2022, 05:36 PM
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I'm not moving cross country, but someone else needs to get the equivalent of a 1-bedroom apartment moved cross country. They have looked into several options- all very expensive, of course. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to pass them on!


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Old 08-11-2022, 05:44 PM
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U Haul was my first thought, but it would be a long drive. When I thought my mother was going to move near me, we looked at PODS. One thousand dollars or more, depending on size and distance. Cheaper than a moving company, I'm told.
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Old 08-11-2022, 05:45 PM
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I would pare down my possessions and get a Pod with my bare minimum stuff delivered to the new place. Gas is still expensive and may not be the best option for a truck rental.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:04 PM
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I know a lot of people who have done pods and found them affordable.

When I moved, I did Two Men and a Truck. They moved everything for me. It was 1 bedroom apartment. I was moving about 30 miles away, and my total was super cheap. I don't remember how much, though. I found them reasonable for what I was doing. I'm not sure of their pricing for a cross country move, though, especially with everything going up in price lately.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:05 PM
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When my sister moved home- she sold everything and then mailed stuff she couldn’t live without- this is probably the cheapest option

My best friend rented a pod thing- she got a good deal. However, a year ago my dd looked into renting a pod- she thought it was too expensive. She ended up selling anything she couldn’t fit in her car.

Moving is expensive


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Old 08-11-2022, 06:30 PM
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Speaking from personal experience, I sold, trashed, or gave away almost all of the contents of a four bedroom over and 45 years of living during a year of cleaning and preparing for a move from Georgia to Maine. What was left was some beautiful family heirlooms and a few pieces of furniture I had picked up and couldn't live without. We packed what was left into a pickup which pulled a medium size UHaul that my son drove and I drove the the car and we were off.

I lost one box somewhere. Unfortunately, it held a wedding certificate from my great-grandparents and one from my grandparents. I have looked for it for three years and can't locate it. Zero idea where it is.
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Old 08-11-2022, 06:38 PM
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Get rid of everything expect bare necessities. Uhaul boxes or Pods for the rest. Once the Pod or UHaul box is delivered you have to unpack it yourself. When DH decides to retire we will have to sell this house. I know exactly what furniture will be sold, trashed or given away. I have also begun the process of purging. Got rid of a lot when we did a bunch of work on the house last year.
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:55 AM
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My 2 recent experiences with big moves involved Pods for 1 and 2 men and a truck. Both were excellent experiences!
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Old 08-12-2022, 06:25 AM
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A friend moved several states away a few months ago. She could not find a moving company available on the dates she needed to move. She rented a u haul and hired movers to pack and unpack the truck at her home and new home. It worked out fine.
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Old 08-12-2022, 09:59 AM
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My DS moved from Florida to Washington a couple of months ago with a U-Haul and a dog. He only took the most essential items and sold or gave away the rest of his stuff. DH helped him move, and they took turns driving. USAF paid for the move and the motels along the way. It took them 4 days. If you have to pay for it yourself it may still be the most economical way, but it is hard if you have to do it alone.


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Old 08-12-2022, 02:55 PM
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We used a UHaul When we moved 1/2way across the country. We moved enough for two bedrooms a living room dining room and kitchen. I followed in a car with our two cats. It was pretty reasonable. Paring down is key.
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Old 08-12-2022, 04:21 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations! When we have moved, we have pared down as well, but this person wants to keep some large pieces of furniture.
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Old 08-16-2022, 06:13 PM
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If anyone is still checking this thread, looks like the U-Haul version of pods was the cheapest!
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Old 08-16-2022, 06:33 PM
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Thanks, GraceKrispy! That's good to know.
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