Moving as a semi-established adult is expensive. The past few cross country moves
Albany -> San Diego
San Diego -> Washington DC,
Washington DC -> Albany
were significantly easier/ cheaper. During those years, the bulk of my stuff remained neatly in boxes at my childhood home.
When I moved to SD, I loaded up the trunk of my trusty corolla (still driving it today) and packed two suitcases and went on my way. ( I flew & shipped my car) The move to Washington left the few ikea pieces of furniture and bikes behind and drove with a full trunk and semi full back seat. I was only in DC for a year in a furnished apartment, so that move was easy as well.
Fast forward 6 years and I have purchased a home and taken full ownership of all the stuff from the free storage unit (parents) As they have downsized to a 2 bedroom condo or are otherwise in FL, and they no longer provide rent free storage.
Getting ready to move to Denver was HARD.
I had to do some serious purging and figure out how I was going to orchestrate the move. The initial thought was to load up a UHAUL and drive it all out there.
But then the thought of Marcy stuck in the middle of a uhaul cab for 3/4 days didn’t sit well with me. That, coupled with the idea of us ( J & I – but really J) having to drive a 16 ft truck with the corolla attached really stressed me out.
I did some math – the truck alone would be about $1800 not including insurance or gas (gas was estimated about 600). So while I thought the UHAUL/ Budget truck would be the most economical, it was proving not to be.
After doing a Facebook crowd-source, several people recommended a variety of POD type options. After semi limited research ( time was becoming critical) I reserved a Relocube from UPACK. In order to have it delivered to the house, it would have cost an additional $1,000. Instead, I rented a uhaul for the day and loaded the cube at the truck terminal.
While this was a huge pain, certainly saved money. (although with a larger load, it would no longer be the cost effective way to do this)
After the cube was loaded up, the remaining/ moderately important stuff was moved into my car for us to then drive across the country. After 3 days of cheap food ( mostly because of Marcy dog not allowing us to go to restaurants) and excellent fuel economy, we arrived safely to Denver.
I had zero interest in having the move anything again. I hired movers to unpack the relocube and deliver it to my house. This is obviously an area someone could save a significant amount of money, but as J was out of town – It would have been nearly impossible for me to move the furniture. *A few lessons were learned with the relocube, use plastic totes of the same size to stack. Also, wrapping of furniture is critical. The rubbing of some of the wood, was impressive, since it appeared to be in areas that weren’t touching anything.
Overall the positives outweigh the negatives, and I would recommend relocube to anyone trying to move across country with stuff.
Because everyone likes numbers and I was desperate to find a rough estimate before having to make phone calls. (I hate making phone calls.) Here is a breakdown of moving costs.
- UHAUL: House to Relocube terminal: $147
potential savings: larger truck or renting one closer to home. Mileage added up a lot quicker than I expected.
- Relocube: Terminal to Terminal (Albany to Denver) $1,817
- potential savings: none, terminal to terminal was the lowing cost option
- Fuel for Corolla: $118
- potential savings: none, the corolla is a rockstar. ( I suppose we could have searched for fuel options that may be a few cents cheaper, but the average price to fill the tank was 22 bucks.
- Hotels (Dog Friendly)
- Baymount Inn ($100ish + 20 dog fee)
- Hotels.com reward hotel
- Cobblestone hotel + dog $ 130
- potential savings: camping/ cheaper motels. These hotels were all listed just in and around 100 bucks. All offered breakfast, theres that.
- All My Sons Moving: 2 Hours w/ 2 official 1 extra mover $537 + tip
- potential saving: renting UHAUL and loading & unloading (again.) I believe my sanity was worth the roughly 400 dollars spent to have someone else move everything.
- potential savings: shopping around for movers. I was give a days notice for my cube being available & needing to unload it. Realistically I should have found someone for 200-300 range, but time and convenience won me over.
Grand Total: $2,769
According to a quick google search, I was under the national average by $1,500. For sure I could have squeezed out a bit more, but this was about as low cost as I could handle.
We are renting, so eventually we will move again. How have you saved money when moving?