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Title: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Muppet on January 17, 2005, 10:38:32 AM
I'm starting this thread because the realization of having to actually move to LS is beginning to hit me.  I live in CT and will most certainly be moving myself, two cars, and an apartment full of stuff to CA.  Yikes.  Am I to be condemned to a week inside a rusty, ready-to-explode U-Haul?  Oh, and I should also mention that I have to plan all this around my own wedding and honeymoon.  August is going to be utter chaos.

If it's not too premature to ask, has anyone thought of how they will be orchestrating their move?
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: twarga on January 17, 2005, 10:50:17 AM
You are condemned, my friend.  However, look on the bright side.  It's a good opportunity to have a big garage sale and get rid of all your clutter.  With the $$ from the sale, and the $$ saved from subsequently getting a smaller U Haul, you can celebrate in CA in a beachfront restaurant with a good bottle of wine.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: the REAL desi on January 17, 2005, 10:52:58 AM
try shipping whatever you can.  take a full-car load.  sell the rest and buy new sh!t when you get there.

that's what I did.  then again, i only moved 4 hours away.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: whatfoster on January 17, 2005, 11:03:45 AM
if you can, use the PODS company.
they basically drop off a storage container at your house--for size, think of a decent uhaul--let you fill it up as slowly as you want, and then pick it up and get it shipped freight to wherever you're headed.  they also have warehouses all over the country, so if you want to ship it out ahead of time, and then move it from the warehouse to your new pad at some later date, you're fine.
this also means that you can fly east coast to west coast.  that beats the hell out of driving.
uhaul is not cheap--to drive one back from pittsburgh to philadelphia, with a very reasonable amount of clutter, it cost me the better part of $500.  i shouldn't have to say so, but driving those trucks is MISERABLE.  i would use PODS if i were to do it again.
i believe that the website is www.podsusa.com
HTH
Graham
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: dr_draino on January 17, 2005, 11:24:39 AM
The cost of a cross-country move via U-Haul probably isn't much less than just paying a moving company.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: kristay on January 17, 2005, 11:31:35 AM
Thanks for the PODS advice, whatfoster....I'd never heard of that company.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TDPookie1 on January 17, 2005, 11:34:32 AM
PODS sounds cool.  i might use them.  if i can, though, i'd like to get a furnished apt.  then i'll ship my clothes and other miscellaneous items, buy new stuff at school (or buy stuff online and have it shipped to the new place).  if my place is unfurnished, i'll probably sell all but my bed and repurchase there.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: maricutie on January 17, 2005, 12:53:23 PM
I'm going to be travelling from Chicago to CA, and will hopefully just get a furnished dorm room. I'm not willing to deal with the hassle of shipping anything or the cost (around $2000) of a Uhaul truck. Selling my bed, table, bookshelf, etc., and shipping via Fedex ground anything I can't take with me on the plane.

H/w, if you have too much stuff, consider splitting a uhaul truck with someone going the same distance. There's a link on the uhaul page, I think labelled under 'students,' that has a list of people willing to share the cost for a similair trip.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: drowles on January 17, 2005, 12:57:05 PM
PODS costs mucho dinero
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: HURLEY- L.S.D. on January 17, 2005, 01:09:45 PM
That PODS service is rather expensive for longer moves.  To move from CA to PA it would cost over $5,400!  A U-Haul truck would be less than $2,800 for a truck + car tow, and then you'd just need to factor in gas expenses.

Now, I just thought of an option that would make PODS a good option.  If you and a few friends were doing the same move, you could all split a PODS shipment.  That would be a great deal.

I've had a few long-distance moves over the past few years and I've learned that it is best to sell just about everything that you have and just buy new stuff, or move into a furnished apartment.  Keep your sentimentals, of course, but ditch the desk, couch, etc.

Also, mailing costs can get pretty expensive, so if you plan to use this option then be sure to plan it WAY ahead of time so that you can just choose the slowest (and cheapest) mailing option.  The USPS is surprisingly cheap for slower shipments, but the size constraints may lead you to go with FedEX, UPS, or DHL.

Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Muppet on January 17, 2005, 01:20:17 PM
Yeah, the garage sale idea is sounding better all the time.  I tried the PODS thing online, and it told me that they hadn't moved into my area yet (which was suprising, because I live in a fairly populous area of SW Connecticut).  Selling some stuff and then getting a smaller U-Haul is looking like the best option right now (thanks, twarga).  The key is getting one that isn't too old to get over the Rockies.

The reason I'm hesitant to call some movers is because scheduling precision is an issue.  With all the things going on for me in Aug, I wouldn't be at ease with the idea of allowing a moving company to set up a window for delivering the goods.  What if they're late (as they very plausibly could be, driving all the way from CT and making other stops along the way)?  Do I miss the movers so I can go on my honeymoon???

U-Haul deathtrap, here I come.   :-[
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: jacy85 on January 17, 2005, 01:58:16 PM
That PODS service is rather expensive for longer moves.  To move from CA to PA it would cost over $5,400!  A U-Haul truck would be less than $2,800 for a truck + car tow, and then you'd just need to factor in gas expenses.


I'd read the fine print if I were you.  UHaul generally charges you 89 cents per mile you put on the truck, in addition to whatever they're charging you for the rental.  So you have the one way fee added on, plus nearly a dollar per mile you drive.  Renting a Uhaul just to move from Boston to Atlanta would be ridiculously expensive.

You'd be better off selling everything you can, shipping some stuff, and for the rest, rig your car so it can pull a small trailer, and rent one of those small little Uhaul trailers.

At this point, my bf and I are looking into options.  We'd like to be able to just ship everything we need to take (I have inherited bedroom furniture I'm not willing to part with).  We also have the option of purchasing a Uhaul type truck (my dad in NY has a dealers license for auto auctions, and can buy one for about $2000), me fly to Buffalo, drive the thing on a transit registration to Boston, load it up, and drive it down where ever, selling it when we get there.

Although the logistics of that kind of sucks, we'd at least make a little of our money back at the end.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: NYKnicks on January 17, 2005, 02:14:24 PM
ARe you sure you want to drive one of those Uhaul's? I drove one just to move stuff to my new house this past week and it was terrible. I mean the thing was rickety, was horrible and I kept feeling like I'd accidentally run over somebody...or intentionally do it just because I was in a big truck...
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: yrbadluck on January 17, 2005, 02:58:25 PM
i know the window for movers is a pain but its so much easier if you can go possibly 10 days either side without anything. a friend of mine moved from atl to seattle last summer and most movers cost 100-200$ more than a uhaul, and that is with the expectation of no problems driving across the country.  its worth it especially if your moving into an apt. above the ground floor (ny, sf, or la) because movers will haul your crap upstairs for you. 
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: jas9999 on January 17, 2005, 04:10:48 PM
http://www.upack.com - like pods, but i think less expensive. i know people who've used them and recommend them highly. i think it costs less because they only charge you for what you use, and then fill up the space and ship other stuff in the same trailer.

uhaul sucks, but i've had better results from other companies. when i moved from MN to NYC, i rented from penske; 15' truck and a car towing thing. it was under $700. the big problem with uhaul is that their reservations aren't guaranteed. if you show up on moving day and they don't have a truck ready, you're SOL.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: SuperMoni on January 18, 2005, 03:33:59 PM
A lot of people use Door to Door in DC.  I think it's a lot like a Pod, but I'm not sure if it's everywhere yet.  Good Luck with the move, I don't want to even think about moving all the stuff I've accumulated in 4 years...hmm that might be reason enough for me to stay at GW
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: lyrarain on May 25, 2005, 10:19:20 AM
bump
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: linquest on May 25, 2005, 11:30:56 AM
What about shipping individual pieces of furniture as bulk or freight?  What companies might do this?

I was going to use a moving service for a 1BR apt worth of things, but the more I think about it, there are only a few things I have a sentimental attachment to.  Basically, my bed's headboard/footboard and a metal folding dressing screen, all of which I can definitely wait several weeks for after I move.  I can probably pack up all other valuables into my car and buy the rest of the furniture from Craigs List wherever I end up.

Tip:  1-800-Mattress is great for a nice, inexpensive bed with full delivery/set-up service.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: tacojohn on May 25, 2005, 04:08:03 PM
Because I'm going for an early class in July, I can bring just what I need for a month.  If I'm already in my apartment, I can begin to accumulate furniture.  If I can't furnish it yet, I can begin to price furniture in the area.  Then I can bring down some of the little clutter and clothes I don't need until winter when I come back for the real beginning of the fall semester.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 25, 2005, 10:09:38 PM
Go to http://www.moving123.com/ and you can get help estimating the quantity of your stuff and a get quotes for your move (including shipping vehicles). It was so helpful!

I'm moving an apartment, car and a motorcycle for $2,200. Not bad, considering it would cost about $2,000 to rent a UHaul, I'd have to carry it myself, and then drive 3 days from CA to TX. Not worth the "savings"!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: bruin on May 25, 2005, 10:36:05 PM
$6400 for PODS to move from the Bay Area to C'ville. No thank you!

I'll be furnishing my apartment with stuff in charlottesvillle, other than what I can bring on a plane with me. Or I could live in a furnished university apartment, but don't really like that option.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: lyrarain on May 26, 2005, 09:35:58 AM
I thought about getting stuff in Charlottesville, but then I thought it might be hard to find good stuff at that point in the year, when everyone is moving in and no one is moving out. And C'ville is a small place. It seems worth it to bring my crappy furniture just knowing that it will be there and I won't have to knock myself out running around to garage sales and whatnot. Plus I am getting a 2-br with my sweetie so we will be furnishing it all ourselves.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Boston24 on May 26, 2005, 09:39:34 AM
Go to http://www.moving123.com/ and you can get help estimating the quantity of your stuff and a get quotes for your move (including shipping vehicles). It was so helpful!

I'm moving an apartment, car and a motorcycle for $2,200. Not bad, considering it would cost about $2,000 to rent a UHaul, I'd have to carry it myself, and then drive 3 days from CA to TX. Not worth the "savings"!

FYI - according to movingscam.com anything on www.moving123.com is bad news/scammer.  They actually use that as a way to rule out movers.  If you google their name and www.moving123.com cmes up - avoid them like the plague.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Momof2008 on May 28, 2005, 02:19:50 AM
I guess I am an "indirect" lurker.  As my son goes through the law school application process, he points out things on the discussion boards and asks me about what I think.  (Boalt grad]
I saw this and I decided to post.  When I moved from the Southwest to the East Coast, I used ABF (www.abfs.com) and will use it to move his things.  ABF is a freight company, and they  sell space in trucks that are not full to people who are moving.  Your things share space with freight--but not with anyone else using the moving service (U-Pack).  I made sure to ask about it: one U-Pack arrangement per truck so no one outside the company has access to your stuff.  The cost is based on mileage and space rented. You arrange for an 18' trailer to be dropped off and they give you several days TO PACK IT YOURSELF. THEY TOUCH NOTHING.  When it is dropped off ask about where your space ends--and measure it yourself.  I taped off my space slightly inside the line (go over your space and you pay).  If you need more time to pack, you pay a fee ($25/day when I needed more time because friends did not show up on time--homeowners association ok'd a few days but got nasty so check). They were flexible with notice.  Oh, make sure you have a good lock to lock it up at night: I packed until dark and locked it up overnight with my things.  You decide how to pack it, and you can stack boxes up to the ceiling, leave things in drawers (recommended), and just throw in bags of stuff.  Do not put heavy items on fragile, lighter objects.  ABF sells supplies for moving, and I think they provide some padding.  I was moving stuff from U-Haul storage so I just picked up my supplies there.  It is also not air conditioned (I moved in the Southwest summer--why some packing after dark). It gets hot inside and it can get dirty.   Remember: it is a freight truck, not a moving truck so use plenty of padding (I stuffed pillows, blankets, anything in the spaces so things would not move). Use the space, you pay for it.  Wrap, wrap, wrap what you value, especially glass (I had a cherry desk, entertainment center, table and curio cabint: nothing broken or scratched.  Note: they only give insurance up to $.10 per pound (very valuable stuff you may not want to travel this way.  But basic furniture, school stuff would probably work.  I shipped the stereos, computers, stuff like that USPS insured.  You put up a bulkhead, walling off your stuff (took me several tries and a lot of swearing.  But I am not a hands on person. They will check to be sure it is in place because loads they insure and move will be on the other side.  But they move nothing.  They give you a TENTATIVE delivery date because they are picking up freight to fill the rest of the truck.  I shipped a week before I left and it arrived a day after the date given but I had to pay for a day because the outside movers (no friends at this end) I hired to unload missed their date.  Oh, truck can be dirty because freight is on the other side, so bring a broom.  And rent the ramp and a dolly--the truck is high and getting stuff in without a ramp is a pain.  I am female and I could maneuver the ramp down. Go to the ABF website.  There is a complaint from 2002 on www.ripoffreport.com.  While "googling" I found that it received CIO magazine's Enterprise Value award in 2/2005.  You can read about it on CIO's website. Photograph everything: when you get the truck--inside and out, before you load it, after you load it, I photographed it when the guy got in to look at it when he picked it up, when they drop it off (ask the person to stand there to watch you take down the bulkhead.  He can't handle complaints, but he can witness apparent problems (you pack it so shifting stuff is not their problem).   Don't pack anything you absolutely can't live without on arrival.  And check to see how long the school will let it sit (the apartment complex wanted it gone within a day ---why I had it held for a fee until I could get movers).  If you know someone else going your way, can share space.  They just have to bring it over and move it into the space while you have it so it is under your contract.  Do I work for ABF?  Never have.  I work for the federal government, and no they don't pay for all moves.  This was the cheapest and easiest for me. 
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: ScurvyWench on May 28, 2005, 03:15:18 PM
Go to http://www.moving123.com/ and you can get help estimating the quantity of your stuff and a get quotes for your move (including shipping vehicles). It was so helpful!

I'm moving an apartment, car and a motorcycle for $2,200. Not bad, considering it would cost about $2,000 to rent a UHaul, I'd have to carry it myself, and then drive 3 days from CA to TX. Not worth the "savings"!

FYI - according to movingscam.com anything on www.moving123.com is bad news/scammer.  They actually use that as a way to rule out movers.  If you google their name and www.moving123.com cmes up - avoid them like the plague.

I got hooked up with Patriot Movers through Moving123.com and checked them out on MovingScam and the better business bureau, they look fine. As far as I know, all affordable moving companies have had some sort of bad incident in the past. All you need is 2 to be considered a scam and to get an unsatisfactory rating with the BBB. Pretty easy when you have thousands of customers. I asked for references and I actually called them, yes, they could have been fake too, but I still feel pretty good about my move. If all else fails, I 've purchased additional moving insurance and paid with a credit card so I should be able to recoup the loss.

Basically, who ever you choose, make sure YOU feel comfortable, that you pay with credit card, that you know your rights, and that you insure your items for both theft and damage. It's worth it.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: michael23 on June 21, 2005, 09:50:44 PM
**Bump**
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Kwertee on June 22, 2005, 03:34:36 AM
My sister just moved from Tucson to NYC last month, and after extensive number crunching she found that it was cheaper (and easier) to ship any "packable" stuff and buy new furniture on the other end.  Of course this depends on how nice your current furniture is; hers was all cheap discount furniture store mixed with a few DIY Wal-Mart items.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Muppet on July 12, 2005, 09:17:47 PM
Thanks for all the input on this thread.  I've thought long and hard about all the options and have arrived at Penske as the solution to my moving problem.  Slightly more expensive than their competitors, yet markedly better in reviews at www.epinions.com.  I'm leaving CT on July 28 in a 16' rental van with my car in tow, dropping off the car in St. Louis (where my fiancee lives), continuing to California, dropping off Penske in Palo Alto, flying back to St. Louis, getting married there, driving my car with the wife to California (while her parents drive her car), going on honeymoon, returning just in time for 1L orientation.

Q.E.D.!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: The Truth on July 12, 2005, 09:43:10 PM
My former corporation paid for my entire move including cars and some temp housing and temp storage as I transferred into the area where I thought I would most likely go at the beginning of the year with a job.

Oh what a way to travel :), on another's dime. I should say that orginally I was planning to defer for a year or two possibly, but had to get out of there once I arrived. Oh well, and I didn't have to pay anything back, which is always a good thing.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: gusrip98 on July 13, 2005, 06:59:44 AM
Thanks for all the input on this thread.  I've thought long and hard about all the options and have arrived at Penske as the solution to my moving problem.  Slightly more expensive than their competitors, yet markedly better in reviews at www.epinions.com.  I'm leaving CT on July 28 in a 16' rental van with my car in tow, dropping off the car in St. Louis (where my fiancee lives), continuing to California, dropping off Penske in Palo Alto, flying back to St. Louis, getting married there, driving my car with the wife to California (while her parents drive her car), going on honeymoon, returning just in time for 1L orientation.

Q.E.D.!


This sounds familiar to my logistical nightmare...lol.  I really liked my Penkse truck.  They offer a AAA discount.  I was already a member, but it would be worth the fee for one year considering the amount of the discount.  Also, beware....they didn't have the 20 foot truck I reserved, so they gave me a 26 foot truck for the same price.  Wasn't a big deal in the end, but that was a huge monster to drive.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Guy Incognito on July 13, 2005, 09:53:30 AM
I'm going through this process now and my opinion is:

Use Budget truck or anybody else before U-Haul.  I booked a Budget truck and flatbed car carrier with unlimited mileage for less than U-Haul was quoting.  Plus they have a newer fleet of trucks and they are actually there when you go to pick them up.

United van lines was pretty reasonable for a full service move.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: billyflynn on July 13, 2005, 12:25:07 PM
From Chicago to LA...1989 Blue Toyota Camry with a uhaul trailer carrying couch, matress, tv, etc.  Hopefully I can stuff everything in there that I need.

My options were
1) Ship stuff, fly, buy car there.
2) Rent truck, tow car.
3) Ship stuff, drive car.
4) Drive car, buy new stuff.
5) Drive car, tow stuff.  -- Much cheaper.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Muppet on July 13, 2005, 08:18:26 PM
Yeah, I already got the AAA discount, which ended up being pretty sweet.

BTW, I just spent all evening booking hotel rooms at all the seedy motels along the way.  Had to call ahead just to make sure they could accommodate a moving truck in their parking lots!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: canegirl08 on July 14, 2005, 12:52:34 AM
I went to emove.com and got some packing and unpacking help.  (they do have full movers though) Then I'm just going to drive a uhaul down to Miami.  I've sold a bunch of stuff in a garage sale and some stuff I'm keeping at my parents house to see if I really need it. 
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Muppet on July 14, 2005, 05:13:55 AM
Beware of U-Haul.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: manserunt on July 14, 2005, 09:06:59 AM
I am currently in the midst of my SECOND cross-country move (first was Boston to LA 3 years ago, now it's LA to NYC).

Here's a trick that I've learned: ship all books, CDs, DVDs via USPS media rate - super cheap.  But for everything else that you can put in a box and send (definitely better than hiring a mover if you can) - FedEx Ground is usually cheapest.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Intuition on July 14, 2005, 09:59:44 AM
Pack my car, get rid of anything that doesn't fit. I love throwing things away.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: naomi288 on July 14, 2005, 11:58:18 AM
i'm only moving an hour away, but budget teuck rental is cheaper than uhaul, HTH
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: kristay on July 14, 2005, 11:39:36 PM
I am currently in the midst of my SECOND cross-country move (first was Boston to LA 3 years ago, now it's LA to NYC).

Here's a trick that I've learned: ship all books, CDs, DVDs via USPS media rate - super cheap.  But for everything else that you can put in a box and send (definitely better than hiring a mover if you can) - FedEx Ground is usually cheapest.

I wonder how much it costs to ship books.  I am determined that one way or another my books are coming with me.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: AgentRHE on July 15, 2005, 12:58:06 PM
I'm using U-Pack from Los Angeles to Madison, and it's about $1,100.  Factor in the one-day U-haul rentals in each city (to get the stuff to and from the U-Pack terminal) and it's about $1,300 for the whole thing.

Considering U-Haul quoted me $2,300 for the cross-country trip... not counting gas... it's a pretty solid deal.

Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: manserunt on July 19, 2005, 11:33:01 AM
Using USPS media rate, a 40lb box of books costs about $16 to ship, including delivery confirmation and insurance.  Just don't have any illusions about it getting there quickly - and use plenty of packing tape and very sturdy boxes.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: risingMC on July 19, 2005, 01:42:20 PM
I just shipped 7 boxes, ranging from 12lbs to 50lbs, for less than $150 total via Fedex Ground. When I moved my furniture (desks, shelves, etc) from Chicago to CA, it cost me $500 total --- including one box that had to be sent 2-day. This works best if you have a car to transport everything to the fedex center, obviously. They also have a date-certain home delivery, and can hold your boxes up to 2 weeks (i think) before they need to be delivered.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TDPookie1 on July 19, 2005, 11:38:10 PM
why would you need a car on the other end?  wouldn't the boxes be delivered right to your door?   ???  (hi MC!)
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: risingMC on July 20, 2005, 09:05:49 AM
why would you need a car on the other end?  wouldn't the boxes be delivered right to your door?   ???  (hi MC!)

You'd only need a car one-way, since I don't think they do pick ups. Unless you have a business or something.

Hey, Pookie! Long time no "see"! How's the packing going?
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TDPookie1 on July 20, 2005, 03:52:45 PM
oh, i see!  i thought you meant a car on the receiving end (though i see now that you clearly said "to transport everything to the fedex center").  i don't know whether fedex does pickups, but i know that USPS and UPS both do.  and USPS doesn't charge extra for it, i believe.  don't know about UPS.

packing is non-existent so far, but i really don't have much to pack--just clothes.  my bigger task, which is going quite well, is making a detailed list of everything i'm going to buy, estimating the price, figuring out which stores to visit in what order once i arrive in NH and have a rented car for 3 days and my sister's assitance, and picking out actual products.  i've been inspired by the plethora of HGTV shows i added to my tivo season passes.  :)

when is your official move date?
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: ElizaB on July 20, 2005, 04:24:11 PM
I feel your pain!!!  I only had to move 90 miles away and it sucked!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: risingMC on July 20, 2005, 04:53:41 PM
oh, i see!  i thought you meant a car on the receiving end (though i see now that you clearly said "to transport everything to the fedex center").  i don't know whether fedex does pickups, but i know that USPS and UPS both do.  and USPS doesn't charge extra for it, i believe.  don't know about UPS.

packing is non-existent so far, but i really don't have much to pack--just clothes.  my bigger task, which is going quite well, is making a detailed list of everything i'm going to buy, estimating the price, figuring out which stores to visit in what order once i arrive in NH and have a rented car for 3 days and my sister's assitance, and picking out actual products.  i've been inspired by the plethora of HGTV shows i added to my tivo season passes.  :)

when is your official move date?

My official move-in date is Aug 29th, but I'll be flying around the country for most of August.

Thankfully my place is furnished, so i can push that sort of stuff for later. If you don't mind buying used stuff, you should look at craigslist. It's a student's best friend, I promise.

But aside from that, I'm trying to figure out how I managed to accumulate this much stuff over my few years of life ...!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TDPookie1 on July 20, 2005, 05:35:09 PM
i'm too much of a germophobe to fully take advantage of craigslist, but i'll probably get my TV from there.  i'm jealous that your place is furnished, as i look at how many thousands of dollars i'll be spending in the next month.  ikea is about to be my new best friend.  :)
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: risingMC on July 20, 2005, 07:45:27 PM
i'm too much of a germophobe to fully take advantage of craigslist, but i'll probably get my TV from there.  i'm jealous that your place is furnished, as i look at how many thousands of dollars i'll be spending in the next month.  ikea is about to be my new best friend.  :)

Ikea is AWESOME,and surprisingly sturdy. I realized this when I was selling my 3- and 4-year old furniture. It lasts longer than you think it would!
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TDPookie1 on July 21, 2005, 01:17:07 AM
i've always been anti-ikea, but you can't beat the prices.  and it really is great for a student.  quality doesn't matter as much now.  i hardly expect to keep anything i can afford now in 4 years when i can afford way nicer stuff.  as long as it lasts 3-4 years and looks cute, it's good enough for me.

last year, i went to ikea to buy that $30 glass coffee table and thought it was awful because it was so wobbly.  i checked it out again last week to see whether i'd be willing to settle for my new apt, and i realized that the store model is wobbly because they don't assemble them well.  one leg was properly tightened, but the rest were loose.  so i feel a lot better about it now.  :)

since i have too much time on my hands, i've cut out the pictures of the stuff i want to buy and put together a floor plan using HGTV's room planner.  all those HGTV shows are rubbing off on me...
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TrojanChispas on July 21, 2005, 01:49:04 AM
baff
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: kingofspain on March 20, 2006, 10:37:26 PM
how are people going to move?
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: TNlawguy on March 20, 2006, 10:47:20 PM
with u-hauls and small caravans...lol. I'm going to Columbus, OH from Nashville, TN (like 6 hours or so), so it's gonna be as much as I can possibly get in that trip and what I can't, or don't have, I'll pick up later. Besides, I'm a big fan of Thoreau when it comes to moving "simplify, simplify, simplify.." I think that's part of the beauty of moving, i.e. getting rid of some of the s*** you don't need and acquiring new stuff for a new life ;)
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: jacy85 on March 21, 2006, 03:50:03 AM
If you're renting a truck go with Penske all the way.  Much better than UHaul (which will cause you problems almost guaranteed).  While I've heard better things about Budget, Penske's still better.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: artie205 on March 21, 2006, 12:05:04 PM
I'm moving from NYC to ?? (somewhere on the West Coast).  I don't have a car, and I only have enough stuff to fill a small 1 bedroom Manhattan apartment.  I'm not particularly attached to much of my belongings, so I'll most likely be selling a great deal of it on eBay and/or Craigslist.  I moved from Oregon to NYC three years ago, and just packed everything that I could into my girlfriends Nissan Sentra.  We drove through the Northern U.S. and would like to drive back via the Southern U.S.

Here are my ideas from most likely to least (I still need to figure out my destination and then begin comparing cost):

1. Rent a mini van or SUV from a rental car company.
2. Rent a truck from Penske/Budget (probably more room than I'll need)
3. Buy a cheap (but mechanically sound) van, SUV, wagon, or big car.  pack it to the gills and then sell it when I get to my destination.
4. Have my fiancee get a job somewhere that will pay for our moving expenses!!
5. One of my co-workers says that her friend hooked up with a company that pays people to drive your car from one location to another.  I could move someone elses car accross the country for them if they let me pack all my stuff in it.
6. Get sponsored by some company to drive their advertisement riddled SUV across the country and get paid for it.  Hey it could happen.

Regardless, I will most likely ship what I can (books for sure and possibly some clothes), and sell what I can, then donate the rest to charity.  I'm cheap, so buying a vehicle to move with and then selling it and getting most of my money back sounds great in theory.  Of course, there is the little matter of finding a cheap and reliable car that won't strand me in the middle of Texas in 100 degree weather and cost me an additional $1,000 to replace the transmission!

Does anyone know if you can write off moving expenses if you're relocating for school.  I know you can if you're moving for work, but probably not for school (worth asking though).  I think that my fiancee can write off most of our moving expenses, so long as she keeps whatever job she gets when we arrive for at least 12 months.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: OingoBoingo on March 22, 2006, 08:39:01 AM
If you're renting a truck go with Penske all the way.  Much better than UHaul (which will cause you problems almost guaranteed).  While I've heard better things about Budget, Penske's still better.

I am all over this. They have a week rental window, plenty of time to go from Utah to Minnesota. Plus unlimited mileage. To move the wife, dog and CR-V will be about $1100. Not too shabby.

Oingo.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: chidochido on March 22, 2006, 08:54:28 AM
This is def. on my mind too...can you actually rent a car on the east coast and drive it all the way to the west coast and just drop it off?!?! That sounds too good to be true...

If so, how long do you think a cross-country drive would take?
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: melicertes on March 22, 2006, 09:33:19 AM
Does anyone know how much it costs to ship a car across the country?  We have so little stuff that we are actually moving that it seems to make more sense to ship it and fly over (as long as shipping the car is moderately priced). 
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: artie205 on March 22, 2006, 12:23:47 PM
This is def. on my mind too...can you actually rent a car on the east coast and drive it all the way to the west coast and just drop it off?!?! That sounds too good to be true...

Yes!  You can rent a car "one-way" from any national car company and schedule to pick it up at one location and drop it off at any other.  It costs a bit more to rent a car for a "one-way" trip, I presume because you have to pay for the cost of getting the car back to it's original location.  For instance, do a search on Travelocity for a rental car (make sure to click "One way, coupons and other options" at the bottom of the search field, then enter your travel dates and locations to get a quote.  Or you can search on the individual rental car websites.  It would probably cost around $600-$800 to rent a car with unlimited miles and drop off at a different location for 7 days. 

Which brings me to your other question:

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If so, how long do you think a cross-country drive would take?

It depends on your starting point, your destination, how much you are willing to drive in one day, and how much sightseeing you want to do on the way.  When I drove from Portland, OR to NYC, it took me around 8 or 9 days, and I went to Yellowstone for a day, stopped at Mt. Rushmore and Wall Drug, broke down in Sioux Falls for a day, visited with friends in Madison, WI, went to a Museum in Chicago, visited with friends in LaPeer, MI, then drove up through Canada and stopped at Niagara Falls before arriving in NYC.  I probably could have cut a lot of sightseeing out and made it 5 days, but what fun would that be.  If I decide to drive it will probably take a little longer because I will be taking a longer route through the Southern U.S.  If you want to get an estimate of how long it would take you to drive where you're going, get driving directions on MapQuest.  It will tell you how many miles you'll have to drive (via the most direct route) and give you an estimate of how long it will take driving straight through.  Then just divide that by how many hours you think you could stand to drive per day.  I'll garauntee you will want to stop and see things on the way, but that's for you to figure out.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: chidochido on March 22, 2006, 01:16:30 PM
Aw man, that sounds awesome...then you don't have to worry about shipping costs too! If I end up going to Boalt (which seems likely), I'm def. going to pack up the rental car and make the NYC-Bay Area trip!

Now I just have to decide whether I take the north or south route...
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: laurrk on March 25, 2006, 08:06:47 AM
Moving is my worst nightmare. I've moved twice in a little over two years, and each time sucked more than the last time. Now I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building with no elevator, so just getting my stuff from my apartment to the U-Haul (or whatever) is a major pain. I'm only moving from western Mass to Syracuse, though, so I plan on doing multiple trips. I'll probably either borrow my mom's minivan or rent one. Hopefully I can overlap the leases a week or two so I can have time for a few trips by myself before enlisting my family to help with the big stuff like furniture.
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: Yale College Inferno on March 25, 2006, 08:14:57 AM
baff
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: chidochido on March 25, 2006, 10:55:18 AM
Moving is my worst nightmare. I've moved twice in a little over two years, and each time sucked more than the last time. Now I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building with no elevator, so just getting my stuff from my apartment to the U-Haul (or whatever) is a major pain. I'm only moving from western Mass to Syracuse, though, so I plan on doing multiple trips. I'll probably either borrow my mom's minivan or rent one. Hopefully I can overlap the leases a week or two so I can have time for a few trips by myself before enlisting my family to help with the big stuff like furniture.

Dude that sucks...I live in a sixth floor walkup so I can def. empathize...just look at it this way: it's easier to carry the stuff down than it was to lug it up the stairs...
Title: Re: Moving Your Stuff to Law School
Post by: artie205 on April 17, 2006, 08:42:25 AM
Aw man, that sounds awesome...then you don't have to worry about shipping costs too! If I end up going to Boalt (which seems likely), I'm def. going to pack up the rental car and make the NYC-Bay Area trip!

Now I just have to decide whether I take the north or south route...

If I get into Hastings, I'll probably be making the same NYC to SF trip.  If not, I'm planning on going to University of Oregon and will likely drive anyway.  When I moved from Oregon to NYC in 2003, I went the Northern route.  I'm planning on going the Southern route on my way back.  It will probably be a longer and certainly hotter trip in July, than going North, but I think it will be more interesting.