Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On the Move

Aside from getting the flu or being forced to eat raw onions, there are few things I hate more than moving. From the boxes and pack-it-up chaos to the actual, you know, moving part, it’s an organizational nut’s worst nightmare, especially when you skip the professionals and decide to do it yourself. Which, by the way, I swore we wouldn’t be doing this time.

Well, guess what? After getting moving company estimates we thought were much too high based on the distance, our furniture and more, my husband and I decided to bite the bullet and go the DIY route once again, transporting smaller items in our SUV ahead of time and, yes, renting a Penske truck for the bigger pieces.

A sneak peek inside our new home!
As we pulled into the lot two Saturdays ago, I tried to keep my spirits up and the impending dread in check. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all, right? RIGHT! One of Steve’s coworkers very graciously helped him with the heavy pieces, while I held doors, carried smaller items and cheered the guys on. A couple short hours later, we were done, making it our smoothest, fastest and easiest move ever.

Since then, we’ve made great progress setting up and arranging things inside the new house, thankful that nothing was damaged, lost or broken. Best of all, we can put the money we saved toward other new-home necessities and can also rest easy knowing that we won’t be moving again for a very long time!

What are some of your tips for ensuring a smooth move? 

18 comments:

  1. We've always moved ourselves, too! So much cheaper especially considering how many cross-country moves we've done in the past 10 years. I don't have any tips except to just suck it up and get it done, haha.

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    1. Ha ha! Being done is the only good part!

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    1. Yup, it sure is! I'm so thankful to be done with it for hopefully a long time.

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  3. i would rather get a root canal than move. i despise the packing and the moving part, so kudos for y'all!! i am good at making sure things stay put. ;)

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    1. LOL. I told my husband I would rather go to the dentist every day for a year than go through the moving part, so you and I are totally on the same page. It's such a relief to finally be done with it!

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  4. Yaahh...glad your move was successful! Moving companies are so darn expensive...we've moved several times too and i can't wait to move for the final time for a long time to come!!

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    1. I hope your move goes well, too, Mrs. Pancakes!

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  5. It's great that you have someone willing to help you!

    I hope you had a great weekend!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    1. Yeah, it was so nice of him to offer his help. I hope you had a great weekend, too!

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  6. Moving really is the worst. I'm glad that things went smoothly for you! I can't wait to see what you get with the savings in moving costs then!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Thanks! I'll be sharing some pictures soon. :)

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  7. We usually choose professional movers. Saves so much time and energy. I usually slot things room wise, so the packing becomes easier for them. Plus, we keep a floor plan of the new house handy, so we know what we can take, and what has to be left or sold.

    But yes. Moving sucks.

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    1. Sounds like you've found a great system that works for you!

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  8. So smart to move yourself when it is a short distance! Glad you will be able use the extra money for fun!

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    1. Yeah, it was definitely well worth doing it that way! It's great focusing on the fun stuff now.

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  9. When we moved to PA, Sean's company hired movers for us and it was amazing but boy is it expensive! We'll be doing the move by ourselves this time and I'm kinda dreading it. But it has to be done so ... hmm, how to guarantee a smooth move? I guess packing a head of time rather than a few days before, haha.

    Love the sneak peak, excited for more! :)

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    1. Paid relocation is the best! Good luck doing it yourself this time around. Your new home looks gorgeous!

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