I'm moving.. and have a few questions.

  • rexinfx

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    May 30, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    Woo hoo,

    I'm finally moving away for a while, to go to school and work in Portland, OR and I don't know the best way to transport my stuff.

    I live in Minnesota, and I am planning on bringing:


    ^Twin mattress and bed frame
    ^6 foot long, 2"4' tall, 1"6' wide dresser with a mirror
    ^Two boxes of clothes,
    ^A box with a computer and monitor in it
    ^A stereo with a few small speakers.


    HOW should I get all this stuff out there! I know some of you guys have some experience .. whether it's U-Hauling with a bunch of gas, or shipping my stuff..

    Big help, thanks.
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    May 30, 2008 5:42 AM GMT
    how about ditching the furniture and buying new when you get there. For the price of shipping or hauling, you could prolly go to IKEA or some place and get new.

    Just a thought.
  • metalxracr

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    May 30, 2008 9:12 AM GMT
    I agree with Caslon. When I moved I was going to ship everything from Texas out here to california, but my dad was like, no just leave it here at our house and just buy new stuff, It's cheaper. I mean some stuff you have to take like computer, clothes. the small stuff take with you. Large things...you should just buy it when you get there. It'll be same price or maybe even cheaper considering the gas prices.
  • GQjock

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    May 30, 2008 10:15 AM GMT
    Unless that dresser was given to you by a dying aunt who left you a fortune
    ... which asks the question why you'd be keeping her ratty dresser in the first place
    Why would you want to pay MORE to ship those 2 items over than it would to buy them new?
    you'd probably make money relatively if you bought a dresser at a secondhand store esp since you're going to school anyway
    Why have to deal with movers...scheduling this shipment
    ...and contacting and arguing with these people if you don't have to
  • ShawnTX

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    May 30, 2008 1:08 PM GMT
    Buy new when you get there. I'm moving from Toronto to Houston, and that would cost me WAY more to move the stuff than what it's worth.

    Besides, shopping is good for the economy and the soul.
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    May 30, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    Last time I moved to a new city, it was only 400 miles across the state. A small Uhaul would have cost me over a thousand just to rent, not to mention gas.

    Like everyone else said, just sell or store your things and buy stuff when you get to PDX. Ya, Ikea stuff isn't the best quality in the world. But for the price it sure beats craigslist.

    See ya in Portland when i get out there too.
  • vindog

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    May 30, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    Sometimes you can get your things thrown into a moving truck that is moving multiple families or people's things.

    It's not too expensive, esp since you don't have a lot of stuff.

    Personally I try my hardest not to add to the "throw-away" society that we are in, but as these guys mention, it can just be ridiculously cheaper to just buy new or used things once you are there.




  • MSUBioNerd

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    May 30, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    I'm amazed that renting a UHaul would have cost you that much, Zombie. When I moved 2 years ago, it cost about $100 to rent a UHaul to move about 340 miles between states, not including gas. Then again, I was renting the smallest size of trailer they have and attaching it to a car with a hitch already, but still. I just checked out their site, and it would now cost $120 for the same rental.

    For the move of the original poster, the smallest size UHaul trailer would clearly be enough if you have a trailer hitch available. Looking at U-Haul's website, a one way rental between those locations will be less than $300--when I plugged in a random date and car choice, it came up as $288. As far as gas prices, you'd only really have to calculate the difference between the gas you'd pay driving your car there--assuming you already have a car and want it out in OR--and the cost of the gas for the car plus the trailer. With the small size of the trailer you need, you're probably not looking at a huge amount more.

    Just trying to put this in perspective. Assuming you have a car which you want out there, most likely you could fit everything but the bed and the dresser inside your car, between backseat and trunk. Therefore, the trailer would allow you to take the bed and the dresser, for a total that would probably be in the neighborhood of $400 for doing so. It may still be better to sell the stuff and buy new/used stuff when you get there, but it's not a clear-cut benefit.

    That all depends on you having a car which you're moving, though. If you don't have a car you're moving out there, and would have to rent a UHaul truck, then you're much better not doing so--the cost jumps up to $1100 or so plus the cost of gas. At that point, take the clothes in your luggage to fly out, ship the computer if it's new enough to be worth it, and get furniture when you're out there.
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    May 30, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    Yikes, you are right MSUbionerd... I don't know how I got that figure, but it is the one I remember.
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    May 30, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    HEY YOU... you never told us how your camping trip went!
    You remind me of Legally Blonde (Part 1) icon_cool.gif