should i drive or ship everything?

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    Mar 17, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    Hey guys whatsup? So if you've read my other posts I'm from Massachusetts and was hoping to move to the San Diego area if I was able to find a place and roommate. Good news is that I did indeed find a place in Oceanside and a pretty cool roommate who is straight but is gay-friendly which is a plus!

    Now my only dilemma is if I should drive all the way? Or ship everything including my car? At first I wanted to just pack my car up with as much stuff as possible, and then fly there and just wait for my car to arrive. The only problem with that is I'm transferring jobs and they might want me to start right away and who know's if something might come up where my car won't arrive on time. Also, I'm going to have no furniture for my room, so I was thinking of shipping my bed, dresser, stands everything in my room pretty much but to be honest that just seems like way too much, too heavy, and too much of a work load for just me and my roommate to handle.

    So what do you guys think? I would rent a uhaul truck and attach my car to the back of it and drive all the way, but I can't seem to find anyone who can take about 4 days off to come with me and I'm not too sure how expensive that would be with gas/food/hotels and everything. Another option I had was to just pack up my car with everything, ship it, fly about a day or two earlier and buy everything new and leave my bedroom set and stuff at home? I'm honestly so confused as to what to do, any advice guys?! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    If you ship your car (and you're optimistic about truck stops) you can ship lots of personal belongs in your car. That's how I moved here. Personal experiences may vary.

    The bad part is you may end up renting a car at the new location longer than anticipated if the truck hauling your car has any delays along the way.

    <-- 3 extra days of car rental waiting...
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    Mar 17, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    Depends. Is your new employer giving you relocation assistance? Shipping a car cross country can cost at least $3K and at least 1 week of lead time. And this is on the back of those crappy open air carrier trucks, where your car is exposed to the elements. So expect some damages.

    If it were me, I'd sell all my furniture. And ship everything else through a freight carrier. And then just pack up some essential clothes/items and drive to Cali.

    Really, packing/moving furniture across the country isn't worth it unless it has some type of sentimental value. Also, doesn't your roommate already have some furniture?
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    i drove when i moved from Virginia to Iowa. i debated on shipping everything but decided that i had the extra days and would be great to make a couple of stops along the way to see some places.
    It all depends on your schedule, if you have time and you like to drive you could enjoy the scenery of different states. However, if you live in the fast-lane and don't want to bother with seeing anything and want to get to your destination as soon as possible you should probably ship your stuff.

    P.S. Keep in mind, shipping sometimes gets delayed. make plans accordingly.
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    My advice...when I moved from Midwest to Florida. Sold or gave everything away that didn't fit in my car. The northern 'stuff' just doesn't look right in either Southern Cali or South FL. Trust me I've seen the bulky dark stuff look horrid.

    Pack up your car with clothes, computer, books, personal stuff and take a nice drive. Maybe get an airbed for the first few days in the new place.

    New place New life New look.

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    Mar 17, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    Im not sure how far the drive is however you should do it.
    Sell all the stuff you own that has no sentimental value, pack what you can and ship anything else. Some of my best adventures have been moving from one state to another and driving upto 5000kms once from WA to Queensland. Other times Ive advertised for a travel companion while I lived around the Middle East and really had a chance to see some beautiful landscapes.
    From what I can gather about the US is that it has some amazing scenery.
    Look at it as an opportunity to see some of your fantastic country and to put distance and perspective between your old home town and your new one.icon_cool.gif
    There is nothing like a road trip either solo or with company!
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    When I moved from NYC to LA I drove. When I moved my best friend here 6 mos later, we drove again. I wold LOVE to do it again.
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    Sell it all..IKEA
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    MY MOVES: Post-college I moved from Indianapolis to Philadelphia by plane with just two suitcases, drove my car with a U-Haul trailer attached from Indiana to Southern California, flew to France with just my clothes... and 25 boxes of books, four years later flew back to America (a shared 1BR in NYC) with my clothes and 50 boxes of books... and some belongings, flew from NYC to SFO with just my clothes, and in 19990 drove my little Honda Civic packed to the gills from SFO to Orlando.

    Four years later I moved from a rented place to the house I now own and don't plan to ever move again... driving or flying.

    ADVICE: Sell it all but the very personal stuff, and drive. If you are rich and have really nice stuff, you can afford a moving company. If not, just relax and enjoy a 3000 mile road trip!

    Uh, do you have a job... or marketable skills?
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    Mar 17, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    Congratulations on the new job!

    Shipping a car can cost $2000 - $3000. The car is also the most time consuming and riskiest item to sell and buy. Driving your car out is, by far, the least expensive option. Pack up your clothes, toiletries, and sentimental items in the car and drive.

    3000 miles รท 30mpg x $3.50/gal = $350. $50/night x 4 nights = $200. Total = $550. How much does it cost to fly?

    I recommend selling all your furniture and buying new furniture in San Diego. This is the easiest method, by far.

    You can rent a container from upack or similar if you really want to move your furniture. They drop a shipping container off at your house. You pack it yourself. They pick it up at the old place and drop it off at the new place.

    Good luck!
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    Mar 17, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidDrive there to take the essentials and hire a moving company to take all the heavy stuff.

    Yes, that's what I did in numerous US Army moves. Have movers pack the heavy stuff, travel with the essentials, so you can immediately set up a minimal house. Because sometimes there are delays, and you need something with which to live.
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    Mar 17, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    I moved from CT to San Jose CA just over a year and a half ago. Since it was the longest move I'd made, it was quite an experience.

    Here are the things you need to consider:

    Selling furniture (unless they are obviously valuable antiques) will usually get you no more than 25 cents on the dollar. So selling it and replacing it is often more expensive than you think. Keep that in mind when considering replacing it.

    Driving a car across country has it's good and bad points. I chose to ship my car. I filled the car with stuff and had to pay a surcharge for it but it cost me around $700. I didn't get any discount for the fact that it was a small car.

    The other big financial drain was all of the little things you need to stock your new home that you don't think about because it's $2 here $8 there and they quickly add up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on how you live and what you need. If you have a small amount to move, you may consider shipping vaults (containers), which can be less expensive than movers. You pack them yourself though.

    I was moving alone, so there was no one to join me on the trip, that's one of the reasons I didn't want to drive across country (not to mention the time it takes.)
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    Mar 17, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    garycally saidSell it all..IKEA


    IKEA tag line.. Furniture you don't care if you lose half of it in a divorce
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    Mar 17, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    Sell everything and ship your car. Fill your car with all your shit. Fly Southwest and take 4 suitcases (2 will be free 2 will be an extra $100.00 for both).

    Obviously you are moving to Southern California so you will not need all your winter coats/clothes...so take a modest amount.

    Use the 3000 you would've spent shipping a pod or hiring movers and buy a new furniture/tv when you get there.

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    Mar 17, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidWhen I moved from NYC to LA I drove. When I moved my best friend here 6 mos later, we drove again. I wold LOVE to do it again.


    How do you feel about flying to Mass and driving with him?
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    Mar 17, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    I have the exact same dilemma. I'll be moving from Toronto to Boston (shorter commute than yours), but can't decide whether to drive or fly and whether to buy new stuff or move everything from Toronto. Decisions, decisions...
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    Mar 17, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Drive and make it a tour of the national parks. Best thing I ever did, and, I'd highly recommend doing it alone!
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    Mar 18, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    Sell it all on craigslist, (yeah it has other uses) only keeping valuable things and drive. SanDog is big enough; you'll find everything you need again, just as cheaply as you sold it.
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    Mar 18, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Sell it and buy used/new furniture! I know theres lots of little pawn shops in and around Oceanside. You can also check out http://pendleton.bookoo.com/ ,when Marines/Sailors make moves they usually just end up dumping the stuff they don't need/want, thats where I sold my stuff at a fair price.
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    Mar 18, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    AMoonHawk saidDrive there to take the essentials and hire a moving company to take all the heavy stuff.

    Yes, that's what I did in numerous US Army moves. Have movers pack the heavy stuff, travel with the essentials, so you can immediately set up a minimal house. Because sometimes there are delays, and you need something with which to live.


    Moving sucks. Listen to this guy. He's ex military and I'm working on a novel about his life.
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    Mar 18, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    thanks for all the great advice guys, really means alot!icon_biggrin.gif i talked it over with my family and since no one is able to take time off to drive with me, i'll be packing my car with as much stuff as i can and shipping it. then going to just fly to california, wait for my car to arrive and buy some new stuff while im there.