So . . . . I think we’ve actually found a moving company that’s going to work out? Basically what originally happened was we called a moving company to come out and give us an estimate for moving our stuff. We let them wander the house and pointed out what we planned to take and not take. Some important information about us is that we rent a two bedroom house. We do not have a ton of excess furniture and we have exactly zero major appliances (that we own). I was legitimately worried that we would not meet the MINIMUM weight.
That first company then came back to us and said we had over 5,000 lbs worth of stuff. To which we responded with total confusion. WHERE do we have that much stuff? Is there another whole apartment hiding under Rosalind’s bed? I went online to see how much couches and mattresses weigh. Was it significantly more than I had imagined? No!
So then I found an online moving cost calculator, and it turns out that if you enter that you have a 2 bedroom house into an online moving calculator, it will say that you have about 5,000 lbs worth of stuff and (I know this part is shocking) give you an insane estimate that matched the first moving company exactly.
Needless to say, I didn’t feel taken care of as an individual customer. I was pretty darn sure we had nothing like 5,000 lbs worth of stuff. We just don’t own that much, and we’ve already shipped our books through the mail!
We called up one more moving company that seemed way more reasonable over the phone. I also prepared a list of the MUST MOVE items in each room. Like, a literal list that I typed up by room and then shoved into her hands before she had cleared our front door. It was pretty minimal, to be honest. After wandering our house and perusing our list, the lady turned to me and said, “You know you have to meet a minimum weight requirement, right?”
Ha! I knew it! The minimum weight requirement is only 1,000 lbs of stuff! And she thought we might not have it if I stuck to my list! I knew it!
So I assured her that I would also be happy to take that thing there and maybe that thing too, and we received a perfectly reasonable quote yesterday.
Frankly, we’re still probably paying more to move our stuff than it is worth, but it means I don’t have to make very many “emotional cost” decisions at all. I like that.
It’s also a great relief because it means that I don’t have to sell all* of our stuff. Before all of this is said and done, Sergio will have to move a bit before Rosalind and me. I will be left to sell whatever we don’t take. By hiring a moving company, I now only have the responsibility to pack everything up in boxes and then let a moving company come load it up in a truck and drive it a long damn way. It’s definitely the easiest outcome for me.
I told you I would keep you updated on the nitty gritty details of moving whether you wanted me to or not, and I think I have kept my word. The excitement never stops over here at Two Somewhat Different Epigrams.
*We still plan to sell a whole lot of stuff. Anybody want some of our stuff? I have a pretty desk, some bookshelves, a coffee table, a sofa table, a twin bed, knickknacks out the wazoo, and an old Volvo (that you can pick up at the airport in May) available now! Hit me up.