We choose option C. DIY the big move. We looked into moving companies, but $2000 to $3000 just to move our stuff (not including paying for gas in my car to get us there) was out of the budget. Andy flew in Friday night to help me finish packing, load the Budget truck and get last minutes things done. The house was about 80% packed into boxes by the time I picked him up from the airport at 7:00pm on Friday, January 27. Did I mention my last day of work was Friday? Yep, silly me… I worked the entire week before I moved cross country. Probably not the best idea, but I suppose the most money conscience decision! After work on Friday, I picked up the 16 foot Budget truck and car trailer with our friend, Will. Will dropped it off at our house and I went to get Andy at the airport.
Next thing we knew, there was a packing party at our house. We knew 2 of Andy’s friends were coming over to help move the big items down the stairs and into the truck. But, we were not counting on Will, Marcus, Katy, Rachelle, and Annie to help!
Katy and Will brought Corona’s and limes, yum! Rachelle picked up some Little Ceasers hot and readies, Bota Boxes (wine in juice box containers), and Grandma’s hummus with pita chips (this hummus is hands down the most d-leesh hummus brand.) We listened to old school 90′s music (think TLC’s Waterfalls) and boxed, carried, and sung our little hearts out. It certainly made the night more entertaining. And with 7 people carrying boxes down it went well, 7x as fast.
I foresee Bota Boxes at picnics on the beach in the near future! Just so you know, they’re very tasty.
I left out a few things until the very last minute… since the kitchen was all packed away it was handy to have:
- Paper products (to eat and drink)
- trash bags (for last minute trash and Good Will giveaways)
- zip lock bags (screws from picture frames, TV mounts, curtain rods)
- Clorox wipes (clean up the mess from the packing party)
- scissors, tape (duh)
- paper towels
- magic erasers (clean walls, baseboards, doors, love these things.)
- vacuum (vacuum yourself out of the house)
We moved all of the boxes from here:
Good ol’ Google taught us how to pack a moving truck (our budget truck did not have what they call an attic, the space that hangs over the cab of the truck):
We (as in Andy, Marcus, and Will), not me, put the couch and fancy futon at the front of the truck facing each other. We piled boxes to the roof on top of the couches.
Our neighbor let us borrow a blow up air mattress, and we slept on the living room floor. Our sweet friends brought us coffee and breakfast tacos the next morning as we packed last minute things, cleaned, and dealt with a dryer issue. Note: I hope they have breakfast tacos in Florida and I have a hard time spelling Flo-rida, and every time I type it I say to myself “flo” like flow and “rida”… makes me giggle. The night before, we realized our dryer was broken. It was burning hot to the touch and smelled like tanning bed. We called the dryer guy, he thankfully came on Saturday morning at 9:00 am. We paid him $50 to tell us the problem is most likely a clogged, dirty, dryer vent.
FYI homeowners: you are supposed to clean your dryer vent (not just the little fuzz catcher in your dryer) but the actual pipe that goes from your dryer to the outside every 2 years. The dryer guy recommended a steam cleaning company (they have the right equipment for the job: big vacuums) It cost us $85. Andy checking the air flow from the dryer vent. (It is supposed to fell like a hair dryer on medium) Ours felt like a sucky hair dryer on the low setting.
We finally hitched up the car and left Austin, TX at 2:07 pm on Sunday!
We drove to Baton Rouge, LA and stayed in a La Quinta Inn. The free waffle breakfast was a plus. This is Andy “mad” at me because I’m hurrying him out the door… he is a putzer, a big time putzer. Anytime we are trying to leave, you can typically find me tapping my foot at the door with an exasperated look on my face, calling Andy’s name and telling him we are late… He has no sense of urgency!
Feeding the truck…
It was stand still traffic. We took pictures for entrainment.
- Florida turnpike toll- $7.50 because we had multiple axles! (After we realized we would have to pay this multiple times, we took an alternate route!)
- 3 lottery tickets- $3.00
- One night in a hotel- $79
- Car snacks- $20
- Lock for the Budget (bought it from Budget, don’t do this)- $14.00
Total cost to move from Texas to Florida: $1,420. 36
Would I do it this way again… Yes. Unless I had kids, that might change my mind. Have you moved lately? Were you at all involved in the I-75 fiasco in Florida? Have you ever used a consignment store? Do you feel sorry for me and my couch? I went to visit it yesterday at the store… it’s price tag is $585.