Packing an Essentials Box Surviving the First Night in Your New Home

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Packing up all your things, it’s very easy for something like an essentials box to slip your mind. An essentials box is simply a box holding everything you think you’ll need for your first night in your new home. This box should be the very last box you pack, and the very first box that you open post-move. Generally, this box should have the things you’ll need to have a few small meals (lunch and dinner, ideally), clean, handle small emergencies, and entertain you for a while. Some people choose to pack an essentials box for each room in the house, while others choose to have the basics all in one box. Either option is perfectly acceptable.

 

Generally, you should pack a change of clothes for each member of the family, a set of pajamas, and some blankets. If you have little ones, include an extra set of clothes and some small bags or containers of laundry detergent. As far as bathroom items go, you should be sure to pack toilet paper and other toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, razors, etc. Include hand soap, a towel and washcloth for each family member, and some unopened all-purpose cleaning products.

 

When considering kitchen items, bear in mind that there will likely be a grocery store or superstore near your new home, so you will not need an extent of meal options in your essentials box. Some key items you will need are paper towels, dish soap, dish cloths/towels, and a few dishes. Some families opt for the one-use disposable dishes, to make cleanup that much easier, but small, plastic reusable dishes work just as well. Also try to bring any small appliances you think you’ll need, such as a microwave or toaster oven, and a coffee maker, or some instant coffee as a replacement. Be sure to pack some water bottles, as well, or a water-filter if you use one. A medium stovetop pot and some canned goods would be good, too, if you don’t plan on going out to eat. If you have children, try to pack some snacks and drinks in your box as well.

 

Other items that may prove useful are scissors or a box-cutter (to open the rest of your boxes), duct tape, phone chargers, and a First-Aid kit. You may also want to bring a portable tool kit, a flashlight (or candles and matches), and some garbage bags. If you have pets, pack anything they will need as well, i.e. leash, food and water bowls, treats, etc. The same goes for small children; don’t forget your diaper bag, formula, bottles, etc. You might want to bring any important documents as well, such as social security cards, birth certificates, medical records, etc., to ensure they aren’t lost during the move. Any medication anyone takes is also important to bring along.

 

Once you’ve packed up all of your essentials for your first night in your new home, be sure to label the box “Open First” and/or mark it with a bright colored tape, so it is easily identifiable. Your essentials should go with you in your car, or the cab of the moving van if you chose to rent one. This ensures that it won’t get lost, or you’ll have what you need in case the movers are delayed somehow.

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The Most Common Reasons for People to Move

Every day, there are hundreds of people in America that move to a new residence. A recent US Census shows us that, between 2012 and 2013 alone, 35.9 million people over the age of 1 year moved to a new residence. That’s 11.7 percent of the population that relocated over the course of a year. The reasons for these decisions to move all vary across the board.

One of the top reasons for many people to relocate is because they’ve decided to buy a new house. For obvious reasons, they do not need to remain at their current residence once they’ve purchased a new one. The second most popular reason for people to move is due to a change in their relationship status. When people get engaged, or married, they will usually decide to move in together. They either stay in one partner’s residence, or they both uproot and choose a new home together. In either instance, they are relocating. A similar effect happens when two people break up or get a divorce altogether. Either one partner leaves the house, or the house is sold and they both move away.

 

The next most common reason to change homes is a job change. It’s not uncommon for people to choose a new job with better pay that happens to be in another city. Commuting is terrible for some, and it tends to be much easier to move closer to the job than drive an extended period every day. Sometimes, people simply need a change of scenery, which drives them to relocate. They’ll choose a new home to simply refresh themselves and start over in a new place. Financial hardships can be grounds for relocating. Oftentimes, keeping up with mortgage or rent becomes too pricey, and people are forced to downsize, or simply move to a less expensive area. When finances come into play, a lot of compromises and sacrifices tend to be made.

 

Age is often a deciding factor in relocation. The most common thought in regards to age and moving is the teen who’s finally old enough to move out. They leave the nest and find their own place to live. The other half of this coin is when seniors are at a point where they need live-in care or supervision, and their children either move them to a retirement home, or move them into their child’s home. A final reason for moving is another obvious one: upgrading. In some cases, people finally gain the finances to move into the home they’ve been dreaming of for years. In other cases, a family is simply expanding, which calls for a much larger home and more space.

 

For some, it’s a conscious move towards a higher status and a better appeal. For others, it’s simply a necessary step towards improving their lives. In any regard, moving is a very large aspect of the American lifestyle, and it will likely remain that way for a long time.

 

 

Understanding Your Moving Estimate

When most people hear the term estimate, they can usually associate it with its use, as far as moving. Moving companies offer estimates to give homeowners an idea of how much they’ll be paying for their move. There are a number of variables that factor into how much that number comes out to be. Here are the factors that ultimately affect the estimate you receive from a moving company.

Travel time – Companies typically will not charge for the distance between your current home and your new home; that is covered under the hourly wage. This travel time is in reference to the time it takes for the truck to get from their warehouse to your home, and then from the new home back to their warehouse.

 

Weight of belongings – This is the most widely known factor in regards to a moving estimate. The more your furniture and other belongings weigh, the more you will likely you are to be paying more for your move.

 

Access – People don’t usually understand what companies mean by access, initially. The term ‘access,’ in this instance, means how easy it will be for the movers to actually get your things to and from the truck. Ideally, a moving van should be able to back the van up to the front step of your home and bring things in directly. Things such as stairs, elevators, long hallways, etc. make this difficult. Curbside parking and parking meters also make this a bit of a problem.

 

Last minute changes – Contracting a moving company is the same as making a reservation or a doctor’s appointment. If you don’t show up, or there’s a delay with no notice, there’s typically an additional fee. When you tell a moving company that they aren’t able to move your items into your new home on the expected day, they have to store your items. When this happens, they’ll often charge you by the day that they have to hold your things. Also, if you aren’t ready to load your things into the truck on the day you planned, they’ll charge you an additional fee for delaying their services.

 

Additional services – There are a number of optional services that most moving companies offer. Some of these services include packing boxes, disassembling and reassembling furniture, removing debris, and carrying bulky articles. When a company says ‘bulky articles,’ they are thinking of pianos, large appliances, automobiles, and items of that nature. Some companies will also offer extra insurance protection, in regards to the amount they will pay if something is damaged, as well as storage-in-transit services. All of these services will result in extra fees factored into your initial estimate.

 

All in all, there are quite a few things for you to evaluate when it comes to your moving estimate. The easiest way for you to minimize any additional fees is to ensure you are on schedule for the duration of your move, pack your own things, and keep things as simple as you’re able to keep them.

The Different Types of Moving Services

When discussing moving companies, people will not normally bring up the different service types that exist. There are quite a few service options when considering moving companies, and here are three of the most common.

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Full Service

 

Full service companies are the most well-known and most commonly used services when people choose to relocate. A full service move is just as it sounds: all services are provided. The company provides a truck that best matches the amount of goods you need to be moved, as well as an appropriately sized team for the job. This team will pack all of your items, if you haven’t decided to pack them yourself. They load all of your things onto the provided truck, and drive the truck to your new residence. They unload all of the items at your new location, and all you have to do is decorate your new home. Full service companies alleviate as much stress as they possibly can for the duration of the moving process.

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Moving Labor

 

This is the lesser heard of service that is provided. Hiring moving labor is mostly for those who have already rented a van or truck, or have access to one, and don’t have the energy or patience to pack and load their own things. Moving labor crews will come in, pack your things, load your things into your truck or storage unit, and unload them as needed. They can also move large items within your home, if need be. The trouble with moving labor is that they are not usually associated with any accredited companies, so you’re taking a chance with them showing up on time or at all.

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Portable Storage Container Movers

 

Portable storage container movers provide a storage unit and drop it off at your location. Then, you’re responsible for loading your things into the unit. You can do this yourself, or hire the aforementioned moving laborers. In either case, once the storage unit is fully loaded, you can call the movers, and they will drive the storage unit to its new residence, and you are, once again, responsible for the unloading of its contents. With portable storage units, you should be mindful of how many things you actually own, and be sure to request a unit with an appropriate size for all of your belongings.

 

Other Services

 

While those are the three main services provided for moving, there are a few other mentionable ones. Specialized movers can be useful if you have unique items that require special tools or care to move. Specialized movers commonly deal with things such as pianos, safes, pool tables, art, antiques, Jacuzzis, and things of that nature. There are also self-service moves, where a company provides you with a truck and a driver, but you are responsible for the loading and unloading of the truck. Finally, there is the Do-It-Yourself method, where you are responsible for every aspect of the move.

 

Having a knowledge about the different services that are actually available can help in determining what you actually need assistance with and how much you can save during your move.

Hit the Road, Jack! Avoiding a Mover’s Rip Off

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All too many times we hear about homeowners being ripped off by a moving company. More often than not, they did not research enough about said company. Whether it’s poorly trained staff, unreliable quotes, or damaged goods, a bad moving experience can happen to anyone. It is important to keep yourself prepared and know what some of the telltale signs are that you’re about to get ripped off.

 

First thing’s first: check your mover’s license. If your move is intrastate, the laws within each state vary. Make sure you know them and verify that your movers abide those laws. If your move is between states, your movers MUST be registered with U.S. DOT. Are you unsure about their licensure? Ask to see their registration. Should they not provide it, they may not have it, in which case, you should check out a different company.

 

Estimates are another sticky area that customers will often get trapped with; here lies the issue of phone quotes. Feel free to accept a phone quote from a moving company, but never let that be your only quote. It is not uncommon for a company to offer a quote over the phone without evaluating your belongings or the size of the job. Without physical examination, an accurate estimate simply cannot be given. Taking a phone quote also presents the issue of being overcharged post-move. When this happens, there’s little to nothing you can do, other than pay the new asking price (which will be much higher than their initial estimate).

 

Fortunately, living in the internet-age, such a thing exists as “online reviews.” Customer review sites have quickly become top-priority in regards to researching ideal companies. These sites are perfect for seeing raw, honest responses and reactions to your potential movers. Some important sites to read through are Relocation, Moving Company Reviews, Angie’s List, and Better Business Bureau. Many of these sites have an overall star rating (typically 1 to 5); if that rating is below 3, move along. Otherwise, take care to read some of the comments, both positive and negative. Some things to watch out for are 5 star ratings with no comment, or a very imprecise comment, low ratings (less than 3), or the infamous phrase, “If I could give them zero stars, I would.” Each of these things should be enough to send you running; never subject yourself to business with a company with extremely negative reviews.

 

All in all, you can never be too safe when it comes to contracting a moving company. Keep in mind: you should never have to compromise in order to have a good moving experience. Do your research (here) and know your rights as a customer; don’t be afraid to have a company validate themselves. Always remember, you have the resources to work with a reputable company, so don’t get caught in a scam. Never base your move solely on a quote over the phone, always check the online reviews, and always make sure a company has the proper licensure for your move.

 

 

Countdown to Moving Day A Week-by-Week Checklist

 

Planning to relocate can easily turn into a hectic endeavor. The best way to overcome the frenzy that is moving is to have a plan. Here’s a play-by-play on how to best utilize the weeks leading up to your moving date.

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8 Weeks

 

This is the time for you to plan the basics. Will you use a moving company, or rent a van? Do you have kids or pets that will need caretaking on the day of the move? Make note of these topics, write reminders for yourself, and place it all in a folder dedicated to the move. Be sure to obtain all necessary documents and forms that you’ll need at your new location, i.e. medical records, school records, etc.; these should be placed in your moving folder, as well. Make an attempt to draw a floor plan of your new home, or obtain one online. This floor plan will help to give you an idea of how much you can take with you and where to place it all. Start listing all of your belongings and decide what you want to take with you and what you’ll get rid of.

 

6 Weeks

 

At this point, you should file a Change of Address kit with the post office. Inform banks, insurance, and all other necessary agencies of your new address. Do you plan to pack your items yourself, or will you assign that task to a moving company? If you plan to pack yourself, determine how much you’ll need, in terms of packing supplies. If you plan on ordering these online, do that around this time.

 

4 Weeks

 

Take this time to clean out your house. Get rid of all the junk that you meant to throw out months ago; throw away damaged items, and set aside any items to be donated. Schedule a few in-home estimates, to get an idea of how much your move will cost you. During this time, you should also call your utility companies and arrange cut-off dates for their services.

 

3 Weeks

 

Review your list of items you plan to keep and see if there is anything you can pack in advance, i.e. excess clothing, toys, etc. Make a call to your movers and confirm that they will be available on your move dates; draw out a written agreement with the company, confirming rates and your final estimate. If you plan on renting a van, do the same: call the company, confirm your dates.

 

2 Weeks

 

If you’re moving to a new state, be sure to arrange travel plans (flight times, hotel reservations, etc.). Once again, review your item checklist, crosscheck it with the physical items in your home (packed and unpacked) and dispose of any items too dangerous to move, such as strong cleaning products. Now’s the time you should arrange to have the utilities at your new home turned on.

 

1 Week

 

Prepare a 72-Hour kit for your new home, until your utilities and kitchen items are unpacked. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can skip this step entirely. Pack your suitcases and keep them separate from the boxes being loaded into your truck/van. Reconfirm with your movers the dates and estimated times for your move.

 

Moving Day

 

Check boxes off of your list as they are loaded onto the truck. Anything you planned to take in your car, i.e. suitcases, should be loaded into your car right now. Exchange phone numbers with your movers, in case contact is needed during transit.

 

Post-Move

 

You’ve reached your destination. Unload all of your items, keeping things organized by room. Pay your movers, and send them on their way. Congratulations! You’ve just successfully moved.

Quick Tips for a Smooth Move – Packing

During a move, packing becomes the most hectic part of the entire process. Between keeping track of what’s been boxed, keeping kids out of the way, and writing the correct labels, things can become a bit confusing. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your cool and get through packing for a big move.

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Getting Started

 

First thing’s first: have an inventory list. It is pertinent that you keep track of all the items you have. Start by sorting your items into sections on your list: Keep, Donate, Trash, Sell. Anything you plan on trashing can get tossed before any packing even starts. Some things you should be sure to throw out right away are expired pantry items, damaged items, and worn out/torn clothing/shoes. (more info)

 

Now that trash is out of the way, start preparing to pack. Evaluate the items you plan to keep and be sure you have enough boxes, tape, and packing supplies to move forward. Also pay mind to the sizes of the boxes you plan to use. You don’t want boxes that are too big, because they will be too heavy. Yet, you don’t want boxes that are too small, because there will be entirely too many. Keep this in mind as you gather your supplies. Once you have your supplies gathered, start packing your most non-essential items first, label them and set them aside. Don’t forget to check them off of your inventory list.

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Stay Organized

 

As you move from room to room, section the room into packing zones. Have an area for supplies to sit, an area for things that need to be packed, and an area for items that are packed and labeled.

 

When labeling your boxes, label on the side and the top panels. Be sure to include the contents of the box, as well as its location within the house, and if it’s fragile or needs to be opened first. As you pack and label boxes, make sure to mark items off of your inventory checklist. This ensures that you don’t leave anything behind. It also comes in handy post-move, when you check that all your items are still in the truck.

 

Guarantee Safety

 

Take special care when dealing with your fragile items. Wrap dishes and glassware in several layers of bubble wrap or newsprint, and carefully place them in their boxes. Towels and blankets can easily become a safeguard at the bottom of each “Fragile” box. Be sure to pad all of your boxes if they aren’t entirely full, as well; boxes with too much open space leaves risk for items inside sliding around or the box being dented externally. Wrap any scratch-prone or upholstered furniture in cellophane or padding. Be sure to disassemble as much furniture as possible, to minimize the amount of space taken up in the truck. Moreover, pay attention to how much you are loading into each box. Safety is not solely in regards to your items, but to you and your movers, as well. The ideal weight for a box that’s being lifted is around 40-50 lbs. Always pack with your heaviest item on the bottom, and gauge the weight from there.

 

Keep these tips in mind, and your packing and move should run smoothly.

 

 

 

Big Tips for a Smart Move

Moving to a new home can quickly become a nuisance. Between packing your (seemingly) endless amount of items you into not nearly enough boxes, wrapping your dishes five times over, and keeping track of the chaos that has become your house, it turns into a fairly stressful project. Fortunately, moving companies exist solely to take a bit of that load off of your shoulders. If you are new to the concept of hiring a moving company, the whole process could very easily become overwhelming for you. So, here are a few things you should always keep in mind when considering hiring a moving company.

 

When you plan on contracting a moving company, you should always do your research beforehand. The resources are out there; make sure you are getting everything you’ll be paying for. A worthwhile moving company has trained staff, registration under the US DOT (Department of Transportation), and offers mover’s insurance. If one of these is missing, scratch that company off of your list. Customer reviews are also a key to getting a good look at a potential mover. Some great sites with customer reviews to look at are Relocation, Moving Company Reviews, and Angie’s List, to name a few.

 

Once you’ve done some decent research and narrowed down your options, contact a few companies and request an in-home quote. Never accept a quote over the phone, as it is near impossible for it to be an accurate estimate for the cost of your move. Having an in-home quote allows movers to gauge the weight of your items, amount of staff they’ll need, and necessary truck size. All of these areas factor into your total cost; multiple quotes allows for the most accurate estimate.

 

After reviewing your quotes and weighing out your options, you should have one moving company in mind. Before you let them carry away all of your things, be sure to request a written agreement that defines the estimate, any relevant shipping information, and other details that are necessary for your move. A written agreement gives you security, in the sense that you won’t be overcharged once all your belongings have already been transferred.

 

As everything is loaded on the truck and ready to go, take it upon yourself to grab the movers’ phone number(s), in case you need to reach them during the move. If the company you’re using offers web tracking, make sure you know how to access that. Keeping contact with your movers becomes of great convenience in case any problems arise during the move.

 

After everything’s arrived at its new location, take a look at all of your belongings; make sure that there has been no serious damage to anything. Be sure to thank your movers, as well. Once everything’s been unloaded from the truck, review the written agreement you have with the company and tie up any loose ends, particularly in regards to payment. When everything is all taken care of, and the movers have cleared out, you’ve officially had a successful move.

Moving Van VS Professional Movers

Which would you prefer: a team of movers carrying your things on their schedule, or you moving everything yourself and operating on your own time? This is a common debate many homeowners have with themselves when preparing to move to a new location. It’s a difficult decision to make, so here are some pros and cons to both sides of the coin.

 

Renting a Moving Van

Pro – When you rent a moving van for your move, you control the timeline you’re under. Once you’ve picked up your van, you decide how quickly or slowly you load your boxes. You aren’t constrained or rushed by a team of movers; you can move at your own pace.

 

Con – Logistically, you’re obligated to pick up and return the van on a certain day. And you have less help to load/unload your things, to ensure you get the van back at a decent time. You’re responsible for packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking. You, of course, can put your family members to work, but that’s the extent of your moving team.

 

Pro – The expenses, overall, for renting a van are much less than that of a moving team. You pay upfront for the time you plan to be using the van and a flat price for the size of your van.

 

Con – Occasionally, companies will apply additional charges for holding the van longer than the intended time span or how far the van was driven (charge per mile), and things of this nature. If you aren’t careful, the additional charges can add up quickly.

 

Hiring Professional Movers

 

Pro – You have less responsibility when working with a team of professional movers. While they are packing and loading your belongings, you have time to focus elsewhere, such as arranging a sitter for your kids or pets for the day of the move, and ensuring things are set up at your new home.

 

ConProfessional movers come at a price, and usually a very high one. Movers will often charge by the hour; this encompasses the time to load your belongings, drive to your new home, and unload your belongings. That is a time consuming process, and that hourly rate will add up quickly.

 

Pro – No heavy lifting is required of you. You can sit back while the movers handle all the manual labor. After all, that’s what they’re getting paid for, right?

 

Con – With moving companies, you’re risking being ripped off. Scams happen very often in this industry, so you have to be extremely careful as far as who you hire and how your agreements are drawn out.

 

Types of Moving Estimates

The entire process of moving with a moving company’s help presents a few frequently used terms. One word that is consistently mentioned is “estimate.” An estimate, in essence, gives you a general idea of how much money you will be spending while on contract with this moving company. Before you ask for an estimate, you should know that there are different types, which all offer different benefits. There are three different types of moving estimates: non-binding, binding, and not-to-exceed.

 

Non-binding Estimate

 

The first, and most common type of estimate is the non-binding estimate. With this type of estimate, the movers will assess the weight of your things and give you a rough estimate of how much you will be paying. The non-binding estimate can be a convenience for those who are moving at the last minute and need a quick quote; these estimates can easily be given over the phone. The downside to these estimates is the possibility of being charged a significantly higher amount than the amount that you were quoted once the move is complete. When given a non-binding estimate, you won’t know exactly what you’re paying until moving day, which can complicate things when it comes to budgeting.

 

Binding Estimate

 

A binding estimate is just as it sounds: you are bound to pay the estimate given. This applies whether your goods end up weighing more or less than the movers expected. Of course, if you contract additional services with your move, i.e. movers packing your things, portable storage units, etc., then they have the right to change the estimate they initially gave you. The benefit of a binding estimate is that you are much better able to budget your move, seeing as you have a finite payment for the movers’ services. The downside is, even if the weight of your belongings turns out to be lower than the initial thought, you’re still obligated to pay the estimated price agreed upon.

 

Not-To-Exceed Estimate

 

A slightly less heard of estimate is the ‘not-to-exceed’ estimate. This estimate is similar to the binding estimate, as it gives you a finite payment. It means that you will not have to pay any higher than the given price. At the same time, if the weight of your belongings is lesser than initially thought, the amount you have to pay will also drop. Not-to-exceed estimates are often considered the best option, especially for long distance moves. It gives the best view of your final costs for the whole move, and even provides some wiggle room in case your estimated cost is lessened.

 

Ultimately, movers base their estimates on the weight of your shipment, the distance being traveled, and any additional services you request. Before working with a company, be sure to ask for which types of estimates they provide, and decide which option would be best for your particular move. With any estimate, make sure the movers inspect everything you plan to move – leave no item out – to ensure the most accurate estimate possible.

Transferring to Austin? Move now!

The hype of the moving season has started to subdue and great deals can be found if you are willing to move to Austin before the new year.  Austin is a great city to call home, but check the facts before you move.  ARN – A guide to living/relocating in Austin

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Affordable National Moving Company

These are the guys you want to trust when you will be moving across the country.  I’ve heard all the horror stories that go along with moving company disasters, and it’s not going to happen with this company.  From trucks catching on fire to lost moving boxes, to broken plasma tv’s, the dangers of moving are ALL OVER THE PLACE!  If you are searching for an affordable national moving company, this is the place to start!

 

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Our New York City Moving Experience

After college, my husband and I lived in New York City for 3 years.  During this short period, we moved 6 different times and learned a lot that helped us with future moves.  I don’t wish this upon anyone, but it was certainly helped when we moved again with more belongings.  Better to learn the moving mistakes when we were still young and dumb and didn’t have nice furniture.  My biggest advice is to make sure you read the online moving reviews to make sure that other people have good things to say about the company.  Next is to SAVE as much as you can when hiring a moving company in New York.  There’s no need to overpay and there are a multitude of locator services to help you find companies within your budget.  There’s dozens of sites like this – .  Just find a similar site, fill out your information, wait for the phone to ring.  And don’t think that you can skimp on the size or number of items your moving when they call…. it’s only going to hurt you in the long run.  Better to be honest up front and get an accurate moving quote.  Best of luck with your NYC moves…

 

My last bit of information… avoid getting a Uhaul Truck like the plague in NYC – it’s not a realistic option unless you are a VERY experienced truck driver.  The parking tickets are going to rack up quicker than you can say I don’t wanna Uhaul anymore.

Our Moving Day

Back in January of 2012, my family decided it was time to pack up the things and move to North Dakota.  While I was initially hesitant about the move, the slower pace of life really started to catch up to me as the moving date neared ever closer.  Moving from the city out to ND was definitely going to be a welcomed transition.

Needless to say, our move was easier than some of the horror stories I’ve heard about online.  Our moving company that we hired really turned out to be tremendous.  We ended up going with Atlas Vanlines, even though they were a tad bit more expensive.  The moving quotes we initially received from them were for about $500 less than what it ended up being, but I guess that is understandable since I forgot to tell them about all the stuff in our garage.  Couple that with the fact that we were moving cross country and I think we ended up getting a pretty good bargain when the total tallied up price finally came in.

Moving day was also a breeze.  We already had the house pretty much all boxed up and ready for the moving guys to show up and haul everything away.  I had previously ordered the cheapest long distance moving companies in america I could find online and that helped save about an extra $100.  They were even able to accept returns for all the unused boxes.

While I am definitely glad the move is over and I wouldn’t want to do it again next week, I’d say we had it pretty easy and now it is time to adjust fully to life in North Dakota.