We’re getting to the end of my moving series with FlatRate Moving, which can only mean one thing YOU DID IT – or you at least know how to if you’re considering a move! You learned how to scope out listings, get approved, and now it’s time to coordinate the exciting part… MOVING!
How I moved to the city is probably the single most asked question I get from my readers, which means you guys want to hear it from someone who has done it before and I’m your girl! Plus, I have the pros on my side so you guys are in for a wealth of information, aka this is going to be a long (but hopefully helpful) post ;-) I’m going to start with my story and then we’ll go through short and long distance options!
When you choose to move to the city long distance you have a few options to start with..
Hire long-distance movers
Pack up a moving truck and take a long road trip
Get rid of your things and pack a few suitcases
There isn’t really a right or wrong answer here, but I decided to bypass the moving truck options and just hop on a plane with 5 suitcases and my pup. Granted, I also only planned on living in the city for a few years, but that was the choice I ended up with . Looking back, I’m not quite sure how I did it considering I have SO much stuff, but somehow I made it happen.
So yeah, I grabbed my bags and arrived in the city with no furniture, no kitchen essentials… and well an empty apartment! My roommate at the time had just moved up here from out of state too so we were like a couple of newbies out of the water trying to figure things out together. Kind of awesome, kind of terrifying, but definitely memorable. I’ll give myself a little credit.. I did manage to bring quite a bit in those 5 suitcases.. space saver bags were my best friends but there was about a week of sleeping on my hardwood floors before my bed was delivered and we didn’t have any furniture in our living room for about a month. It all worked out though and within a few months we were decently stocked on the things we needed and we slowly accumulated more decor options later.
While it was an eye-opening experience, it was kind of fun to piece things together in my new city and it was much easier to be able to book a plane ticket than have to think about driving across the country or hiring movers. I was only 21 when I made the move and it was 100% self-funded too so that was my best option at the time. Would I suggest it to others? If you can get by on minimal items and don’t mind starting over? Sure! Especially if you don’t plan on staying here a long time, it can definitely be a good option and if the queen of pack-rats can do it, you can too!
Now onto our other options – local and long-distance moves. I want to start this portion off with some really awesome info that FlatRate Moving shared that I think is pretty useful as a guide from when to schedule your movers to peak and off peak times to move.