My wife and I are moving from our 3200-square-foot house into her mother’s 1400 sf house, where most of the existing furniture will remain, except for our bedroom, into which we will be able to put our existing bedroom furniture.
We are divesting ourselves of as much of our stuff as possible, but will still have a lot of stuff that won’t fit and will have to go into storage until we are able to move into our own place.
A fairly significant portion of that property is books. We own over 2,000 books, which filled more than 50 boxes when we moved here. We plan to cut that perhaps by as much as 50%, and in the next few days I’m going to make as accurate an inventory as possible of what we are actually going to take.
But I’m struggling to figure out how to strategize and plan the move, since I’m not particularly conversant with the various storage options open to us. Based on vaguely remembered discussions here, I’ve looked into PODS and other containerized options, which may offer some advantages, but they seem rather expensive for long-term storage. So I was also considering renting a regular storage space near the new location, and arranging for part of the load to be delivered there. Then a friend mentioned that long-term storage provided by moving companies is probably cheaper.
Another friend recommended looking into a relocation service to handle all the planning for us.
So what experiences can you share on these points:
- PODS, containerized moving/storage
- Various storage options
- Relocation services
- Recommended moving companies (we had a nightmare move with Colonial three years ago, so don’t even mention that name!).
It’s not clear how often we’ll need access to the stuff in storage; the less access, the cheaper the cost, I presume.
If it matters, we’re moving from the Atlanta area to the Boston area, leaving here at the end of May. So I’d like to book whoever we’re using within the next week to lock in our move-out date.