Moving Bloopers

Hey everyone!  I always share about all the right tips to help you move and get organized.  Today I wanted to share a moving blooper with you.  My husband and I both have our cars in Rhode Island packed and ready to drive.  Like I have discussed in my previous posts, our cars are filled with our most valuable items:my wedding dress, purses, jewelry, and of course our bags of clothes and toiletries to live out of for about a month.  The last things that we had to jam in our cars were all of the liquids the packers wouldn’t pack.  The packers left us some boxes for this.

What I haven’t told you is since my husband travels so much for work, he collects hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc.  Basically anything the hotel will give you for FREE during your stay.  He collects them each night he stays in a hotel.  Multiply this by TWO years and that is the amount we have collected.  I told my husband that he is a hoarder-but he would argue otherwise.  These soaps are in our guest bathroom.  We often get compliments on our wide variety from our guests.  This also saves us money so we don’t have to provide soaps for guests.

So back to the blooper, my husband and I were trying to get ready to drive our cars out of the apartment parking deck earlier.  He was re-arranging some boxes in his car for the drive.  He was trying to get a box to fit behind his driver seat, and he was growing frustrated.  He continued to jam the box in this tight space causing the bottom of the box to get squeezed by the backseat and driver seat.  All of a sudden, a flood of the precious soaps and hair products that he had been saving were flowing out the bottom of the box. Unluckily, they were not just falling out, but falling on the parking deck ground and under the car.  My husband was in panic and started trying to wiggle the box up and out which caused the rest of the contents to fall out.  This was what we were left to clean up.

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We were able to recover the box and use tape to refold and sturdy the box.  It took us about 15 minutes to crawl around the group and pick them up all and re-pack the car.  My husband was so happy we were able to re-cover them.  They were undamaged and my husband is a very happy man.  The weekend has been saved!

I would love to hear any funny moving bloopers that you all might have had along the way.  Please leave me your stories here.  I can’t wait to read them!

3 Budgeting Tips For Your Move Out

Here are the hidden costs in your actual move out of your home/apartment/townhouse/condo that you NEED to budget for:

Hiring Movers-ok so once the moving company is picked and paid for.  Hiring packers and movers can get pricey.  To save money, there were times in the past when we would hire movers just for big pieces of furniture and we would drive boxes and bags back and forth ourself to save money.

Hiring a moving company can cost anywhere upward of $4,000.  Usually there is storage involved which will costs hundreds per day.  This is hard to quote an exact number based on moving company, distance, item inventory, and storage length.

Tips for movers and packers-first let me explain what each of these positions do.  The packers will come before the movers and physically pack your things up in boxes and fill it with paper for cushioning.  Then they will tape, label, and mark boxes with company stickers for inventory.  The boxes remain in your home.

The movers come after the packers are done and inventory the boxes on papers and electronically. Then, they haul all boxes and furniture to the truck.

Sometimes the packers come early and begin packing and the movers will come a bit later and begin to load the truck.  This move, the packers came one day and the movers came the next day.  Depending on how many people come, you will have to tip them.  So the first day, we had two packers-I gave them $30 cash each for a grand total of $60 that day.  The next day, we had three movers-I gave each $20 cash, there was a head mover, so I gave him $25 cash (a little extra).  This was another grand total of $65.  So after both days, my out of pocket grand total for tips was $125.

Lunch for movers and packers-these moving company workers really work hard lifting and hauling your whole life around all day.  So it is hard to not want to pay for their lunch.  For the day the packers came, I bought a pizza for $19 plus tip for the delivery person $4.  So that was a total of $23.  The next day, the movers wanted specific sandwiches.  These sandwiches added up to about $48 plus tip for the delivery person $8 and then the delivery fee of about $5.  This added up to $61.  In total, for both days, I spent $84

Total amount of money out of MY pocket paid-$209

Pro-tip-on my last move from Baltimore to Providence,I paid the moving company up to $600 cash/check out of my pocket to pick up some things at my parents’ house in NJ along the way to add to our moving truck.  This is great if you want big, heavy furniture you can’t fit in a car to end up at your new place.  If you are in a similar position, a lot of movers are will to pick up some money to put in their pocket (off the record) and help you out.  Just be sure to negotiate your price with them (since there is no set price for this) based on what they are picking up and the distance they are driving.  This will save you money and time in the long-run because otherwise my husband and I would have had to rent a Uhaul and taken off of work to drive to my parents and back.  There would have been gas money involved at both ends.  And we would have had to also hire a local guy to physically carry the items on and off the truck at both ends of the move.