Saturday was our day to move. We signed the lease on Friday and moved a few of our fragile items ahead of time. We hired Two Men and a Truck to do our move. They quoted us a little of $500 for the move which included two men for up to 4 hours. $500 sounded like a good price to me, and meant I would have to go through the hassle of renting a truck and the effort of moving everything by myself.
Dream had most of the house boxed up a few weeks ahead of time. On the Thursday and Friday before the move, we boxed up the remaining items. We used a total of 71, boxes three rolls of packing tape, and a pack and a half of packing paper. The total for all the packing material came to about $100.
We contemplated moving everything ourselves, but in the end, we were happy that we decided on the moving company. The boxes would have been easy to move, but having the professionals take care of that plus the furniture was worth the 500 bucks. One nice thing about having the pros do it is they took apart our beds and reassembled them after the move. They also had all the moving blankets and plastic wrap for moving the dressers, night stands, shelving, and china cabinet.
Since we had everything boxed, and had the boxes staged in the garage, it only took them an hour to load the truck. One guy worked on loading the boxes while the other guy worked on the furniture.
It was about an hour drive to our new apartment, and then it took about an hour to unload everything and reassemble our furniture.
Here is a picture of the boxes stacked in our apartment.
The entire move ended up taking just three hours. We were paying by the hour, so we ended up paying about $400 instead of the $500 quoted.
As the movers brought in boxes we started unpacking them. That’s another nice thing about having movers; we were free to unpack and put things away as the movers brought in the boxes of stuff. After the movers left, we spent the rest of the day unpacking. The progress was fast at first, but then we started slowing down as we tried to figure out where to put some stuff.
The real stickers were office supplies, toys, and junk drawer stuff.
On Sunday we took a break from unpacking so that Faith could get some play time in. She was excited about the move, but I could tell by a few short tempered outbursts that the she was feeling a bit stressed. Faith and I decided to take a walk across the apartment complex in search of the playground.
She also wanted to replenish her “collection” which had fallen out of a drawer during the move. The “collection” consisted of some acorns and leaves, and I promised her we could go hunting for some more items for her collection. As we walked across the apartment complex, she found some very nice acorn tops, a few acorns, and a couple of leaves. She picked up each item, examined it, and then placed it in her purse.
The playground ended up being at the complete other end of the complex, but we enjoyed our walk. The playground was pretty awesome. It had two nice play structures with lots of things to climb and a variety of slides. We played Rapunzel for a little while, with her letting down her hair, and me climbing up.
She was feeling much better after our walk and play, and we made plans to check out another nearby park after lunchtime.
After walking back, we did a little more unpacking, and then headed to Publix to get our resident ID. The resident ID allows us to make use of the several neighborhood parks dotting the community. We picked up some subs for lunch and headed to one of the parks. Faith played some more while we ate lunch, and then I joined in to play for a little while.
At this point we have a few boxes of things that don’t have a good home. We’re going to have to do some more purging and/or find homes for these items. We are working our way through these things — slowly.
We’re happy with our new place, and things are looking good. I’m looking forward to getting through the remaining boxes and getting everything tidied up and organized.