Monthly Archives: April 2014

We Decided to Move Ourselves

I wanted to write a quick note on why we made the decision to move ourselves. At first, we had both agreed that we would rather spend the money and have someone else do it. Neither one of us was looking forward to moving all that stuff. However, because of the hassle it became, and considering the total expense, we finally decided we really had to.

One option we looked into, and even put a deposit down on, was getting help in Georgia to unload. I have family to help in NJ, so no need to pay someone there. However, without anyone on the other end, getting some help in Georgia would make it somewhat easier. We later called this same company for a quote to move the stuff for us, and ended up not getting any calls back after a few conversations.

What’s worse is that we had originally looked for a quote from this company to pick up our stuff in Connecticut, where we had a storage unit from when we moved out of there, with a stop then in NJ to get our stuff there. This one we never confirmed, didn’t give specific dates or anything, but still ended up getting a call on moving day from a driver asking where to meet us. He was not happy to find out his company messed that up.

Other companies wouldn’t call us back after the initial contact, and we were having trouble with ones that did wherein we couldn’t seem to coordinate the pickup and drop-off for what we needed. The whole situation was a cluster, and I was very glad that Donna was the one dealing with it because I probably would have screamed at a lot more people than she did. Anyway, with all of that, we decided to just do it ourselves. I’m not even sure if we were able to get our deposit back, but we didn’t get the help.

To tell the truth, I’m not entirely sure I have all the details exactly right. We had so many hassles with so many companies, it seems to me that anyone who could create a nationwide moving company that has good customer service and some flexibility with regard to pick-up and delivery should be able to make a fortune because I’m convinced that there really isn’t a good company like that out there at the moment.

I just had to get all that off my chest. I feel a little bit better now. 🙂

Making the Decision to Move

So, we’ve decided to get an apartment and make the move to Georgia. We definitely feel like being closer will give us the opportunity to work on the house and better supervise the contractors we bring in to do work, which is a primary driver for this.

It doesn’t hurt, however, that we’re looking at rent that is just over half what we are paying in NJ. We haven’t seen the apartment yet, but the pictures we’ve seen and reviews we read make us feel comfortable enough to make the move sight unseen. It is supposed to be available on the 15th of May, but we’re hoping they can get it ready for us a bit earlier.

Unfortunately, we will need to be out of our house by the end of April, which leaves us a couple of weeks wherein we will be wandering. Our plan is to stay at a hotel in Georgia for about a week and put our stuff into a storage unit near the apartment.

The weekend after that we are going to drive the rest of the way down to Tampa, FL, to stay with relatives until the apartment is ready. When it’s ready, I will drive back up and get our stuff moved from storage into the apartment. The following weekend, Donna will fly up to join me.

The new apartment is in LaGrange, GA, which is about 10-15 minutes further from Atlanta, but it is a quaint little town that I think we’re both going to enjoy. To be perfectly honest, though, I’m not really looking forward to the move.

We have so much stuff we’re taking, and so much stuff here still to get rid of, that I’m not sure we’ll be ready in time. I know we’ll have to, it just isn’t one of my favorite activities.