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Old 06-01-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Question Moving to Connecticut from WA, Alt Title: Need moving advice

Yes, I searched.

I've decided to move to Connecticut from Washington State for my career and I'm looking for cross-country moving advice. I live just north of Seattle, and I'm moving to a small town about 20 minutes east of Hartford, named Tolland CT. It is going to be a big change for me, but I'm looking forward to living somewhere totally new.

My company may or may not help with my moving expenses, I won't know until later this month.

If they agree to cover my expenses, I'm considering just contracting with a moving service like PODS. Basically they drop off a container, I fill it, they pick it up and move it across the country, then drop it at my new place. The quote they gave me was $4700. Pros: I don't have to do much except pack/unpack. Cons: Expensive.

If I'm SOL (not trying to get points, sorry if that phrase isn't allowed, I'll edit if necessary) about getting funds to help and have to spend my own dough, I'm thinking about doing something fairly insane: buying a 14 or 17ft Cube (box) Van and driving it across the country.

I have a friend who is willing to drive with me. He is a former Diesel Mechanic and awesome with mechanical fixes in general. We would do a general tune up on the vehicle and (try to) drive it 3000 miles across the country. I'm fairly certain we can make it without too much trouble (or money). I know, I know, it sounds like a can of worms because the tranny/engine/differential/bearing/wheel/whatever is gonna blow brah!

The reason I'm considering the option of buying a Cube Van is economics. I think I can buy something, get some use out of it, then sell it when I'm done to recoup some of my expenses.

I guess what I'm looking for from fellow OTers is moving advice from anyone who has actually moved across the country. Any recommendations on movers to hire/avoid would be helpful. I don't need any idiots trolling that have never done something like this, M'kay? I'm looking for advice from people that have actually done this.

1. So, anyone ever bought a moving vehicle, moved across the country, then sold the vehicle when the move was completed? How did it go, bad, good, obligatory third option?

2. Has anyone hired Moving Company to move your stuff from Seattle to the New England area? What companies are good, and who should I avoid?

C/N: I'm moving from Seattle to Tolland CT. Looking for moving advice from people that have actually done this (moved coast to coast).
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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Hire abf upack. Its half what pods costs. The drop off the trailer. You pack it. They pick it up and deliver it to ct. You unpack. They come get it.

De to Nashville cost me 1300. They were awesome and ill use em if we move again.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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Hire abf upack. Its half what pods costs. The drop off the trailer. You pack it. They pick it up and deliver it to ct. You unpack. They come get it.

De to Nashville cost me 1300. They were awesome and ill use em if we move again.
Thank you, I will check them out...

Edit:

Nice, not only did I get an easy online quote (PODS was horrible), it was $3,800, without discounts (some of which I might get). Thanks for the advice. Hiring someone is looking better that trying to do it myself...

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Old 06-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #4
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http://www.wikihow.com/Move-Cross-Country

http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Seattle-WA/Results

I didn't move across country but up the coast when I got out of the military. Used a uhaul trailer and the military picked up the dime. It was based on the total weight of everything I moved. It was a 11 hour drive with stops so was nearly as long a drive as you'll have but the uhaul was pretty cheap and did the job. Rent a truck, don't buy one.

Tolland is a nice town you'll like it there.

Edit Second vote for ABF as well. They are pretty cheap.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:17 PM   #5
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Thank you, I will check them out...

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Nice, not only did I get an easy online quote (PODS was horrible), it was $3,800, without discounts (some of which I might get). Thanks for the advice. Hiring someone is looking better that trying to do it myself...
They will help you hire movers to load and unload too. Abf is a great company, everyone was super nice too.
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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It was a 11 hour drive with stops so was nearly as long a drive as you'll have...
Umm...did they move CT?
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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here's all the advice you need about moving to CT:

don't.

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Old 06-01-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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here's all the advice you need about moving to CT:

don't.


Sorry Matt, not an option. I've visited the area a few times, and it is going to be quite the culture shock, but I have to make the move for my career. I can't pass up the opportunity to work with the group of people that I'll be joining.

I look at it as a two year commitment. If I can't stand it there, I'll move back to the West Coast, most likely Seattle.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:08 PM   #9
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here's all the advice you need about moving to CT:

don't.

Oh please, it's not bad at all. Tolland probably won't be your favorite, but check out Glastonbury, West Hartford, Middletown, etc. I've lived elsewhere and choose to be here, you should be able to acclimate and find plenty of things to do and keep you happy. Hit me up if you need anything.
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It was a 11 hour drive with stops so was nearly as long a drive as you'll have.

Speed Racer ain't got nuttin' on you mang. CT isn't that bad. I've been here about 10 years and if you can ignore the fact that someone has stolen Spring from CT, you'll be fine.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:28 PM   #11
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pnw to connecticut? talk about a downgrade.
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Connecticut....not even once.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:58 PM   #13
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Oh please, it's not bad at all. Tolland probably won't be your favorite, but check out Glastonbury, West Hartford, Middletown, etc. I've lived elsewhere and choose to be here, you should be able to acclimate and find plenty of things to do and keep you happy. Hit me up if you need anything.
Thanks, I liked West Hartford of all the places I've seen. It is probably out of my price range though. I'm looking to live fairly cheap and save up some cash, without fearing for my life or my stuff. Living close to work will be boring, but might help keep me out of trouble.

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Speed Racer ain't got nuttin' on you mang. CT isn't that bad. I've been here about 10 years and if you can ignore the fact that someone has stolen Spring from CT, you'll be fine.
Took me a minute to get what you were talking about. The weather in CT was especially bad this year. It would be a real bummer if it stays crappy while I'm trying to get used to a new place. The weather is one of the things I really like about Seattle. Yes it sucks that we get rain/cold more than most places, but the Summer and Winter are mild, which I really like. Not too hot in the Summer, not too cold in the Winter. Oh well, guess I'm opting for trial by fire.

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pnw to connecticut? talk about a downgrade.
In terms of enjoying a location, I absolutely agree with you. The problem is that I just joined a great company and the guys I'll be working with are amazingly smart. I'm transitioning into Software Programming and I just can't pass up the opportunity to work with a bunch of like-minded software geeks. I'm in a position where I'm bored with most of the stuff I have been doing. I want to learn and grow my skills, and I will learn something new every day working at the company headquarters.

I will also be able to make the right contacts/friends within the company to move me up to the next level in my career. If I can't stand it, I'll move back to WA or somewhere else that is interesting. My plan is to give it two years and then evaluate where I'm at in life.
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In terms of enjoying a location, I absolutely agree with you. The problem is that I just joined a great company and the guys I'll be working with are amazingly smart. I'm transitioning into Software Programming and I just can't pass up the opportunity to work with a bunch of like-minded software geeks. I'm in a position where I'm bored with most of the stuff I have been doing. I want to learn and grow my skills, and I will learn something new every day working at the company headquarters.

I will also be able to make the right contacts/friends within the company to move me up to the next level in my career. If I can't stand it, I'll move back to WA or somewhere else that is interesting. My plan is to give it two years and then evaluate where I'm at in life.
hey man i don't blame you.

good skiing over in vermont. might as well enjoy while you're in new england.
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going from stuck up hipsters to stuck up Yalesters

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The plus side to CT is that it's relatively close to some really cool places.
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tis true I live in one of them
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Foxwoods?
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:32 AM   #20
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Ugh. I also found out that I have to now give 5% of my income to the State. The only plus is that the Sales Tax is lower. Lame.
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Another vote for ABF UPack.

In my case, cost almost the same as UHaul, but you don't have to do the driving.

But CT man?
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Another vote for ABF UPack.

In my case, cost almost the same as UHaul, but you don't have to do the driving.

But CT man?
Yep, afraid so.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:13 AM   #23
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Well, CT does have proximity to the mountains (Vermont via 91), the shore, NYC, casinos, and Boston.

It does have advantages....

Also, great relocation forum, very helpful:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:16 AM   #24
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How strangely relevant. I made the move from Burlington CT to just north of Seattle.
Beautiful area by the way, you're going to love it.

Unfortunately I wasn't really involved in the moving process. I just hopped on a plane and my stuff got their via moving truck.

Good luck though
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