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Moving questions

So, as you know, we're moving on the 17th (omgomgomg so close omgomgomg). We're thinking about, rather than olanning on having enough people with car/truck space make half a dozen trips each, instead renting a U-Haul. This will definitely help with the big stuff (like the half a dozen bookcases, for instance). The problem? Neither of us feels particularly comfortable driving such a big thing. (I mean, for crying out loud, I learned to drive on Daisy, may she rest in peace, and she was a little-bitty Ford Escort!) Would someone possibly be willing to help us out by driving the thing? It's not very far at all (10 minutes from our current place, tops), and there would be reimbursment, of course, on top of the pizza we're already giving everyone who helps with the loading/unloading fun.

Also, is it worth it to rent the dollies and furniture pads? Quite honestly, every time I've moved before this was with my family and professional military movers, or stuffing stuff in trash bags and driving between my mom's place and the dorms, so I'm a bit lost here.

So, um, help?



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Jun. 6th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Whenever I've moved/helped others move, there've been enough people that the dolly didn't get used much. If it's a few people, and you have a lot of your stuff in uniformly-sized boxes, and don't really have many stairs to negotiate, the dolly helps a lot. Otherwise, it's usually easy to have lots of hands taking smaller loads.

As for moving pads, as long as you put boxes/mattresses/etc. between the big pieces of scratchable furniture, you should be OK without them.
Jun. 6th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)

Last time I rented a U-Haul, the dolly was there inside the truck, attached to its rack by a numbered zip-tie. You had to break the tie to use it, and then they'd add the dolly rental to the bill when you took the truck back. This way, it's there if you need it, but you don't have to pay for it if you don't use it.
Jun. 6th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
I can drive it. No wait, I have graduation that day. Sorry. I can help before/after graduation though.
Jun. 6th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
I can ask Rick or Paul. They've both driven them before. They kinda scare me. I'm not sure yet that we can come up, but I want to.

Oh, I have a CD for you guys (Pics) should I wait to send it until after you move? (I'll have a housewarming gift around that time too).
Jun. 6th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wade LOVES driving those things! Seriously. Just ask him.

Also, yes, the dolly helped a lot, unless there are lots of stairs involved, then it's almost useless. As for moving pads, they're very nice if you're trying to protect anything from getting scratched and dinged in unsightly ways. If you don't have anything you're trying to protect in that way, no need for them.
Jun. 7th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Can't drive it from here, but...
You might be surprised at just how much a person't U-haul-driving skills come online when fed by raw necessity. For example, U-hauls have been the only thing I've ever successfully driven that are larger than an econo-box, and it worked both for the Portland-Berkeley trip and the Berkeley-Northridge trip (the latter of which was even with my car in tow, and across the San Gabriel Mts.). So... it can work, even if you're scared witless about it.

Hope this helps!
Jun. 7th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
be sure to check the dolly in the u-haul truck on inspection to make sure the zip tie is indeed intact. alot of those places are notorious for not putting a new one on and then they get to charge you. even if you don't use it.
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