This week we marked one full year since we closed the sale of our first home. That day was downright awful — gut-wrenching, exhausting, challenging, expensive, nerve-wrecking and long. Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 and we’ve done a lot of reflecting on the moving experience over the last year. Today’s #FFF is devoted to those thoughts and our lessons learned.
- If you think you’ve done enough research, prep and planning for your move, you still probably have not. We created a packing schedule and ordered moving supplies well in advance of moving day, but still found ourselves making repeated trips to U-Haul, Home Depot, etc. and boxing items as the movers were loading up.
- We should have hired full-service movers. We didn’t do this for two reasons — the sticker shock at the price and the fact that we’d need to rent storage (and unload/load twice) since our new house wouldn’t be ready right away. Instead, we rented U-Boxes (U-Haul’s version of those big POD containers). They were delivered to our driveway to be loaded up, then transported for us to Harrisburg where they were stored until being delivered to our new house. That sounds pretty great, right?! It wasn’t. Between the failings of U-Haul’s online calculator and our own misjudgement of our furniture and belongings, we vastly under-estimated how many U-Boxes to order. This left us ordering more the day before our move based on the advice of the movers we hired as labor-only to load the boxes. When the movers left, there was still furniture and boxes with no place to go because they, too, had underestimated what we’d need. So at 8 p.m. the night before we were to drive away, Chris was arranging for a rental truck and a storage unit to unload it into in Harrisburg. We had to do final loading and cleaning without any help while keeping a toddler occupied. We had to push back the closing to late morning and then make arrangements for Chris to leave his car at our neighbor’s house because he now had to drive the truck to Harrisburg. Oh, and it was snowing.