Bar-none the easiest way to move in Atlantis is to hire professionals to do the move for you. This is the certain way to correctly finish the job. Even when you use this method there are still more steps you can take to make an easier move.
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Lots of people assume if they are only moving a short distance in Atlantis , they can automatically move the contents of their house to their new home. Size differences between your new home and old may make this impractical anyway, but it is probably not a good choice either way.
Edit: U-Box has changed a lot since I wrote this article. For my more recent experiences with U-Box, please see U-Box Review Part 2. Edit: For those of you interested in sending your U-Box to Canada, check out Moving to Canada with U-Haul U-Box. Hopefully you can avoid the problems I ran into. After graduating from college, I have been bouncing from one end of the country to the other as my beau and I peruse our graduate degrees. Having moved twice now in the past three years, and about to do it again come this summer, I’d like to think I’ve gotten it pretty much down.When it comes to moving, the perpetually broke college/grad student generally has three options: Ship everything. This works best if you are leaving a dorm and have little to no furniture to take with you. It also works best if you have an intermediate location (ie parent, friend or relative) to hold your stuff and ship it to you once you have a new address. I did this as I moved out of my dorm in Portland, OR, and into my apartment for grad school in Pittsburgh, PA. Move it yourself. This generally requires a truck and some burly friends. I have steered clear of this generally because of long highway hours and gas prices. (Though now that I actually have a car to move cross-country anyway, I may be revisiting this option). However, my favorite moving option so far has been option #3: portable moving and storage, made famous by PODS and, in my opinion, perfected by the U-Haul U-Box.Here’s how it works: you call Moving Company and tell them that you’re moving and what size crate you want. Moving Company drops off a crate at your doorstep at your requested date. After you’ve filled the crate, you call them, and they take it away, store it for however long you need. When you arrive at your new home, you call up Moving Company and they drop off the crate at your new doorstep. You unload the crate, and they take their crate back. So easy. So convenient.As my boyfriend and I prepared to leave Pittsburgh for St. Louis, we had originally planed to do option #1 again--ship everything--but despite getting all our furniture on Craig’s List, we came across a couple pieces we decided were worth keeping. This, of course, made option #1 unfeasible, and so began our research into on-demand storage and shipping. PODSStarted in 1998, PODS is perhaps the most well-known on-demand storage company, if not the pioneer of the business.Their containers come in three sizes: 8x7x7, 8x8x12, and 8x8x16, however only the smallest and biggest sizes are available for moving. They also partner with packing services if you need a hand boxing and unboxing your precious items.Despite PODS being well-known and well-established, I found them to be pricey and inflexible the more I looked. First of all, they require your email address to give you a quote, and for most long distance moves you end up having to call them anyway. I personally like to shop around a little more before dealing with a live person.When I called them and requested a quote on their smallest container, the representative’s first question was not “Where are you moving to/from?” but “How much are you moving?” Upon my response of “A 1 bedroom apartment,” she immediately answered “Oh, the 8x7x7 won’t be big enough.” But of course the mid-size is not available for moving, so she proceeded to try to talk me into getting the 8x8x16 which would be ridiculous. Besides this, I was rather miffed that she imply I didn’t know how much stuff I had in my own apartment. Yes, on paper it was a 1 bedroom apartment, but it was so small it might as well have been a studio. Plus all we were moving was a mattress, a sofa, a table and an assortment of boxes. Even the 8x7x7 would have been spacious.I finally got her to give me a quote for the 8x7x7, and, as a perpetually broke grad student, the price made my teeth grit: $99 a month for storage (we would be storing for 2-3 months), and about $900 to ship from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. With two people it was certainly doable in our budget, but it would still hurt. U-Haul U-BoxAt the time we were moving, spring of 2009, U-Haul had just started their U-Box program. We didn’t even know about it until my dad stumbled across it in a fortuitous web search.Unlike PODS, U-Box has one container size that is a little smaller: 7.5x7x5 However they make it easy to get as many as you need. They have a convenient chart on their home page clearly showing approximately how much each box holds, and how many boxes you might need for any given number of rooms. If I recall correctly, you can even have them drop off an extra one if your not sure how many you need, and if you don’t use it, you don’t pay anything extra.The added benefit of these smaller boxes is that they take up a smaller footprint, which is really nice on narrow, downtown streets. While the smallest of the PODS is 7 feet wide, a U-Box fits neatly into a standard sized parking space without sticking out into the street. The standardizes size also lets U-Haul easily stack a bunch of these on a flatbed truck which probably helps them keep shipping costs down.The cost for a U-Box was significantly cheaper than for the smallest of the PODS. One U-Box (which fit the contents of our tiny apartment perfectly) cost about $60 a month to store, and shipping from Pittsburgh to St. Louis was less than $500.You can get a quote online without an email address or phone call, and can even book your U-Box online. ConclusionWhatever moving options you pick of course depends on your needs. U-Box may be cheaper, but their boxes are also smaller. If you’ve got an eight foot sofa, you’re probably going to have to go with PODS.Needless to say, we chose U-Box for our last move, and will be considering them again in the future. In my experience, I found them much more convenient and cost-effective, and the personnel friendly and helpful. Plus the smaller box fit our small amount of furniture perfectly.Of course, my experience with PODS ended with getting a quote. If you have had experience with them, or have discovered other lesser known portable storage companies, feel free to share!
Everyone does remember the time they last moved; all the hours of sweating it out, trying to pack and then again unpack. Were you able to find the right boxes that suited your need and if the move was some place out of town or the other side of the country; you just cannot imagine the hardships. Moving is no joke and it becomes tedious especially if you have a large family or/and pets. Everyone moves sometime or the other for reasons best known to them; some move for private reasons like a marriage or a live-in arrangement, sometimes it is a crisis or maybe even a death in the family. Whatever is the reason for all of us who dread the thought of moving from one place to the other; the only saving grace is movers who can give you peace of mind and help make your transition much easier.
So what are the ways to get affordable movers?
The internet and the local phone book are swarming with details regarding movers and companies who help you in moving and finding an affordable one can be relatively simple since you have a choice.
1. Movers or moving companies are of two types; one is a flat rate mover and the other type charges by the hour.
2. There are some movers who charge flat rate and by the hour so make sure you find out these details before getting them over to assist you in moving.
3. To make a choice between flat rate mover and an hourly basis mover depends on how far you have to move.
4. If you need to re-locate to a location that is cross-country a flat rate mover is the best option for you. Nevertheless, make sure that you get more than one quote to decide which is affordable for you.
5. When looking for a list of affordable movers remember to get the detailed list of services they provide.
6. It is wise to ask the movers or moving companies whether they would be bringing in everything to help you move or would you have to fend for the boxes, tapes and other packing paraphernalia yourself.
7. If someone in your neighborhood has moved in recently, you can get details of the movers from them and check if it suits your budget and your requirements.
8. Probing can help you decide if the affordable mover that you have confirmed has a good track record. You can get details of his previous dealings from the BBB.
9. DOT requires that your mover has a worker's compensation insurance, find out if your mover has one.
10. Last but not the least; get references. Call previous customers of the movers to make sure you are dealing with a genuine company.
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