I'm sure no one's really interested in all the gory details, but moving's all that's on my mind lately!
I have set aside $300 for the total move. We are spending a little extra to rent the biggest Budget truck for three full days. This way, we have two nights and a whole day for loading. It also enables me to have the house emptied for cleaning and to spend the night in a hotel.
The hotel was pricier than I anticipated. I scoured local hotel coupon books and the internet for a decent rate near the new house. The cheapest thing I could find was a room at an all-suite hotel for $40. My bidding wasn't too sharp because I was doing it in the middle of the night. I now think I could have saved an extra $10-$15 with a better strategy--or gotten the 3-star hotel for only $5 more. Ugh. At least the suite hotel features a full kitchenette and free laundry! (If anyone is thinking of stealing my precious garage sale furniture from the truck, think again. It will be parked at a safer, undisclosed location.)
The final chunk of change will be used to pay two high school students to help us unload Friday afternoon. We have offered them $10 an hour and expect 2 hours apiece, plus food, or roughly $50 total. What I haven't included are the mental-sanity costs of moving such as one restaurant meal, convenience foods like bottled waters, and other things which will come out of my daily operating budget.
Is a do-it-yourself move really worth it? The cheapest moving service I could find was Two Men and A Truck, which charges $97 an hour, with a 2 hour minimum. They estimated at least four hours, plus overnight storage fees and tips for the workers. It's a lot harder to be completely out of an old house by the closing date than it is to move from an apartment to a new house. I'm pretty confident that our $300 budget for this particular timeline and houseful of stuff is a fair savings.