When I lived in Seattle, we would move every few years or so, sometimes more often than that. It was a cheap – albeit incredibly annoying – process, costing maybe a couple hundred dollars for a rental truck, gas, insurance, etc, and maybe $50 for pizza and beer for the people who helped us.
Needless to say, it is holy-freaking-expensive to move stuff from an island to an actual continent.
We’ve tried to pare down our stuff, but still have a whopping 4,300 (estimated) pounds of stuff to move. One sofa, one king sized bed, one full sized bed. A crib, our son’s toys, one recliner. Three wine fridges and the bottles that went into them (approx 150 bottles). It’s insane. We thought about not bringing the beds, but given that it will cost $400 to move them or $1500-2000 to replace them…it makes more fiscal sense to bring them with us. Same with the $1600 couch that will cost $250 to move (inherited from sibling).
The estimated cost to move this stuff?
Hefty price, eh? It includes packing all our stuff, moving it across the ocean, delivery to our house and unpacking. Still, it’s insanely more expensive than just moving across town – or even driving from one state to another.
Then, of course, there’s the cost to ship the car. Ordinarily this wouldn’t cost anything, if we were able to drive to our new home. But we can’t drive, and therefore have to ship our car on a container ship. Cost?
Yikes! Quite a bit more than just stuffing your car full of stuff and driving to a new apartment!
Then, of course, there’s airfare for 3 plus cat. We are traveling two months shy of when our son turns two, so we are avoiding buying another seat for him. Just as well, because the cat costs as much as a ticket. Cost?
$542 plus $250 for the cat
Did anyone add that up yet, because I’m scared to. Okay, fine.
Grand Total: $6,864
Minus $430 that we have so far from stuff we’ve sold. As soon as the movers take all the stuff we’re moving, we’re having a firesale for everything else. Hopefully we can get another $100 for everything else…