Let’s talk logistics! If you aren’t caught up, head over to read the first part of “Moving Across The Country here. Now, we need to figure out how to move everything that we own, and ourselves, 3,000 miles away!
We have moved quite a few times in the past eight years. From VA to a few places in PA, to NJ to WV to VA, now to CA. Our destinations were close enough to use U-Haul with the help of some great friends, or Kyle’s job would handle all of it. This time, we didn’t get a physical relocation package, only monetary assistance. So I have to do real research this time to pick the right company to move our stuff.
For our belongings, below, you will see the basic quotes we received from PODS, U-Pack, and 1-800-Pack-Rat. Not shown, PODS has the most transparent line by line cost per move via quote. It was a bit harder to determine U-Packs storage cost. Seeing that the competitors were similar, I averaged U-Pack at the same cost. Pack-Rat seemed to be eager to price match which is always a good thing! As of now, one month till settlement, we still don’t have a place to land. That makes it unclear how long we will need to utilize storage. It is easy to see how these quotes could jump a few hundred dollars.
Now For The Fun Part... Road Trip!!
The most precious cargo is next on the list… us! We are planning to drive our 2006 Range Rover (Westminster!) from VA to CA. It is the only vehicle we will own by the time we get to California. We have done plenty of road trips in it and feel confident and comfortable in it for long-haul drives. Kyle is a master mechanic at heart and keeps our vehicles well maintained. We have a Honda CRV that we will be dropping off in SC at Kyle’s dad’s house to finish the first leg of the drive.
It’s time to map the road trip! Previously, we planned to keep the house until Spring to avoid a cross country drive in the winter. Then have Kyle come back and get us. This method would put Asher, Brooks, Ozzie, and I in Virginia without Kyle for the better of 6 months. Kyle, Ozzie, and I have done this before without kids. When we transitioned out of Virginia the first time, Kyle moved back to Pennsylvania while I lived in VA with the dogs, pregnant with Asher. We visited each other as often as we could, definitely not the most fun I’ve ever had. It was peaceful and quiet though! Now that we have Asher and Brooks, I’d hate for them to only see Kyle a few times over those few months. As Ozzie is getting up there in age, I’d feel better if Kyle was around to assist him if he needs any help too.
Add a pandemic and everything gets more complicated. It puts a restraint on the discovery portion of the drive. I’m usually ok to fly by the seat of my pants, but between hotel capacities, bully breed-(un)friendliness (which is getting REALLY OLD), and dining options, I’d like to organize more of a plan for this trip. With some extra attention to detail, we will find some great destinations along the way!