The Cost of Moving

As I mentioned earlier, I’m in the final stages of trying to relocate to Madison, WI. iphone 7 plus phone cases cleae And in that process, I was evaluating how to best move my stuff out there. My first thought was to go with a small U-Haul. After seeing that even the smallest truck would cost me $680 + $340 trailer for car + gas I started looking at other options. The best option seemed to be ABF Freight which for $850 would leave a trailer parked in front of my apartment which I could load stuff into and then 4 days later would show up at my new apartment. Unfortunately, it was still going to cost me at least $890 to move my stuff (if you need more than 5 feet of space in the trailer, you pay $34 per foot). The main reason I was against paying $850 to move my current apartment’s contents is that all my stuff I have now is either from college, Ikea, or a hand me down, so I doubt it’s even worth $850. Plus, there is a bunch of stuff that I don’t really even want: like this crappy desk/chair combo I’ve had since the 4th grade, my $300 full size bed that is only comfortable in relation to the floor I was sleeping on before I got it, or the free Ikea couch/day bed thing I got from my friend that is not comfortable as either a couch or a bed. Finally getting rid of these things and forcing myself to buy new stuff that didn’t suck would be like an albatross of my back. moschino case iphone 7 So, the next step was to figure out what exactly I wanted to keep. The list ended up pretty short. Basically the only thing that seemed like I would have a hard time parting with would be my recently acquired massive TV. The best option in this case then, would be to attach a trailer to my car and tow my stuff that way. Trailers are cheap enough ($150 for 4 days and unlimited miles) that it’s theoretically economically viable. Still, as I did some more number crunching, even if the trailer rental is only $150, I’d need to acquire a new trailer ball and tongue for the hitch ($30), the wiring harness for hooking up the trailer break lights ($50), and spend supposedly twice as much on gas due to the towing of the trailer. Considering that my car regularly gets about mid 20’s MPG when driving I’d assume that with a trailer I’d maybe get 13MPG max with the trailer. Since the trip is about 850 miles, the difference in cost between 25MPG and 13MPG (assuming $3 gas) is over $110. So the total for renting a trailer would actually be $340. Plus, I’m pretty sure you get tolled higher if you’re pulling a trailer (I thought you got tolled per axel) so maybe I’d have another $10-15 in tolls. terrapin iphone 6 case Add in the fact that the max recommended speed in my car for pulling a trailer is 55MPH and that I’d be driving the very hilly PA Turnpike for some time, I thought the additional time it would take me (assuming I do go faster than recommended at say 62MPH vs. my regular 75-80MPH highway speed) would take at least an extra 2 hours. Plus, my car says that the max towing weight is actually 1000 lbs and the trailer itself weighs 850 lbs. The TV weighs 100 lbs and that would leave me with a scant 50 lbs for other uses. Plus, I’m not sure they’re considering that the rest of my car would be laden with stuff as well so who knows how bad my gas mileage would really be or how slow my car would actually go (it ony has a 190 HP engine) Considering all of these things, I decided that my best option would be to actually just sell my glorious dream TV for $300-400 less than I paid for it and just buy it again after I move. So with those choices, here’s the breakdown in cost:

Uhaul

ABF

Trailer

Nothing

Value of Moved Goods

$ 2,975

$ 2,975

$ 2,200

$ –

Value of Sold Goods

$ –

$ –

$ 240

$ 2,040

Cost of Rental

$ 680

$ 890

$ 150

$ –

MPG

8

25

13

25

Cost Total Gas (mpg x dist x gas$)

$ 319

$ 102

$ 196

$ 102

Cost Tolls

$ 40

$ 25

$ 40

$ 25

(Value – Cost) TOTAL

$ 1,636

$ 1,983

$ 2,014

$ 1,938

As you can see, there is a slight benefit to driving with a trailer in total value of goods moved, but I have to deal with the hassle of driving a trailer halfway across the country. The ABF is pretty good as well, by eliminating the need to tow anything, it would probably be the best bet if I wanted to keep my stuff. iphone 8 case silver Basically though, I kind of decided that now was the time to start fresh. Get rid of all that old stuff that gave me an excuse not to upgrade because I’m cheap. iphone 7 full cover phone case Yesterday then, I listed my precious on craigslist (I’d listed a number of other things as well … but so far the only thing that has sold has been my Dreamcast for a sweet $60). iphone 7 plus case ultra thin You can see the craigslist entry here. That morning after I posted the entry, I walked into work and started accosting my coworkers and asking them if they were interested in buying a TV. Strangely, one of them said yes. After pressuring her to firmly commit 100% yes or no she’s now decided she wants it and we’re just trying to figure out how to get the TV over to her apartment. It’s too big to fit in the back of a smaller SUV so it’s an interesting challenge. Still, her husband has been out of the country for while and now that he’s coming back, they were just going to start trying to find a decent TV to buy. Now I’ve saved them the trouble and even given them a good discount. And I’ll get to go through the joy of buying a TV all over again.

3 thoughts on “The Cost of Moving”

  1. Except what is the “Value of sold goods” does that mean that number is the LOSS you expect on the sold goods? It seems to me if you sell/rebuy then you should only post the loss in that column. I think this is un-nerdly.

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