Real People: Last Minute Moving Tips

Picture of Shiromi A.Today’s Real People post is from Shiromi A. of Seattle, WA. If you’re a dedicated follower of our antics here at the HireAHelper Blog, you might recognize Shiromi’s name. That’s because this is her second Real People story (she’s moved a lot!). Her first story was about her pod container move with a head-to-head comparison of PODS shipping containers vs. ABF U-Pack ReloCubes. Today Shiromi shares some helpful last minute moving tips from her first hand experience using cheap movers and the wrong size Penske moving truck.

When my husband and I moved to Seattle, we were ready to settle down. While we rented a duplex, we went on the “great house hunt,” eventually finding one we loved. Unfortunately it was a short sale. Everything took so long that we barely made our closing date. Our mortgage broker had to rush the paperwork, and we didn’t know when we were getting the keys until just a couple of days prior to moving in.

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Well, we ended up closing at the end of the month, in July, with just two days notice. Everything was boxed up and ready to go, but booking a mover in the middle of summer ended up being a lesson in what not to do. Continue reading

 

Real People: PODS vs. U-Pack ReloCubes

Picture of Shiromi A.This post is part of our “Real People” series. Each post is written by a real person, not employed at HireAHelper, that actually used the service listed. These posts offer the inside scoop on the pros and cons of using moving equipment and services from moving container companies like PODS, U-Pack ReloCubes, and 1-800-Pack-Rat, or rental truck companies like Penske Truck Rental, Budget Moving Trucks, and U-Haul. Today’s post is from Shiromi A. of Seattle, WA.

My husband was retired military so we moved seven times in four years and I can tell you it never gets easier. You’d think we would have the moving thing down by now, but I find each move has its own set of unique challenges to overcome. When we decided to move from Portland, OR up to Seattle, WA to live near the water, we knew this would take some planning. We called around a few interstate moving companies but it was pricey. We didn’t want to rent a truck because you pay by the day and that time crunch can be stressful. My husband and I quickly came to the conclusion that either PODS or U-Pack ReloCubes would be our best bet.

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