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How are you getting cross country?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by randomapplicant, May 2, 2007.

What method are you using to move?

  1. Renting a moving truck and driving it myself.

    12 vote(s)
  2. Selling all of my things, flying out, and starting again.

    7 vote(s)
  3. Selling most of my things, packing the rest in my car.

    15 vote(s)
  4. A combination of the above (explain below).

    2 vote(s)
  5. Unicorns.

    27 vote(s)
  1. randomapplicant

    randomapplicant 2+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    As I prepare to move across the country, one trend seems to prevail above all others: cost. Renting a UHAUL to go nearly coast-to-coast runs about a grand, and it seems like any other combination is likely as expensive, if not more. Certainly, paying a moving company makes things quite a bit more expensive.

    Any suggestions?
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  3. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    Selling everything and buying new furniture?
  4. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    I've moved from Washington DC to Minneapolis to Gulfport MS to Southern AB....

    Buy a homemade trailer, hitch it to your car, and off you go. Of course, if you drive a Toyota Yaris (like I do now), that's out of question, but I hauled all my belongings with a 1996 Volkswagen Passat and was able to stay at 80 mph at all times.

    Then sell the trailer once you've arrived. Total cost: $0 (not counting the gas, lodging and food for yourself, which will be there either way)

    Oh, and btw, I bought my trailer off of Craigslist.
  5. Dookter

    Dookter Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    May 21, 2005
    Some people pay one of those companies that drops off the thing in your yard that you load and they ship it for you. Some people even ship their cars to keep from driving cross country. I only moved like 12 hours away, so I did the uhaul thing. I would have done the uhaul thing either way probably, but I have a lot of stuff. It is expensive, but you sort of have to move your things, so it's a necessity.
  6. C.P. Jones

    C.P. Jones Catface Majigger 7+ Year Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    If I moved from CT to Omaha (Creighton), I would drive there and buy new furniture

    edit: and I don't have a lot of stuff, so buying new furniture would be best for me
  7. randomapplicant

    randomapplicant 2+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    I should never have put "Unicorn" as a poll option.
  8. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Uh... where's the option for "movers"?

    If you actually have an apartment and are moving furniture and whatnot, I found professional movers to be cheaper than renting a U-Haul/Pemske and driving myself.
  9. soco

    soco 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    I would pair up with someone that wants to be where you are and you where they are. Screw moving anything, just switch stuff then all you have to do is drive over to the new spot. Hopefully, you wear the same size.
  10. munnabhai

    munnabhai Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    The twitch in my right leg went away when I chose "unicorn."
    thank you lol
  11. lilnoelle

    lilnoelle Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    I would probably get a UHaul and move it all. It depends a little bit on the value of your stuff. If I were straight out of college, I probably would have left most of my junk with my parents and bring as much possible in my car - knowing my parents, they'd help me pack and even drive with me to help me move in. Then I'd buy everything else I need. Now that I own furniture and some goodies I'm sure it would be cheaper for me to use U-haul than to buy it new.

    The next time I will move will hopefully be after residency, in which case I will definitely sell it all and buy new.
  12. postbacker

    postbacker Banned Banned

    Mar 27, 2007
    U Haul truck? Better check that price - it costs more than $1k for cross country truck rental...trailer maybe, not a truck...just checked and a very small truck has a base price of $1200 for one week, one way, cross country, so it is cheaper than I thought...
  13. sendwich

    sendwich you rock! 10+ Year Member

    May 2, 2002
    it depends on where i end up. michigan is a driving city, so i'll probably cram most of my belongings in the car, or attache a uhaul in the back to include bigger stuff like furniture. but if i get lucky with a certain east coast school (where bringing a car isn't too wise), i'll probably bring some clothes, but taht's it.
  14. EntBizGuy


    Oct 27, 2006
    Los Angeles
    I'm selling some stuff, donating lots of clothes, shipping books back to my parents' house, and then driving the rest of my stuff from L.A. to the east coast in a month-long odyssey.
  15. Ladyfingers

    Ladyfingers 2+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    I am about to get married and now move from southern California to Ohio (yay! Ohio State!). We have a lot of crap and although we will be getting rid of a lot of it, I think it would be smarter for us to just rent a truck or trailer and drive. Too bad the unicorn won't work.
  16. randomapplicant

    randomapplicant 2+ Year Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Though there are millions who want to be where I am (you included), but I wear a size fabulous, so I doubt I'll be able to find that special someone.
  17. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Yeah I actually prefer the magic carpet. Sometimes my unicorn is distracted by other unicorns and wants to try to make new unicorns while I'm aboard. If you don't let your unicorn complete his mission, he'll get upset and stop flying. Then you show up late for school, etc. and have to explain why your wife has unicorn spooge on her leg. It's really a pain to deal with.
  18. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'm sure not running. Those cross country runners are nuts.
  19. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this 10+ Year Member

    May 31, 2006
    I'm not going to have to move cross country, but I might end up having to do an 8 hour trek...I don't even know what I'm going to do yet...the thought alone of having to spend money to buy all this new furniture is giving me a headache.

    My roommate took our couch last time (when we stopped living together) so that was the biggest piece of furniture we had at the time, but I guess I'll need a new bed and dressers and whatnot.
  20. Doctor~Detroit

    Doctor~Detroit this poll sux!!! 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2006
    ^^^ how dare you trick me into clicking on an alanis morissette video. how dare you. :barf:

    i thought it was going to be about some dude playing a butt grab game with a hot mama.
  21. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Rocket Scientist Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    I'm getting one of those PODs, packing most of my stuff in it, sending that and driving the rest of my stuff in my car.
    also. unicorns.

  22. psipsina

    psipsina Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    If you don't already have alot of stuff I suggest looking into furnished/semi furnished apartments. I lost everything to Katrina the year before I started and originally I was planning on buying a whole new apartment full of furniture when I got back down here, but by chance I found a furnished apartment. Its awesome because I didn't have to shell out the dough for big furniture when I got down here and when I move again in four years for residency I won't have to get a truck then either. I don't know how many of these are out there but it might be worth it if you find one with a good price.

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