oh, purging! i'm such a fan. almost every three weeks, i donate a garbage bag or two full of stuff to good will, perfectly good stuff too. if i don't use it, out it goes. i absolutely cannot stand unnecessary clutter. i have a bit of trouble doing it when it comes to expensive clothing my kids have worn only once or have never worn but outgrown cos i forgot we had them
i feel like maybe i should save them for another baby, but then i think i'm sure there're people who could use them a lot more than me. i get rid of a lot of great baby stuff in general. just this week, i gave away a baby bjorn priced at 120, which my kids have used only once. i still have a brand new baby bath tub (good will wont take it), two booster seats used only once, another baby bjorn, two bouncers in amazing condition, another baby bjorn...maybe i should post some of this stuff on islamica in case anyone wants them here, can i even do that? hmmm.
anyways, moving on to moving
inshaAllah, we're doing a fairly large move in approx 5 days as well. the hardest part was finding movers who would give us an in-home estimate as opposed to having us list all our stuff over the phone/by e-mail and then giving us a price. from what i've read, the latter can be very unreliable and end up costing a few grand more.
we opted for a binding estimate which allows room for as much extra weight as we like without any additional charges, but if we end up with less than the original estimate, we get our money back.
i'm not too stressed because we're getting everything packed, right from the beds to our junk mail. as far as i'm concerned, time = money. surprisingly, it can be relatively inexpensive compared to the actual move when you're moving so long distance. you're already paying a bajillion dollars, so a few hundred extra to save you soooooooooooooo much stress doesn't seem like as much as it normally would (e.g., move = 9k, packing = $950...get what i mean?). i don't know if using movers for a local move would be as cost effective though.
from everything i've read, here're some stuff to be aware of/watch out for:
- the method of payment you use. many moving companies will fail to inform you of the additional 10% or more they charge for running a credit card.
- does the "weight" include the weight of the truck?
- will fees for tolls and fuel be added
- when will everything be delivered. will it be over a spread of days?
- will the actual company be doing the move or do they use independent contractors? do these contractors undergo a background check.
- to what extent are they liable for damages incurred to your goods or the homes you will be moving from and to. for e.g. will they pay up if they damage your floors?
This post has been edited by Shivermetimbers: 07 July 2010 - 09:10 AM
sachi, Allah rocks.