I’ll admit that it was the best decision for us this time around. It was only roughly $400 including gas for us to rent a truck for travel from NYC to Northern Virginia. Also, the only big furniture we moved was my bed, one set of dresser drawers, and my (extremely heavy, which I just found out at the time of the move) dining room table. We didn’t have very much because my husband was coming from barracks living and I was living with room mates that contributed to the apartment furniture.
My husband and I picked up our mini-moving truck and double parked it on my street. A really good friend of mine helped us by staying with the truck and packed things in there good, while we moved my items out of the apartment. The morning lined up nicely. I was okay for the most part bringing the lighter goods down three flights. I have to give A LOT of credit to my husband for taking the heavy boxes. It must have been the adrenaline because he was able to do it on his own without my help.
Even with only a handful of large things, it proved to be a challenge to move down three narrow flights of stairs! I really struggled with the big furniture. My husband only had me to help out and I had to buck up and carry some of the heaviest things I’ve ever carried! The dining room table took a great deal of damage. At first, it wouldn’t seamlessly fit out my door! We had to turn it sideways upside down…then had to do it over and over again as we brought it down the stairs. Ugh, it was the most horrible thing. It almost pains me again to talk about it again!
We hit our first hour detour when we took a route into Manhattan. It goes to show that we couldn’t take the Harlem River Expressway with a commercial vehicle. We had no idea…. Then, we had to cut through Harlem and drive down to the Lincoln Tunnel, which was about 100 NYC blocks away. It. took. so. long!
Once we broke through and got on the highway, our next challenge was find a weigh station. We did lots of online research to only discover that NYC doesn’t really have a lot of weigh stations. We decided to do that on the way and just weigh the empty truck when we unload in Virginia (my husband was told it didn’t matter when you weighed it, before or after loading). We went to a truck rest station and asked some really friendly truckers to discover that I-95 doesn’t have a lot of the appropriate weigh stations we need, but we did have an opportunity to go off the expressway and find one. There goes the second hour detour….
Anyway, seven hours later, we finally made it to Virginia (it really should have been about 4.5 hours). I’m bruised and beaten from moving my furniture out of my apartment and we now have to haul it all in our new apartment. It was all a blur at that point, but the job was done.
Next time, for the peace of mind and considering we’ve doubled our furniture load already(!), we’re going to let the military move us. No way I’m going to move out the couch set we just got!