We moved everything from NY to Ashland, so we're not really finished yet, but this gives you a rough idea of what it costs to move a one bedroom apartment 3,000 miles - from the banks of the Hudson to the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
By the by, the apartment was "boxed up" and UPSed. How 'bout that?
55 boxes weighing - in total - 1702 lbs, total shipping cost (UPS): $2674.57
1 Dining Room Table top - 145 lbs, total shipping cost (Fedex): $645.00
1 Queen Bed, headboard, footboard, slats (no mattress or box) - 100 lbs (special boxing required)(UPS): $965.00
20 boxes of books, sent book rate via USPS, bookrate: $200 (est)
1 Mini-Cooper, shipped via DAS: $1635.00
Tape, Boxees, Bubble wrap and the annoying styrofoam peanuts that we now find everywhere: $350 (est)
1 Jet blue airline ticket, one way from JFK to Portland: $254.00 (bought on short notice)
U-Haul for getting boxes from my mother-in-law's drive to a storage unit in Medford: $45.00
Back brace, chiropracter, spine specialist: MILLIONS.
It should be noted that the storage unit in Medford costs us $70/month and that we'll need to rent another U-Haul to get everything down to LA once we have a permanent place to live there.
Did it cost a lot?
Sure. But we're both happier already than we were in NY, so, there you are.
Also of note - check out my advertising work website: Ideas from a Platypus
PLUS - a parody I made of the recent timelapse art projects that have been showing up on youtube has made it to the toprated list for comedy on youtube; Take a look. one picture of my cat every second for 16 seconds