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Old 08-10-04, 05:53 PM
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Renting a U-Haul and Moving Next Week....Advice?

So we're moving to Chicago next week. Have the U-Haul reserved and started to get all packed up. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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Use small boxes when possible. Don't think that it's easier to pack things into a big box because that's fewer boxes that you have to carry. Lots of small boxes = a damn good idea.
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where in Chicago are you moving? suburb?

Use storage tubs for your breakables. Get the small ones..
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UHAUL Sucks, they screwed me both times I had a truck reserved in the recent past. If you do use them make sure you contact the dealer DIRECTLY and not through the online or 800#. The dealers direct reservations take priority over the national center. Call the local dealer several times prior to picking up the truck, make sure they know you are the PRIORITY. The trucks break down, get flats, dont get returned on time and they will cancel the reservation without so much as a "Im sorry".

I have had much better luck with Penske.

Good luck with the move, make sure you rent a dolly can really save your back! And ditto on the smaller boxes are better, try to keep the boxes at 25 lbs or less, your back will thank you!
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Good advice on using the small boxes. Already getting a dolly through U-Haul.

I went in to the local U-Haul place and put a deposit down on a truck. Planning on calling them a couple times the week before we move, just to confirm everything.

Will be moving to Roscoe Village on a thursday. Hopefully we'll be able to avoid the rush hour traffic. The Kennedy sucks in general...so we're trying to stear clear of there as much as possible, but we might not have a choice.

Great advice so far. Keep em coming.
Old 08-10-04, 06:19 PM
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Originally posted by ANDREMIKE
where in Chicago are you moving? suburb?

Use storage tubs for your breakables. Get the small ones..
Already got some tubs too. Planning on moving most of our breakable stuff in our cars....just to be safe.
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Yes, Uhaul does suck. I've had three bad experience with them. Looks like you're already stuck with them, though.

My advice have everything packed before you show up with the rental truck.

You can often get good sturdy boxes for free from liquor stores. Sometimes they have lids and dividers that help keep stuff from breaking. Whatever you do, don't pay for boxes. If your ingenuitive, you can always find them for free.

Bring a portable stereo for the cab of the Uhaul. Those things are usually very loud and creaky. Long drives become very tedious in those rigs.
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Originally posted by funkyryno
Yes, Uhaul does suck. I've had three bad experience with them. Looks like you're already stuck with them, though.

My advice have everything packed before you show up with the rental truck.

You can often get good sturdy boxes for free from liquor stores. Sometimes they have lids and dividers that help keep stuff from breaking. Whatever you do, don't pay for boxes. If your ingenuitive, you can always find them for free.

Bring a portable stereo for the cab of the Uhaul. Those things are usually very loud and creaky. Long drives become very tedious in those rigs.
Yeah, we've already got quite a few boxes. I agree. Never pay for boxes. I can always get them from work or friends.

Thanks for the tip on the boom box. I didn't even think of that.
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See how much their optional insurance is, I've moved relatives a few times and have always had them get the insurance, which is a good thing because itíve had two accidents in a U-Haul.

The first was when I was moving my sister, she lived in a dorm in St. Louis and they have a ramp under the building. Itís probably 35í or so at the start, then grades up to a height of less than that of a U-Haul. There was not a minimum height sign. As we were almost to the end (and thus to the parking lot), we heard a scrape and some insulation started falling on the windshield. Not a good sign. We left and parked around the block but when we came back the police was there, I spoke with the police and he kept trying to get my main carís insurance company, and I kept saying that I was insured through U-Haul (refusing to give him the other insurance companyís name). I called U-Haul and reported the accident, and never heard anymore about it. A while later I drove by and they then had a minimum height signÖ

The second one was when I was moving my other sisterís boyfriend. I was trying to close the triangular side window and it just snapped. I reported it and heard nothing more about it.
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See how much their optional insurance is, I've moved relatives a few times and have always had them get the insurance, which is a good thing because itíve had two accidents in a U-Haul.

The first was when I was moving my sister, she lived in a dorm in St. Louis and they have a ramp under the building. Itís probably 35í or so at the start, then grades up to a height of less than that of a U-Haul. There was not a minimum height sign. As we were almost to the end (and thus to the parking lot), we heard a scrape and some insulation started falling on the windshield. Not a good sign. We left and parked around the block but when we came back the police was there, I spoke with the police and he kept trying to get my main carís insurance company, and I kept saying that I was insured through U-Haul (refusing to give him the other insurance companyís name). I called U-Haul and reported the accident, and never heard anymore about it. A while later I drove by and they then had a minimum height signÖ

The second one was when I was moving my other sisterís boyfriend. I was trying to close the triangular side window and it just snapped. I reported it and heard nothing more about it.
Oh yeah. I made sure to get the optional insurance. It was like $42 or something. Totally worth it in my opinion. Just like renting a car...your personal car insurance will cover it if something happens, but why even chance it.

It'll be different driving it. I don't think there are really any overhead height things to worry about. We'll be on highways most of the time, and we won't be driving under an "L" stop to get to our place. Just have to take a route other than Lake Shore because they don't allow trucks on it. A friend of mine got a ticket once for driving his pick up on Lake shore with nothing in the bed at all. Kind of funny now, but it wasn't at the time.
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Moved many times....Uhaul 2x a long time ago...reserve directly with your local place is a smart idea.

- Double wrap (at least) all breakables..takes a bit longer but worth it..never broke a damn thing this way...also get the paper that is just plain and slightly waxed...it's a bitch using newspaper etc....ink is nasty...and the correct paper is cheap.
- also for breakables put a cushion on the bottem and top and in between layers.
- You can also store and save space inside larger things that have empty spaces...
- definitely use smaller boxes...believe me USE SMALL BOXES.
- get a box cutter (or similar razor blade) saves time unpacking.
and a tape roller with a cutter for sealing.
- mark exactly (as much as you can) what floor the boxes are going to and which room they are going to. It save hella time.
- if you have dressers etc. for clothes (anything with drawers) keep everything in the drawers...pull out...load the piece in the truck and then load the drawers right in it.

good luck...
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Originally posted by Flashback
Moved many times....Uhaul 2x a long time ago...reserve directly with your local place is a smart idea.

- Double wrap (at least) all breakables..takes a bit longer but worth it..never broke a damn thing this way...also get the paper that is just plain and slightly waxed...it's a bitch using newspaper etc....ink is nasty...and the correct paper is cheap.
- also for breakables put a cushion on the bottem and top and in between layers.
- You can also store and save space inside larger things that have empty spaces...
- definitely use smaller boxes...believe me USE SMALL BOXES.
- get a box cutter (or similar razor blade) saves time unpacking.
and a tape roller with a cutter for sealing.
- mark exactly (as much as you can) what floor the boxes are going to and which room they are going to. It save hella time.
- if you have dressers etc. for clothes (anything with drawers) keep everything in the drawers...pull out...load the piece in the truck and then load the drawers right in it.

good luck...
Great advice. Especially on the box cutter and tape. Had the tape, but not the box cutter. Was planning on wrapping breakable stuff up really well. Will most likely try and transport most breakable and electronic stuff in our cars.

I've moved a few times too...but only across town really. Leaving all clothes in drawers makes it so much easier.
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Liquor stores, department stores, and home improvement stores work well for boxes. I used U-Haul a couple times, and had no problems.
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My mom is a relocation specialist in Peoria. If you want advice from her, email me and I'll give you a contact #
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I third the U-Haul sucks advice...Their trucks are so crappy. I would be real careful on driving if I were you. Make sure you pack tight. We just drove from Florida to New York and we got the smallest truck and Im glad we did because it was an easier drive, and since it was packed tightly, nothing shifted or moved on the way. Kinko's and copier places have great boxes.
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DO NOT fill it with fertilizer and kerosene.
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Originally posted by chess
DO NOT fill it with fertilizer and kerosene.
Whew! That was a close one.
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Originally posted by FantasticVSDoom
I third the U-Haul sucks advice...Their trucks are so crappy. I would be real careful on driving if I were you. Make sure you pack tight. We just drove from Florida to New York and we got the smallest truck and Im glad we did because it was an easier drive, and since it was packed tightly, nothing shifted or moved on the way. Kinko's and copier places have great boxes.
Yeah, I'd really like to get one of the smaller ones, but I just don't think that all of our stuff will fit in it. We don't really have a lot of nice furniture, except for our bedroom set...which is actually pretty large.
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Uhaul sucks. Go Penske. Worked out great for me.
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in all seriousness...

for a relatively short move from Peoria to Chicago, I'd hire somebody.

i've moved 5 times in the past 4 years...did the first one myself, and NEVER AGAIN.
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Originally posted by chess
in all seriousness...

for a relatively short move from Peoria to Chicago, I'd hire somebody.

i've moved 5 times in the past 4 years...did the first one myself, and NEVER AGAIN.
Yeah, I totally thought of that, but it's too late. I tried calling places today, and none of them can get me in for at least 2 weeks. I should have thought ahead and called some movers to get some quotes weeks ago, but we had only talked about getting a U-Haul, and not paying around $1000 to have some people help us out. We haven't even moved yet, but I am pretty sure that the next time we do, I'll be hiring someone else to do it for me and just paying them out of my own pocket. Thing is, my new company doesn't pay for moving expenses...if they did...I would have hired someone else to do it.
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I will say it again: Uhaul will screw you on the day of the move, especially if it is on a Weekend. It happens all the time.
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It was funny because the only time we got stopped was on our way out of Florida, and even then they just waived us through. Even when we were in NYC, no one ever looked our way. However I saw 3 Budget trucks on the way(we were in a Budget truck as well) pulled over being searched and all 3 were driven by people of different races.
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Originally posted by Kaiser Soze
Yeah, I totally thought of that, but it's too late. I tried calling places today, and none of them can get me in for at least 2 weeks. I should have thought ahead and called some movers to get some quotes weeks ago, but we had only talked about getting a U-Haul, and not paying around $1000 to have some people help us out. We haven't even moved yet, but I am pretty sure that the next time we do, I'll be hiring someone else to do it for me and just paying them out of my own pocket. Thing is, my new company doesn't pay for moving expenses...if they did...I would have hired someone else to do it.
$1000???

Somewhere between a third and half that I would think. A grand will get a lot of stuff halfway across the country, packed AND unpacked. A little local move like that, packed and dropped would be much much cheaper.

Sorry you didn't have more time.

Best wishes and luck.
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A trick I used on my last cross country move was to finish off boxes with clothes instead of packing material (paper, foam peanuts). I used clothes like sweat shirts, socks and night gowns. I cut down on the number of clothes I had to pack in boxes of just clothes. I had planned to wash all of my clothes once I unpacked as I always had, so it did not matter if they got wrinkled or dirty. If friends or family members are helping in the move, I suggest not using underwear.

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