Moving Cheap when you have Stuff
Every other time I've moved, we've given most of our furniture away and done without at our destination until we could freecycle, curb score, or afford to replace it. We're moving again after graduation, though, and this time, I don't think we're going to be able to get rid of everything we own. Partly because we've accumulated some actually NICE furniture for once which actually has some value and would cost more to replace than it would to move (a dining room table, a TV Armoire, and chest freezer...) and partly because we have a toddler and so we have to bring all HIS stuff with since he can't really be expected to live without a crib or his toys until we can replace them, nor can we really be good parents with nothing in our house but a couple of pots and pans and a few blankets. Plus, moving can be a big shock to a toddler, and we want to minimize that as much as possible.[- So, how do you move cheaply when you actually have to take furniture with you? We refuse to use Uhaul after too many bad experiences with their idea of equiptment "maintenance" but other than that, I'm open to pretty much anything. I'm specifically waiting for quotes from a couple of "you pack" moving places, which would be ideal -- then we could drive out (we have two cars, but I'm hoping to drive one out when I go to get a rental house and leave it parked at our destination) as a family and camp and sightsee along the way. Also, any good tips for getting settled after you move without spending a ton of money? I always seem to break the bank getting the little necessities and getting everything set up in the house after we've moved, and we have to get set up fairly fast this time, since we'll be starting work and need a livable house.