Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
At this point, your reminder lists will stretch to well over two pages, e.g., donate books to library, find somewhere for the old computer, plan going away party, fix back door, hold garage sales, etc., etc., etc.
This is probably about when I started to lose it, right after Thanksgiving. After all we were moving January 5, and I was thinking, “how will we ever get everything done?” Luckily, my wife was a stabilizing influence. Remember that before now all I had known were corporate moves. She had seen the “real deal” several times -- before we had met.
Last Corporate Move -- 2006
We picked a moving company after getting several estimates, and knew that we wanted help packing. Hardier souls can obviously do this themselves and save considerable money. Partially as an economy measure we did box some things ourselves and even shipped certain items that we would need until our furnishings arrived and many of our books.
The US Postal Service has a phenomenal price on shipping books. So after about ten trips to the post office we probably shipped forty boxes of books for maybe $200.
Container Ship and Tug Entering Hilo Harbor
Part of our concern was that when we had our possessions eyeballed by the moving companies, they agreed it looked like a tight fit for a 45-foot container (their biggest). And we did not want to have to ship two of them. So moving the books our self was a big help. Our container ended up 99.5% full (whew ...)!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Transport time was about three weeks, so we sent one car early in order that it would be in Hilo when we arrived there permanently. The nearest drop-off point to us was Hayward, California near Oakland. Pasha Hawaii has pick up points all along the western coast. If you are inland you may need an auto transporter firm to get your car port side.
We kept our second car as long as possible, but since the shipping date was Tuesday and we were leaving the following Monday, we needed to rent a car for that one last six-day period.We also needed to arrange a rental car at the Kona airport for the two hour drive to Hilo. Kona had the only non-stop flights from the Bay Area, otherwise transferring in Honolulu to change planes for Hilo is seamless, but with two animals traveling in freight we wanted the trip to be as short as possible.