< DadBodfi >
Crack a Beer. Crack a Joke. Crack the code to Financial Independence.
Written by DadBodFI
Beer Selection: COORS Light
The perfect beer for moving. It's light and refreshing, and you don't get a weird look from your wife when you crack one at 9:30 AM. Score: 5/10
The FI Move:
I recently closed on a new home. My family has been growing and we simply need more space. When we found the perfect home that was 5.5 miles away from our current neighborhood, I took a look around our house and started to ask myself "what's the cheapest way to get all this stuff over there?"
The first thing I did was ask a couple moving companies to walk through my home, look at my stuff, and give me a quote on what it would cost to move it down the road. I shopped the quote around - here's where the pre-DadBodFi me would stop and just go with the cheapest quote. Instead, I decided to brainstorm a little further. What if I went to Home Depot and bought a bunch of boxes and packed them myself? This would take a line item out of the quote. Sure, it would be more work, but I would be saving some money.
Then a few days later, JCool sent me a text asking if I wanted a bunch of leftover boxes he had just used for his move. He also had some wrapping paper for dishes and packing tape. I loaded up my truck and began packing boxes. I was already "in the green".
What about getting the boxes from A to B? I drive a company truck that comes with a fuel card that pays for all mileage - personal and business. If I could pack all those boxes myself, throw them in the bed of my truck, I could get them to the new house for free. But why stop there? Why not load everything in there - tables, couches, appliances.
After 5 days of packing/unpacking, an 18 pack of Coors Light, and 17 back and forth trips, we had successfully moved 95% of our stuff. All that was left were washer/dryer, piano, fridge, and bed. We rented a Uhaul for a half day to complete our move for $66.00 (this includes their flat service fee, mileage, and gas). It came with an appliance dolly and ramp that made this last haul quite simple.
There were a few more positives that came from moving ourselves:
1. The Workout - no need to hit the gym last week. I tracked around 15,000 steps per day and lifted plenty of weight.
2. Decluttering - Instead of having someone box every item I own, I was able to sort through it all and throw away or donate a TON of stuff. Man that felt good.
3. Valuable lessons - Along with many other household tasks, I now know how to install a washer/dryer and replace a toilet.
Whether you have a company truck or not, this is the way to go for shorter moves. Oh and the remainder of the $84.00 expense came from buying beer for my friends to help me load and unload the Uhaul on either side. It pays to have good friends.