$100 Moving Experience

Over the last weekend I rented a van at Toyota Rentacar. I had to move chairs, tables, a desk, and various things. The crew was two ex high school principals, two retired company presidents, and a loose nut behind a wheel. The loose nut was tall and had round eyes. I forgot to mention “my boss”.

It took me time to figure out which vehicle to rent. I needed one that had a cargo bay that was about 7 feet long. I could have gone for a two ton open truck but decided a long van would be safer. I wouldn’t have to worry about rain or things falling out. This is the type I got.

Since I was the driver I was a little worried because Japan has narrow streets and I have been driving a sedan for years. Lucky for me the van came equipped with a GPS unit, a back up camera sensor unit, and a lane keeping system. The last was two angled lines on either side of the odometer. If I started floating toward the left the left line would blink and a chime would sound. (The same if floating to the right.) I spent half my rental thinking, “What’s that sound?”

As for the price of the rental I paid $100 without gas for 6 hours. That comes out to be about $16 an hour. In Japan most people hire moving companies which I am sure would have charged many times the price. I have never seen a U-Haul or Ryder Truck here. I think what I did was not the norm.

When was your last experience moving? Did you hire professionals or do it yourself? If you rented a vehicle which kind?

On a final note I was impressed with the newer features in the van. It would be nice to have a good back up camera system for my sedan.

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7 thoughts on “$100 Moving Experience”

  1. My last move was 21 years ago.  We rented a large U-haul and packed/unpacked ourselves.  Got friends on both ends to help with the heaviest stuff.

    More recently, our children’s moves to college and apartments and now homes (two out of three) have been accomplished with our SUVs.  Suburbans are awesome.  (A bit more than an 8ft x 4ft load area with seats out of the way.)

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  2. Phil Turmel:
    My last move was 21 years ago.  We rented a large U-haul and packed/unpacked ourselves.  Got friends on both ends to help with the heaviest stuff.

    More recently, our children’s moves to college and apartments and now homes (two out of three) have been accomplished with our SUVs.  Suburbans are awesome.  (A bit more than an 8ft x 4ft load area with seats out of the way.)

    It is amazing how Americans are semi-professional movers. It does help have big houses and staircases.

    Phil, what is the biggest thing that you have moved? Mine was a upright piano with a bunch of guys.

    It is great to have a friend with a pickup but not be the friend with the pickup.

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  3. We have had professional movers pack and move our household six times.  It is always exhausting to move.

    Two years ago we did a local move to our current home in the swamp.  We had plenty of time since we did not need to close the sale of the old house before closing on the new house.  I had almost a month.  I made about twenty trips in my 2005 Sienna; it was a great hauler.  Then we hired Amos Anderson and his helper (local only, two men and a truck only without the brand name, recommended by a friend at church).  They moved the really heavy stuff in a six-hour period on a Saturday for $500 bucks.

    This was by far the most pleasant move.  However, in the process I made well over a hundred trips up and down stairs with boxes, many of them heavy with books.  I managed to mess up a knee and limped for six months as it healed.

    The next time we move it will be hired out again.

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  4. MJBubba:
    We have had professional movers pack and move our household six times.  It is always exhausting to move.

    Two years ago we did a local move to our current home in the swamp.  We had plenty of time since we did not need to close the sale of the old house before closing on the new house.  I had almost a month.  I made about twenty trips in my 2005 Sienna; it was a great hauler.  Then we hired Amos Anderson and his helper (local only, two men and a truck only without the brand name, recommended by a friend at church).  They moved the really heavy stuff in a six-hour period on a Saturday for $500 bucks.

    This was by far the most pleasant move.  However, in the process I made well over a hundred trips up and down stairs with boxes, many of them heavy with books.  I managed to mess up a knee and limped for six months as it healed.

    The next time we move it will be hired out again.

    I love moving e-books!

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  5. If you have a piano moved and the new venue’s pedals are defective…there are some vertical wooden dowels that look almost symmetric.  Invert them.

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  6. My last move was about 25 years ago over a distance of about 3/4 mile. I rented a U-Haul and got a couple of friends to help. Friends help you move, good friends help you move bodies.

    I hate moving. Next time, I’m hiring movers.

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  7. drlorentz:
    My last move was about 25 years ago over a distance of about 3/4 mile. I rented a U-Haul and got a couple of friends to help. Friends help you move, good friends help you move bodies.

    I hate moving. Next time, I’m hiring movers.

    Which service moves bodies the best?

    If you get enough friends a move can be easy. Four on an object is a piece of cake.

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