Paying for our furniture twice

February 3, 2011 · 37 comments

In a little less than two months I’ll be saying goodbye to San Diego. To the last eight years of my life.  To my San Diego friends. To 70 degree year round temperature. Wait, why am I leaving again?

I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks crunching numbers and figuring out how much this 1,300 mile move will cost. After getting a bunch of quotes, it looks like we should be able to rent a 16′ truck and an additional trailer  (to tow my car behind) for about $900 (price includes one way drop off with unlimited miles and insurance). I’m guessing gas will add another $500. All in, we are looking at about $1,400-ish for the move.

If you know me at all, you know I like saving money. The thought of spending $1,500 to keep our current furniture seems pretty lame if you ask me. I mean, we already paid for the stuff once when we bought it. Why the heck should we pay for it again?!

Enter family heirloom….

Grandma Ninja passed away a little over a year ago. Shortly after, Dad Ninja and his siblings had to sort through her belongings and figure out what was to going to be kept in the family, what would be thrown away, what would be given away, and what would be included in the estate sale.

The only thing Girl Ninja and I really wanted was my grandma’s black baby grand piano. Girl Ninja grew up playing piano and I knew she would want out children to learn as well.

While I knew we would have no room in our 600sqft condo for the piano, there was no way I was going to let the piano be sold to some strangers. Plus, five to ten years from now, when Girl Ninja and I own a freakin’ mansion we will want Grandmas piano to be occupying one of our 27 rooms. And in case you didn’t know, baby grand pianos aren’t cheap (we’re talking thousands upon thousands of $$$). Thankfully a purchase we can now avoid.

(I forgot to mention, my Grandma lived in So. Cal. so the piano has been in a climate controlled storage facility since she passed).

While I would have no problem selling all of our furniture on Craigslist so we didn’t have to rent a truck, there is no freakin’ way I can fit a baby grand piano in the back of my two door coupe. Since we will definitely be moving the piano north, it seems that a rental truck is really our only option. Or at least the only option I’m aware of.

Anyone with experience moving have any tips/advice for me? Are there cheaper methods to move that I don’t know about? Anyone ever move their stuff via train, plane, or semi-truck? If you had to pack up and move 1,200 miles would you keep all your stuff and suck up the cost, or sell it all and travel lightly?