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firstfrost
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Moved...
Well, there were some problems with a red car in the way, and with the estimate being quite low (when I said "twelve bookcases", did they not think to include "books for twelve bookcases"?), and a torrential monsoon, and twinknj not having space cleared, and the movers looking exhausted, and the sofas not fittin up the stairs to the third floor, and tirinian and I abandoning harrock for work and then dinner...

...but we're moved. Whew.

The moment of epiphany for me, far more so than the stuff vanishing, was when I was talking about going back to clean, and tirinian said he had left the door unlocked.

Now, tirinian always locks the door. He has an area effect lock-the-door field, always on. I can go downstairs for two minutes, leaving him sitting at the computer, and come back up the stairs to find that the door has locked, despite his never having moved.

I took stun damage. He raised his eyebrows and said "I don't live there."

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Pirates of Penzance

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mijven From: mijven Date: August 24th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Congratulations! I should send a card... um.... Do I have an address? (Congratulations!)
merastra From: merastra Date: August 24th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The moment of epiphany for me...
Woah.

Yay for being over that hurdle. :)
jaedian From: jaedian Date: August 25th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Moving

There is seems to be no penalty to the movers for bidding ridiculously low. You pay them what it actual costs to move, no matter what the estimate. So I assume they just bid low so you will hire them.

When we moved from Gore Street it was way more than the estimate. Way more. Of course it was a pretty packed one bedroom but still.

This last time I actually took the highest bid. I had to tell them that I really wanted an accurate estimate. They were the only ones who seemed realistic. They came in, took notes on every room, even estimated # of boxes etc. There were double the next bid, but when we were done it cost pretty close to what they had estimated.

Just drives me nuts, because who wants a BIG surprise in a move?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 25th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Moving estimates

We used Whitehouse (a recommendation from chenoameg), and they do provide a free estimate where they do a walkthrough and then give you a binding number. We didn't do that, because our stuff was mixed with the other housemates' stuff, and it seemed like that might be too confusing to try and sort out, but it certainly would have avoided the surprise.

And they did throw extra people on the job without charging us for them (just for the time), so I think they were trying to play fair, even if they were overly cranky at the beginning.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: August 25th, 2004 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh for reference next time, you can call Somerville DPW (I think that is the office) and get them to reserve a parking space starting the day before the move. VERY handy. We tried that when we moved, but we were foiled by the snow emergency. I guess they were all out plowing. So we didn't have the space we wanted AND had to dig out another. Thanks to some helpful digging and negotiating on the part of my father-in-law we DID get the spot we needed.

You must have had lame movers. Or at least not very gung ho. To be discouraged by the lack of a parking space. And why weren't they offering to take your sofas in through a window? Trust me I have had the movers suggest that at one point! maybe next time you need Deathwish Piano Movers?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: August 25th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)

movers

Deathwish is great! Like anyone who's really good at something, they gave me the impression that moving pianos isn't all that hard. Silly me. It took them about ten minutes to move the piano in the first time; these movers probably took an hour on it.

Our most recent intelligence from chenoameg had been that Somerville didn't reserve parking spaces for moving any more - we just put chairs out, but we underestimated the size of the truck. :)

(I think taking the sofa through a window would have involved installing a crane in the back yard; that would probably have been beyond the call of duty).
ilhander From: ilhander Date: August 26th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Want help unpacking now?
:-P
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