Relocating is an adventure that some loathe and others enjoy it. Of course, the factors that make it a fiasco or a pleasure have everything to do with how you view the experience.
With my husband being retired military, you can imagine the different times we’ve had to move in the past. Hubby was a pro at it after all those years in mobility. My experience was less but, nevertheless, educational. Now that he’s retired, more of the preparation falls on us directly. It isn’t just a matter of scheduling the different aspects of the move anymore. It’s become a hands-on operation.
We were convinced that you could handle the move from Colorado to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by ourselves without any major trouble. Considering that we did all of it ourselves, we didn’t do a bad job. However, it wasn’t the smartest way to relocate.
We rented the U-Haul van to move our belongings from our old house to a self-storage unit. The loading of the furniture was going well until we got to our soft. What is it with sofas? What makes them such a pain to move unless you’ve had oodles of experience with a moving company? True, the weight and the alignment of the arms and the back are a little unusual but should it take an entire hour to get it from the living room to inside the van?
Getting our belongings into the self-storage unit wasn’t as difficult. However, as we unloaded items, Hubby and I started questioning how smart we were to use up so much of our energy this way. Maybe we would have been better off paying for some help.
Once we got to our destination and found a house to rent, we had to make quick plans on how to get our furniture from Colorado to Michigan. This required Hubby to take a bus back to Colorado. The trip took long because of the route it was on.
In Colorado, he had to rent another U-Haul, load up all of our belongs, and make the slow trip back to Michigan. Why was it slow? In most of the states between Colorado and Michigan, the state law requires large trucks to travel at a limit of 55mph. At least that was the law during the time of our move.
Of course, once Hubby arrived, we had to unload the truck ourselves. Getting the furniture into a house is as bad as trying to get it out of one. We were fortunate to get some help from a man who would be working with Hubby.
The Moral of the Story
The moral of this true life story is transparent. Even when the move has gone fairly well when moving yourself, it’s exhausting and frustrating. Finding a reliable Colorado Springs moving company to assist you with the move is a smarter way to get the job done.
Glynis Jolly currently lives in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. She writes articles for online magazines on a freelance basis. She also owns her own blog, Reflections Of Thought at http://www.glynisj.com/.