Some of you may have caught this already through Facebook, but Sarah and I are moving to Berkeley, CA (or somewhere in the East Bay). Sarah has accepted the offer from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley to do a PhD in Christian Spirituality. It is probably the best program in the country for Sarah – and we’re excited about living in the Bay area for a few years. I’m still unsure of what I’ll be doing, and am actively looking for jobs.
As I do sometimes on this blog, I am seeking out some advice for those of you who may have made a cross-country move before. I moved from Chehalis, WA to Princeton, NJ about four years ago, but that involved packing my car full of my belongings and driving east. Pretty simple (and there are times when Sarah laughs at my longing to still be able to do that…). But that doesn’t really work anymore.
So, I’m wondering if anyone has advice or a recommendation for how to do a move like this, as inexpensively as possible. It’s a little tricky because there is a chance that we may need to move out there before we have an apartment. We might be able to get out to Berkeley for a weekend in May to hopefully find a place to live, but we might just need to find a place once we get out there in June.
I just got off the phone with a representative from PODS and he quoted me $4,297.49. I laughed at him. Anyway, that gives you a sense of our budget. Anyone have any good ideas? Also, thanks for the comments re: U-Haul, but I already know about how bad they are, and would only choose Penske if we had to go that route again.