We had boxes here (note, this doesn't represent all the boxes here, just one room of boxes)
In total, we had 70 boxes. Contrast that to 68 boxes when we moved down from Montana to Southern California eight years ago. That time we moved 6680 pounds of stuff, this time over 5000 pounds. So less weight, more boxes, but its all good.
I'm very grateful hubby had a generous moving allowance because all our moving expenses were paid for, so that was a relief. I am grateful that we didn't have to pack up anything ourselves or move anything ourselves except the "survival kit" we brought prior to the movers bringing the rest of the stuff.
The moving company had up to 10 days to deliver our things. They did it seven days after we moved, so it was good to have the survival kit. Our survival kit included the bed (we did not want to sleep on the hard floor), clothes to get us through a week, basic kitchen supplies so we could cook some meals, a card table with 4 folding chairs, my computer and computer table, and hubby's 11 guitars. (Not that we needed the 11 guitars to survive, LOL, but he wanted to transport them rather than have them be in a moving truck stored some place for a few days or subject to extreme temperatures in the back of a moving truck for a few days). We took my computer because we were going to have Internet hooked up and we wanted to make sure it would work okay with my computer. I'm a bit paranoid to make sure I can connect to the Internet since it is part of my livelihood.
I'm not complaining, because I am grateful that we did get our stuff packed up, but in retrospect we would have done things differently if we knew they would have packed our stuff the way they packed it.
We went with United Van Lines because it was the one that was contracted by hubby's company, which was fine with me. United had moved us from Santa Fe to Montana and Montana to Southern California. Our packers and movers for this move were professional, kind, courteous, friendly.
I knew from previous moves when we had packers, that they just basically pack. You tell them "everything goes" and by golly, everything will go. Trash has been known to be packed by packers (not in our case, LOL). We stored things we were taking in one of the bedrooms of our previous house and told them nothing in that room was going to be packed so they left that room alone.
Packers pack unemotionally. While I would be emotionally putting this and that together in packing, they just PACK. They do it well and quickly and they sure enjoy using lots of paper as they pack. I might put together things that make sense to me while packing, like kitchenware I use a lot, but they have no sense of that as it applies to me, they just group together things as they have been taught and what goes well together.
So we are sorting through boxes for things we need and are missing cords and the power supply to our printer, had a few broken glasses, our washing machine wasn't properly encased, causing some pipes to break on it, causing leaks when it was hooked up, and a few other "minor" inconveniences. We can report all these as damage and probably will down the road. Still I'm grateful we didn't have to actually pack and move what we did. Just wasn't the best experience I've had like previous times with United. But times change and it was eight and a half years since I had used them before. Would I still recommend them? Yeah, I think I would. They did deliver when they said they would. They were professional and did the job. My complaints are minor and fixable. So all in all, it was a good experience.
Now back to sorting through the boxes........
(Thank you all for your kind words on my last post, I truly appreciated each and everyone of them)