Aug 27, 2013

Moving: Phase 3 - Ann Arbor, MI. - June 2013

This is the 3rd and final installment in our moving adventure. If you're just joining us you can check out:
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So, let's pick up where we left off. After 6 days of eating out and primitively entertaining our little ladies, the Allied Van Lines truck arrived in front of our new house. After a quick McDonaldd breakfast they set to work Preparing the house.
They build a bridge across the lawn from the truck doors... 
Right up to and over the front steps.
Carpet runners were rolled out on all the hard surfaces.
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And plastic wrap tracks were laid down on all the carpeted surfaces, like the halls...
and stairs.
They removed stair rails and padded the doer way.
The inspector checked everything out.
(The inspector... I LOVE that lip!!!)

We did a quick walk through noting where all the large furniture needed to be placed and each room was labeled to make it easy to direct where boxes needed to go.

We found a quiet, out of the way corner for the girls.
Once everything and everyone was ready, they set to work.
I'm still floored but how many boxes there were!
(kitchen and dinning room)
(Office)
(Kids bedroom)
(Kids Bathroom)
(Master Bedroom)

There were a few furniture placement mishaps, meaning that I misjudged how large our furniture was and had to completely rethink how a few... No ALL of the rooms would be set up. 

Once the couch was in place E didn't waste any time making sure its comfort wasn't damaged in the move.
The day was long and there were frustrating moments, but for the most part, a full service pack and move was well worth every penny we spent.

If you're interested in connecting with Allied van Lines to get your next move quoted we HIGHLY recommend them!  We've worked with Mitzi Lyne, our move coordinator a few times and had several friends work with her as well.  Her information is below.  We don't get any credit or discounts for referals but having moved as much as we have a good moving company is a HUGE comfort when everything in your life is being relocated.  Also if you have any questions about the process please ask me in the comments below.

Mitzi Lyne
Moving Consultant
Lanigan Worldwide Moving
Agent for Allied Van Lines
Memphis, Tn/
901-744-7070
mlyne@alliedagent.com
Our Master Mover's name was Sebastian out of Chicago.
(he primairily does northeastern and mid western moves and he doesn't go farther south than Tennessee.)

In many ways it was hard to watch someone handling your stuff because in your head you feel you'd take more time and be more careful and organized. The truth of it is you can put a lot of effort in on the front to make things more organized for them to pack which will make unpacking a lot easier on you.

To be COMPLETELY honest I did NOTHING to prepare for the move except organize the girls toys, give a few things away and pack our "go bags", and when everything was unpacked, there were only 4 casualties.  Our steam cleaner sustained very minor damage, and the glass in a picture frame was broken. 3 and 4 were actually my fault. I left the batteries in our 2 hands free soap dispensers. Needless to say, they emptied themselves throughout their journey. Oh well!!!

All the packing information told us that things would be packed "as is" unless there were instructions given ahead of time. As you can see, I'm not torn up about it!

I know it's taken a while to get this entire story up but I promise there is good reason. we've had a lot of d.i.y. projects going on that have kept us all very busy. Those stories and more are coming soon. Love you all and thanks so much for sticking with us and keeping us in your prayers throughout this transition. If you can believe it, we've already started planning the next move. We're like the Macey's Thanksgiving Day Parade around here, in more ways than one!

Till next time,
Bon Voyage!

1 comment:

John Plabon said...

Movingis always so exciting!! I hope our next duty station is near a big city...definitely miss the city life!