I've done this 3x in 5 years. My wife and I have a 1 br apartment and we do not own a vehicle. This is a ton of work. I don't work for U-Haul or even like them. I've used them because my things have always arrived and they have been the cheapest. The service is pretty bad, but if you expect the worst you may be somewhat surprised.
  1. Rent a U-Haul or Penske truck
    I have always used a U-Haul truck so I don't have to drive to another location to drop the truck. Saves time and $. $40
  2. Organize a U-Haul U-Box
    $1800(ish). 1 month of storage is included. After the initial month, U-Box storage is about $100. You can come and go to get things from your U-Box as needed.
  3. Pack the truck
  4. Drive to U-Haul
  5. Load possessions into U-Haul U-Box
    Bring your own lock to save some more $.
  6. Fly to new home
    Rn tickets can be $180-260 each ticket.
  7. Organize your move date
  8. Rent truck and notify U-Haul that you need access to your pod
  9. Load belongings into truck
  10. Drive to new home
  11. Deliver belongings
    This last time we moved into a 4th floor walk up. I decided to use day laborers. There are typically a group of guys hanging outside U-Haul here in Brooklyn. When I walked up I was surrounded by guys. I left to go load the truck (we did this ourselves). Afterward, I came back and negotiated 2 guys for $60 each (they don't work hourly). They were a huge help. In the end, I paid them $150 (please tip them).
  12. Return truck