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Returning to Canada- a goal

OK, so I've just come up with a life goal, tell me what you think:

I want to get a nice place in Vancouver. Then go to Halifax and rent a big moving truck. Then Jessica and I can put all our real stuff into the truck and drive to Vancouver with our stuff. Our nice bed. My kitchen stuff. My record collection (finally!).

How much do you think that will cost?

I think it is a great idea.


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Jul. 5th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Renting a moving truck is going to cost an arm and a leg, then you're going to have to pay for the gas driving it across Canada on top of the rental fee.

If you can cram all your stuff into a pickup truck, it'd probably be a lot cheaper to buy an old, but healthy one and resell it once you're across.
Jul. 5th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
I moved in a rented 10' cube van from Phoenix AZ to Vancouver for about a grand. Budget for two.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Useful info! Thanks!
Jul. 6th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Granted, this was in Dec 2002. gas prices change...
Jul. 5th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
That's a 10' rented cube van, though. A 'moving truck' to me says something entirely different.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Alas, I really don't think our stuff would fit in a pickup truck.
Jul. 5th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
But it would fit in a cube van?
I don't know, in my head a large pickup has more space than a cube van.

Also, if you buy and resell your own vehicle, and are crafty about it, you can sell it for more than you buy it for and cancel out the cost of gas or even turn a net profit.

It might be helpful for us advise-givers if you could be a bit more specific about how much stuff you have than just "record collection, kitchen stuff and bed." Starting with the size of the bed and the record collections might be a good start.

I had a job driving 1 and 5-ton moving trucks (delivering office furniture for an interior design firm that did entire office buildings) about 5 years ago, they fit a hell of a lot more than a bed and a record collection, and cost a hell of a lot to keep on the road. I'd only recommend going that direction if you really can't fit your things in anything smaller.
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
The real expense, of course, is the "nice place in Vancouver." I haven't checked on the market there lately, but I think the phrase "through the roof" described it about 10 years ago.

I made my own cross-country move last year (Edmonton to Cape Breton). We shipped some stuff (mostly books) by truck, and it cost about $2,000.
Jul. 5th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
How many records? Records are heavy.

I think it will probably cost you about 5K. But ask Eden, she moved stuff from Vancouver to Halifax.
Jul. 5th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
I think it is an excellent (though definitely expensive) idea!
Jul. 6th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I think that whatever you do you should bring me with you, I will build a nest in the truck out of records and sleep there. In the day I will regale you with stories of our dinosaur ancestors in space and of blacklit nights at Organix in 2003. It will be fun for all!
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I love this idea.

A few years ago, a friend of mine mathed out how much renting a truck would cost. She then bought a used moving van which she later sold once she reached her destination in the prairies. I think this allowed her to enjoy her cross-Canada trip with less time-pressures. I don't remember how things worked out on the math for the selling the truck later, but I know it did take a bit of extra time to get rid of.
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