Advice for Moving States

Moving - It sucks. There is no way around it. I wish I could say there is an easier way to do it but it’s just going to be miserable. Something horrible is going to happen, maybe multiple times. You're not going to have enough time or money – you’re always going to spend more of each! 

I thought I would write this post as my journey from Boise to Reno!

First – cleaning my apartment SUCKED. My landlord is a stickler about things being clean, and even after about 5 days of cleaning, I had about 3 more days left. Anyways, I did the best I could with the time that I had and called it a day.

I rented a Budget truck and towed my car behind it. Loading up my truck was a pain. Luckily I had Ryan to do most of it for me. Putting the tow dolly on, loading up the car, driving it… the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done in my entire life… And I’m a pharmacist! I had to drive 55 mph (sometimes I was crazy and went 60 but for the most part 55 or slower) down a 2-lane highway for about half of the trip. I was getting passed my semi-trucks;

I’m pretty sure an Olympic athlete passed me while training for the Olympics.

I was going so painfully slow. And I lost cell service and car radio service for about 3 hours. So I had to sit in silence/talk to myself because the truck had no tape or CD player. Never again. Never, ever again. If I move, I will use a POD service or I will sell everything I own. I will never do that again. I drove white knuckled the whole way and I’m pretty sure I ran out of adrenaline. Oh and it took me about 2.5 hours longer than if I drove a car. And the last hour was crazy wind. Hardest thing I’ve ever done, ever.

Parking the truck at my friend’s house, well someone in Reno (because seriously the crime here) decided it would be a good idea to try to steal the gas from my truck. I didn’t notice until I was filling up gas and the gas went all over the ground, not in the truck.

$20 literally just splashed on the ground. 

I know that I moved to a big city and crime is part of it. But I never realized how blessed I was growing up in a small town or living in Boise. In Bozeman and Missoula, even Boise, I would leave my house unlocked and run a quick errand. No big deal. But not here. I haven’t even been here a week and I fell victim to a crime that cost me $50+ ($20 in ground gas and $30 filling fee at the truck rental place – I didn’t even care though. Drop it off and be done with it!). I feel like I need to Google “ways to not look like the perfect prey for criminals”. Seriously, I am WAY out of my element. I do not feel safe anywhere – except maybe at work. Thank goodness my apartment is on the second floor. And South Reno is supposed to be safer. But still I need to criminal proof my house, even in a gated community. I live at the back corner; I’m the best target (except be aware; I will shoot you if you break in!).

To do list: buy a gun. 

I unloaded the entire moving truck by myself. I just put everything in the garage and I've slowly been bringing it upstairs. But seriously, couch, desk, 2 mattresses - I think I got heat stroke doing it. Oh well, I got it unloaded and was able to drop it off on Friday when I technically had it until 8 am on Saturday. I was ready to be rid of that thing!

Here are some bruises I've obtained from moving...

Ok truck unloaded and dropped off. Ready to have an Uber driver pick me up and take me to my friend’s to get my car – because I refused to put my car on that stupid truck and drive it, like I said, ever again. So the Uber driver got lost and I had to walk about 3 blocks in one of the sketchiest parts of Reno. Yeah and after the ride, he said “don’t forget to tip!”. I was like after I had to walk to you, yeah screw that, sorry. 

Got to my apartment (finally) and the AC is broken. Turns out that the switch to it was just turned off.The AC guy called as I was driving back to my house and I was like "Sorry dude, I'm on my way. About 20 minutes out". I called him earlier because he said he was going to come between 3 and 5 pm. Seriously could he be more vague. He said he would give me 30 minutes notice then when he called I said "30 minutes away?" and he said "yeah or sooner". I was like nope you said 30 minutes, I'll be there when I get there. So he was waiting when I finally showed up. 

A picture from the road...

And as I was driving back to my apartment, I got a call from my recruiter. Turns out I can’t start my job Monday (this Monday aka yesterday) because my pharmacist license is not approved yet. At this point, nauseous, exhausted, and just over it all, I didn't even care. I was like cool, great, tell me what I need to do. So it turns out I have to wait another 2 weeks for orientation. Oh well. I would have liked the pay check but at least I have some more time to settle, study (still have to take the Nevada pharmacy law exam), and explore.

And my house is a mess. The people who lived here before me were the most disgusting, horrible people, as it my landlord for not hiring a cleaning service. Seriously, I don't think they even swept or wiped down any surfaces when they left. I've spent a majority of my time deep cleaning this place. Gross and annoying. At least it will be super clean and I can feel better about living here this year.

Well that's it for now. A lot of other little things have happened between all of this but I feel as though I am pulling out the main parts. It's already a long post full of mostly things going wrong. Haha moral of the story? Moving sucks - get friends to help you, save more money than you think you need, and make sure you take enough time to do it. Oh yeah, get your ducks in a row before you move too - such as having internet come and be installed, gas, power, trash, all of that stuff.

Have you ever moved? How was the experience? Any tips or tricks? I will share mine here soon in another post. I hope I can help save at least 1 person some headache. :)