How do we get there from here?

One thing we’ve learned about making a long distance move: dogs complicate things. Since we don’t have our house closed on yet, we’re going alone with just enough items to get through a couple of weeks. Several people have been gracious enough to open their doors to us. Unfortunately, that means our belongings and our dogs have to stay behind in Texas.

Then comes the question of getting it all to North Carolina once we do close. One of us needs to be there to oversee the packing and loading, plus bring the dogs back with them. I came up with every scenerio I could think of and priced out each option. This is what we came up with:

*since we don’t have a firm closing date, we haven’t figured in time off work

Option A

Drive Jason’s car to Charlotte $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Rent car to use in Charlotte for Aimee $263 (two week rental)

Fly Aimee back for move $287

Aimee drive her car with dogs back $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Total: $1070 plus 4 day drive (Aimee driving alone on return)

 

Option B

Drive Jason’s car to Charlotte $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Rent car for Aimee to use in Charlotte $263 (two week rental)

Fly Aimee back for move $287

Aimee and Family Member/Friend drive her car with dogs back $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Fly Family Member/Friend back to DFW $287

Total: $1357 plus 4 day drive with Aimee having help on return drive

 

Option C

Drive Jason’s car to Charlotte $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Rent car for Aimee to use in Charlotte $263 (2 week rental)

Aimee and Jason fly back for move $~500

Both drive Aimee’s car with dogs back $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Total: $1283 plus 4 day drive

 

Option D

Drive Jason’s car to Charlotte $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Rent car for Aimee to use in Charlotte $263 (2 week rental)

Drive a rental car to Fort Worth $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel) + $200 (rental)

Drive Aimee’s car with dogs back $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Total: $1243 plus 6 days travel

 

Option E

Drive both cars to Charlotte $350 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Rent car for drive to/from Charlotte with dogs $350 (gas) + $170 (hotel) + $250 (rental)

Total: $1205 plus 6 days travel

 

Option F

Drive both cars to Charlotte $350 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Aimee fly back $~287

Rent car for drive back with dogs $556 (rental) + $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Total: $1538 plus 4 days travel with Aimee driving back alone

 

Option G

Drive both cars to Charlotte $350 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Aimee and Jason fly back $~500

Rent car for drive back with dogs $556 (rental) + $175 (gas) + $85 (hotel)

Total: $1751 plus 4 days travel

 

So what did we decide to go with? For now, we’re sticking with A, B, or C. Once we have details on closing dates and move dates, we can finalize the return trip option.

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