When people find out I’ve been living car free for almost two years, there’s usually a few minutes of disbelief as they run through a mental checklist of everything they use a car for:
- Grocery store
- Commute to work
- Road trips
- Visiting friends and family
- Hitting the gym
At which point, I explain how I do it:
- I walk (my grocery store is five minutes/0.3 miles away)
- I bike, run, bus, metro or usually some combination to get to work
- I use Zipcar, car2go or similar carsharing services for road trips, visiting friends/family and errands
- I walk or bike to the gym – it’s a great warm-up
But there’s usually a point in the conversation where we talk about those big life changes and how to do it without owning a car and the one that seems to baffle the most is how to move houses/apartments/condos without a car.
It’s actually easier than you think. Of course, you have the traditional route of movers, but let’s take that one out of the equation just for fun. So how do you do it?
1. Move by Bicycle
I know it sounds a little far-fetched, to move all your worldly possession by bike, but it can be done! A quick Google search proves it.
We know moving is stressful, but at least with a bike you’re adding a facet of fun. In fact, our very own Elizabeth Denton moved apartments by bike once upon a time. There are even companies in the US and around the world who strictly move your belongings by bike. This moving company in New Orleans is a great example. In the book, Everyday Bicycling, Elly Blue suggests gathering a group of fellow bikers with cargo or trailer attachments to quicken the process.
No, not your jam? That’s okay – plenty of other options!
2. Move with Zipvan
If you’re about to ask, is Zipvan like Zipcar but with a van? The answer is YES! Like renting a Zipcar for an hour or a day, you can rent a Zipvan to help with your moving needs. They are exactly what you think – a large utility van with two seats in the front and lots of room in the back for boxes, furniture and more.
In fact, one of our newest members of ATP – Sheila McGraw, moved into her apartment last month using a Zipvan!
If you already have a Zipcar membership, you can find and reserve a Zipvan at any time. If you don’t have a Zipcar membership, you can get started here.
3. Move by Feet
I know this might sound a little obvious, but hear me out. If you don’t want to move by bike, use traditional movers or go to the trouble of doing it yourself with a Zipvan on one specific day, maybe you should consider portable storage units.
With a portable storage unit, you can literally move your stuff at your own pace and with your own two feet. What could be easier than that? Pricing is sure to vary based on how long you have a storage unit in use, but it at least turns moving day into moving days and significantly reduces stress levels.
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Have you moved houses or apartments without a car? We’d love to hear from you about your experience.
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