I will be moving the second week of September. It's a local move, only 16 miles away. I have some questions, as I have never made a big move before. I did move from Pennsylvania to California, but I didn't own anything back then! I have lived in my current apartment for 14 long years. The amount of stuff I've accumulated is amazing. 1. Moving Company: I am wary of all moving companies, as I hear a lot of horror stories. I booked Starving Students. They are $75 an hour, minimum of 2 hours, with a 9% surcharge for WC and a 9% surcharge for gas. I figure it will take about 4 hours (looking at around $400). No surcharge for supplies. Anyone have any experience with them? What kind of things should I be aware of as far as them trying to pad the bill? This is the only time I wished I had a husband! 2. Moving electronics: I'm guessing I shouldn't trust my home theater and computer equipment to the movers. Should I get some friends to help me move that stuff? I have a 43" RPTV. Don't know if my friends can handle that. Should I let the movers handle that? Aye! My head is spinning. 3. Appliances: I will have to buy a washer/dryer. range and refrigerator. Somebody has suggested I buy used. Any experiences with that? I'm kind of set on buying new, but if I could save the money, that would be great. I probably have more questions, but I can't think of them right now. Any tips or advise on painless moving would be appreciated! I think I'm going to have a nervous breakdown before this is all over!