My parents are getting a divorce. They live in St. Petersburg FL, whereas I live in Atlanta GA (about 7.5 hours difference drive time). My mother has a lot of furniture she's been wanting me to take forever, and the plan has always been for my husband and I to take some time off, rent a car to drive down and then rent a moving truck to drive back, with the furniture etc inside. Now that it's slightly more urgent, and with gas being $3/gallon here, I'm thinking of getting a freight company to just ship me all the stuff she wants us to have instead. I don't know anything about what that costs (about to do research after I post this) since I've never done it before. However, also because of my lack of experiance, I'm not sure if this is a better idea than getting it all myself. I don't know any of the companies out there, or their reputations (I am sort of hoping I can find a site that has reviews or something useful). So I come to all of you, in hopes of guidance.
Please share any experiances you might have with this sort of thing with me - if there's a company you'd recommend/avoid/etc, if you've done it in the past and found it to be more/less of a hassle than collecting the items yourself, etc! ANYTHING you have to offer will help me feel less overwhelmed, at the very least!