The process of moving comes with a boatload of choices. Which realtor to hire, which house to buy, and which furniture to move – are all hard enough decisions to ponder. Add in the choice over whether to move or hire movers, and it’s no wonder so many people feel totally overwhelmed before they even start packing their boxes.
If you absolutely need to spend as little money as possible on your move and you’re willing to expend significant time and effort to do so, then you might want to move. However, it often happens that with self-moving you end up spending more than you expect, and then you have to deal with everything from the logistics of filling up a large truck with gas to figuring out how to move that heirloom hutch on your own.
On the other hand, there are self-pack moving companies that offer a compromise between DIY and full-service moves. You pack and load everything yourself, but movers transport your belongings. That means you save some money and you don’t have to deal with the worst parts of moving yourself.
Truth is, every move is different, which is why some get to save money when moving, and for others, it turns out to be the opposite. So, here are some things to consider if you need to make the decision whether to move your belongings yourself or hire movers.
No Heavy Lifting
One of the worst thing about a DIY move is the fact that you’re going to have to move everything yourself. Lifting all of those boxes and clunky pieces of furniture is not going to be a walk in the park – especially if there are a lot of staircases to worry about. Also, you could mark or scratch up the walls while lifting couches and beds down the stairs.
Planning the Move
While there’s still a lot of planning when you hire movers, when you move everything yourself, you’ll have to figure out the logistics of getting your stuff from point A to point B. You’ll also have to plan out the best way to properly load the rented moving truck – which items go in first and last – and how they are arranged inside the truck. And if you have no previous experience with this, you might waste a lot of time on it.
If something unexpected happens – like your couch getting stuck in the door – you may be out of luck. Without the assistance of professional movers and certain moving tools, you could end up wasting hours trying to fix the situation – instead of relaxing on that couch inside your new home.
When you hire a moving company, it will be professionals that you can count on. You may have friends that promise to help you, but something will always come up to some of them and if few don’t show up, the moving will take more time and energy than expected. The moving company will arrive with the appropriate moving supplies and equipment – saving you from the not-so-fun task of gathering dollies and furniture pads at the last minute. So, in the long run, hiring a reputable relocation company saves you a lot of moving hours.
Stress-free Moving Process
Overall, hiring a company takes off a lot of thinking of your mind. Apart from the safety of your belongings, there’s the creation of the inventory list of all of the items in your home. A professional moving company can handle that for you. This will help to ensure that all of your belongings arrive safely to your new destination without spending hours tracking each individual box or item in your home.
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