Hire Movers or Do It Yourself
The process of moving comes with a lot of choices. After making the decisions on the realtor, the house, what do you get rid of and what goes you have the dreaded packing and moving to do. It’s also overwhelming decision whether to move yourself or hire movers. Well lets dive into the pros and cons of both!
Deciding whether to hire movers or move yourself largely depends on your budget, proximity to the new home, complexity of the move and well you. Lots of people (myself included) are simply unable to physically carry a couch and mattress down a flight of stairs. Not to mention, most friends aren’t exactly the handy or heavy lifting types even if they actually show up. So that leaves many of us with the one option of hiring movers. There are, however, lots of people out there who have successfully completed numerous DIY moves and saved money while doing so.
Before making your decision though, take a look at these pros and cons for each option.
- Total control over your move – In my opinion, the greatest pro to a DIY move is the fact that you are in complete control over the entire moving process. Not only do you get to choose the truck and all of your moving supplies, but you also can handle all the boxes yourself to ensure that you know where everything is. Committing to a DIY move means that you have the flexibility to decide when to begin the move and when to end the move. If you’re moving in bad weather, you get to decide how best to protect your belongings. You’re also in control of how to load the truck, and you don’t have to worry about movers dumping boxes and furniture in rooms they don’t belong.
- Save money – If you’re on a tight budget, then a DIY move is probably for you. Even if you’re just relocating next door, the expenses incurred from hiring a moving company can quickly add up and exceed expectations. However, if you rent a moving truck, you have the rental, gas and equipment to load the heavier items to consider.
- Pack however you want – Along the same lines as the last pro – when preparing for a DIY move, you don’t have to worry about perfectly packing all of your belongings. Movers will want all of your boxes to be sealed and ready to go when they arrive. But by moving yourself, you won’t necessarily have to box up odd-shaped belongings, such as lamps and plants. You won’t have to obsess over how to box up other items, like simple pillows and blankets, either. You can pack as little or as much as you want – as long as everything is in that truck on moving day, you’re good to go.
- Heavy lifting – In my opinion, the worst thing about a DIY move, is the fact that you’re going to have to move everything yourself. Still, 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. If you or your friends are inexperienced movers, you could mark or scratch up the walls while lifting couches and beds down the stairs. A one-bedroom apartment may be easy enough to move without professionals, but a five-bedroom may just break your back.
- Planning – Don’t get me wrong: hiring a moving company also takes planning. But coordinating an entire move yourself is going to take A LOT of planning. 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.
- Unexpected problems arise – 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. Picture the famous Friend’s episode when Ross, Rachel & Chandler were moving a couch..PIVOT!
- You won’t have to lift a finger – Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. After all, these trained movers were hired for a reason. By enlisting a reputable moving company, you won’t have to worry about lifting and carrying any of your heavy couches down the stairs and out the door. You also won’t have to worry about straining muscles, scratching up new floors or begging friends to help with the lifting. Instead you can focus on babysitting your children, watching your pet and other important tasks at hand. Or you can just kick back and relax and delegate where the boxes go.
- Efficiency – Assuming that you’ve hired a legitimate and experienced moving company, I’d say that your movers will be pretty reliable. Unlike friends who can flake, the moving company is under contract to assist with all agreed upon aspects of the move. The moving company should arrive on time 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. Here at First Choice Movers the handling and care of your belongings is a priority to us so you can feel good knowing that these precious items are well taken care of. In the long run, hiring a reputable relocation company saves the customer a lot of moving hours.
- Less stressful, overall – In general, hiring movers saves you from many of the common moving day stresses. In addition to a moving company’s time-saving benefits, hiring help will also save you from having to maneuver a giant moving truck down the highway. Moving trucks are notoriously tricky and challenging to drive. Trailers aren’t much easier either. If the idea of loading and driving a large moving truck stresses you out, then I highly recommend hiring movers to help.
- Less flexibility – When you hire professional movers, you limit your own control over the move. From the date/time of pick-up to the manner in which the movers load your belongings, there’s not much you can do to change when and how you move. Worst case scenario: you could end up waiting weeks for your moving truck to arrive, if the relocation company has multiple stops along the way. For those who like to be in complete control, hiring a moving company may not be the best option for you.
- Impersonal – Chances are, you don’t personally know your movers. Handing over your precious belongings to complete strangers can be a bit nerve-racking, to say the least. That’s why it’s so important to do your homework, read reviews and check ratings before enlisting a moving company to help you with your relocation.
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