This is one of the main questions about the moving. The answer is different for everyone depending on various factors such as budget, schedule, time and difficulty of the move. The final choice of moving type will depend mostly on your willingness to actually pack and move your items and to drive the moving van. Consider whether moving yourself is really a cheaper option to hiring professional movers. If it’s a cross-country move, calculate the cost of travel which includes the rental truck, gas, insurance, meals, tolls, hotels, hiring additional moving help to load and unload your rental truck.
Do-It-Yourself Move is not always the least expensive choice. The first step is to compare the moving quotes and rates from moving service providers in your area. Then compare the quoted moving price with self-moving estimate. If professional moving companies will cost more, ask yourself if it's worth paying the extra cost to decrease in stress and hassle and save time. In some cases, you might find more efficient to hire professional movers. Depending on the time of year and your relocation needs, many moving companies will offer special rates just to keep the business running. This is where the big savings are. Take your time and shop around. Regardless of the option you choose, remember to reserve your moving services or rental truck well ahead to secure your moving date and time. But if you decide to move yourself, make sure to examine all the details.
First of all, if you have any physical condition, then self-move is definitely not the way to go. If you are relocating a small amount of goods across town or across the state, probably the best option is to call your friends to help you pack and load the rental truck. This is sometimes cheaper than hiring professional movers. However, you will be responsible for all the packing supplies, heavy lifting, packing and unpacking your belonging, loading and unloading the heavy furniture and appliances. Take into consideration the quantity and size of items that needs packing and moving. Remember that the self-move should be manageable within your time schedule.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself before considering Do-It-Yourself Move:
• How much time will it take to pack, load, drive and unload your belongings? Do you have that time?
• Do you have friends, family, neighbors available to assist you?
• Do you have special items that will require special handling? Can you handle them?
• Do you need to rent additional equipment such as dollies, moving pads, etc.?
• Do you need to hire movers for heavy items and appliances?
• Do you need an additional moving insurance?
• Are you aware of mileage and fuel charges?
Hiring Professional Movers
There are several reasons to choose moving company over do-it-yourself moving. In most cases, time is the most valuable thing to you. You need a day or two to pack/load and one or two days to unpack/unload in addition to your travel time. Professional movers, in most cases, are able to complete the entire move within the same day.
Movers are also more efficient in what they do. Remember you are not as skilled and experienced when it comes to moving as professional movers are. Movers do this for a living and are quite skilled in handling your personal belongings. Your belongings are important to you, regardless of their worth. One of the major tasks are packing and unpacking your furniture and valuable items. When it comes to professional packers and movers, they can do the job in half the time it would have taken you and, in most cases, without any damages.
In addition, professional moving companies can maximize the use of the available space in a moving truck by neat packing. When moving yourself, one needs to optimize the truck space or will end up needing a larger truck, which means extra unexpected expenses. But that’s not all. By hiring professional movers, you are free of the hassles of planning, packing, loading, driving and unloading, and the available free time will allow you to concentrate on the more important issues on hand such as making sure you and your family settle comfortably in your new home.
As you see, the decision whether to hire professional movers or move it yourself depends on your particular circumstances and may vary with each move. The important thing is to consider all factors and weight all options before making the decision.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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