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Options for a DIY Move

Whoever thought that moving out could be so stressful? Aside from packing, storing and cleaning up, you also need to look for a way to transport your items to the next location. Most people would hire a full-service moving company to take care of everything but if you're thinking of taking the Do It Yourself route, then here are a few options for you to consider. Although it may seem like extra work, it might just save you a ton of cash in the end.

Getting a Truck

One of the most popular options is renting a truck for the move. This is the preferred option for those who want to have total control over the moving out process. From loading your stuff on to the truck to driving it all the way to your new location, and even unloading it when you get there - you'll be in charge of everything.

Now there are two factors that you need to consider in determining whether this is the viable option for you: the convenience and the cost. Do you have any extra hands that can help you with the move or are you going about this all on your own?

Do you have enough time to get everything done on schedule?

If you have to miss work for the move, is the money you're going to save enough to make up for the unpaid work?

Unfortunately, this option just isn't worth it if you're doing the move on your own. If you have a busy schedule and you're pressed for time, taking this DIY route may not be so appealing.

Doing a Partial DIY Move

This is the perfect option for you if you think you need a bit of extra help. Not only does this combine cost efficiency and convenience, but it's also more doable for those you have to work with a tight budget and even tighter schedule.

But how does the DIY partial move work exactly? First, the company will deliver the storage unit to your home for you to start storing your belongings in. Once you're done the packing, a driver will come to pick up the unit and drive it to your new location. This option allows you to be in charge of the packing and loading and leaves the tedious task of delivery to the pros.

Unlike the first option, companies offering portable storage will charge a flat rate and not base it on mileage. Pricing varies by a company so make sure to check the things that are included in the package before you sign any agreements. You should also clarify any extra fees before you finalize your reservation.

Hiring Moving Labor

If you need a bit more help than the last option, then it's time to hire moving labor services. This basically refers to movers who can help you with the tiresome tasks of loading and unloading of a rental truck.

Paid labor can be a lifesaver if you don't have any extra hands to help you load and unload those heavy boxes and furniture. If you're doing the move on your own, this option can help you get the job done more quickly and efficiently. Pricing for this option is usually done by the hour. All you need to do is browse through and find helpers in your area and you'll receive a quote on the spot. If you have a truck or a vehicle that you'll be using for the move, let them know. It can shave off some expenses from their quote.

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