Hiring Professional Movers vs. Moving by Yourself: What You Need to Know

Do you plan on moving soon? It’s essential to plan the basics to ensure your move goes smoothly.

You’ll want to decide if you’re handling your move alone or if you’re going to seek the help of professionals. Both options have their benefits, and they both work for different people in different situations.

Should you choose to move by yourself or to hire a professional mover? Here’s a breakdown of both options.

Moving by Yourself

A DIY move may seem like the way to go, but more goes into moving than you might expect. In addition to gathering the moving supplies and equipment, you’ll have to pack up your boxes, lift and move heavy furniture, and load and unload everything into your vehicle or rental truck.

DIY movers usually need help and will ask friends or neighbors for assistance. But you don’t have this benefit if you’re living in or moving to an unfamiliar area.

If you don’t have a lot to move and you’re not moving far, a DIY move might be an option. But if you have a house full of stuff and are moving a long distance, to another state or even internationally, a DIY move is a significant challenge and probably requires the help of professionals.

Benefits of a DIY Move

People choose a DIY move because they:

  • Have a smaller household to move
  • Are moving locally
  • Try to save money
  • Can control their move
  • Want to do it on their own schedule

Disadvantages of a DIY Move

A DIY move isn’t perfect and shouldn’t be your first choice. Here’s why:

  • Expenses can add up
  • You’re doing a lot of work, even with helpers
  • The move usually takes longer
  • There’s more responsibility
  • The potential risk for injury is greater
  • Less experience than the pros

Handling a move yourself can save money, but it’s remarkably time-consuming and requires a lot of heavy lifting, which you can’t do alone. These disadvantages are why more people choose professional movers.

Professional Moving Company

Professional movers are experienced in every aspect of the move and can save you time and stress. This includes packing your boxes, moving your belongings and furniture, and helping set up the furniture.

You don’t have to stress over doing all of the heavy-lifting and renting a truck. A professional moving company will handle all of that for you. This option also saves time because professional movers work quickly.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving Company

More people are hiring a professional mover over DIY moving. Here are some benefits of hiring professional movers:

  • They do the heavy lifting, not you
  • There’s less work and planning on your end
  • Movers are trained to handle fragile belongings and furniture
  • Full-service moves offer packing and unpacking options
  • More time to unpack and organize after the move

Disadvantages of Hiring Professional Movers

  • Sometimes costly
  • Entrust others with your belongings
  • More limited scheduling options

Turning your move over to professional movers allows you to save your back from injury and focus on the numerous details that need to be taken care of during the move.

Trust a Professional Moving Company With Your Next Move

When you seek help from a professional moving company, you’ll see why hiring movers is the best option. Professional movers take the stress out of moving. Contact us for a free quote.

5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Though exciting, moving day can also be stressful. And this stress can boil over if you don’t properly prepare for the big day. While you’ll likely have to be flexible to some extent on your moving day, you’ll definitely want to avoid certain mistakes to make the process go as smoothly as possible. 

Here’s a look at five mistakes you’ll want to be sure to avoid:

5 Biggest Moving Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

1. Overall Disorganization

A successful move is an organized move. That said, we always encourage you to make a list of everything you need to do before moving so you can stay on track and aren’t scrambling at the last minute as moving day quickly approaches. 

There’s a lot more to a move than just packing your belongings and relocating to a new property. You’ll need to transfer utilities and insurance policies, find a reliable moving company or rent a truck if you’re doing it yourself, not to mention acquire the materials and supplies to pack your items safely. Those are just a small sample of some of what you’ll have to account for with a move.

2. Starting Too Late

Another moving no-no is starting too late. Moving is an ideal time to weed through all of your belongings and sell, donate or recycle the items that you seldom use or don’t see a future with. You’ll also need time to get estimates if you’re hiring a moving company or take a headcount of the friends and family helpers you’re counting on. Plan your move in increments and start things anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks before the move.

3. Hasty Packing

To make moving day go smoothly, you’ll want to pack right. Pack items for individual rooms together and label all boxes to stay better organized. Take the time to wrap valuables or fragile items to ensure they aren’t damaged in the move. 

One common mistake is packing heavy items in large boxes, which can damage those things. Pack in phases when prepping for a move. Start with seasonal items you won’t use in the near-term and make your way eventually to more everyday items.

4. Thinking You Can Do it All Yourself

Don’t underestimate the chore of moving. Many people assume they can handle it all themselves only to become overwhelmed as moving day approaches. A reputable, reliable moving company can help make the household moving process go smoothly. Make sure you do your homework and select one that is licensed, insured and is willing to give you an accurate estimate.

5. Clean the Home You’re Leaving

You’ll also want to be sure to leave some time to properly clean the home you’re leaving. This is especially true if you’re leaving a rental property and could risk deferring some or all of a security deposit if the home is not left in the condition agreed upon in the contract. Regardless of the property, you’ll always want to give the new occupant the courtesy of entering a clean home.

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