Should You Hire A Mover Or Do It Yourself When Moving?

When you are faced with a pending move of your household belongings, whether you hire a moving company or do the move yourself depends upon certain conditions.

If you don’t want to or you are not physically capable of moving yourself, then by all means hire a moving company. Certainly it will cost you much more, but if money is not the object, that is the least stressful and the least physically demanding of any moving process.

2 animated moversThe representative from (please see new website address) will visit your home, plan the packing that the movers will do for you, and quote you a price. Most moving companies will move anything you have, including a car or a boat, if they will fit into the truck. Aside from saving on the physical effort, which can be considerable, you will also enjoy certain guarantees that your property will be will taken care of along the way.

If you have kids, certain things have to be taken care of – like where will the kids be during the move?

Below is a video with some great tips on moving with kids

In this way, you can pass all of the stress and backbreaking work off to the moving company and take your time leisurely getting to the destination of your move. The only other piece of advice is to be present when they weigh the truck after your items are loaded so you can read the actual weight of your household goods, if that is how you are being charged.

If money is tight, you may be moving yourself, probably using a trailer or hire truck, which is going to give you the best trucks, service and equipment. You can even hire strong young men who will help you load the items onto the truck. The problem with any DIY mover service is space on the trucks. You either have to rent an extra trailer to pull behind the truck, or you have to rent two trucks and have someone else drive the other truck.

The only insurance you will have on your belongings is your personal homeowners policy, or a very high priced policy you can get from UHaul. Since you are the driver and chief loader and unloader, it still might be a good buy in case you mess up yourself.

The distance you have to move will also have bearing on whether you move yourself or hire a mover to do it for you. If you are just moving across town, you can do a lot of the move on a piecemeal basis over a period of time. If you are moving across the state or country, you don’t have that luxury, and you are not in control of much that comes up. If you hire the mover, they have the responsibility for everything.

The savings can be quite substantial if you move yourself. A cross country move for a normal household of 4 members and all of their stuff would run in the $2,000 to $5,000 range, while the same move with DIY, might run in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

Your decision really boils down to how much money and energy you have, and from there the decision is easy.