Packing up the house and moving can be a stressful experience. You have to decide if you want to do it yourself or hire professionals. In this blog post, we’ll review the pros and cons of both options so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to move!
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4 Advantages of Hiring Professional Movers
The advantages of hiring professional movers to help with relocation activities include:
1. Stress relief
Trying to do everything can be very stressful and time-consuming. Hiring professional movers takes the stress out of the equation – they take care of the packing, loading, and transportation for you, allowing you to focus on other aspects of the moving.
They have specialized equipment and knowledge that ensures all items are transported safely from one location to the next. They know exactly how to protect delicate items and make sure your belongings arrive at their destination in the same condition they left them in.
Moving can take longer if done by yourself – not only because you may have limited experience or skills but also because it may take time to rent a truck or secure help from friends/ family members. They are experienced in how to efficiently pack and load items for efficient transport which makes moving much faster than trying it on your own.
Hiring them is typically more cost-effective than trying to purchase a truck rental as well as any other necessary moving supplies (such as dollies, straps, packing materials, etc.). Professional movers also offer additional services such as unpacking which can save both time and money compared to trying DIY moves where you may need additional help at both the pick-up and drop-off locations for loading/unloading heavy furniture or boxes.
Advantages of Moving Yourself
One of the major advantages of moving yourself is that it will always be much more cost-effective than hiring a moving company. When you choose to do it yourself, you are solely responsible for all aspects of the move, meaning you won’t have to pay someone else to do it. You can easily limit your spending since you can choose whether or not it is worth investing in rental trucks or equipment when moving.
Another advantage of choosing to do it yourself instead of hiring professional movers is that you have complete control over your items and can determine how quickly the move is completed. You are also much less limited when planning your route and packing methods, allowing for even more convenience. Additionally, if anything goes wrong during the process, it only affects you– which means all credit for a successful job will go to you!
4 Disadvantages of Moving Yourself
Moving can be an overwhelming task and if you lack the necessary experience, sometimes it’s just not worth it. Though some of the potential money saved by doing the job yourself may seem tempting, in reality, it can end up leaving you with a world of issues. Here are some of the disadvantages to consider when contemplating whether you should do your own move or hire professional movers:
1. Physical Demands
Moving is a physically demanding activity that requires strength and endurance in order to perform all the tasks associated with packing and unpacking furniture, appliances, boxes, and general belongings. The lack of experience in packing material and methods also add tremendously to the physical strain involved in moving yourself.
2. Safety Hazards
Moving huge boxes or pieces of furniture without proper training or appropriate equipment can lead to injuries such as sprained ankles, bruises, and even broken bones that usually would have been avoided with a professional mover at your side who knows how to maneuver safely and accurately lift heavy items without putting your body at risk.
3. Shortage of Supplies
Doing it without having all the necessary materials available may cause further delays as most self-moves require additional visits to buy supplies including moving boxes and packing materials which result in extra costs beyond what was expected initially when deciding against hiring movers.
Self-moves are emotionally demanding activities that may tax your family relationships due to long days spent handling all tasks that come with packing, loading/unloading rented trucks/trailers, and disposing of unnecessary items from your home, etc.
It’s understandable that these activities cause a great deal of mental stress on anyone who elects for self moves instead of choosing professionals for assistance due their experience and ability to handle tension situations effectively.
5 Tips for Hiring Professional Movers
When deciding whether to hire them or to move yourself, there are several factors to consider. Hiring a full-service professional moving company offers a number of advantages, such as time savings, less stress and having professionals safely handle your items.
But these conveniences come at an expense – it is typically more expensive than a do-it-yourself move. Before you make any decisions about your move, here are some tips for hiring professional movers that may help you make the most informed decision.
1. Get multiple quotes
Be sure to get at least three estimates from different companies before making your final decision. Many larger companies also offer free phone estimation services that can help give an idea of their services and prices before they arrive in person to assess the job (although you should always confirm their terms in writing).
2. Research the company
Check reviews online and ask for personal references or other recommendations from people who have used their services recently. Do not be afraid to take your time and ask plenty of questions before committing – a good company should be able to answer all of your concerns without hesitation.
3. Understand fully what is included in the quote
Fees vary widely between companies, but most will charge by weight as well as distance traveled so it’s important to understand exactly what fees are included in each estimate. Be aware that additional fees may be charged for extra services such as packing materials — so read all paperwork before signing any contracts!
4. Book early
Professional moving companies often have limited availability during peak seasons, so it’s important to book as early as possible if you want them on the day you need them!
5. Check insurance coverage
Most reputable moving companies will offer separate insurance coverage for damage inflicted during loading / unloading or transit; make sure this has been discussed and agreed upon prior to signing any contracts. While some will include this insurance within their overall fee structure, others may charge an additional premium depending on the amount of coverage desired or specified items’ value.