One of the key issues that arises when you face the prospect of moving to a new home is whether you should handle the process on your own or entrust the matter to a moving company.
To make it easier for you to decide, here is a list of pros and cons of moving with professional movers:
The Pros of Moving with a Moving Company
- It saves you time. Moving is no doubt a time-consuming experience. The process of packing can take up to a week (or even longer), and, since most of us have to work, take care of the kids and perform a lot of other duties, this becomes quite an issue.
- It saves you energy and nerves. Whoever said that ‘one move equals two fires’ was probably right. Packing on your own can wear you out, physically and emotionally, in no time. Especially when you have a vague idea of how to do it the right way.
- Your things are handled with professional care. Qualified movers know how to pack, what to pack with what, and how to protect your items. Your sensitive possessions are more likely to arrive at their new location safe and sound.
- You don’t have to worry about packaging supplies. Professional movers provide all the packing supplies. You don’t have to worry about such things as bubble wrap, foam sheets, film rolls, etc.
- You are spared the necessity of lifting heavy weights. This one is really important. Doing heavy lifting when you are not used to this kind of physical activity can result in severe back pain and other health issues. Even one unfortunate move can cause health problems that will echo for years to come. With a moving company, you won’t have to lift a finger.
- If something is damaged, you get a refund. With professional movers, you have much lower risks to damage anything than when you are moving on your own. However, you can’t completely exclude the possibility of something getting broken. If this is the case, the moving company will cover your losses. If you are moving on your own, no one will compensate for the damaged items.
- You get an all-in-one service. When you move on your own, you have a lot on your hands. Buying packaging supplies, packing, arranging for extra hands to assist you with the move, hiring trucks, planning the best route to your new location and coordinating all the above — here is what you have to face with a DIY move. A moving company can solve all these issues for you.
The Cons of Moving with a Moving Company
- You have to trust your personal belongings to strangers. If it’s hard for you to accept the idea of other people touching your personal things and you can’t sleep through the night worrying about your most precious belongings getting damaged, lost, or stolen, perhaps, moving on your own is a better choice for you. The same applies to those who like to be in control of everything and want their things to be packed in a certain way. Of course, it is all right to instruct movers on how you would like them to pack and move your things. But if you are certain that no one can do these things better than you, perhaps, for your peace of mind, you should opt for a DIY move.
- You must stick to the scheduled date. If, for some reason, you are not ready to move on the designated day, you may be charged a cancellation fee.
- It can be expensive. Moving with a team of highly skilled professionals has to be costly. After all, a seamless move requires a lot of knowledge, experience and hard physical work. And it’s a great responsibility.
That said, regarding a DIY move as ‘free’ (as opposed to a professional one) looks like a misconception. When you consider all the ins and outs, the ‘free’ move does not seem so free anymore. Here’s why.
- Doing all the packing by yourself requires a lot of time. The time you will probably take off work at your own expense. If you are a freelancer, you could earn some money during the time you will spend packing, too. As they say, time is money. You will not be able to earn anything in the time you invest in packing.
- If you have small kids, you may want to hire a babysitter while you are packing. This means extra expenses, too.
- If you don’t hire professional help, you will likely turn for help to your friends and relatives. And while they will probably be willing to help you for free, chances are, you will want to reward them in some way, like by hosting (or taking them to) a dinner. The expenses add up!
- You will have to buy all the packing supplies yourself and, probably, rent a truck.
- Loading things on a truck and driving it requires some skills, too. If you damage some stuff, no one will compensate for the loss.
It may turn out that, even with all the above points considered, a DIY move will still be a cheaper option. But then again, it may not, or the money difference will not be worth all the efforts that a DIY move will involve. So, on a closer inspection, this ‘con’ is controversial and requires some thinking over.
- There is a risk of becoming a victim of moving scams. Like in every other area, there are scam artists in moving business. Falling into the hands of rogue movers can result in many scenarios quite costly in terms of time, money, and nerve cells.
Beware of small/unknown companies that offer suspiciously low prices — there is a chance, they will sky-rocket in the process. Other ‘red flags’ may include the absence of a decent website, large advance payments (more than 10-15% of the total amount), blank or incomplete papers to sign. Pay attention to clauses in small print, too. They can say that the price you pay is subject to change under certain circumstances. To be on the safe side, browse recent reviews on trusted websites or, better yet, get recommendations from people you know personally.
Now that you know about the pros and cons of hiring a moving company versus moving on your own, it will be easier for you do decide which way to go. Whatever option you choose, we wish you a safe and smooth transition!