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Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros?

There are a lot of decisions that come with relocation. You need to find a suitable relator, a home that works for you and anyone else moving with you, choose a moving date, what to take to the new residence, and much more. Among these decisions is the one that relates to the actual move— do you do it yourself or hire moving companies that pack and move you? There is not one right answer for everyone and largely depends on factors like budget, proximity of the two homes, your abilities, the kinds of items to be relocated, and others.

To help you sort it out and make a decision that suits you we have listed some things to consider:


If you are on a tight budget, it’s likely a DIY move is more attractive. And it might be. Sometimes, however, movers will end up being cheaper. For example, if you work and have to take a day off the job to move, you might be losing more in wages than the amount the movers charge. So it’s important to make a list and compare the cost of each aspect of the move. Think about truck rental, gas and mileage costs, wages lost, cost of movers and packing supplies, parking fees, etc. Once you have these numbers you can total them and make a fair comparison. It may be that a do it yourself move is more financially realistic. Or it might surprise you to find out that hiring a moving company is the way to go.

Physical Capability

Moving is hard work and you and your moving buddies need to be able to safely lift and carry a lot of heavy and bulky items. Be honest with yourself about your abilities. For example, if you have a bad back, it’s probably not the best idea for you to be carrying heavy loads. Or if you are not fit, you might end up with an injury. If you and your helpers are capable, however, then a DIY approach might be for you.

Difficulty of Move

Not all moves are equal. Some moves are easier than others. If you’re relocating down the street and both apartments are in buildings that have elevators, it’s easier than if you’re facing walkups and tight hallways. The types of items you’re moving also affect the difficulty of the relocation. Are you moving a piano? A large armoire? How will you fit them through the small doorframe? Professionals handle difficult relocations all the time and know exactly how to anticipate and overcome obstacles. Using pros who are well-versed in the ins and outs of difficult moves can save you a lot of headache and time wasted.

Time Spent

When you move yourself, you need to take time to buy supplies, pack, load, drive to new location, unload, and unpack. Figure out how long each of these tasks will take and if you have the time and willing are to use it as such. Then compare that with how long it’ll take the pros (much shorter because that’s what they do) and see if it’s worth opting for a DIY approach. Pros also have supplies readily available and on hand.

Gathering Helpers

Some of us are blessed with capable friends, family members, or neighbors who are willing to spend their weekend helping us move. Sometimes, however, we don’t have anyone who is available or able to help with relocation. If you don’t have enough help, you will be left with a large undertaking. See if you can get the right kind of help and if not, ask yourself if your move is small enough to take on alone. Otherwise, you will need to hire people to help you with at least some parts of the move.

Driving a Large Vehicle

If you’re going to do it yourself, you or someone you know will need to drive a large vehicle that can fit your furniture. These vehicles are not only large, but heavy and hard to steer. Are you comfortable driving and parking a truck after a day of physical exertion? If not, do you have someone who is? If the answer to these questions is no, you need to hire moving companies that pack and move you who are capable at maneuvering vans or moving trucks.

By | 2018-02-26T11:38:49+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Moving Tips|Comments Off on Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros?