If you’re planning a move, you’re probably aware of how overwhelming it can be to weigh all of your different options when selecting services. One of the first questions you’ll have to think about in the moving process is whether you should go the DIY route and do it yourself, or spend the money to hire professional movers.
There are lots of reasons to think about DIYing your move. If you’re just moving out of college or into your first place, you probably won’t need to hire a fleet of moving trucks, and it isn’t difficult (with a little bribery) to find friends who are willing to help out for a few hours. Especially if you’re moving close-by, skip the moving company and rent a moving truck instead. Besides being much cheaper, you won’t have to worry about being scammed by one of the less-qualified companies. Taking advantage of what you have available—past moving experience, friends, and a willingness to drive a truck will all reduce the amount you spend on your move. Be sure to download the moveCHECK app to keep all of your tasks organized. The trade-off with moving yourself, of course is that it will be more time and effort than if you simply hire a company.
On the flip side, there are a lot of great reasons to consider hiring a moving company. If you’re moving cross-country or have started to accumulate more stuff, it might be time to leave it to the pros. The most obvious benefit is that you’ll save a ton of time. Not only will they load the truck and take your items to your destination, but they also offer packing services, which is obviously one of the most time-consuming parts of the move. If you have health problems such as arthritis or a bad back, it’s probably worth it to getting help with the move—the last thing you want is to be physically spent before you even start unpacking your new home. If you are moving because of a work transfer, there’s a good chance that your company will be willing to foot part or all of your bill. When choosing a company, just remember not to fall for the cheapest price, as this will often cost you later in damaged good or outright scams.
Sometimes it’s best to have the best of both worlds. Try breaking your move into different stages, and then decide which parts you need help on. Familiarize yourself with all of the different services. Besides moving companies, you may also want to check into car shipping, pet shipping, storage units, renting plastic boxes instead of corrugated, and moving startups like Bellhops or Buddytruk. Here are a couple of different scenarios that might work for you:
- Pack everything yourself, and then have movers move the boxes, furniture etc., on to the truck, and take drive the truck for you.(Just remember that if something breaks in a box you packed, the movers are not liable for damage to anything inside.
- Rent a truck yourself, then having a moving company (such as Bellhops) help load/unload.
- Do as much as you can yourself, and rent a truck or use Buddytruk to move the big items.
Find What Works for You
Moving is different for everyone. The best way to have a great move is to start planning early and to do your research. Assess your needs, weigh your options, and go with the one that works best for you.