Moving always requires organization and preparation. Whether you’re moving on your own or with the help of professional removalists, moving from your old place to a new one will require time, money and energy. In this article, we want to give you the pros and cons of moving by yourself or hiring a company. If you’re wondering whether getting movers is a good idea for you, keep reading.
Moving on your own
A lot of people think that they can manage their move on their own. It’s only a few boxes and furniture, after all. But is it really a good idea for you?
The main advantage of moving on your own is financial. Moving companies are expensive. If you already own a car or a truck, moving on your might be a good option. Renting a moving truck is also cheaper than hiring a moving company. It’s also secure: you have full control over your belongings and you always know where they are. You’ve packed everything yourself, and you will unpack everything yourself as well.
Moving on your own can be taxing on your physical energy, especially if you live alone or with another person. You’ll probably need to enlist the help of friends and neighbours to help you lift the heavy stuff. You also might be moving far away, and the idea of driving for hours, or even days, at the front of a rental truck isn’t especially appealing. You may hurt yourself carrying furniture and boxes, or be unable to pack everything before moving day. With the high cost of gas, renting a truck and filling it up might be equivalent, or even more expensive, than a good moving company, especially if you’re moving far away.
Hiring a moving company
There are a lot of moving companies out there, all ready to help you out. But is it always worth the price?
A good moving company hires professionals who take care of your belongings and make sure that they make it safely to your new home. For long-distance moving, they might actually be cheaper than renting a truck, if a little slower. If you pay for packing and unpacking as well, you will not have to exert yourself doing those tasks, but most companies charge extra for this service. You pay only one thing, and you don’t have to worry about gas or buying pizza for your friends who helped you.
Movers are expensive, especially for short distance. It’s also easy to get scammed with a low quote, and then find out that the movers are day hires who have no idea what they’re doing. If you’re doing business with a local, little-known company, you run the risk of having your belongings stolen or broken — it has happened more than once. Hiring a good mover requires research and an investment in time that you may not have.
As you can see, there are pros and cons for each strategy. If you’re doing a short distance move, say if you stay in the same neighbourhood or town, it’s cheaper to get friends to help you move. However, for long-distance moving, hiring a moving company can be more advantageous. Weigh your options and choose wisely.
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