Cost of Move vs. DIY

Moving can be expensive, which is why many people consider skipping the movers and doing it themselves. But, before you make your decision, it’s important to weigh the true costs of a DIY move against the expense of hiring a moving company. Here are a few things you may not have considered.  

The Cost of Your Time 

While you may think you’ll save money by handling your move on your own, it’s important to remember that your time is valuable, too. The process of a DIY move can take several weeks and involves many steps – from packing your belongings to renting a truck and driving to your new home.  

Sure, you could ask a few friends or family members to help you, but let’s face it, nobody really wants to help with a move. It can be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules and there’s always the chance one or more of your recruits won’t actually show up. Whether it’s stated or not, there’s also always the expectation of some form of payment – whether it’s cash or pizza and beer. This will result in you spending more money out of your pocket and owing a return favor to everyone who helps you out.  

Potential Risks 

It’s also important to consider the potential risks involved in handling your own move. First and foremost, you or someone you’ve asked to help you out could end up getting hurt. From a strained back or a twisted ankle to cuts, bumps, and bruises, there are plenty of injuries that can happen during a move. 

Since you’re not a professional mover, there’s also the chance that you’ll accidentally damage your belongings or your new home. It’s easier than you might think to drop an item or inadvertently bang it into a wall while you’re moving it. If you break a nice piece of furniture, your television, or a family heirloom, this will likely cost you far more than the expense of hiring a mover.  

Gas Costs 

Gas hasn’t been this expensive in a long time. If you’re moving a long distance, be sure to factor in this cost. Remember that a large moving truck will use up more gas than you’re used to, and you may have to fill up several times before you reach your destination.  

Stress and Anxiety 

Packing up all your belongings can be a nightmare, especially if you have a large family or a house that’s full of stuff. Even worse, once you’ve finished packing, there’s still a lot to do. You’ll need to load all the boxes and furniture into the moving truck, drive the truck to your destination, unload all of your items, unpack them, and arrange your new home. This is a lot of work for even the most ambitious person.  

Benefits of Hiring a Moving Company 

Hiring a professional for your big move has a lot of perks and is well worth the money. While a full-service move is the most convenient, you could save some cash by handling the packing and unpacking yourself. Still, allowing experts to load the truck, drive it safely to your new destination, and unload your items is always a smart move. Best of all, hiring professional movers might be less expensive than you think! Contact us today to discuss your options and request a quote.  

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