Moving Helpers

Moving Helpers: Hiring Movers vs Do It Yourself

19 July 2013

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Moving Helpers: Hiring Movers vs Do It Yourself

When the decision to move has been made one of the first questions people ask themselves is “How am I going to move my stuff?” The internal debate on whether to hire out the work or put in all the effort yourself can be exhausting. Hiring movers costs more, yet is more efficient. Doing it yourself gives you more freedom, yet can be time consuming. There are pros and cons to both depending on your needs but by answering the simple questions listed below you can ensure that you make the best decision for your relocation.

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How much stuff do you have? You will want to create a rough list of your belongings in order to estimate the size of truck you may need. One can find a household moving calculator online to assist in providing an estimate on the weight of your items. By knowing the amount and weight of your items you will be able to better compare the cost of hiring movers verse the cost of the truck you would need to rent if doing it yourself. Evaluating how much stuff needs to be moved (as well as the weight/size of items) will also assist you in realizing whether the move is doable on your own or if you need professional help. And remember some moving companies, like Moving Dawgs, have a service where you rent your own truck and do all your own packing, they are just the helping hands during the load and unload process.

How far is your move? The closer the distance can mean the easier it is to handle a move on your own since making possible back and forth trips isn’t as big of an issue. With a closer distance you may be able to get by with renting a smaller truck and thus saving money since multiple trips is a do-able option.  When it comes to long distances you are going to want everything to be moved together as well as feel ensured that all your belongings are carefully and properly packed so no items are damaged during a longer move.  With this in mind, hiring a mover may be the better idea because workers are carefully trained in driving larger vehicles as well as how to properly pack and arrange items in the truck to ensure nothing is damaged during the relocation.

How much time will the move take? Between organizing and packing your items as well as the loading, unloading and driving, relocating by yourself will almost always take much longer than hiring out the work. Make sure to think about how much time (and help) you have available to dedicate to the move compared to how much stuff you have to move.  There are also things to consider like how many stairs you may have to go up and down or tighter spaces to walk through with larger items that could also take up additional time. In most cases the extra cost to hire out the move is well worth relieving the stress you could be putting yourself through by doing it all yourself.

Do you have access to helpers? Unless you have an extremely small move without furniture you are probably going to need at least 1 or 2 extra people to assist with heavier items. If you plan on doing the move yourself make sure you arrange these people in advance and choose people that you trust handling your stuff. Remember a moving company has trained professionals who know how to properly pack, lift and move items in an efficient manner so you will want to think through the type of items you are moving (how heavy, how fragile, how expensive) before trusting these items with family and friends who may not know the best way to move them. Movers also come with insurance where “Uncle Tom” or “Best Friend Betty” do not.

Hiring out or doing it yourself is definitely a question you will want to carefully review.  If you want to tackle relocating yourself make sure you have the necessary skills, assistance and time needed. Definitely the option of working with a moving company in some facet can spare a lot of effort and time on your side if you have the funds to do so.

Moving Dawgs would encourage to at least call and speak with a moving professional in order to get an estimate or to answer any questions about moving your particular belongings. Educating yourself on the type of move ahead will ensure you make the best possible decision in regards to how you choose to move in the end.