One of the first questions people ask when they about relocate is whether or not they can handle the move themselves. There are positive aspects to both doing the move yourself and hiring one of the many professional moving companies in my area has to offer. On one hand, hiring a moving company makes the process easier overall. On the other hand, handling the move yourself can offer more freedom. Before you make your final decisions, try asking yourself some of these questions.
How Much Stuff am I Moving?
If you’re moving every item you own, you may want to consider bringing in some experts. Try using an online household goods mileage calculator to estimate how much all of your possessions weigh. Knowing the size and weight of your items is a good way to see what type of moving services you would need, and whether or not it’s cost-effective to outsource the process. Also, keep in mind that some moving companies in my area have an hourly minimum, so they won’t come and move just one sofa. It’s to your benefit to have lots of stuff.
How Difficult is the Move?
If you have lots of antiques, valuables, or fragile items, it may behoove you to leave the process to moving companies that are experienced transporting these types of items. Reputable movers will have experience wrapping and moving delicate items, and will likely take better care of them than you could in just your car. Even if you just have lots of giant sofas and bedframes, you could save yourself the money of having to repair a damaged item by just hiring a professional.
How Much Time Do I Have?
Sometimes, moves just have to happen quickly. In these cases, it’s better to hire professionals that are guaranteed to show up with a certain amount of staff to get your stuff loaded quickly. A company will also get your items from state to state faster. However, if you’ve got some time on your hand and some friends that are willing to help you pack, you’re probably fine to handle the move yourself. Just make sure to buy your friends pizza as payment for their help!