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Relocation: Move Yourself or Hire Professionals?

October 8, 2008 · Print This Article

Moving is something that most of us dread. There are many reasons for this feeling, but the most prevalent reason is the fact that a sacrifice is required. This sacrifice will come in one of two manifestations. Either you will have to sacrifice your personal time in order to pack, load, and drive yourself, or you will have to sacrifice a large chunk of money in order to hire people to do these jobs for you. Neither choice is anything to get excited about, so you need to take a hard look at your situation before you choose one over the other.

Do It Yourself

There are plenty of benefits to moving yourself. These benefits can include money savings, the ability to control every aspect of your move, and the ability to plan a move around your busy schedule. For many people, completing a move on their own means that they will be getting a moving truck rental.

Taking this route can give you plenty of benefits, but you need to look at the drawbacks as well. Obtaining a rental truck will still cost a chunk of cash, but it is a much smaller chunk than hiring a professional moving company. Taking this route also means that you need to find some way of loading and unloading everything that you own, including the heavy stuff. Since no one person can possibly lift and carry everything in their home on their own, it is important that you enact a plan to get help. Some people enlist the aid of friends and family. Others hire a professional loading company. No matter what you do, you must remember to take both the time and monetary costs into account.

Hiring Professionals

Hiring a professional mover can save you alot of time and stress when moving. They will come into your home and assess your personal situation. They can pack you up, if you choose to pay the fee. They will load everything into their truck and drive it to your new home. Once there, they will unload the truck into your new home, and in some cases, they will even unpack your stuff as well. This sounds like a great solution to your move, but beware of the drawbacks behind this route.

Handing the control of your move over to a professional moving company means that you cannot make sure that your things get to where they are going in one piece. Once you hire a company, you are handing over complete control to them. If you have done enough research, then you have probably chosen a company who is forthright and honest, so you do not need to worry about a scam. Too many people, however, think that they have found a company like this, but in the end, they get taken for a ride.

The other downfall to hiring a company is the huge costs that are involved. Professionals charge a different fee for all kinds of things. If your old or new home has steps, then there is a fee. If you choose to use their packing service, then there is a fee. If they have to walk an extra distance from the truck to your home, there is a fee. Because of all of these fees, you need to make sure that you read all of the fine print before you agree to or sign anything.

Making the Choice for You

As you can see, there are benefits and drawbacks to both options. The best thing that you can do is weight the options, and all that is involved with them, before you make a choice. Make sure to get pricing quotes and speak to customer service before you pick any company. In the end, whether you choose to use a professional company or a truck rental, you need to make sure that you are going to be happy with your choice.


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