MOVING YOURSELF VS. HIRING MOVERS: HOW TO DECIDE WHO WILL GET PACKING
Many people feel totally overwhelmed when moving before they even start packing their belongings. Deciding whether to hire movers or to move yourself, depends a lot on your budget and other personal reasons, which will help you choose moving methods that are the right ones for you. Let’s try weighing all these important factors.
- The time you have before a moving day
Even if you’re moving locally, you should also measure how much time you have for packing. If you’re pressed for time, professional movers might make more sense. You can work or spend quality time with your friends and family, as the full-service movers are carrying your things out of your home. If your movers pack for you, it will be done quicker than when you do it yourself. For an hourly rate, movers can pack everything — you can just simply choose what you need to pack or what you will not need anymore.
If you decided not to spend on the additional cost of packing services, make sure you finish your part of the moving work 1 or 2 days before moving day. The movers’ job is infinitely easier if the things are completely ready to be put on the truck. Remember to give yourself enough time for the packing steps, starting with sorting through and organizing things. Then do the shopping list for items you would probably need while packing. It could be really specific in sizes or purpose packing boxes and materials.
2. Moving distance
If you’re moving to a new city or across state lines, a lot can go wrong during your long-distance move. If the truck is packed incorrectly, you will have more risky miles where your stuff could get damaged. We always recommend professional packers for long-distance moves because the longer the move the harder it becomes. It will be done appropriately, you will not need to think and worry about all the packing materials. It will be completely safe for your things to be moved. After packing up your home, full-service movers will load everything correctly on to the truck, including any devices that you’re bringing along with you. They will unload the truck as well, when you arrive at your new place.
3. Your packing skill sets
Remember that professionals will be able to securely pack up fragile and valuable items, such as glass, paintings, and musical instruments. Full-service movers will make sure all of your large, unwieldy, or heavy furniture make it to your final destination unbroken. This includes: partial or full disassembly of furniture, as required. You do not need to do all the heavy lifting either. Loading is really the most difficult and important part of the move. Whether you’re moving across the street or doing a cross-country move, full-service movers will expertly drive your belongings there for you. You’ll be provided with a delivery time period, for your stuff to arrive. All you have to focus on, is getting yourself there to accept the shipment.
Remember, most friends aren’t exactly the heavy lifting types, that leaves many of us with the one option of hiring movers. There are, however, plenty of people who have successfully completed numerous DIY moves – and saved a pretty penny while doing so. You can actually put together a moving service with renting a portable storage container or space in a freight trailer, and then hiring movers to do the heavy lifting. Before making your decision just take a look at the time left, moving distance and skills of you and your friends. Don’t forget about the options to compromise !