Hiring a Moving Company vs. DIY: What You Should Know About Each Choice

Moving to a new home can be very exciting but very stressful. There is a lot that goes into a move from packing up for the move, making the necessary arrangements at the new home, getting your things to the new home, and the unpacking. When you are planning a move, you have a few options. You can hire a moving company, you can rent a portable storage container, or you can handle the move on your own. Before you decide which option is best for you, it is important to know the pros and cons of each.

Hiring a Moving Company

Hiring a moving company is the easiest way to move your belongings. When you hire a professional mover, you won’t need to rent a truck. You also won’t need to ask friends and family members to help with the move. Most moving companies are insured, so if something gets broken during the move, the insurance will pay to replace the broken item. If you hire a moving company who offers packing services, you can save yourself a great deal of time and energy. Finally, if you hire a professional mover, you don’t need to worry about doing any heavy lifting.

Renting a Storage Container

The main benefit of renting a storage container is that you can pack up your home at your own pace. When you rent the container, you can keep it on your property as long as you need to. The container will remain secure and locked up on your property until you have filled it to capacity. When your home is packed and the container is full, you simply contact the company so they can pick up the loaded container and transport it to your new home. Storage containers are great if you are moving long distance or if you don’t want to rent a truck. The only downside to using a storage container is that you need to recruit friends and family members to help you pack it up and then unpack it at your new home.

DIY Move

If you are planning to move and you are going to do it on your own, you need to make plenty of arrangements ahead of time. First, you need to rent a truck. You should understand that the price advertised on the trucks is not what you will end up paying. Along with the rental fee, you need to pay for the mileage that you put on the truck, the gas that you used, and you need to pay for insurance. These fees can add up, however, it will be less expensive than hiring a moving company or renting a storage container. You would also need to recruit people to help with the move. If something is damaged in the process, you would need to pay for it out of your own pocket. Finally, moving is a very strenuous job. If you pick something up the wrong way, you can hurt your back or your neck. If you are carrying something heavy down the stairs, it takes just one misstep to have a dangerous fall. If you choose a DIY move, you need to be in good physical condition.

If you are planning a move, you should consider the pros and cons of each option. You can use this information to decide which option is the best for you. A moving company like United Moving and Storage offers both options if you have any questions or concerns.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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