Moving house is undoubtedly among the most stressful experiences of your life. Not only do you have to be prepared for finding a reliable realtor but also identifying and buying a new home and dealing with the mechanics of the move itself. The decision to do it by yourself or assign it to a professional usually boils down to factors like your personality, budget, and the complexity and distance involved. There are some folks who are pretty handy while others may start feeling tired just by looking at a moving box. At brief look at the pros and cons:
Advantages of Making the Move by Yourself
Complete control over the move: DIY means that you have full control over what, how and when you do things. Not only do you get to choose your moving supplies but also you can pack the goods to your satisfaction and choose the truck. You can take as much time as you like, fix your own schedule, and move your stuff exactly in the way you like without being rushed by the movers. If driving large trucks is not something you prefer, choosing a reputed “You Pack We Move” company might be an ideal solution.
Save money: A DIY move is the best option if you are on a budget that’s tight. You can choose as much packing materials as you want, use household stuff to pad and pack and not have to be compelled to buy all the stuff professional movers throw at you. Not only do you save on the packing, loading, and unloading but also quite significantly on the truck rental. Even the largest of the self-haul trucks are ridiculously cheap from the large companies and you have the liberty of adding on as many extra services as you like at reasonable fees.
The Cons of a DIY Job
Physical labor: If you are thinking of doing it by yourself, you need to be able to take care of all the lifting, lugging, and packing all by yourself unless you can enroll your pals to help you out. Unless you are used to a lot of physical work, it can be very easy to underestimate the difficulty of the job. You also need to be really careful about not damaging either your goods or your home during the process.
Planning: Even though moving might not exactly is rocket science, it does require a lot of planning and coordination; otherwise, it can be quite easy to mess things up. Unless you pack, load, unload and get the logistics right, you can end up spending more effort, time, and money than you had anticipated. DIY also means that in the case of an unexpected event like a large piece of furniture getting stuck, you are the only person available to tackle the situation.
Packing and moving all by yourself can take a lot of enthusiasm, energy, and planning. If expending so much effort to achieve the savings seems not to be worth it, you should just go ahead and hire professional movers and relax.
Author Bio: George Atkins is the owner of a reputed “You Pack We Move” company. Passionate about the industry, he is a frequent blogger on moving tips and issues.