When preparing for a big home move, the question comes up: should I pay to have professional movers move me or should I save the money and do the work myself?  

This is a fair question to ask and one that’s easy to answer when you know all the components that should be taken into consideration during a move.  It’s easy to think that simply renting a truck and getting all those friends who owe you a favor to come over will save you bundles, but that’s not necessarily the case.  

Today, we’d like to go over the aspects of moving so you can make an educated decision when it comes to the cost of hiring a professional moving company or doing the job yourself.   


The Physical and Mental Work

Moving is hard work… physically and mentally hard.  There’s a lot in your place, it needs to be removed, placed onto a truck and into your new place; that’s not for the faint of heart.  You may go into this, thinking that you won’t have to go to the gym for a couple days because moving will take the place of a workout or two, but it’s so much more than that.  

The possibility of injury comes to mind first. If you don’t properly lift and carry, you can hurt yourself, and that injury could be permanent.  This means doctor’s visits, missed work, and can harm a good attitude. It’s important to know HOW to move your items, especially those heavy pieces, so your body stays healthy.  

There’s also the stress that comes along with a move, which could amplify if you decide to do the actual moving yourself.  Stress is a big deal and can affect so many other factors in your life. Be sure you know how to handle your stress effectively, so you can make the most out of one of the most stressful things life has to offer: your move.  

 Let’s not forget that moving your items out of your place and loading your truck with the proper care is very important to the safety of your property.  If you’re not a professional mover, the tendency for damage heightens. This can add to your stress levels.  


What Professional Movers Offer

Professional movers are trained for all the intricacies of your move.  They understand the importance of proper lifting and carrying techniques and they don’t carry the same burden of stress as you do.  They also know exactly how to keep your items safe and secure to avoid damage. This is all priceless.  


The Right Equipment 

You need a lot more than a truck when you make a big move, although the truck is a vital part of it.  You’ll need to pay whatever the cost of renting a truck, plus gas, and other equipment such as dollies, ropes, pads, straps, etc.  

These items can add up, but also think about the multiple trips to buy items when you realize they are needed after all or you didn’t get enough of something.  That time adds up, too. And these expenses are only for the actual moving part, they have nothing to do with the packing supplies you’ll need.  


What Professional Movers Offer

Many professional moving companies offer packing services.  This is a great way to save time and know your items are taken care of the right way.  Along with their professional knowledge of packing your items into boxes, professional movers know how to load the moving truck in a way that’s secure and makes sense.

Moving companies have all the equipment necessary for a successful move and they know what to bring and how to manage it.  


The Cost of a Move 

As you now know, it’s not just about a truck and some friends, there’s far more to a smart and safe move.  While we’d never advocate against a DIY moving day, we can provide you with a much more efficient move and offer some stress-control.  You can’t put a price on that!

The time and energy put into your moving day will be a lot, whether you hire professional movers or not, but Road Scholars will help tremendously if hired for any aspect of your move.  Give us a call for a quote and let’s get started.