Move yourself or hire movers?


Hiring movers can be a difficult decision when relocating from home to home. Many people swear by doing the job themselves, but doing so can be a lot of effort and potentially dangerous when lifting heavy, cumbersome objects and driving large rental trucks. Careful thought has to go into the decision and it should come from a solid understanding of the implications of each choice. Moving yourself is a bit of a misnomer, as a single person cannot hope to do all the lifting, carrying and transporting of furniture. This is especially true if you are moving a multiple bedroom dwelling. You will need to enlist the assistance of people who can act as fellow movers, often friends and family, who are reliable enough to show when you need them as well as physically capable of moving heavy objects. You will also have to be comfortable enough driving a large movers van or have some willing to drive it for you. Adjusting to driving a seventeen or twenty four-foot truck can be tricky.

The other side of the coin is to hire professional movers. While the do it yourself option requires a lot of work, using a crew of movers is fairly effort free. Of course, you will still need to pack boxes full of valuables and fragile items, but the movers will handle all the heavy lifting of those boxes and your furniture items. The movers will also have blankets and pads to protect your furniture from shifting around inside the truck, as well as some level of insurance should something be damaged. The only down side to hiring a team of professional movers is the cost, but considering the costs of renting a van and the significant effort of trying to move your own stuff, the extra cost might be fully worth it.

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