Hire a Mover or Do it Yourself?

by c21commonweath_ldowling 23. December 2019 08:41

Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, the process of packing your belongings into a truck, driving them to your new place, and unloading them all can be overwhelming. It’s tiring enough just to read about it. There is a solution that will help you carry some of the load: You can hire professional movers.


Is it better to get professional assistance or move everything yourself? It depends on your situation. If you’re living in a one-bedroom apartment and have plenty of friends to help out, DIY moving could be easy. On the other hand, if you've got a three-bedroom house and two kids’ worth of stuff to take, doing it all alone may be more than you can handle.


Having trouble deciding? Let’s look at the pros and cons of managing the move on your own.



  • DIY Moving is Cheap
    If your budget is tight, moving everything yourself is probably the better option. As long as you have some friends willing to help with the heavy lifting, and you can handle driving a moving van, the DIY route is doable.
  • You Are in Total Control
    When you move yourself, you’re in complete control of everything: The boxing, the packing, the driving, and the schedule are all up to you. If you always like to be in command of your situation, DIY moving is definitely the way to go.



  • There’s a Lot of Heavy Lifting
    The worst part about a DIY move is picking up and packing all of your stuff into the truck—especially the bulky items and heavy furniture. If you and your friends aren’t quite muscular enough to hold everything steady, you could lose your security deposit or lower your property value by scratching up the walls. Professional movers come prepared to pick up and drop off everything for you, no matter how huge it is.
  • Logistics Are Harder Than They Look
    There is a lot of planning and coordinating that goes into a move. Professional movers know the best way to load your belongings so everything will be safe during the trip and convenient to take out of the truck. Moving companies are also better at predicting how long the trip will take.
  • The Problems Are All Yours
    When unexpected problems arise, and they will, it's up to you to figure them out. It could be something simple, like getting your couch through the door, or something a bit tougher, like your moving truck breaking down on the interstate. When you pay for professional movers, they take on some of those responsibilities for you.

Moving to a new home is always exciting regardless of what it takes to get there, but the less hassle the better. Now that you know the pros and cons of DIY moving, will you try it yourself or bring in the pros?