Should You Move Yourself Or Hire A Moving Company?

When it comes to moving which one is easier? Hiring a moving company or doing all the moving yourself? Let’s take a look at both options.

When hiring a moving company you let all the moving and packing up to them. They bring all the packing materials and boxes and pack everything by room then seal the box and mark what room it is to go into. They pack the moving van and transport all your furniture and belonging to you new home. They proceed to unload the truck putting each box and each piece of furniture in the appropriate room. Even kitchen appliances are taken directly to the kitchen. The only thing you need to do is tell them where the boxes go, answer any of their questions as they move you out or move you in and unpack the boxes. The moving company covers all of your furniture with protective blankets and carefully packs all fragile items in protective bubble wrap or something equally as protective.

The price range on hiring a moving company varies according to each company, the number of men used and what you want them to do exactly on moving day. All moving companies are insured against theft, damage, breakage, missing items and disaster. Moving companies charge by the mile so that is something you need to consider before hiring a moving company. You also want to consider that as they take lunch or breaks you are paying for that also. Most moving companies are reputable and only take the breaks they are supposed to take for the amount of time they are supposed to take. However, other moving companies will tend to “pad the bill” so to speak and take frequent breaks and longer lunches. Less reputable moving companies will also intentionally bring fewer men to do the job so they can take more frequent breaks.

If you prefer to do all of the moving yourself and rent a truck and all of your moving equipment and supplies, you may have a lot more work ahead of you. First thing you need to do is rent the right size truck. Always rent a larger truck than you think you will need because believe it or not you will use all of the space. Rental companies also charge by the mile so if you rent a larger truck you will have fewer trips to make and save money on the mileage. The cost to rent a truck is also higher on weekends and holiday. So when you plan to move try to do it during the week, as the rental cost and mileage are both cheaper. You can also save even more money if you are only moving across town. Many rental companies charge cheaper rates to customers that are only moving a few blocks or on the other side of town. When renting accessories such as dollies and blankets remember that the rate is charged by the day. As for packing materials such as bubble wrap you have the option of buying a roll or sheets.

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