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Asked by: Rachel
What are the pros and the cons of the two options – hire a moving company or move yourself? Looking forward to suggestions and solutions. Thanks.
Helen on Jun 02, 2012
Hi Rachel, my advice is to go for a full service moving company. If you hire movers, the whole moving process will be a lot easier, because each step of the move will be arranged for you. And, if it is your first move, well, let me get it straight – organizing a relocation is quite a ‘mission impossible’ (not exaggerating on this). I have moved three times and my first move was a disaster, because I thought I ruled the world. I got lost at the middle of nowhere. So here is your solution – search for an affordable moving company, research and stay cool.
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Thorin on Jun 18, 2012
You could actually move by yourself if you know what you’re doing. I live in a studio apartment in NY and moving was a breeze, but the buildings were close by and I had to get a few days off work to get my stuff across. I find that I can rarely trust other people with my belongings, but I guess hiring professional help just isn’t my cup of tea.
Manuella Irwin on Jun 25, 2012
Hi Rachel, the thing is that there is no explicit answer to your question.
If you hire professional movers, everything will be arranged for you – packing, loading, transportation, unloading and unpacking, even storage solutions if it’s your case. But, well this will cost you a lot of money. Mind that there are additional fees for bulky or fragile items, ‘long carry’ fee (when a shipment must be moved more than 75 feet from the place where the truck could park to the entrance of your home)etc. Of course, if you managed to find experienced and reliable movers, my guess is that they’ ll worth every penny.
Contrary, if you move by yourself, you will have more freedom to make choices and change them as you will be the only one calling the shots, but you will have to arrange everything on your own. Relocation is not an one-day job, and yes you can manage it if you take enough time to complete each moving-related job – from the truck rentals search to the obtaining of a parking permit at the new location. You have to shop for packing materials and secure help on moving day.
Both scenarios have their pros and cons, and both can turn into a nightmare. If you don’t research the moving company well, you might have big ‘pricey’ problems. You should always work with licensed moving service providers. On the other hand, it may turns out that instead of saving a few bucks by moving yourself, the final costs of your relocation will be higher than the estimation a reputable company would charge for your move.
Either way, to sum up, you have to take your time and read some relocation information and tips for your own scenario.
Good luck with your upcoming move!
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noah on Aug 31, 2012
can anyone tell me how much i’d spent on my move – Chicago to Boston, if i decide to move on my own. is it worth it, should i leave it to a professional mover…
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