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10 Pros & Cons: Do it Yourself or Hire Movers

Suzanne Pope

Every successful office has that one person who is the glue that keeps everyone together and on their toes at the same time...

Every successful office has that one person who is the glue that keeps everyone together and on their toes at the same time...

Feb 8 5 minutes read

Whether it’s your first move or you’re a seasoned moving-pro, deciding whether or not to hire a moving company or “DIY” your move is a choice everyone has to make. Like any decision, there are pros and cons to both sides, but being fully informed on your options can make the choice easier. 

Do it Yourself: 

“DIY”-ing your move can feel daunting (or, maybe you’ve never considered anything else). But in short, it means you’ll be sorting, packing, and moving everything that you own by yourself- unless, of course, you invite a team of friends and family to help. There are real pros and cons to moving yourself:

Pros

  • It’s free (mostly) 

Aside from the cost of boxes (which can usually be found for free), and gas for driving to and from your old and new houses, moving without the help of a moving company is the most affordable option. 

  • You have complete control 

One of the scariest parts of hiring a moving company is that your belongings are in the hands of total strangers. If you’d rather have complete control over the move, DIY-ing it is probably your best bet. 

Cons

  • It can take longer

When you have to do everything yourself, naturally, it’s more time consuming. Hiring a moving company means a more streamlined process, whereas doing it yourself will most likely take longer.

  • You have to do all of the heavy lifting

Unless you’ve got an army of friends and family to help you, moving yourself can be a lot of physical work. If you’re up for the challenge, go for it. Otherwise, hiring help is a gamechanger. 

  • More planning

Similarly, DIY-ing your move requires you to be fairly organized. Simply throwing all of your belongings into boxes and hoping it all arrives safely to your new home may work, but having a system and organizational plan in place is best, which, of course, requires lots of planning ahead. 

         

Hiring Movers: 

Hiring a moving company has its own list of advantages and disadvantages when it comes time to move. When you hire a company to help you move, they’ll essentially do everything for you, from packing, to lifting, to transporting. It sounds like a dream come true, and it can be, but understanding the pros and the cons is important. Click here to read more about how to hire the best moving company.  

Pros:

  • You don’t have to do anything

Perhaps the biggest pro for hiring a moving company is that they handle everything. Packing can be one of the most stressful and time consuming parts of the moving process, and with a moving company, it’s all taken care of.

  • It’s efficient and fast

When you move yourself, it takes a lot of time. But moving companies have the art of packing and moving down to a science. It can take weeks to DIY a move, but most movers will get it done in a day. 

  • It’s (usually) stress-free

The goal of hiring a moving company is to take one of the biggest stresses off of your plate. You’ve got plenty of other things to worry about during a move, and movers can take your mind off of a big portion of what was probably stressing you out. 

Cons

  • It can be pricey 

Like any service, hiring movers isn’t usually cheap. Is it worth the investment? To some it is, and to some it isn’t.

  • There is risk involved

Although you should definitely do your research before hiring a moving company to make sure they’re reputable, there is always risk involved when hiring someone else to pack and move your belongings. 

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