Most of us are not familiar with the moving process, so when it is time to move there are a lot of uncertainties that can lead to stress and confusion. It's been said that moving is perhaps one of the most stressful endeavors you will deal with in your lifetime. Planning and preparation will lead to a successful and less stressful move, but first you need to decide how you are going to get to your final destination. This article should clarify the pros and cons of using a professional moving company, as compared to moving by yourself.
Hiring Professional Movers
Even if you hire a professional moving company, there is still a lot to consider. The average moving rates are controlled by the ICC (Interstate) or a state PUC (Intrastate), so it is wise to compare the integrity of a company. Where do you start when hiring a professional moving company? What qualities should you look for? The following checklist can help:
Factors that influence the cost are:
When hiring a professional moving company, the final cost factor is deciding between a "self-service" and a "full-service" move. In a self-service move, the moving company transports your belongings from the old house to the new, but you have to pack and unpack your boxes at both ends. In a full-service move, the moving company will pack and unpack your boxes, as well as transport all of your household goods. People who hire professional movers usually choose full-service. While a self-service move will save you money, long distance moves with lots of heavy, valuable items are best left to the professionals.
It may not pay to move some things. Consider the value of a donation to Goodwill or the Salvation Army against the cost of moving something near the end of its life expectancy.
Pack, Load and Drive
You can do it all yourself, and if so here are some things you need to consider:
The most important thing you can do is factor in all your costs (truck rental, insurance, gas, food, tolls, lodging) and then compare that to estimates from professional moving companies so you can make an educated decision.