At first glance, it may seem simple and easy to move on your own. How hard can it be? Pack your belongings, rent a truck, and start moving boxes and furniture. In reality, moving is more difficult and time-consuming than most homeowners expect. You always have more possessions than you think. It always takes longer to pack than expected. And moving can lead to injuries, broken belongings, and strained friendships.
The risks and disadvantages of moving on your own that we describe below make it clear why hiring a moving company is a wise choice.
You don’t have professional training, nor do your friends or family members. Though you may all be capable of moving boxes from one house to another, things get trickier when it comes to heavy furniture and appliances. You can hurt your back or drop a heavy item on your foot, for example. If you don’t use the right equipment, know how to support heavy items, or know how to lift safely, you could severely injure yourself or others. This isn’t a risk that you should take.
2. Lack of Reliability
You may have invited a few friends to come help you move. They all agreed weeks ago, but one by one they all seem to have better things to do and better places to go. On moving day, you may be left with just one or two helpers. Movers, on the other hand, are reliable. They’ll show up on time to help you move. This can give you peace of mind knowing that the day will go as planned.
3. Damage to Your Belongings
Moving heavy items up and down the stairs and squeezing couches through tiny doorways can be difficult. Moving fragile boxes takes care and delicacy. Without proper experience and expertise, it’s easy to imagine friends dropping your belongings, scratching your furniture, or breaking parts off your appliances during the move. The professionals at a moving company know how to effectively move fragile, large, bulky, and heavy boxes, appliances, and furniture. Plus, they use moving blankets and other equipment so you don’t have to worry about damage to your possessions.
4. Time Consuming
Two professional movers will take less time and be more efficient than a half dozen of your friends helping you move. They know how to move items in the most effective order and in the most efficient manner to ensure your move takes as little time as possible. This all comes from skill and experience from moving for a living. Your friends, on the other hand, won’t quite know what they’re doing, how best to pack the truck, or what order to move items to speed up the process. They may also take multiple breaks that slow you down.
5. Lack of Accountability and Insurance
Your friends may not look in every nook and cranny of your home to ensure they’ve gotten all your belongings. They may not be careful when taking sharp corners with the moving truck. They may pack the truck in a way that damages items. When you get to your new home, you might find some of your items missing or broken. A moving company will take an inventory list of your move and are accountable for your move, so they’ll ensure the safe arrival of your possessions. You can even get moving insurance in case anything happens. If you move on your own, you’ll be on the hook for any damages.
Let’s face it—it’s a hassle to have to spend the entire day moving boxes. And you might feel bad having to put out your friends and family members by asking them to help you do so. Let professional movers handle it all, so you can eliminate these hassles.