Should You Hire A Moving Company or Move Yourself?

When it comes to moving, many people get stuck when it comes time to decide if they should hire a moving company. There are numerous factors that go into this decision when planning furniture removals. You have to consider the distance, money, time, difficulty and complexity of the move.

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It would not be difficult to move from one small apartment to another across town. However, moving from house to another across the country may be a different story. Sometimes self-moves make sense and other times it’s not the best decision. In order to make the right choice, you need to weigh your options.

So, before you begin to make this decision, you need to prioritize. What is more important, when it comes to your move, time or money. Knowing the answer to this question will help guide you to the best decision about hiring a mover.

How Far Are You Moving?

You can go online to a moving truck rental site and get the rates for renting a truck. You’ll need to know whether you will be returning the truck to the original rental location or if you are dropping it off in another city or state. This can affect the rate. A one-way rental can be 50 percent more.

In addition to the truck rental cost, you also have to estimate the gas cost and the price for mileage. Most truck rental companies charge a fee for every mile you go over a certain amount. A distance calculator can provide an estimate of how many miles you will travel to reach your destination. You can use this information to determine the mileage costs, as well as the estimated fuel cost.

Now, you can call the moving companies. Ask them for a quote based on the number of rooms and the distance. Many will insist on coming to your home to give an accurate estimate because the cost of moving is often determined by the amount and weight of your items. You have to determine if you want to have the movers come to your home.

Some companies offer online quotes, however, these quotes are not guaranteed and may not be accurate, depending on the number of household items you plan on moving with a relocations expert like Active Transport. The only way to get an accurate estimate is to have a mover come to your home.

With an estimate for a moving company in hand, you can compare it to the cost of renting a truck. If the actual cost was the only factor, then your job would be done. However, this is when you need to remember that time was the other factor. If you need to move quickly, you must determine if you would be able to pack and load your truck in time, and if you would have the time to unpack it when you reached your destination.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

  • How much time will I need to pack my things, load them into the truck and drive to my new home?
  • Do I have people who can help me? Are there any friends, family members or neighbors available? Are there people I can pay to help me?
  • Do I have special or fragile items that need special care? Can I move these myself? How much will it cost to hire someone to pack them up and move them?
  • Do I need additional equipment or supplies in order to move larger items like appliances?
  • Am I confident that I can move everything safely?
  • Do I know the hidden costs that may creep into my moving expenses, like additional supplies, moving expenses, parking fees, and travel costs?

No matter wich moving method you choose make sure you save all of your receipts, in case you can claim your move on your taxes.

Make sure to contact SA Relocations if you need more information on moving house.