A moving decision: Hiring pros or doing it yourself
Congratulations, you’re moving! (Or thinking about it, anyway.) Whether you’ve just bought your first condo or are upgrading to a larger home, you basically have two choices: do it yourself or hire a mover. Here are some questions that will help you figure out your best option:
Your moving options
A. Do it yourself
It’s the cheapest alternative, especially for smaller moves.
- It may not be as cheap as you think. Be prepared to spend money on truck rental, gas, and food and drinks for your helpers.
- It’s A LOT of work for everyone involved.
- Remember that free labour is never actually free. Unless it’s your adoring, selfless mother carrying that sofabed up five flights of stairs, you’ll end up owing some favors.
- Your friends and family could end up breaking your belongings or hurting themselves.
- If items get broken, you (or your home insurance) will be on the hook for it.
B. Hire movers
- It’s EASY. Someone else does all the work for you and saves you serious time, hassle and muscle strain.
- If anything gets damaged, the movers’ insurance will take care of it.
- Full-service moving is by far the most expensive option.
- Having someone pack your stuff can feel invasive.
- You don’t get a chance to purge your stuff. When we pack, we naturally throw away things we don’t want, like old clothes, chipped dishes, those books we’ve been meaning to give away. If someone packs for you, all of that stuff comes with you to your new home. “After our move,” recalls one homeowner with a laugh, “we unpacked half a loaf of bread and a wastebasket that still had garbage in it.”
- No heavy lifting. Capable, experienced people take all the furniture and boxes out of your home, load it into their truck and deliver it to your new place.
- If anything gets broken, most reputable movers are insured.
- Still a more expensive option than doing it yourself.
- You have the comfort of knowing you’re packing and unpacking your own belongings.
- You don’t have to worry about driving a big truck.
- You can take a few days to load or unload your container – you don’t have to rush to fill a truck that’s only been rented for the day.
- Don’t worry about tripping over boxes as you pack. Just load them into the container as soon as you pack each one. (This is a great option for people living in small spaces.
- It’s almost as much work as a do-it-yourself move.
- You have a container on your lawn or in your parking spot for a period of time, which may annoy you or your neighbors.
Need more information about your moving options? Your REALTOR® will be happy to offer ideas and recommend good truck rental operations and moving companies that are proven and dependable.
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