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A Self-Move Versus a Full-Service Move: The Pros and Cons


by: Doresa Banning
01 Dec 2010

Once you know you are going to relocate, you need to decide whether to do it yourself or to hire professional movers to do it for you. Remember, your goal is a move that is as stress-and hassle-free as possible--and within your budget.

Consider the distance that you are moving. Take into account, too, the advantages and disadvantages of each option, particularly when it comes to the cost, necessary labor, required time, and difficulty of the move.

Self-Move Pluses and Minuses

The upside of a self-move includes:

  • Money: You can save money, depending on the size of your move.
  • Control: You have greater control over all aspects of your move.
  • Flexibility: You can dictate when you leave your old home and when you arrive at your new home.

You also have to look at the negatives, which include:

  • Time: You have to spend time packing and moving, maybe even miss work.
  • Labor: You have to do the labor, which may include heavy lifting and stairs.
  • Damage: You can damage your possessions because you don't move on a regular basis.
  • Liability: You are responsible for any and all damages to your goods.
  • Experience: Your expertise is probably not in moving.
  • Truck Driving: You may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with driving a moving truck and/or pulling a car trailer.
  • Help: You may have to try and round up family and friends to help with your move.
  • Problems: If you encounter problems, you are on your own.

Professional Moving Company Pluses and Minuses

Professional move pros include:

  • Time: You dont' have to take time off or can be doing something else during the move.
  • Labor: You don't have to ruin your back loading and unloading, possibly even packing.
  • Damage: Experienced movers can limit the chances for damage to your possessions.
  • Liability: The moving company is responsible for damage to your shipment.
  • Experience: Movers have techniques, tips, and tricks gained through experience.
  • Truck Driving: Movers are expert drivers of large vehicles.

The downside of a professional move includes:

  • Money: The expertise of professionals is going to cost you.
  • Control: You have less control over most aspects of your move.
  • Flexibility: You are a slave to the moving company's schedule.
  • Time: You have to expend time and energy researching potential moving companies.
  • Trust: You have to entrust your belongings to strangers.
  • Problems: Although a moving company is responsible for problems, you have to deal with them to effect resolution.

Now that you have more information about the pros and cons of self-moves and professional moves, you can weigh your options and make an informed decision that fits your needs and your budget.

Sources:
Movers Directory Guide: "Hiring a Moving Company Versus Do-It-Yourself Moving" • http://www.moversdirectory.comhttp://www.moversdirectory.com/movers_hiring_vs_selfmove.htmlPros and Cons to Do-It-Yourself Moving Guide • http://www.movermax.comhttp://www.movermax.com/moving_guides/self_service/pros_and_cons_to_moving_yourself.asp