Having tried moving with the help of family and friends, this guest blog from Sarah Lane makes a lot of sense. My next move will be with professionals.
Ah, moving day. It’s a day of new beginnings, a clean slate – and intense stress. How long did your last move take? Did you enjoy it? Probably not, especially if you didn’t use a professional moving company. This time, take the stress and worry out of a time-consuming move by hiring those who know how to make the day go smoothly.
No One Likes to Move
Unless your personal possessions are very few, you need help moving. For this, we often ask friends and family to pitch in. In case you didn’t know, your friends and family are not looking forward to this. Your friend with the pickup truck? They knew this day was coming, and they were dreading it.
Not to mention, they’re handling all of your belongings – and perhaps not the way you’d like them to. Maybe you’ve gotten into a few arguments during a move, it’s natural. But after you’re settled in, those raw feelings can still linger.
And as far as practicality goes, employing a ragtag team of friends and loved ones doesn’t necessarily mean you made as few trips as possible. It’s also a scenario in which there are too many cooks in the kitchen – boxes get misplaced, things get thrown away, and everyone has their own idea of what strategy is best for a move.
Professional movers have large trucks, so there’s no need for your friend’s pickup. They get the job done faster and with purpose, so there isn’t enough time for you and your brother-in-law to get fed up with one another. On top of that, moving companies come prepared with tools for disassembly and reassembly.
And finally, you have a long moving day to-do list. You’ll be able to deal with things like utilities, cable, and change-of-address tasks while the pros do the heavy lifting.
The Hidden Cost of Moving
By far, the most common excuse people make for not hiring a professional moving company is the cost. But what we don’t often consider is how much moving by ourselves can really cost.
For example, more trips across more vehicles means an increase in fuel expenses. And then we have the star of the show: your stuff. If you overestimate your strength and drop something valuable, you have no recourse, and no one to blame but yourself.
A moving company can insure your belongings for the move. If one of their employees accidentally damages something, you’re covered.
Now, let’s talk about injuries. Back strain, broken toes, and pulled muscles are the stuff moving days are made of. It’s never free to treat these injuries, and in the case of back problems, you could suffer the consequences for years to come. Stop trying to lift that couch – hiring movers lets you take care of the important details while they handle the logistics of transporting heavy items.
When you think about it, moving companies can actually make moving day great. You get to avoid injury, can potentially be reimbursed for any loss or damage that will inevitably occur, and can dedicate yourself to important tasks, like getting rid of any junk you don’t want in your new place. Get off on the right foot by making your move as painless as possible.
Sarah Lane has moved 16 times in the last three decades. As a result, she’s an authority on home organization, interior design, remodeling, and packing up house without losing your mind.