do it yourself or hire movers the ultimate moving guide

About 8.9 million Americans move between states each year. A further 1.8 million people move into the United States from another country.

The average person spends roughly $1,170 on a local move and $5,630 for a move to another location. Depending on how much stuff you have and how big your family is, the cost can be even larger.

Most people want to cut down on moving costs, but sometimes biting the bullet to hire movers makes the process much easier.

To Hire Movers Or Not To Hire Movers

Read on for some of the top signs that it’s time to hire movers.

You’re Disabled Or Injured

This might be a no-brainer, but many people will try to move on their own, even if they’ve suffered an injury or an illness. If you’re injured or disabled, you should definitely not try to exacerbate things by picking up heavy items.

Having movers will save you lots of time and energy, as well as keep your body intact. If you’re moving to start a new job or a new venture, you’ll want to be feeling your best. Hiring movers will help you do that.

You Have Lots Of Expensive Or Delicate Items

If you have lots of expensive or delicate pieces, your first instinct might be to want to move them yourself. However, hiring movers can actually prove to be a much better solution.

While you want to look after your nice things and know exactly where they are and the condition they’re in, a mover is already experienced moving delicate pieces. They have already handled many items with care, and if they’re professional, will take care of your pieces as well.

If you try to move your own fragile pieces, even with the best of intentions, it is possible to break something or cause unintended damage.

Additionally, you’ll get your items insured if the movers are professional. While this may not give you total piece of mind if the items are of sentimental value, and therefore priceless, it will mean that you can get the monetary value of the items back should something occur.

If you drive the items yourself somewhere aside from locally, you’ll likely have to stop and spend the night along the way. This can mean that your truck or car could get robbed. Unfortunately, without insurance, you can’t replace these items. As such, you’ll be responsible for replacing them yourself.

If something like that happens while the moving company is in transit, you’ll receive the money to replace the item.

You’ll Save Energy

Moving is incredibly stressful for most people, and it takes a lot of energy. Even with movers, you’ll still need to go through items, clean your home, sort through things and everything else that’s necessary. This can take a huge toll on you both mentally and physically.

Instead of wasting precious energy moving your items, you can simply meet the movers at your new house and direct them on where to move items. This way, you’ll have more time to focus on things like decorating your new home, setting up utilities and settling into the house.

You Don’t Have A Lot Of Time

Sometimes you have to move quickly and without much forewarning. Moving is already incredibly stressful, and having to do it quickly can only add to the pressure.

Professional movers can have you packed up in no time and can get your items in and out of the van without much trouble. That way, you can focus on the other things you need to settle in a quick move.

You May Have Problems Moving Items

Moving items isn’t glamorous in any way, shape or form. And you may have problems moving items from one residence to another. For example, if you have a desk you put together inside of the room, you might find that assembled, it doesn’t fit out of the door.

As an amateur mover, you don’t really know how to fix this problem without wasting hours of time. Professional movers, however, deal with issues like furniture not fitting through doorways all of the time. To them, it’s literally no big deal, and they can find the best solution for you.

As we mentioned previously, when you do move, you have a lot of things to do. Wasting three hours on trying to figure out how to move a desk through a doorway shouldn’t be one of them.

Mix And Match Services

If you can’t hire a mover for the entire move, then think about hiring one for part of the move. That is, hire a mover to help you get the bigger items out of the house. You and your family can then move some of the smaller items in your own car or vehicle that you’ve rented.

This way, you can save a little bit of money, but will also have the help of professionals.

So Will You Do It Yourself Or Hire Movers?

In most situations, the decision to hire movers is preferable. This simply cuts down on stress as well as the worry that you might lose something expensive or valuable.

In some cases, hiring a mover simply isn’t an option. However, you can consider hiring a moving company to transport the items that are incredibly heavy or burdensome, and then move the rest in order to save money and yourself.

If you’re moving in or around the San Francisco Bay Area, contact us to help you make your move as smooth as possible