Does It Make More Sense to Hire Movers or Move Myself?

Everything You Need to Know to Make an Educated Moving Decision

Decisions. Decisions. Making the choice between hiring on a professional moving team or moving your self can be a rather difficult decision. What’s it going to be? Cough up some serious money so you don’t have to break a sweat? Or risk throwing your back out because you’re afraid to let go of a couple Benjamins?

Knowing that this decision can be a tough one to make, we decided to put together an article that objectively discusses the pros and cons of both paying someone to move you and moving on your own.

We’ve analyzed both of these options with the following sets of criteria:

  • Affordability.
  • Convenience.
  • Time.

  • Safety. 

It is our goal that by the end of this article you will be able to make an educated and informed decision on whether or not to hire a mover or move your self. Ultimately, we don’t care whether you choose to hire a moving company or move your self, we just want you to feel confident in the decision you make! Alright, let’s begin.

Affordability: Is it really that much more expensive to hire a professional moving company?

When you hear the word “professional”, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably “expensive”. And, to a certain extent, your presumptions are correct –– you will never be able to find a moving company that can move you for cheaper than what you can move your self.

So, if you simply don’t have the money to pay someone to move you, there is no reason for you to continue reading the rest of this article. But, with that said, if you have some extra money to spare, the good news is that hiring a professional moving company can be more affordable than you realize.

Especially, if you consider all of the costs that come along with moving yourself. If you move your self, there is a good chance you will have to rent a moving truck, which can cost as much as $400 if you are going out of state.

Not to mention, you will also have to pay for gas for said moving truck… and if you have to make a couple trips you’ll be spending a pretty penny on fuel.

So, let’s say between a moving truck and gas for the moving truck you spend $600 to move your self. Moving services can range greatly in price. We recommend calling companies for estimates to see what your move might cost you. However, there is likely less of a price difference than you might have thought.

Now, if you have a few friends that are willing to lend you their pickup trucks for a few days or your Uncle Benny is just looking to do you a favor, there will obviously be a much more substantial price difference.

Anyways, the bottom line is that “moving your self” definitely takes the cake over “professional movers” when it comes to affordability. But, whether or not you rent or borrow a truck will determine how much money you will end up saving.

Convenience: Is it more convenient to hire a professional moving company?

This all depends on the type of moving company you decide to hire. Like everything else in life –– some are better than others.

Now, we know we are a moving company, so we are a little biased when it comes to who we think is the best moving service. So, instead of making a moving company recommendation, we are just going to give you a few tips on how to find the best one.

Before spending a large chunk of change on a moving company, we highly recommend that you take the time to do a little research and shopping around. Get some quotes from a few different companies and even ask if you can talk with a few of their previous customers.

If you can find a company that offers great customer service, working with a professional moving company can be a breeze. You won’t have to worry about scraped knuckles, pulled muscles, profuse sweating and trying to figure out how you’re going to get your grandmother’s china cabinet through the front door.

All in all, hiring “professional movers” to get you from point A to point B is definitely the more convenient option when it comes to moving.

Time: Which option would save me the most time?

You are 100% going to save more time by hiring a professional moving company versus moving yourself. The primary reason is that you won’t be involved in the actual physical part of moving your boxes and furniture.

So, will save time.

But, in addition, most moving companies have an entire team of movers. So, instead of just having yourself and your buddy to move you… you will have several professionals to move you.

And, lastly, if you hire professionals… this will inherently will save you time. Professional movers have seen it all before and generally have a few years of experience that has allowed them to pick up on a few tricks of the trade. The bottom line –– professional movers can move faster because they have moved plenty of times before.

If you are strictly looking to save time on your move, then you might want to go the “professional mover” route over choosing to move on your own.

Safety: Is it safer for myself and my furniture to hire professional movers to move me?

If you are extremely particular about your furniture and your belongings, it is totally understandable to be a little skeptical in regards to having other people handle your stuff.

And, as we mentioned in the “convenience” section, before spending money on professional movers we recommend that you ask to speak to some of their previous customers. When you do this, we recommend that you ask them if any of their belongings got damaged in the move.

With that said, as long as you are working with an experienced team of professional movers, you have absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to your belongings.

Now, besides just your belongings, is it safe for you to move your belongings? If you are elderly or have an injury, we definitely recommend you spend the money and hire a professional moving team. It’s simply not worth permanently injuring yourself for savings purposed.

But, if you are young and ready to take on a challenge, you should be fine to move your self. Just remember –– always lift with your legs, not your back!

But, what is the safest option? Working with professional movers or moving your self?

This is a bit of a toss-up, but we are going to have to give this to professional movers. If you hire good professional movers you aren’t putting yourself at risk of an injury and you are paying experience individuals to move your belongings.

So, should I hire movers or move my self?

Now that we have gone over all the criteria, let’s see which option is the best for each:

Affordability –– Move Yourself.

No doubt about it, if you are on a tight budget, it is way most affordable to move. But, we were surprised to find that hiring a moving company was less expensive than we originally assumed.

Convenience –– Professional Moving Company.

When it comes to convenience, you can’t beat having someone else do the moving for you. Unless you are some seasoned moving wizard, you’re better off hiring a professional moving company. But, as we said, be sure to shop around and ask past customers about their experiences with the moving company you are interested in. A bad moving company can be a nightmare.

Time –– Professional Moving Company.

You’re going to save more time if you have professionals that have experience moving. They can move faster.

Safety –– Professional Moving Company.

This one was a bit of a toss-up. But, what we decided was it really depends on the moving company you hire and your individual health. If you are elderly or are battling an injury, it might not be smart to move your stuff yourself.

So, let’s revisit the original question… should I hire movers or move my self? If you aren’t on a tight budget and have the money, you should hire a mover.

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