When you buy a new home and moving day is looming, it can be tempting to consider doing the move yourself. After all, by not hiring a moving company, you’re saving money.
It’s true, the DIY approach can lower your moving costs, which is money you can put towards needed fixes and upgrades to your new property.
But, you’re also adding a lot of work! You’ll need to think about boxes, packing, truck rental, gas, lifting and lugging, friends who offer to help but bail last minute, and more.
So, if you’re going to move yourself, plan carefully. Ensure you have all the boxes and packing supplies (tape, bubble wrap, etc.) you need. Most importantly, put together a reliable crew who can stick with you the entire day. In addition to family and friends, it might make sense to hire a worker for the day.
If all that seems like too much work and hassle, then using a moving company is a time-saving option. Yes, you’ll pay more, but you’ll get professional movers, with a truck, who can do much of the lifting and lugging for you. That will take a lot of the stress out of moving day.
And, keep in mind, you don’t need to get the moving company to do it all.
You can cut costs by having them handle the heavier items, such as appliances and furniture, while you DIY-move other things, such as easier-to-handle boxes.
Regardless of which option you choose, make your plans well in advance. When it comes to moving day, you’ll be glad you did!
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