Moving Time: DIY or Hire a Professional Mover?

Moving can be stressful. Consider the size of your move to determine whether you should hire movers or opt to DIY.

Whether you choose to pack up your home and move your belong or hire a moving company can be a difficult choice. As we all know, once you start packing, the number of nooks and crannies that need to be boxed up is often more than ones initial estimate. Furniture and other large items can be difficult and dangerous to move, and need to be handled with care. Consider the following when you plan your move:

  • your schedule and available time
  • your budget for your move
  • the difficulty of moving the largest and heaviest items in your home
  • the size and complexity of the move: How much is being moved? Is storage necessary?
  • resources available: Do you have access to a truck? Moving supplies? Some strong and willing friends?
  • personal preference: Do you like DIY projects or would you prefer to hire someone?

Advantages of doing your own moving

  • less expensive
  • less time sensitive
  • quickly change your mind about what’s being moved
  • unpack as you go
  • you can organize your belongings at your own time

Disadvantages of DIY moving

  • estimating moving space is difficult. How many trucks or what size truck is required?
  • factor in travel distance. This will add cost to fuel.
  • moving equipment like boxes, tape, specialty packing materials and truck rental can add up, and might not be so different from the cost of hiring a pro.
  • no insurance on items that are broken during the move
  • physical strain of moving your heavy items

Depending on the scale of your move, and how much time you can set aside, you may decide the cost of hiring a professional moving company is worth it. Deciding to do-it-yourself it can be less expensive and you have the advantage of greater flexibility, but you’ll have to do all the heavy lifting. Be sure to find your local moving expert, or relocation expert, on Porch.

Top image credit: Six King Custom Homes, Inc.

Anne Reagan

Anne Reagan

Editor-In-Chief, With a background in furniture and antiques, Anne has spent the last several years writing about home improvement and interior design. An avid traveler, she loves to collect pieces that tell a story and in her off hours she can be found hunting for vintage furniture and textiles.

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  • There are hybrid solutions like packing yourself, and then having the movers load / unload & drive the truck.

  • Brian McCarron

    Another alternative is to use moving helpers that are available through UHaul’s website. Not as expensive as having someone do the whole move and you still have to rent the truck but don’t have to do the heavy lifting. I’ve used this method twice, give it a try!