Do You Need A Mover, Really?

July 16, 2015

Do you need professional movers or can you do the moving yourself? That is one of the questions you need to answer before moving. Each kind of move has its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing about each will help you make an informed decision.


If you do a move entirely on your own, you assume all the liability. That means you are responsible for the rental truck and all of its belongings. Also, if you have friends and family members help with the move, and someone gets injured, you could be held liable for any medical expenses. If you hire professionals, they assume the liability, not you.


Movers can pack all your items, but they don't know what you want to keep and what you don't. By doing the packing yourself, you can declutter and get the stuff organized. They'll also pack what is in front of them in one location. So, you may end up with boxes filled with random items.


Moving across town is not a big deal for many. Taking a rental truck and moving across the country is an entirely different story. Not only are you driving the truck for long hours each day, you are also responsible for the rental truck, your belongings, your car, your kids, your pets, and everything else. Having movers do the driving will save you lots of stress.

How Much You Have To Move

If you’re just out of college and don't have much furniture, a do-it-yourself move may be the best option. However, if you have a four-bedroom house and plenty of stuff, having a professional come in and do at least part of the job will alleviate a lot of the stress associated with moving.

The Timeline

If you get notice that you are moving in two weeks, you have fewer options than if you have several weeks or months to plan. With a short timeline, you may have to do the move yourself due to availability of the movers, especially in the summer. Or you may have to hire professionals when you just don't have the time to pack and move all of your stuff.


While the price tag for the movers may be a larger number, there are hidden costs to moving on your own. Not only is there the daily rental fee for the truck, you need to count on insurance and gasoline. You may need to rent a couple of dollies as well as blankets and padding. You may find that the cost of having the professionals do it is comparable to DIYing it.

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