If there’s one question we get asked more than others: How much does it cost to move?
Figuring out the cost of a home move can be tricky – you can learn more about it here – and can often be a deciding factor in whether people will hire professional movers or try to complete the move themselves. However, there is a common misconception that it’s “cheaper” to move yourself, and that’s not always the case.
While on the surface it might seem like it will cost less because you aren’t paying someone else to do it, you’ll quickly find out those things you aren’t paying a company to do may end up being things you pay for yourself to do.
Below, we’ve went through and highlighted different costs and factors that go into any move, regardless of who is doing it. This helps to show the differences between the cost of moving companies and renting a moving truck to DIY.
Moving equipment: What will you use?
When evaluating the cost of professional movers, one thing to know is that everything is included with your final bill – the moving truck, the moving equipment, the movers themselves, and so on. You’re paying moving professionals to do their job for you with top of the line moving equipment.
If you opt to complete a home move on your own, the equipment used will now be your responsibility. You’ll need to rent a truck for transporting your belongings, get the proper moving equipment to lift heavier items so your belongings don’t get damaged, pack your things, purchase moving pads and stretch wrap for extra protection, and much more. As you pinpoint everything you’ll need to complete a successful move, you will start to realize the price adds up after a while – and you’ll still have to do the heavy lifting on your own.
Time is money
While the time of completing a move might not show up in terms of actual money spent, it will take a significant chunk of your valuable time to complete the move. You’re the one responsible for loading and unloading the rental truck, buying or renting the moving equipment mentioned above, driving the truck to your new home to unload your belongings (sometimes this requires more than one trip!) and then driving it back to the rental company after everything has been unloaded. This is a lot to handle on your own, especially if you don’t have any experience with it, and may end up taking more time that you anticipated.
When you hire professional movers, you’re trusting your money with a team who doesthis every day at a high level. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, all of our moving teams are professionally trained to complete moves efficiently while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and keeping your items safe.
Protection of your items
Speaking of keeping your items safe: if you don’t have professional moving experience already, this can be extremely difficult! Moving is not easy, and it’s difficult enough to keep your items safe while moving them in and out of a home without also having to worry about keeping yourself safe from injury.
There is a potential for damage when moving homes, and this is why people trust the services of a professional moving company instead of doing it themselves. An incident on a move trying to save some money could end up costing you big time.
Who is helping?
As a professional moving company, we have help – and plenty of it. But if you’re doing it on your own, you’ll need to recruit others to help you. This means the awkward texts to friends or family seeing if they’re available on Saturday and telling them you’ll pay in beverages and pizza. This adds costs, and it’s a drag to do.
Why hire professional movers?
Simply put, there is way less risk involved when you leave a home move in the hands of professionals. The saying “you pay for what you get” has never been more applicable than it has in the world of home moving, and you really do get way you pay for.
With TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you get:
-Free moving estimates, in-home, over the phone, or online
-Packing services and supplies available at ad added cost
-An in-home walk through with our professional moving teams, followed by a walk-through of your new home so we know exactly how to plan for your move
If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to get the job done and let us show you why we’ve earned the nickname, “Movers Who Care®”!
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