Hiring a moving company can save you a lot of hassle.
Your house is sold and plans are falling into place for the move to your new home. But what is the best plan for your move? If you’re moving from a dorm room back home, that is simple. Pack it into the back of a truck and drive yourself. Or if you’re moving out of your parent’s basement to your first apartment, you might be able to get away with buying pizza and beer for your friends to help. But if you’re moving your family of five from one home to another that is across town or across the country, you may want to consider hiring a moving company. What are the benefits of hiring a moving company?
When deciding whether or not to hire a moving company, first consider what it would take to do it yourself: your time, proper packing materials (boxes, tape, packing peanuts or bubble wrap), at least one truck, gas $ and plans for childcare and pet-care while you work your tail off. Can you manage all that? Do you want to do all that?
Or for a modest investment, you can instead hire out the move and have a very different experience. Hiring a moving company has the following benefits:
Time: Selling a home and moving takes over your life – do you have the time to spend wrapping and packing every last knick-knack in your home? Every framed photo, every pot and pan, toy and candle and book? It’s possible, but it requires an enormous amount of time. Hiring a moving company will save you tons of time and free you up to work on other important details involved with a move, like registering for new schools, requesting address changes and finding new doctors and orthodontists.
Expertise: Moving a piano out of a basement is no easy task. Nor is packing valuable china or crystal heirlooms. And moving a piano back into a new home, through a narrow hallway, is not a job for your best friend and his buddies. Hiring a moving company means you get trained workers who understand the difficulties of getting bulky items in and out of a home, and fragile items safely wrapped, packed and moved from one place to another. They have the expertise to handle all sorts of moving challenges.
Safety: Not just for your stuff, but for YOU too. Free yourself from the worry of a strained back or pulled muscles. Trained workers can do things safely and keep you and your friends healthy and happy. They have all the proper equipment to assist in their move so your things arrive intact. And if something unplanned occurs, they have the appropriate insurance to help remedy your loss.
Peace of mind: Buying and selling a home is stressful enough, so hiring a moving company is another way to give you peace of mind with your move. You can simply direct traffic by showing your movers what goes where, but you don’t have to fret about all the wrapping, packing, stacking and organizing of a moving truck.
Of course there is a price for that peace of mind. But many people find that price is worth every penny. Make sure if you opt to hire out your move, you do your homework. Get referrals, talk to references and be very selective on who you hire to pack and move your valuables. Once you’ve selected the moving company for your family, you can let them do the heavy lifting, and instead concentrate on all the other transitions you’ll be going through in your new home and neighborhood.
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