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Hiring A Moving Company Or DIY : Pros And Cons

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When you decide to move, whether it’s due to a job change, retiring or a change in lifestyle, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether to hire professional movers or rent a truck and move by yourself.

This may seem like a simple decision, but there are many factors to consider, and your final choice will ultimately depend on what resources are available to you and what your priorities are.

Moving By Yourself

If you decide to move by yourself, you’ll need to first estimate the size of moving the van and hope you’ve rented a moving van that is large enough to accommodate your belongings.


Total control over your move – The greatest pros to a DIY move is the fact that you are in complete control over the entire moving process. Not only do you get to choose the truck and all of your moving supplies, but you also can handle all the boxes yourself to ensure that nothing happens during the moving process. You’re also in control of how to load your stuff on the truck, and you don’t have to worry about movers unpacking boxes and furniture in rooms they don’t belong.

Save money – If you’re on a tight budget, then a DIY move is probably best for you. Even if you’re just relocating next door, the charges acquired from hiring a reputable moving company can quickly add up and exceed expectations. However, if you hire a moving truck, you could save thousands.


Heavy lifting – The worst thing about a DIY move, is the fact that you’re going to move everything by yourself. Unless, of course, that duty happens to fall on the shoulders of your friends and family. Still, lifting all of those boxes of furniture is not going to be a walk in the park, especially if there are a lot of staircases to worry about. If you or your friends don’t have the skills and experience like a professional mover, you could mark or scratch up the walls while lifting couches and beds down the stairs.

Planning – Hiring a licensed and insured local moving company also takes planning. But coordinating an entire move yourself is going to take a lot of preparation. You’ll have to estimate the logistics of getting your belongings from point A to point B. You’ll also have to plan out the best way to properly load the rented moving truck, which items go in first and last, and how they are organized inside the truck.

Hiring a Professional Mover

Alternatively, you can hire a moving company. You’ll have confidence that your properties will be properly wrapped and transported safely to your new home.


No need to lift a finger – Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. After all, these professional movers were hired for a reason. By enlisting a reputable moving company, you won’t have to worry about lifting and carrying any of your heavy furniture down the stairs and out the door. You also won’t have to worry about stretching muscles, scratching up new floors or asking friends to help with the lifting. Instead, you can concentrate on your children, watching your pet and other important tasks at hand.

Less stress – Hiring a professional mover saves you from many of the common moving day burdens. In addition to a moving company’s time-saving benefits, hiring a mover will also save you from having to maneuver a giant moving truck down the highway. Moving trucks are very difficult and challenging to drive. If the idea of loading and driving a large moving truck stresses you out, then I highly recommend hiring a reputable local mover such as Your Hometown Mover for your moving and packing needs in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Less flexibility – When you hire a moving company, you limit your own control over the move. From the date and time of pick-up to the manner in which the movers pack your stuff, there’s not much you can do to change when and how you move. The worst case scenario is you could end up waiting weeks for your moving truck to arrive if the relocation company has multiple stops along the way. For those who like to be in full control, hiring a moving company may not be the best choice for you.

Impersonal – Chances are, you don’t know your movers. Handing over your valuable items to complete strangers can be a bit nerve-racking. That’s why we recommend hiring a licensed and insured local moving company in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Get in touch!

Whether you decide to move by yourself or hire a moving company to do it for you. Contact Your Hometown Mover to get a free moving estimate, call (845) 419-3808 or email us directly for more detailed information on our services offered.

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1 thought on “Hiring A Moving Company Or DIY : Pros And Cons”

  1. Hiring a professional seems like the best bet for our move. Like yous aid, we can leave all of the heavy lifting to people who do it for a living. We’ve got a ton of things to move, so letting these professionals handle the work would be fantastic for our backs.

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