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Pros and cons of hiring movers: All you need to know

As per the census data, it’s estimated that an average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime. On average, around 3 million people make an interstate move every year. Now that’s a lot of moving!

If you’ve decided to move for family, work, or any other reason, you must have many questions running through your mind. One of the top questions must be whether you should hire a professional moving company or not. Well, we can’t choose on your behalf but can surely help you get more clarity so that you can make the best call. 

This article will outline all the pros and cons you need to be aware of when it comes to hiring moving services. But before we dive into it, let us first help you by asking some basic questions so that you can know what you’re in for. So, grab a pen and paper to get moving!

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving

If you still haven’t got pen and paper, then we suggest you do as these questions are bound to make the decision-making process much easier.

  • What is the distance between your current place and your new home? 
  • How long will it take for you to drive in these weather conditions?
  • How much stuff do I need to move? 
  • How many people can help me in the moving process? Will they all be able to lift heavy weights?
  • Do I have all the packing material (boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, screwdriver, wrench, etc.)?
  • How much time and money can I afford to spend after the moving process?
  • Do I have any expensive stuff that can result in huge losses if damaged during the moving process?

Pros of hiring a moving company

Now that you’ve got a fair clarity about various aspects of your move, it’s time for us to get into the benefits you get by hiring a professional moving company.

  1. Safety & reliability

Safety is one of the major concerns for people deciding to move. If you hire reliable NYC movers, you don’t need to spend a minute worrying about it. Let’s see the reasons why we’re so confident about it.

  • Experience handling valuables: The moving companies have years of experience performing thousands of moves every month. Their staff is trained and possesses the technical knowledge to pack, lift, load, and drive your expensive items without any damage.
  • Professional equipment & safety gear: Moving services have professional packing tools, equipment, and safety gear to handle and reliably move things.
  • Safety of your property: Heavy furniture such as beds and cupboards increases the chance of damage to your doors and carpets. Movers use safety materials such as plywood sheets, carpet protectors, corner guards, and masking tape to avoid any damage to your property.
  • Safety on the way: You might think of renting a truck, loading all your stuff into it, and driving by yourself. It might seem adventurous but comes with a risk if you have little experience driving trucks for long hours. Moving companies have professional truck drivers who can safely transport your stuff.
  • Insurance: Moving companies offer insurance against any damages caused by them during the process. This is sure to give peace of mind to many anxious movers.
  1. Zero physical and mental stress

No matter how many times you do, moving remains a stressful experience. Not only do you need to take care of a hundred things, but you might also have to bear heavy physical stress if you decide to move by yourself. 

With moving companies by your side, you don’t need to worry about much as they take care of most things. Plus, they do all the heavy lifting so that you need to go through any kind of physical stress. Thus, no risk whatsoever of straining your muscles and no more pleading with your friends or neighbors to help you with the lifting.

Needless to say, this will allow you to focus on hundreds of other things that demand your attention.

  1. You save time

Many are skeptical of hiring movers because of the expenses they will have to make. This is understandable, but they fail to realize that the biggest investment they will make in moving themselves is time.

While you go through moving, you will need to work and take care of your family. You can surely do that if you hire a professional moving company. The moment they set their feet into your place, they will map things out and know what exactly they need to do. It will be over before you even know it!

Cons of hiring a movie company

It’s no doubt that hiring movers is a great choice, but it also comes with a few cons. Let’s see a few prices associated with hiring a professional moving company.

  1. Less Flexibility

People are moving at a staggering rate, which means many moving companies might be booked during the dates you want to move. You’re highly likely to face this during Summer, which is the peak time for moving. Thus, if you can’t find movers during your desired dates, you might have to adjust for a few days. 

The lack of flexibility isn’t limited to dates but also applies to the moving process. You won’t have much say in the entire process if you hire moving services as they have their standard processes and arrangements. You can, of course, tell them about the things they need to bring and stuff they need to move. However, you won’t be able to micromanage the move and give instructions for every little thing.

It’s not to say that the movers will handle things unreliably and cause damage. They’re professionals and know what/how to do.

  1. More Expensive

As we saw, moving companies offer numerous advantages, but they come with a price tag. On average, the cost of two movers and one truck of NYC moving companies is $145 per hour. You’ll also need to consider movers’ tips and additional expenses you’ll need to make.

This might seem like a lot of expense, but you’ll need to consider that you will not have to bear the food and accommodation expenses you will incur if you decide to move and drive yourself. Plus, the cost isn’t just in terms of money as you’ll have to invest at least 2-3 full days to do the entire moving process.  

Hiring movers vs. doing it yourself: A side-by-side comparison

Which Is Better For You?
Hire MoversDo it Yourself
Less time: Movers take significantly less time as they know what and how to do things. All you need to do is show them where things are, and they take care of the rest.Time-consuming: Doing everything yourself takes a ton of time as most people deal in unchartered territories.


No heavy lifting: If you hire movers, you will not have to bear any physical strain as you won’t need to lift anything.

A LOT of heavy lifting: If you’re moving with your family, you will need to do a lot of lifting to pack and load your stuff. You might need to ask your friends and neighbors to give you a hand in the process.
Zero Stress: You can leave all the stress of moving to the movers as they provide end-to-end service.Quite stressful: Americans described moving as the most stressful experience of their life. Doing it all yourself can add a lot to it. 
Cost:
Local Move: $1,100 to $2500Long Distance Move: $5,000 to $8,000
Cost:
Local Move: $1,300 to $1600Long Distance Move: $4,000 to $7,000

Reasons to hire a professional moving company

  • If you have a lot of stuff to move, especially heavy and valuable items
  • If you don’t have a lot of people to do the lifting and moving
  • If you cannot afford to leave your work for 3-4 days
  • If you’re moving long-distance
  • If you’re dealing with a lot of things
  • If you’re moving for the first time

Reasons to do the moving by yourself

  • If you’re moving short distance
  • If you don’t have much stuff to be moved
  • If you have people who can manage to do the heavy lifting
  • If you have previous experience of moving and feel confident about it
  • If you don’t want to spend much money for moving

We hope all of this has helped you make up your mind about hiring a moving company. We’d like to point out that you shouldn’t hire any moving company as you’re putting a lot at stake. You should do your due diligence and talk to at least three to four companies before finalizing one. One of the best ways to do this is to talk to your family and friends who have moved recently and ask about their experience. Happy moving!