Do I Need Professional Moving Services?

Written by Neo Moving on Jan 4, 2022

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No matter what you do, moving is going to be a hassle, and it’s one that many of us know well. In fact, roughly 40 million Americans move every single year.

While you can’t eliminate all of the challenges that come with moving, you can minimize them. Let’s talk about professional moving services and whether or not hiring professional movers is right for you.

What Are Professional Moving Services?

You may think you know all about moving services, but you’ll be surprised to know all of what they can offer you for your big day. Let’s talk about what moving services are and why you should consider them before a DIY move.

What Do They Offer?

Usually, moving companies will offer moving services to both local movers and commercial movers. Whether you’re trying to move from a dorm room to a small apartment or an entire business across town, a moving company can help you.

Many moving companies will even offer packing and unpacking services. This eliminates so much of the stress of moving, as you’ll only need to handle the dates, times, and signing the lease!

Packing and unpacking services are exactly what they sound like but you may have further questions. The right moving company will be able to label every box and item with your desired location while safely packing all of your belongings and then safely unpack them under your direction.

If you’re planning on working during the move and getting back to work right after, these services will likely save you weeks of your free time.

Why Hire Professional Movers?

Professional movers take a lot of stress off your back but they also do it in the safest way possible for both you and your belongings. Movers know how to treat each box and each item as if it was full of thin glass sculptures, making sure that all of your belongings are taken care of safely.

Not only that, but in the event that something does go wrong, the moving company will be insured, allowing you to be reimbursed for any damaged property. They will have basic insurance that covers your equipment in the event of an accident but you can also opt for plans with greater coverage for more peace of mind.

DIY movers don’t have the same experience as professionals, so the need for insurance will be less than if you try to move by yourself but it will still offer better peace of mind. We know that the last thing you need is more stress during a move.

Are Professional Movers Worth It?

If you’re a 25-year-old bodybuilder and all of your friends are gym bros, you might be tempted to call them in for some help. However, there’s a lot more to a safe move than simply lifting. There is a lot of fragile equipment, items that need to be stored properly for transport, and measurements that need to be taken for a smooth move.

However, there are still downsides to both options, and everybody’s needs are different. Let’s discuss some of the pros and cons of professional movers.

Pros

The first pro is obvious, and it’s less work and less stress. Moving already comes with a lot of paperwork, phone calls, logistical problems, scheduling conflicts, and more. Taking the packing and/or moving part off of your shoulder is a major weight off your shoulders (literally). 

Believe it or not, studies suggest that moving is actually more stressful than breakups or divorces. Anything you can do to alleviate that stress will be a true blessing.

Other pros of professional movers include insurance. The chances of a DIY move going wrong are higher than you think, and if your valuables are broken, it falls entirely on you.

Not only will professional movers be a lot less likely to break your items in the first place, but you’ll be assured coverage in the event that something goes wrong. Something like an accident on the road with all of your belongings would be devastating without the right coverage.

Another great benefit is scheduling. You’re trying to meet with your new landlord or your realtor and finalize some paperwork, you need to run to the department store and get new shower curtains, and you need to figure out what you’re going to eat on moving day.

There are a lot of errands to run and loose ends to tie. No matter who you hire, they can’t eliminate the stress of moving day, but professional movers make it a lot easier.

Is your new place on the first floor? If you answered no, then that’s another huge benefit! Regardless of stairs, moving all of your belongings is physically taxing on top of all of the mental stress that you’re already enduring.

Lastly, you won’t have to make sacrifices with professional movers. If you want something packed a certain way, brought to a certain room, or unpacked in a specific spot, that can happen. You’re still in charge of the move and you can ask for as many services as you need to get the job done right.

Cons

There’s one primary con to hiring movers, and we think you know what it is. Nobody likes spending money, especially when you have a first, last, and security deposit to put down, or you just made a downpayment on your new house.

That’s one of the key stressors of moving. No matter what you do, you wind up spending money. If you calculate a moving budget and do some savings first, you will be in the best possible position.

Another downside is finding the right company. Searching for the right company is just another task to add to your already-packed to-do list but it will save you a lot of time and work on the move itself.

The only other downside is relinquishing a little control over your move. Again, you’re still the boss no matter what and you can direct your movers anywhere. However, it’s not the same as moving the boxes yourself.

That’s why it’s so important to find the right moving company. If you find a company for a reasonable price that you can trust, then they are worth every penny!

Should I Hire A Professional Moving Company?

Okay, you know what services to expect from a moving company, as well as the pros and cons. However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for everybody’s moving circumstances, so it’s best to take it case by case. Before you make the decision about trying a DIY move, there are a few factors to consider.

Check Your Schedule

To make the process less stressful, write down a list of what needs to be done before and during moving day and try to coordinate a schedule ahead of time. This is important if you want to survive moving day.

There are plenty of tasks you can cross off before the move like scheduling, packing, shopping, and more. However, if you’re working full-time, it’s hard to get everything done in advance. Moving day will have a lot going on whether you have professional help or not.

However, there will be a lot more to do with a DIY move, so consider how much you have to do on moving day and whether or not it’s feasible to try to do it yourself.

If your schedule is busy leading up to the move, hiring packing services may be in your best interest. If moving day isn’t feasible for you, maybe consider packing yourself and hiring a moving company. If you want to eliminate both of those stresses from your schedule, then consider hiring both.

Consider The Alternatives

The alternatives to hiring a moving company are doing it by yourself or with some family. Unless you’re moving into a college dorm with a few tubs of clothes, moving by yourself simply isn’t feasible. 

If you’re bringing in friends or family, there are a lot of schedules to coordinate that may not align with your moving date. There are also costs associated with bringing in friends that will need to be weighed out.

If you are able to get all of your strongest friends to help you, do you trust them with all of your belongings? Do you know anybody who drives a truck? Does anybody have experience with a moving truck? These are important questions to ask about the people who will be handling everything you own.

Check Testimonials

If you’re considering hiring a professional moving company, you want to make sure you’re hiring the right one. Again, this company will be handling nearly all of your personal belongings so it’s best to make sure they have the right references before taking on their services.

If you’re moving around the Seattle area, check out some of our testimonials about our efficiency, speed, and hard work.

There are a lot of scams in the moving industry, so it’s very important to make sure you are taking the necessary steps to avoid them. The last thing you want is all of your stuff to be missing.

Consider Your Building

Does your new place have tight entryways, narrow stairwells, or is it on the third floor? Well, if so, you’ll need to consider if you’re capable of even doing a DIY move.

You don’t want to scratch up the hallways, break the door frames, or damage your belongings on day one in the new place, so it’s important to take measurements beforehand and figure out how feasible a DIY move is.

Asking your friends and family for help with a move is already a difficult task. However, asking them for help moving up 3 flights of stairs and through a small door is even more difficult. Hiring professionals who are familiar with navigating these challenges will make this process a lot easier.

Consider The Price

Lastly, we know that moving is expensive and you probably want to save as much as you can during the process. You will want to consider the cost of hiring professional movers. If you simply can’t afford to hire movers, then maybe it’s best to save your money for other moving-related expenses.

However, hiring movers is a lot more affordable than you may think. If you can afford to hire movers, you may want to save your schedule and spend a little extra. You can always get a free estimate to see how much you would be paying and consider if it’s right for you!

Again, consider the alternative. If you try to do a DIY move and you call in your friends and family, are you going to want to pay them? Buy them all a big lunch? Well, a DIY move isn’t as smooth, efficient, or even as safe as calling in professional movers, so factor in the price of a DIY move first and compare it to the cost of hiring professionals. You’ll see why it’s worth it.

Get Moving Today!

Now that you know the benefits of professional moving services, you’re probably interested in hiring professional movers for your big day. If you’re still on the fence, look into getting a quote and find see if you can find the right services for the right price. There’s a lot you can do to make the move easier, but it all depends on your situation and your needs, so contact a moving company today and see what they can offer you!

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