Pros and Cons of Hiring a Moving Service

shutterstock_276628301When it comes time to pack up and move to a new home, you have a big decision to make. Should you handle the packing and moving yourself, or should you hire a moving service? While hiring movers is a great choice for most people, it is not necessarily the best choice for all. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of hiring a moving service.

Pros of Hiring a Moving Service

Your items are insured against damage.

If you decide to move on your own and you end up dropping a television down a flight of stairs or banging a table against the wall, the damage is on you. A reputable moving company, however, will offer you insurance against damages. If anything is broken, they’ll pay to fix or replace it.

You don’t have to risk injury.

Heavy lifting puts you at risk of back and leg injuries. Even if you get friends to help you move, there’s some concern that they might hurt themselves and blame you. Why risk an injury when you can let the professionals, who have the equipment and experience to lift heavy items safely, handle it for you?

You’ll have more time for other moving-related obligations.

Moving is a busy time in your life. Not only do you have to worry about packing and moving items to a new home, but there’s also redecorating, updating your address, adjusting to a new neighborhood, and most likely, adjusting to a new job. Letting someone else handle the packing and moving part of the ordeal will leave you more time to handle the other aspects of the change.

Cons of Hiring a Moving Service

You’ll have to pay for the service.

Moving services are not free, and this may present a limitation for some. However, you might be surprised how affordable some moving companies are able to make their services. You can count on paying more than if you were to have five friends come help you move in exchange for pizza, sure, but with the time and effort you save, moving services are priced rather fairly.

You won’t feel like you’re as in control of the moving process.

If you like to be in close control of every aspect of your life, then moving services may not be for you. You will, after all, be trusting other people to pack up and move your valued items to a new location. However, if you find a reputable moving company, you really have nothing to worry about. As long as you are mentally able to let go of control and trust your movers, the process should go smoothly. Don’t be afraid to talk to several moving companies to find one you can trust.

If you can afford to hire a moving company and handle giving up a bit of control, then hiring a moving service is a safe and efficient way to get everything from your old home to your new home.


The Benefits of Choosing Local Movers

shutterstock_158330768One of the most arduous things any of us ever have to do is move. Moving means packing up all of your things, cleaning your home more than you ever usually do, and then going to a new location to begin the task of cleaning this space and learning to live in this new place. There is a great deal of benefit for those who are moving to choose local movers as opposed to bigger corporate entities or DIY.

Familiarity: Maybe the best reason to go with a local name for movers is because of their familiarity with the local area. Local movers know where you can park and how long you can idle. They are in touch with the syncopated rhythms of the local market and that is something, especially if you are coming in from out of town, that you can’t have a full appreciation for.

Rates: Local movers are going to give you a better rate than most of the bigger corporate entities. “Better” applies not just to the amount that you are going to pay; the “better” comes in with how you are treated and the level of care they are going to take with your things. This is your whole life! In boxes! You should hope that the movers you go with are ones who will treat your life with the respect and care that it deserves!

Add-Ons: Yes you may get a better rate on paper with one of the bigger chains; the problem with that is that they nickel and dime their customers for everything! So if you are buying boxes and tape and packing materials from your corporate movers; you are going to pay. The chances are that this is all going to show up in an itemized statement from the movers as an added on surcharge. If you are going with local movers there is the flat rate and then any add-ons are generally just an afterthought. You don’t need to be worried about getting ripped off from a local mover, if there is any kind of an up-charge then it is very likely for something that cost them as well!

Aftercare: Then there is the matter of aftercare. If you are dealing with a bigger corporate entity and something goes wrong with your move, there is an 800 number for that. You have to go to their claims department and do the whole song and dance; it’s enough to make you say ‘forget it!’ If you go with a local name though you can bet that you will get the very best aftercare. Local movers go that extra mile because they want to earn your business again, they want to earn your praise for others moving to the area. Local movers don’t forget that it’s their customers, it’s you, who keeps them in business!