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.