There is no doubt that moving can be, and usually is, a costly and difficult process. While any claim of a cost-free, hassle-free move is dubious, there are definitely methods for reducing cost and overall frustration. Furthermore, despite what your instincts tell you, you can actually pull off an affordable move, while still hiring professional movers. There are a few reasons why this is the case.
First of all, everything costs money. Whether it be packing materials, a rented truck or even empty boxes, it is difficult to get anything for free. When you hire a moving company you typically have to pay a small fee for each of the items or services you select for your move. That being said, you are not going to end up paying any more for boxes, dollies or other materials from the movers than you would anywhere else. So, if you are going to have to spend the money anyway, you might as well pay the people are willing to do the work for you, too. Essentially, you are killing two birds with one stone, when you hire movers as opposed to trying to handle the move on your own. Furthermore, though truck rental is usually a little bit less expensive than hiring a moving company, it is not always radically cheaper. With all the fees and other services that go along with it, you will still pay quite a bit, and you will receive no help loading or unloading.
Another factor that helps to make hiring movers the more logical, and possibly even cost-effective option, is the age old concept that time is money. The less help you have with your move, the more of your own time will be needed. The more of your time you have to take away from your work schedule, the less money you will have for your move. Similarly, the more of your move can be handled by others, the more time you will have to work and save money for your big move.
In short, by breaking down the various different aspects of moving, it is easy to see how a scheduled move, with professional movers can actually be the more cost-effective choice, particularly if you are busy with other obligations. There may not be such a thing as an easy move, but with professional movers you can at least reduce the burden on yourself.