When you are committed to being frugal, you try to do as much as you can without professional help. Painting the walls? You can do that. Assembling flat pack furniture? You can do that, too. However, there are some projects that are so monumental, so energy-draining and frustrating that you might consider outsourcing to experts. Moving is one of those projects.
The truth is that after you consider the time, effort, materials and equipment required for a DIY move, you might just be better off hiring pros. Here are some questions you can consider to see if you can splurge just this once on a professional service.
How Far Are You Moving?
There is a big difference between moving down the street and moving across the country — or across the world. If you aren’t relocating far from home, you can carry a good number of your possessions in your own vehicle, making quick trips before and after work or on weekends. However, if you can’t comfortably reach your new home on your own — if you have to fly or drive for several hours — you’ll want to hire movers.
Movers help with long trips in a variety of ways, but primarily, they ensure that all your stuff gets to your new property without a significant waste of time or resources. Even if you rent a moving truck, you could inefficiently pack it, resulting in the need for multiple long trips. Plus, the cost of using a rented truck increases with each mile you travel, meaning it might not be all that economical to move yourself. If you are moving several hours (or more) away, you should research movers in your region, like the Denver metro area, that perform long-distance moves.
How Much Free Time Do You Have?
Even if your new home is nearby, DIY moving requires an excessive amount of time. Not only do you need to sort through your belongings and pack each and every one of them, but you’ll need to make dozens, perhaps hundreds of trips to and from your new place to carry all your stuff. Every one of those trips takes time, and if you are especially busy at work or with other responsibilities, you might feel like you don’t have any hours left in your day to eat and sleep, let alone move.
If that’s the case, you should hire movers. In fact, you might even opt for higher-tier moving services, which include taking a household inventory and packing possessions into boxes. Then, you will have more time for other moving-related tasks, like transferring services and changing addresses, as well as time to relax and unwind after a stressful day.
Do You Have Young Kids?
Older kids and teens can help you move; at the very least, they can take responsibility for their belongings, leaving you to move just the rest of the house. However, when your children are young — newborns, babies, toddlers and even younger kids — not only can they not help you move, but they often actively get in the way. They crawl in front of people carrying heavy loads, they cry, they wander off and worse.
Having movers handle the hard stuff, like heavy furniture or delicate, valuable items, is smart when your family is young. That way, you can keep an eye on your little ones while professionals wrangle your belongings into your new space.
Do You Have Eager Helpers?
One person can move themselves — but it isn’t easy. If you are going the DIY route, it’s much smarter to have a group of reliable, enthusiastic helpers, ideally people who love you and support your move and who don’t mind committing a few weekend days to lugging your stuff around.
Unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of support system. If you have moved away from your family and lack a strong friend group, you might have to rely on your own muscle to move. In this case, you absolutely should hire movers. You can consider them your paid friends for the afternoon — friends who let you kick back and relax.
How Valuable Are Your Belongings?
If you have thousand-dollar artworks, heirloom antique furniture and all kinds of exceedingly valuable bits and bobs, you shouldn’t trust yourself to move your belongings yourself. Professional movers not only come with experience to keep your most precious belongings intact; they also come with insurance and guarantees to pay you back for anything that gets damaged during the move. Of course, moving company insurance is limited, so if you have a few especially high-value items, you might want to double-up with moving insurance, too.
As much as you might want to be a self-sufficient, frugal adult, some jobs simply demand professional help — and moving is often one of them. Consider the various features of your unique move, and you’ll likely decide that hiring pros is the way to go.