Planning a move is incredibly stressful. There's a lot to think about, especially if you're buying or selling a home at the same time. When the big day arrives to do long distance moving, is it better to hire a moving company or handle everything yourself? Here are some things you should think about to make your move as smooth as possible.
Doing A DIY Move
This is the most stressful types of moves that you can do. With a DIY move, you handle everything yourself. The first thing you need to do is find boxes -- lots and lots of boxes. Some people have success by going to their local grocery stores and asking the manager if they have any boxes available, but you can usually go to a local DIY moving store for boxes and other packing equipment. You'll need to spend weeks packing up your belongings and this can be extremely difficult if you're working a full time job and keeping up with your regular responsibilities at the same time.
Once everything is packed up, you'll need to borrow a truck, unless you have one yourself. If you have a friend with a truck, ask for their help, but realize that they might get this request often and not be very enthusiastic about loading up your belongings and taking them to your new home. Many rental companies offer trucks in varying sizes that you can rent for the day. They're not expensive, but they can be difficult to drive if you're used to driving a small car.
Packing Yourself, But Hiring Moving Companies For The Heavy Lifting
Another option is to pack everything into boxes yourself, but hire moving companies to come move everything. This is less stressful than doing everything yourself, but is perfect if you want to save some money over hiring someone to handle everything. If you do go this route, you want to interview a number of different moving companies. Check to make sure they're fully licensed, insured and bonded so help ensure that you're working with a professional company in case something goes wrong. Take care to point out any boxes that are especially fragile and label boxes well so that the movers know which room to put them in so you can unpack things quickly and easily.
Hiring A Moving Company To Do Everything
This is by far the easiest way to complete a move. If a moving company handles everything for you, they'll come in with hundreds of boxes, rolls upon rolls of packing tape and more packing paper than you've ever seen. They'll take care to pack everything up, from your dishes, to your books, to your clothing. Be aware though, when they say they pack everything, they will. Make sure to throw away any trash that you don't want moved because it's not up to your movers to determine what you meant to throw away or what you want to keep.
Depending on the size of your home, it could take one to three days to have everything moved over to your new home. Most moving companies will come over to do a pre-inventory and let you know how long it will take to have everything packed and transferred to your new house.
Realize that you will need to be there while your belongings are packed, but you won't be allowed to help because of liability issues. Plan on sitting back and reading a good book, working on your computer, or finding something else that will keep you busy at home.It's stressful to move, but it doesn't have to be. If you're short on time and need to get into your new house quickly, consider interviewing moving companies to see how they can help you out.