Moving is no fun, but it’s even worse if you try and do it all by yourself.
Here are 10 reasons why sometimes it’s better to just suck it up and hire a moving company.
1. It’ll ease some of the stress.
If you select movers that are used to this type of business you will have a peace of mind as moving is usually a stressful time. Movers that are professional understand how to pack the best possible way and they will make sure your belongings are kept safe from start to finish. It is their job after all!
2. Let’s face it, they’ll do a better job than you could.
Professional moving companies are very reliable, and it is a good choice to ask them to move you from your home or office versus your friends or your family. They are trained to learn how to pick things up and how to place them in specific containers with solid wrapping material. The boxes they use and the type of care that they exercise when handling lamps, beds, chairs or any large item is done on a calculated basis so there will be less stress on the items.
3. There will be more accountability.
All moving companies hire personnel who are bonded and have special training to ensure that their client’s belongings arrive in one piece and without any hassles. They will have inventory of everything, from start finish. Your friends could not care less about making sure that no item is lost, and you are not going to be able to hold them accountable for anything that is. Movers will be held accountable for everything.
4. It’ll be quicker and more efficient.
A moving company is much faster since they have the manpower to move things in an organized manner. They will make sure that your possessions arrive on time at your new home or place of business. They know how to expedite the process and also how to be able to go up and down a staircase faster. They’re also better at handling a couch or bed than anyone else.
5. It will probably be cheaper—and you’re covered.
While it might seem like the obvious choice to call up a bunch of friends who will work for the price of a slice of pizza, it is not always the cheapest option. Factor in the work that you and possibly others will have to miss, the cost of gas and transport, and the cost of lost or damaged items (you’re dealing with amateurs after all), and it is probably more expensive, and definitely not worth the hassle. Hire movers and not only are you risking less, but you will have all of your items insured.
6. And they’re less likely to damage anything in the first place!
Experienced movers know how to transport items without damaging them. They do not over-load items or under-wrap fragile antiques that have been in the family for many decades. The movers will work around your fine china or glass dining table in ways that even you would not be able to do!
7. You won’t injure yourself.
Bulky items are very difficult to move and that is why you will be so happy you hired a professional moving company. You will save your back by counting on a couple of movers to carry that heavy refrigerator out of your kitchen and into your new house.
8. They have the right equipment.
Strapping your mattress to the roof of your Honda Civic might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but halfway to your destination when disaster strikes, you might change your mind. Professional movers will come equipped with trucks, ramps, dollies, and everything you need to move safely and efficiently.
9. No lost friendships.
Yes, your friends owe you for all of the times that you helped them out with a move, but the fact is, it’s the job no one wants, and everyone will resent you for asking. And even if your friends don’t mind helping you move, there is no way that the day will end with fewer than three serious, friendship-threatening arguments.
10. Because it’s so much easier; you really have no other choice.
It’s important to realize that if not shipping your items through professional movers, you can risk losing many items that you have worked so hard for and that mean a lot to you. When you hire professional staff that have the knowledge and the equipment to move light and heavy items you will be less stressed out and will have the peace of mind that it will get done. Why bug your friends or family to help you move, when it would be a lot easier to hop on a computer and type in “moving company NYC” or “moving company LA”? Hiring a moving company might seem like an unnecessary expense, but trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end.
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