Even if you are a do-it-yourself buff, there are certain things in life you should leave to professionals. Among these is moving houses.
Moving is a huge undertaking. It requires meticulous planning and lifting heavy items, some of which could be very fragile. The services of a professional moving company are therefore essential if you want to have a stress-free moving experience.
Here are some of the risks of moving houses on your own.
1. Time Wastage
While some DIY movers cite looking for reputable professional movers to be time consuming, moving on your own will actually cost you more time. For instance, you will spend time packing, looking for transportation trucks, asking neighbours, friends, and relatives to come over and help you pack and lift heavy items, and then actually moving, which may take several days and many truck loads.
Professional movers, on the other hand, are efficient and fast. They also come with their own moving trucks and staff specially trained to make your moving experience as stress-free as possible.
2. Too Expensive
It’s ironic that most people who move houses on their own cite saving money as a reason. However, moving houses on your own can be more expensive than hiring a professional moving company.
If you consider other hidden costs associated with DIY moving, such as the cost of packing supplies, road tolls, truck rentals, moving equipment, extra insurance, fuel, and expenses on food and accommodation on the road, then moving houses on your own can be costly.
3. Damaged Items
Moving heavy and bulky items require extreme care during handling. You may have other special items that must be moved with utmost care to avoid damaging them. Professional movers are experienced in moving all types of items, from TVs, mirrors, and artwork to heavy couches and tables. To ensure everything arrives safely, it’s always advisable to hire professionals to move these items for you.
Among damages that may occur when you decide to move heavy and bulky items on your own include scratched floors, broken tiles, broken glass, chipped walls, and damaged staircases.
Your safety and that of your family and friends is of the utmost importance. The risks of personal injury are higher when moving on your own. Professional movers have the right equipment and trained staff to move all items. You likely don’t have the skills and the training required to move safely.
As a result, accidents happen and you might end up getting hurt. Instead of exposing yourself to potential injury, it’s more convenient to hire a moving company.
5. Loss of Items
When you make the decision to move houses on your own, you will most likely have friends and relatives help you pack and move items around. Whereas the extra help is appreciated, you are solely responsible for the safety of your items.
If something disappears in the moving process, you have no recourse for reclaiming it since you are solely responsible for the move. However, if you are using a moving company, they are responsible for any loss or damage to your property.
6. Damage to the Rental Truck
If you decide to move to a new house on your own, you will need a moving truck. If you don’t own one, you will have to rent one. Any damage to the rented truck during the moving process is your sole responsibility. Professional movers come with their own trucks and are responsible for damages, if any, to their trucks.
If your moving process involves packing a couple of suitcases and jumping into a station wagon with your entire family and pet, then self-moving is recommended. However, if, like most people, you have accumulated many items and you need a long truck to move them, your best option would be to hire a moving company and avoid the headache and risks associated with moving yourself. If you are looking for a recommendation, I’d point you to the direction of Hudson Movers. Just get in touch with their team an discuss the details of your move with their movers.