I grew up in Colorado, which at the time was all about rugged independence. The idea of hiring professional movers was almost unheard of, especially for local moves. Then I moved to New York, a city whose unofficial motto seemed to be “why do it yourself when you can pay someone to do it?”
Now that I’ve been in the Bay Area for several years, I’ve settled on a middle ground. In our household, we cook (most days). We clean (most days). But there is no way we would ever consider moving ourselves, even if I made my living in another industry. Why?
Why is hiring professional movers good for your health?
Americans move a lot compared to the rest of the world, but if you’ve stayed put for even a couple of years, you might have forgotten how painful it was. You likely used muscles you forgot you even had and it may have taken you days to recover. During my last DIY move, I tore the meniscus in my knee. I never recovered. If you do decide to move yourself, you might want to have your chiropractor or massage therapist on speed dial. Or, you can hire a professional moving company and relax.
Why is hiring professional movers good for your social life?
The only thing worse than moving yourself is having to help friends and family move. There isn’t enough beer and pizza in the world to make moving day fun. Friendships are about a lot of things, but unpaid labor shouldn’t be one of them. Hire professional movers. They won’t resent you at the end of the day. If you really want your friends and family to help, let them help throw a housewarming party.
Why is hiring professional movers good for your bank account?
The number one objection to hiring a professional moving company is the cost, or at least the perceived cost. Often, that’s a myth. Your time is money. Professional movers can complete a move in a single day. If you want the moving company to pack for you, they can usually complete the packing in a single day as well.
With DIY moves, there tends to be a lot of unexpected expenses. You have to pay extra for basic equipment like dollies and ramps. And have you seen the gas mileage on rental moving trucks? You have to pay for all of that. If you are moving long-distance, you will likely have to hire help to unload your truck at your destination.
For long-distance moves, professional movers are almost always cheaper. The only time I’d suggest moving yourself across country is if you need your items to arrive with you.
Why is hiring a professional moving company the safe way to go?
Hiring a professional moving company is the safe way to go because it eliminates a lot of the unknowns. If, for example, you haven’t finished packing by moving day, professional movers can swoop right in and get it done for you.
While you aren’t responsible for maintenance on your rental moving truck, if it breaks down, you are responsible for transferring everything from the disabled truck to the replacement. Imagine if that happens in the middle of no where. There’s no telling how long you’ll have to wait on the side of the road. For peace of mind, hire professional movers.
Not all professional movers are the same
Of course we know that not all professional movers are the same. To put it bluntly, not all moving companies care about their long-term reputation or their customers’ peace of mind. At Fairprice Movers, we’re in it for the long-haul. We have hundreds of five-star reviews and the vast majority of customers come back to us the next time they’re ready to hire a professional mover.