A question that soon comes to mind when starting to plan a relocation is, “should I hire professional movers?”. It’s a good idea to answer this question promptly, as you’ll need time to start planning to specifics of your move: the schedule, moving supplies, and relocation administrative tasks.
Moving is a process that can take up a lot of your time and energy. It is an emotional journey, as in addition to moving all of your belongings, you are leaving behind neighbors, favorite hang-out spots, and the memories of your old abode. According to the latest data, an average person moves 12 times in their lifetime, with around 31 million Americans moving every year. With that said, moving is simply a part of life. The future is unpredictable, one can never know what’s next, so embrace things as they come! Moving is an exciting part of life and growth.
To make your decision easier, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of hiring professional movers below.
Professional movers ensure the highest level of safety for your furniture and belongings. They are professionally trained, have years of experience, and know exactly how to move your furniture without damaging it. Furthermore, trained professionals have certain strategies that you probably don’t know about when packing fragile items or protecting large furniture.
When moving on your own, you will need a few helping hands, which can sometimes, unfortunately, result in injury. If you hire professional movers, you’ll thankfully be covered with moving insurance. Safety is a top priority when moving homes, and professional movers have you covered!
2. Fast & Efficient
Professional movers are well trained and highly experienced, so they work with great speed and efficiency to move your belongings safely. Movers work on a punctual schedule and arrive fully equipped with the needed tools and supplies needed for a successful move.
3. Heavy Lifting
Without proper training, heavy lifting can cause back strain and other health issues. Moving is a large undertaking – even loading a truck takes a special strategy, and if you are not familiar with it, you may end up having to do a second trip to move all your items. Hiring professional movers to do all of the heavy lifting for you will make the moving process much easier.
4. Peace of Mind
Moving homes or relocating an office can be a challenging task, especially if you’ve never done it before. The great benefit of hiring a professional moving company is that they take care of every aspect of moving for you. Moving coordinators will plan out your move to the last detail, and the movers professionally pack, load, and transport safely and securely.
5. Saves You Time
The organization is key when planning a successful move. Moves require planning and completing many administrative tasks you may forget. For example, filing for a change of address, taking care of your lease contract, setting up utilities, cleaning, the list goes on! If you are working a full-time job, it can be difficult to find the time to finish all of these tasks before the move!
This is where the professionals come in. A moving company can take care of the entire relocation process for you, from start to finish, leaving you to focus on your job and family. Expert movers will also disassemble and reassemble your furniture in your new home, securely pack your belongings, transport it to the storage if needed, and deliver it to your new home on time.
1. You Must Trust Them With Your Belongings
Now, when hiring a moving company you must accept one thing – your belongings will be handled by strangers. Of course, you can provide the movers with specific instructions before moving day, but you won’t be able to micromanage. Expert movers have their way of packing your belongings in each box and how they will arrange your furniture and boxes in the moving truck. Once they leave, you won’t have access to your belongings and won’t know what’s happening until your shipment is delivered.
If you want to pack your belongings a certain way or have many sentimental personal items, you may want to transport your belongings yourself.
2. Scams Exist
Unfortunately, not all moving companies are reliable. That’s why it’s important to do your research before hiring someone to move your belongings. There are moving companies out there who are looking to rip off the unwary customer and if you are not careful you can easily fall into a moving scam. If this happens, you are at risk of losing a lot of money and possibly your belongings.
Fortunately, there are many ways to check if a moving company is trustworthy or not. Be sure to do your research – is the moving company reliable, licensed, and insured? Check out American Moving & Storage Association’s website for trustworthy movers.
3. Strict Schedule
When hiring a professional moving company you will need to stick to a strict schedule. Moving companies will provide you with the times and dates they have available, so you’ll have to work around their schedule. This can be difficult, especially around peak moving times (holidays, weekends, summer, etc).
This also means that you do not have much flexibility with rescheduling or canceling your move without incurring any costs.
In conclusion, hiring professional movers will make your move easier and safer, but don’t ignore the downsides. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down the things that are important to you and what risks you want to avoid. Once you’ve made your decision, don’t hesitate to call us. Zip Moving & Storage is always ready to offer a helping hand and a memorable moving experience!