Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a smooth, hassle-free event, even when it is just across town. When it is a long distance, the challenges grow. It is likely that such a move is already full of stress. Perhaps it is the excitement of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you are anxious about leaving the family, or maybe you're making the move to be closer to an aging parent in their golden years.
That is already oodles to manage. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the stress can really add up. At its most simple form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in sofa or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your destination.
You will shoulder the burden of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the right time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including careful placement of breakables, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles need management, in addition. Getting to your new home could take some days to complete.
Design your route and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's safe each night and don't plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you can spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was soundly done, and your belongings are in good shape. When you're finished, rest your back and take back the rental truck and get to know the ins and outs of traffic in your new town!
Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to be concerned about are the items you plan to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will need in the moment, and take your time helping them adjust to the move.
An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in good hands. If something does get scratched, they will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy back roads and the knowledge that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accept your vehicle. Stay nights along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional movers will arrive and unload your possessions for you. You can concentrate on making sure the setup of your new home is on track; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen complication with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't vacated on time - your movers can divert your belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to deal with the issue. Imagine the hassle of that, on top of having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you explore storage options!
Moving on your own in Wichita Falls can surely save you some money, but what it requires in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it.
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