Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a smooth, hassle-free operation, even when it's just across town. When you are moving a long distance, the challenges get larger. It's likely that such a move is already filled with tension. Maybe it's the excitement of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you are anxious about moving away from extended family, or maybe you're making the move to be closer to an aging parent in their elderly years. That is already a bunch to navigate. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the stress can really build up. At its most simple form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's personal property. A DIY cross-country move will include all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's belongings. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or donate a lot of possessions - and then go shopping to replace them all when you arrive at your new residence. You'll shoulder the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and getting it at the perfect time – with luck everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including cautious placement of fragile items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and ensuring the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles need management, also. Driving to your new abode could take some days to complete. Plan your path and stops to accommodate your moving van, make sure it's secure each night and do not count on using a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone well, you can spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was accurately done, and your belongings are in tip-top shape. When you're done, rest your back while you take back the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new city! Compare this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to concern yourself with are the belongings you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will need in the moment, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An seasoned professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's dining room table will be in good hands. In the event that something does get scratched, the moving company will be responsible for it. You are free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to fit your car, truck or SUV. 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 things for you. You can give attention to making sure the setup of your new home is on track; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unexpected setback with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't properly prepared on time - your movers can divert your things to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to attend to the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you look for storage options! Relocating on your own in Wichita Falls can surely be cost effective, but what it costs in relation to time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is certainly not worth it. Need assistance with your cross-country move? Click below to get started on your free estimate.