Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a smooth, hassle-free event, even when it's just a few miles. When it's a long distance, the challenges grow. It is possible that such a move is already filled with stress. Possibly it is the elation of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Perhaps you are anxious about moving away from the family, or maybe you're making the move to be near an aging parent in their golden years.
That's already a lot to navigate. Include a long-distance move on top of that and the stress can really add up. At its most basic form, moving encompasses 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 perhaps significant downsizing of one's things. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in couch or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or give away a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you arrive at your destination.
You'll bear the burden of scheduling the rental of a moving van and getting it at the right time – with luck everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including meticulous packing of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and making sure that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, in addition. Getting to your new abode could take some days to accomplish.
Plan your course and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's secure each night and do not count on using a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you will get to spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was accurately done, and your things are in tip-top shape. When you're all done, rest your back while you take back the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new area!
Compare this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials or even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to be concerned about are the belongings you plan to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will require at the time, 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 buffet will be in safe hands. If 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? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy scenic routes and the knowledge that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your vehicle. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional moving crew will arrive and unload your things for you. You can give attention to making sure the setup of your new home is going smoothly; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen delay 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 things to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to attend to the issue. Imagine the headache of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you analyze storage options!
Moving on your own in Denver can certainly cost less than hiring it done, but what it requires in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it.
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