Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a easy, anxiety-free operation, even if you are going just a few miles. When it is a long distance, the challenges get larger. It's possible that such a move is already full of tension. Possibly it's the elation of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you are anxious about being away from extended family, or maybe you are making the move to be near an aging parent in their sunset years. That is already a lot to deal with. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the tension can really add up. At its most mundane form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A DIY cross-country move will include all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's belongings. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom hutch? You might have to sell or give away a lot of possessions - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new home. You'll bear the burden of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – hopefully everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including careful placement of breakables, 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 will require management, too. Driving to your new home could take some days to complete. Arrange your route and stops to accommodate your moving truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone well, you will get to spend the day getting everything unloaded from the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was accurately done, and your things are in tip-top shape. When you're finished, rest your back and return the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new area! Weigh 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 worry about are the things you plan to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will require on hand, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An experienced professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's dining room table will be in good hands. If something does get marred, the movers will be accountable for it. You are free to plan your move with a great deal of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free 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 fit your vehicle. Spend time along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without stressing about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your things for you. You can concentrate on 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 complication 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 belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to attend to the issue. Imagine the hassle of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you analyze storage options! Relocating on your own in Denver can certainly cost less than hiring it done, but what it requires in terms of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it. Need support with your cross-country move? Click below to begin your free estimate.