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Hiring Movers vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Some Things to Consider For Your Move

One of the biggest decisions during the moving process is hiring movers vs. renting a moving truck. For some it’s an easy decision and for others it’ll take some thought from all parties involved. It really comes down to how far you’re moving, how much you’re moving and what you’re moving. If you’re unsure which path to take consider the following factors.

Hiring Movers

Moving into an Apartment or a Home?

If you’re moving from a home, you’ll typically want to hire movers. If you’re moving from an apartment, renting a moving truck is an option for you. However, if you live in a large house, but you’re only moving 1 room of furniture, you could easily move those items yourself. Alternatively, if you live in a 2 bedroom apartment and you’re moving all of the furniture, hiring movers may be the way to go. You should also consider the value of the items you’re moving and how difficult they are to pack and transport safely. If you’re moving breakables, antiques, or glassware, you might be better off leaving it to the professionals. Although you may want to handle these items yourself because of their value, many moving companies are highly trained in packing and moving breakables. White glove moving services are an option that you should consider. This way, you won’t need to stress over the right way to pack, handle and transport these items on your own.

Timing Your Move

Timing is a huge factor in the decision of hiring a professional mover or renting a moving truck. If you’re time is limited, you have a lot to pack and you have little experience with moving, your best bet is probably to hire movers. It will be a lot less stressful to hand over the reins to someone else and let them handle everything for you. On the other hand, if you are planning to move months in advance, you can take the time to read up on how to pack your items properly and where to rent a truck from for the move. Seasonality is also something to consider. The busy season for moving companies is late spring into early fall, as most people prefer to move while the weather is mild and the chance of snowstorms are low. However, since demand is high during this time, moving services tend to be more expensive. If you can’t afford the high cost during the busy season, you might consider renting a truck and recruiting friends and family to be helpers. Yet, if you’re moving from a very large home with multiple rooms of furniture and antiques, spending the extra money to hire a mover will be worth it. As for the winter months, snowstorms are bound to happen and who knows if one will pop up on the day of your move. Professional moving companies are equipped to safely and securely move your items no matter what the weather conditions may be. Its very likely that the drivers have experience driving through various types of terrain in all kinds of weather. Not sure if they do? Ask them! One thing to look for when hiring movers is how many years they’ve been operating for. Hiring a well established moving company with a solid reputation will be comforting and assuring for all involved in the move.

Cost of Hiring Movers vs. Renting a Moving Truck

If cost is a significant part of your decision, there are many things to consider. If you’re on an extremely tight budget, you will most likely end up renting a moving truck. Hiring a moving company is not cheap by any means, especially if you are moving long distance. Therefore, if you’re moving locally or you’re willing to make the interstate drive to your new home, and you’re only moving a few pieces of furniture and boxes, renting a truck will be most cost efficient for you. However, if you’re moving from one coast to the other, or you’re moving an entire household and high value items, you’ll want to hire a moving company. Although the cost may be higher, it is worth it to know that your items are being handled by professionals and that you can focus on the other aspects of moving. Additionally, reputable moving companies will be licensed and insured so if anything happens to your items during the relocation, you will be compensated for. This is why researching moving companies and hiring the right one is extremely important. If you feel most comfortable having professionals handle your items, but are worried about the cost, there are a few things you can do. First, you can do your own packing and forego those services as they are typically an additional cost. You can also limit the amount of things you’re moving, or move some of them yourself, if weight is a factor in their pricing. And lastly, you can plan to move during the slower months in which pricing will likely be lower than the busy summer months.

 

Is Hiring a Moving Company the Right Choice for You?

All in all, it comes down to preference. It may be a clear cut decision for some, but others will have to take a look at their situation and consult with moving professionals to decide which option is best for them. As mentioned, white glove moving services are a great option for those who are moving many expensive or breakable items and aren’t sure how to safely move them. If you’re even considering hiring movers, contact one of the local moving companies near you and request a quote. Here at Liberty Moving, we provide free and accurate in-home estimates at no cost or obligation to you. Our moving consultants have years of experience moving customers locally and internationally, and they’ll work up a customized solution no matter what you’re moving needs may be.

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