Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a smooth, anxiety-free event, even when you are going just to the other side of town. When it's cross-country, the challenges get larger. It's possible that such a move is already full of stress. Maybe it is the excitement of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you're anxious about moving away from extended family, or maybe you're making the relocation to be nearby to an aging parent in their elderly years.
That's already a lot to manage. Pile a long-distance move on top of that and the tension can really accumulate. At its most mundane form, moving requires the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's possessions. A DIY cross-country move will embody all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's things. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or donate a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you arrive at your new home.
You'll bear the burden of arranging the rental of a moving van and getting it at the perfect time – hopefully everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including careful consideration of fragile items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles will require management, also. Driving to your new abode could require some days to accomplish.
Create your route and stops to accommodate your moving truck, make sure it's secure each night and don't count on using a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone well, you will get to spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your packing and loading job was well 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 ins and outs of traffic in your new area!
Contrast 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 worry 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 need at the time, 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 buffet will be in safe hands. If something does get marred, the movers will be responsible for it. You will be 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 car, truck or SUV. Stay nights along the way with friends or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional moving crew will arrive and unload your belongings for you. You can put your mind to 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 properly prepared on time - your movers can divert your belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to handle the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, on top of having to return the rental truck on time while you explore storage options!
Moving on your own in Little Rock can without a doubt be cost effective, but what it requires in terms of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it.
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