Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a simple, hassle-free occasion, even when it's just across town. When it's cross-country, the challenges multiply. It's likely that such a move is already full of stress. Maybe it is the hubbub of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about moving away from the family, or maybe you're making the move to be closer to an aging parent in their elderly years. That's already a lot to deal with. Add a long-distance move in addition and the tension can really add up. At its most mundane form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's personal property. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will include all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in sofa or grandma's heirloom hutch? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new residence. You'll shoulder the task 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 truck will be yours - including careful 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. Transit to your new residence could require some days to complete. Plan your route and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's secure each night and don't expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you can spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was soundly done, and your things are in acceptable shape. When you are finished, rest your back and return the rental truck and 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 concern yourself with are the items you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. Focus on what your children and pets will need in the moment, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's buffet will be in good hands. In the event that something does get damaged, the moving company will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with a great deal of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your vehicle. Stay nights along the way with friends or at quaint B&Bs without stressing 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 going smoothly; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen setback 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 handle the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you research storage options! Moving on your own in Little Rock can definitely save you some money, but what it requires in terms of 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 begin your free estimate.