Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a easy, hassle-free occasion, even when it is just a few miles. When it is cross-country, the challenges multiply. It's likely that such a move is already full of anxiety. Maybe it is the excitement of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about being away from the family, or maybe you're making the move to be nearby to an aging parent in their sunset years. That's already a bunch to manage. Pile a long-distance move in addition and the anxiety can really add up. At its most simple 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 home. You'll shoulder the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the right time – with luck everything is as promised! The work of loading everything 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 need management, also. 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 safe each night and don't expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone smoothly, 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 town! Compare 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 at the time, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An seasoned professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's buffet will be in safe 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 accept your vehicle. Stay nights along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without worrying about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers 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 unexpected 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 manage the issue. Imagine the hassle 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 the way 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 request your free estimate.