Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a simple, anxiety-free operation, even if it is just a few miles. When it's across the country, the challenges multiply. It's probable that such a move is already filled with stress. Maybe it's the excitement of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you're anxious about moving away from extended family, or maybe you are making the relocation to be closer to an aging parent in their sunset years.
That is already a bunch to deal with. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the anxiety can really add up. At its most basic form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's personal property. A DIY cross-country move will embody all that, plus even significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in couch or grandma's heirloom hutch? You might have to sell or donate a lot of possessions - and then go shopping to replace them all when you are settled in at your new home.
You will have the task of arranging the rental of a moving van and getting it at the proper time – hopefully everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including cautious packing of breakables, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and making sure that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles will require management, also. Driving to your new residence could take some days to complete.
Create your route and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's secure each night and don't count on using a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you can spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was accurately done, and your belongings are in acceptable shape. When you are all done, rest your back while you take back 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 or even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to be concerned about are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will require 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 hutch will be in good hands. In the event that something does get scratched, they will be responsible for it. You will be free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free 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 accept your vehicle. Spend time along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without worrying about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional moving crew will arrive and unload your possessions for you. You can concentrate on 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 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 belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, on top of having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you analyze storage options!
Moving on your own in Houston can definitely cost less than hiring it done, but what it requires in relation to time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it.
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