Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a smooth, stress-free event, even if you are going just a few miles. When it is a long distance, the challenges get larger. It is likely that such a move is already filled with anxiety. Perhaps it is the hubbub of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about moving away from the family, or maybe you're making the relocation to be near an aging parent in their sunset years. That is already a bunch to navigate. Include a long-distance move on top of that and the anxiety can really accumulate. At its most mundane form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in sofa or grandma's heirloom table? You might have to sell or donate a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your destination. You will have the task of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including meticulous consideration of delicate items, 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. Transit to your new abode could take some days to accomplish. Plan your route and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you will spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was soundly done, and your possessions are in acceptable shape. When you're finished, rest your back and return the rental truck and get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new town! Contrast 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 worry about are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will require in the moment, 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 dining room table will be in good hands. If something does get marred, the movers will be accountable for it. You are free to plan your move with a lot 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 car, truck or SUV. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your belongings for you. You can concentrate on making sure the setup of your new home is going smoothly; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unexpected delay 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 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 explore storage options! Moving on your own in Houston can without a doubt be cost effective, but what it costs in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is certainly not worth it. Need help with your cross-country move? Click below to get started on your free estimate.