Bodies aching from lifting heavy furniture. Precious items getting scruffs and damages along the way. Hours upon hours spent packing and unpacking––this is the ultimate Pandora’s box of moving. However, it’s far much simpler avoiding this situation altogether.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, only 11% of Americans moved from one residence to another (Holmes). From that percentage, moves made within the same county accounted for nearly two-thirds of that amount. Yet, whether these relocations are across the country or merely minutes away, the stresses required from either move are practically the same.
Contrary to popular belief, hiring professional movers is not as costly as what it is made out to be. Once you consider all the factors from lifting objects to time investment, the opportunity cost of seeking out professional service outweighs doing the job alone. Luckily with many moving companies out there, you can find the company that best suits the needs for you. But how exactly do professionals move your own items better than you? What are the steps that they take?
Most likely, before choosing a moving company, you will be provided an estimate of the costs and supplies for the move. During this process, the company can predetermine the different types of required equipment. Professional movers are well-equipped with the proper gears. By hiring their services, you can avoid hassles such as finding the right utility dollies, ropes, straps, paddings, boxes, and even moving trucks necessary for you.
A moving company ensures that your belongings are timely and safely delivered under their supervision. Professional movers have undergone the relative training that teaches them techniques to safely and quickly move around and package items of all descriptions: heavy, large, fragile, and even the most abnormally-shaped of objects. On the other hand, if you were to ask family and friends to help out, they could risk hurting themselves or even break some objects along the way––all unnecessary stresses placed onto yourself. With a moving company, they can limit these potential dangers and will even compensate for the costs if there are any damages present to your valuable items.
Professional movers are more skilled at moving your larger items, such as furniture, through tight doorways and up narrow staircases. They are also better at determining which items belongs into what box and how to properly pack them. From placing them into boxes to moving them out of the trucks, this can save you plenty of time, headaches, and sore backs problems if you were to perform all of this yourself.
When you hire professional moving companies, they will provide everything for you. You don’t have to calculate the costs of additional moving supplies, transportation, gas, or other miscellaneous prices because it is all considered in the payment package for you. Depending on the company and your selected service, professional movers will not leave until you are satisfied with your move and placement of objects.
In 2017, the number of people moving who ended up paying for their own household shipments only comes up to 44%, meaning that the remaining amount had their employers help cover the bill (Holmes). So if you’re lucky enough, you won’t even have to pay a single penny!
Moving can be a celebratory moment as it welcomes the beginning of new memories, or it can be a daunting task with a cascade of choices to stress over. However, with the proper research and moving company, you can make your move enjoyable. Big or small, near or far, a move of any size and distance is worth considering the professional help.
Holmes, Collin. “2018 Stats and Facts of the American Mover.” Move.org, Move.org, 1 Oct. 2018, www.move.org/moving-stats-facts/.