Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a easy, stress-free happening, even if you are going just across town. When it's across the country, the challenges get larger. It's probable that such a move is already filled with tension. Possibly it is the elation of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you are anxious about leaving your family, or maybe you are making the move to be nearby to an aging parent in their golden years.
That's already a lot to manage. Pile a long-distance move in addition and the anxiety can really add up. At its most simple form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's personal property. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will embody all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or donate a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new home.
You'll have the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and getting it at the proper time – with luck everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including meticulous consideration of breakables, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, too. Getting to your new home could require some days to complete.
Design your course 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 finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you will spend the day getting everything unloaded from the truck. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was well done, and your belongings are in acceptable shape. When you are finished, rest your back and take back the rental truck while you get to know the ins and outs of traffic in your new town!
Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to be concerned about are the belongings you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will need 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 buffet will be in safe hands. If something does get marred, they will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy scenic routes and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your vehicle. Spend time along the way with friends or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional movers will arrive and unload your things 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 unanticipated 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 attend to the issue. Imagine the headache of that, on top of having to return the rental truck on time while you look for storage options!
Moving on your own in Little Rock can definitely be cost effective, but what it costs in terms of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it.
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