Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a simple, hassle-free happening, even if it is just a few miles. When it's cross-country, the challenges get larger. It's probable that such a move is already filled with anxiety. Maybe it's the excitement of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Perhaps 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. Add a long-distance move in addition and the stress can really build 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 maybe significant downsizing of one's belongings. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in couch or grandma's heirloom table? You might have to sell or give away a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new residence. You will have the task of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the proper time – hopefully everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including meticulous 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 need management, too. Transit to your new residence could require some days to accomplish. Design your route and stops to accommodate your moving truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not count on using a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you can spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was soundly done, and your possessions are in good shape. When you are finished, rest your back and return the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new city! Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials or even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to worry about are the items 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 knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's dining room table will be in good hands. If something does get damaged, the moving company will be responsible for it. You are free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy back roads 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 friends or at quaint B&Bs without worrying about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your possessions for you. You can give attention to making sure the setup of your new home is completed; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unexpected complication 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 possessions 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 look for storage options! Relocating on your own in Little Rock can certainly save you some money, but what it requires in relation to time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it. Need assistance with your long distance? Click below to get started on your free estimate.