Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a simple, hassle-free happening, even if you are going just a few miles. When it is across the country, the challenges get larger. It is possible that such a move is already full of stress. Maybe it is the elation of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you're anxious about being away from the family, or maybe you are making the relocation to be nearby to an aging parent in their sunset years.
That is already oodles to deal with. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the anxiety can really accumulate. At its most mundane form, moving requires the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's possessions. 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 sofa or grandma's heirloom hutch? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you arrive at your new home.
You will shoulder the task of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the right time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including careful packing of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and ensuring the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles need management, also. Getting to your new residence could require some days to complete.
Design your path and stops to accommodate your moving van, make sure it's safe each night and do not plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone well, you can spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was accurately done, and your things are in acceptable shape. When you're finished, rest your back and take back the rental truck and get to know the ins and outs of traffic in your new area!
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 concern yourself with 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 need at the time, and take your time helping them adjust to the move.
An seasoned professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in safe hands. On the occasion that 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? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and the knowledge that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your vehicle. 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 things 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 unanticipated setback 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 possessions to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to deal with the issue. Imagine the headache of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you analyze storage options!
Moving on your own in San Antonio can surely cost less than hiring it done, but what it costs in relation to time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is certainly not worth it.
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