Depending on how many things you have to move and how far you are moving will sort of lend it itself to answering the question, do I need to hire a moving company? If the move is rather short and you do not have that much stuff that needs to come with you then you may want to rent a U-Haul, get some friends together and do it yourself. However if you are moving a longer distance and have acquired a good amount of material possessions in your life then a moving company is definitely the way to go.
With that said, and to be perfectly honest, hiring a moving company is almost always the way to go. The reason being is that moving can be tremendously stressful, and having to plan and then undertake a move on your own just adds to that stress. Not to mention that no one likes to get a phone call from their friend saying, “Hey, what are you doing in 2 Saturdays? Want to help me move?” The reality is that no one really wants to help us move but usually do so only out of the goodness of their hearts. This is partially why learning how to find a moving company and then hiring said moving company is truly the way to go when it comes to moving to a new home or apartment.
Why Should I Hire a Moving Company?
We are not here to necessarily convince you that you should hire a moving company. That decision is totally up to you in the long run, but simply we wish to lay out the pros and cons of hiring a moving and to show you how to find a moving company if that is how you choose to proceed. Personally we have both moved ourselves and hired movers and the latter is how we will be handling all moves going forward. This is our prerogative as we have found that paying a few hundred dollars is worth it for the amount of stress and physical exertion that is needed in order to move.
Something that we have discovered over the course of our lives is that our time is worth money. There is an actual monetary value to our time and the intrinsic value that we take away from having free time to enjoy. Taking both of these factors into account it has become apparent that when it comes to moving to a new place, it benefits us to hire a mover and let them handle the details of the move.
For yourself you really need to ask yourself what is your time worth, and more so what is keeping your stress level down worth to you. Most moving companies are not that expensive to hire, and for their services they will pack up your apartment, carry all of the items out of your house, load them into a truck, bring them to your new place and set them up. That in and of itself is worth its weight in gold if you have a busy life, and what it will allow you to do is focus more so on your work, family, or anything else you enjoy, rather then having to get bogged down in the difficulties of moving.
Some individuals view hiring a moving company as a luxury. One that is not really necessary when it comes to a move and while this is an admirable way of looking at a move, it is not entirely true. While yes a move is possible without hiring a moving company, you really need to ask yourself if you want to go that route. Take a step back from the anxieties of having to pay the money and really ask yourself if you a) want to move yourself and b) if you are capable of working the move into your already busy schedule. If you find that you cannot or do not want to handle it on your own then take a look at the next section which will expound upon how to find a moving company.
How to Find a Moving Company
Given how many moving companies show up when you search for one online, it can be difficult to figure out how to find a moving company that is reliable and in your area. Although the Internet has in many ways made the world smaller and more accessible, when it comes to finding businesses or other various services online the mountain of information can be overwhelming. Due to this, it is still suggested that one of the best ways to find a moving company is by word of mouth, or by asking a friend.
The reason that word of mouth is still probably one of the most reliable ways to find a mover is because the individual that you are talking to is one that you trust and you know that their experience is real. Sometimes online reviews can be padded or outright false and as a result it is unclear if the information you are receiving is true or not. Not to mention that many times people are more apt to leave negative reviews online rather than positive ones, and so a good moving company could possibly look like a bad one just because of a single bad experience that one customer had.
However, you shouldn’t just rely on word of mouth when it comes to something as important as hiring a moving company, but you should also do your due diligence and make sure that the services they offer are conducive to a successful and stress free moving experience. When you are attempting to figure out how to find a moving company you should start by finding the answers to the following questions:
· Does the moving company take an inventory of your belongings?
· Do you get a thorough and complete walkthrough?
· Do you have to pay a large deposit?
· What “extra fees” does the moving company think may apply to you?
· Is their quote guaranteed?
· Will they insure your items?
· If you are moving out of state how do they handle this?
· How long have they been in busy for?
· Will they pack your belongings for you?
These are just some of the questions that you should be asking when you are looking for a moving company. And they will definitely help guide you in your decision-making. However you should also sit down and think about what your particular needs are and ask the movers questions based on that.
At the end of the day you want to be as comfortable as possible with the situation. If you get a bad feeling or just do not think that the mover is the right fit then don’t second-guess that, find a new moving company. If you live in a metropolitan area there are literally hundreds of companies that can help you move, and even if you live in a more rural area there will be a plethora of choices for you to choose from. Don’t settle for second best and always remember that your peace of mind and comfort are what are most important in this whole scenario.