When it comes to moving, costs can quickly add up. I know. I’ve moved across the country twice, and made a few smaller regional moves. From paying for the gas to make the move, to truck rentals, to packing materials, you might be surprised at how quickly the costs add up. In some cases, though, it’s not always about cost — convenience plays a roll as well. You might want to hire movers to do most of the heavy lifting, even though it costs more — sometimes much more. As you consider what might be the best option for you, here are three different choices to consider.
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In many cases, the least expensive way to move is to do it yourself. If you have your own truck, you can actually load it up, without paying a rental fee, and move your things. However, few of us have a truck that carry all of our things to a new location. In such cases, it becomes necessary to rent a truck. Companies like Uhaul and Budget Truck Rental can help you haul your things at a reasonable price.
The downside to moving yourself, of course, is that you have to do all the work. You pack everything up, load it on the truck, and then you have to drive it. If you rent a larger truck, navigating some terrains can be difficult, especially as you drive through cities, find parking when you stop for the night, and if you have to go over mountains. Plus, you have to pay for the gas, and that can get pricey, since moving trucks aren’t known for their fuel economy.
Of course, you can hire movers to do most of the work. Some movers will charge you a little bit less if you pack your boxes yourself. And, of course, there are some full service movers that will pack everything for you. The main advantage is that you don’t have to do as much work, and you don’t have to worry about driving the load. However, a reputable, full service mover can cost up to twice as much — or more — than it would cost for you to do it yourself.
Another thing you have to be aware of with movers is that some of them are a little shady. They have hidden charges, beyond the estimate given you, or they might hold your household goods until you pay an extra fee. You should check with the Better Business Bureau, and look for reviews online before hiring a full service mover.
My favorite option for cross-country moves is actually the pack it yourself, and have someone else drive method. Companies like ABF and PODS drop of a trailer or a storage container, and you pack it yourself, Then a driver comes and picks it up, and delivers it to your new home. We actually found this to be a rather cost-effective method of moving across the country. We were very happy with our experience. However, when you pack it yourself, make sure you have the driver verify how much space you are taking up, since you will pay by how much space (with the ABF trailer, we paid by the linear foot). You might pay a little bit more than you would doing it yourself, but for me, the convenience of not having to worry about driving the load was well worth the extra cost.
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