Many people in the process of a short distance move have a similar thought: I’m only moving across town, I’ll just enlist my friends and move myself. With enough friends, a small amount to move, and previous experience with moving and the use of a rental truck you will likely be able to handle the move yourself.
Before you decide on handling your short distance move without professional movers, there are two important factors to consider:
1. The realities of moving yourself.
Moving is stressful. To work past the stress you might find yourself saying things like, “it’s no big deal, I’m just moving down the road.” With this mindset, you’ll likely become a little lax with things such as properly packing and labeling valuable and fragile items. Then you’ll forget that your entertainment center needs to be disassembled before fitting in your friend’s truck, and where is that truck? Your friend said he’d be there at 11 and he’s 2 hours late!
If you’re moving on a deadline, have valuable and specialty items that need to be handled with special care, (and maybe your friends aren’t the most reliable) your easy, short distance move might start looking more and more difficult. Before deciding to handle the move yourself be completely sure that you will be able to pull it off.
2. Is it actually cheaper to handle a short distance move myself?
It depends. Most short distance movers will charge by the hour. A great moving company will also offer proper packing and labeling of your personal items. If you rent a moving truck to move yourself, you will have to refill the tank in addition to truck rental prices. And what about truck rental insurance? One of the benefits of hiring a moving company is peace of mind. Professional movers will take the handling of your valuables seriously; your friends might be a little less professional (especially if you are paying them for their help with a 12 pack) and costly damages by your not quite professional friends can end of being a costly expense that you will foot the bill for. \What if you accidentally damage some property while trying to navigate with the bulky, unfamiliar moving truck you rented?
Before you decide to take on the responsibilities of handling your short distance move yourself make sure that you are confident in your ability to pack timely and effectively, have a moving truck and reliable friends to move you, and be able to afford any unforeseen expense that may occur. If, on the other hand, you are feeling a little trepidation about moving yourself feel free to contact us Our team of professional Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota short distance movers provide a cost-effective option to moving you safely and timely.