Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a smooth, stress-free event, even when it's just across town. When it's cross-country, the challenges grow. It is possible that such a move is already filled with tension. Perhaps it is the excitement of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about being away from extended family, or maybe you are making the move to be near an aging parent in their sunset years.
That is already a bunch to deal with. Include a long-distance move in addition and the tension can really build up. At its most basic form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A DIY cross-country move will embody all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or donate a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you are settled in at your new residence.
You'll shoulder the burden of arranging the rental of a moving van and getting it at the perfect time – with luck everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including meticulous placement 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. Driving to your new home could require some days to complete.
Arrange your route and stops to accommodate your moving van, make sure it's secure each night and do not expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you do arrive, if all has gone well, you will get to spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was well done, and your things are in acceptable shape. When you are done, rest your back while you return the rental truck and get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new town!
Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to concern yourself with are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will require on hand, and take your time helping them adjust to the move.
An experienced professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's buffet will be in safe hands. On the occasion that something does get marred, they will be responsible for it. You will be free to plan your move with a great deal of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy scenic routes and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accept your vehicle. Spend time along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional movers will arrive and unload your belongings for you. You can put your mind to making sure the setup of your new home is on track; setting 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 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 headache of that, on top of having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you explore storage options!
Relocating on your own in Colorado Springs can certainly save you some money, but what it takes in terms of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it.
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