Moving - DIY or Hire Out?
The nature of young, urban life today is a nearly nomadic lifestyle, moving in
to a place for a year and then leaving when something nicer or cheaper or closer
to work opens up at the end of the lease term. This does get expensive, what
with truck rental and move-in costs.
Many young people choose to alleviate some of the costs by renting a U-Haul and
moving themselves from one point to another. Other, more established movers are
quite tired of moving their own things and will hire a moving company such as
Mountain Movers to do the heavy lifting.
Some advantages to moving your own things include knowing exactly whose fault it
is when something is broken after you unpack. You also are rewarded with the
strain of picking up and hauling all your life to an elevator (if you're lucky,
not stairs) and into the rental truck... by yourself. You may even get lucky and
be able to bribe your friends to help you move, and if you're even luckier, they
can stay for the whole move, moving you out of your old place and unloading the
truck at the new place.
These are the considerations you need to take into account. Can you move that
couch by yourself? Do you trust yourself to do it without scraping it against
the concrete outside? Can you lift each of your boxes of books alone and then
have the energy to unpack the truck when you get to your new home?
Those who don't have the time or simply can't do physical labor all day can hire
a mover for roughly twice or three times the cost of renting a truck for
yourself. Movers will get your job done right, the first time, and much more
quickly than you could doing it yourself. If your time is more valuable to you
than it would cost to hire a mover, then obviously that is the way to go,
completely discounting whether or not you CAN move everything by yourself.
A good moving company will let you get everything you need for a lot less than
you'd expect. A good, reputable moving company will have screened its employees
prior to hire, so you know that you can trust that your things are getting the
utmost care. However, when packing there are quite a few things to keep in mind.
You need to make sure to pack heavy things in small boxes. Just because it's not
you that's moving it, doesn't mean that you should pack as much as possible in
the biggest boxes. Take care to keep your hired movers from being unable to
lift. If they strain their backs doing your job, they can't move on to the next
job and may miss out on two weeks worth of work! They will most likely refuse to
carry a box that's too heavy to be safe, however, so be prepared.
Make certain when you are packing that you secure the bottom and top of each box
with tape. If the bottom falls out of a box during transport, it's actually your
fault for not securing it. If you are unsure if the box is secure, just put more
tape perpendicular to the opening.
Large, fluffy or light items should go in large boxes. The basic principle is
that if the item can fit in a box, it should go in a box. Items like framed
paintings should be put in boxes that are intended to hold them securely.
Clothing that needs to remain hung should be first bound in a plastic bag the
way the drycleaner does, and then put inside a wardrobe box. A wardrobe box is a
very tall box with a metal crossbar in it for hanging clothes on. It's usually
about 5 feet tall.
Another thing to be aware of, is that furniture shouldn't go in a box. Ikea and
other build it yourself furniture has a tendency to not survive moving. It was
intended to be built and then remain in one spot, and then be thrown away when
its usefulness has worn out.
In all, it could be easier to move everything yourself if you have the time to
do so, and the friends to help, but it's good to know that you can always hire
movers to help you out.