Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a smooth, stress-free operation, even when it's just a few miles. When you are moving cross-country, the challenges grow. It is likely that such a move is already filled with tension. Maybe it is the elation of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Perhaps you are anxious about being away from extended family, or maybe you are making the move to be closer to an aging parent in their golden years.
That's already a lot to navigate. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the tension can really build up. At its most basic form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A DIY cross-country move will contain all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in couch or grandma's heirloom table? You might have to sell or give away a lot of possessions - and then go shopping to replace them all when you are settled in at your new home.
You will have the burden of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the right time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including careful placement of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and ensuring the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles will require management, also. Getting to your new abode could require some days to complete.
Create your path and stops to accommodate your moving truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone well, you will spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was soundly done, and your belongings are in good shape. When you're finished, rest your back and return the rental truck and get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new area!
Contrast this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to concern yourself with are the belongings you plan to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will need at the time, and take your time helping them adjust to the move.
An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in good hands. In the event that something does get scratched, the moving company will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy scenic routes and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to fit your car, truck or SUV. Spend time along the way with kin 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 concentrate on making sure the setup of your new home is completed; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unexpected 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 on time while you explore storage options!
Moving on your own in Atlanta can certainly save you some money, but what it requires 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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