Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a simple, anxiety-free happening, even if you are going just across town. When you are moving a long distance, the challenges multiply. It's likely that such a move is already filled with stress. Perhaps it is the hubbub of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about being away from your family, or maybe you're making the move to be nearby to an aging parent in their golden years. That is already a lot to manage. Pile a long-distance move in addition and the stress can really build up. At its most mundane form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's possessions. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus even significant downsizing of one's things. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you arrive at your new home. You'll shoulder the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including cautious consideration of fragile 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 must have management, also. Transit to your new home could require some days to complete. Plan your course 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 finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you will spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was well done, and your belongings are in good shape. When you're finished, rest your back while you return the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new city! 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 worry about are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. Focus on what your children and pets will need on hand, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's buffet will be in safe hands. If something does get scratched, the moving company will be accountable for it. You are free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accept your car, truck or SUV. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without worrying about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your belongings for you. You can give attention 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 unexpected setback with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't properly prepared on time - your movers can divert your things to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the hassle of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you analyze storage options! Moving on your own in Atlanta can definitely save you some money, but what it costs in terms of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it. Need a hand with your long distance? Click below to begin your free estimate.