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Which Is Best For Saving Money, Hiring A Moving Company Or Self Moving?

Aug 1, 2008
Don't you just cringe with the thought of moving? Moving is always a difficult time in any ones life and it doesn't matter if your moving yourself or hired professional movers to help with the job. Each situation comes with its own rewards and headaches. You just need to figure out after weighing the pro's and con's of each what you can afford to do financially and physically. Here are some tips to help you decide what is best for you and your family.

Now with all that said, if you decide to move yourself you basically have two options, you can rent a moving truck which you know that you pack and drive the truck yourself and ten return the truck to a facility near your new location and the other option is to arrange for portable moving pods. These devices are large air tight containers that you still pack yourself, but the difference in this system is that the portable storage company that you rent the container from comes back to pick it up and transports it for you.

This way of moving saves you money as well because your not having to pay packers and movers to do your move. It saves you more money on gas and tolls and best of all you get to take up to a month to pack your container. If you're not ready to receive your container that is packed with all your belongings at your new place, the container can be stored in that company's storage facility, just as you packed it, until you are ready for it. This is very convenient in the way you only pack and unpack once.

Here are some helpful tips if you decide to go this route that will save you time and money. Either by truck rental or moving pods system because you need to get an accurate account of just how big or small your truck or pod needs to be. The last thing you want to get involved in is realizing that you underestimated or overestimated the size. This is how people end up paying for more than they needed.

1. You need to establish the distance of your move

2. Decide what you absolutely have to bring with you and what you can either donate to charity or pawn off on your sister.

3. Go room by room and make an inventory list of your contents.

4. If you can, or have the moving company send out an estimator, estimate in cubic feet, and the volume of your belongings.

5. Take advantage and consider all your resources; friends and family members to help load up your truck and extra vehicles they can provide, which will save you stress and strain on you emotionally and physically.

6. Don't forget to factor in the cost of gas and tolls if you're renting a moving truck.

7. Get several estimates and compare them to one another to make sure you are getting a fair deal.

It is estimated that with some self moving truck rental companies that you can save an average of almost 50% on moving costs just by doing all the packing yourself and then driving the moving truck, and unpack it. There are a lot of labor costs saved from moving companies having to hire day laborers or pay their packers a day's salary so just by you eliminating that part of the job you are saving yourself a lot of money.

Remember, you just need to sit down and thoroughly think about your finances, your time frame for having to move, the distance from where you are moving to and from and probably the most important question next to having the cash to pay for it all, is your physical health. Theses few things are important and should not be taken for granted.
About the Author
L. Buckley is an expert author on moving. If your deciding on how you want to make your move you can get information at Door-to-Door moving and Packers & Movers . For an entirely self packing and unpacking kind of move with Moving Pods go to Damovers for tips to help you decide. Always get several quotes and always get them in writing.
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