Once you decide to move, you should also establish whether you are going to hire professional movers to help you or you are doing it yourself.
Moving doesn’t mean necessarily that you have to hire NYC moving company in order to relocate your personal belongings.
You should weigh all moving options and choose the one that works best for you. Factors that may affect your final decision are your financial situation, time, complexity of the move. Generally, if you are moving across the street or across the town a self-move can be a good decision. On the other hand, long-distance moves do require professional assistance.
If planned properly, do-it-yourself moves can save you some money compared with the opposite case when people hire professional assistance.
Tips on how to prepare for a DIY move
Believe it or not, moving without hiring professional movers can go smoothly if planned wisely. People usually assume that DIY moves are much cheaper, but they fail to calculate properly all expenditures like truck rental, packing material and supplies, traveling and fuel costs, tolls, taxes, hotels, food,…
Here are some helpful guidelines for a smooth move:
– Start preparing for the move as soon as possible, because packing in a rush may result in multiple moving mistakes and several items being seriously damaged during the transport.
– Rent the moving truck. Determine the distance, the size of the truck you will need for the move. In order to make sure that the truck is spacious enough, rent one that can accommodate up to 15% more than quantity of your belongings. Call several rental agencies and ask for the estimates. If you are moving during the season peak, make sure to make the reservation early enough. Also, during the high season you are likely to pay more for the service.
– Rent moving supplies like blankets, moving pads, dolly, straps, ropes,…
– De-clutter: give away, donate or sell unused items. Remember, the more items, the bigger truck you will need, which will cost you more.
– Get as many free moving boxes as you can, but don’t use grocery cardboard boxes at all costs. Small or midsize boxes are more convenient for packing and loading than huge boxes. Also, label all of the boxes, so you can easily keep track of the content of the boxes.
– Purchase appropriate moving insurance. Check whether your household insurance agency covers the move. In some cases this kind of insurance is usually enough.
– Load the truck properly
Use rope and straps while loading to tie down the boxes. Remember to load first heavy items and large boxes. Find some volunteers that would help you. And off course, stay focused and organized!
The real cost of a DIY move
Moving is never as cheap as we expect it to be.
For long-distance moves the cost of moving yourself is determined by the distance between your current and new home. In this case DIY option might be even more expensive than hiring a team of professional movers who will get the move done for you efficiently and smoothly.
On the other hand, if you are moving on your own to a nearby location, you are actually more likely to save some money. In order to calculate the total take into consideration following costs of: – renting a moving truck – purchasing additional insurance – purchasing or renting moving supplies – environmental fees (environmental fees in NYC are around 1$ for those who rent the moving van) – fuel – taxes and tolls – hotel and meals
Many people who have moved on their own realize that it is actually worth spending some extra money on hiring a moving company that will do the job efficiently and professionally for you. DIY option usually costs you more than you have expected, so keep it simple and calculate carefully all the options.