Moving out of your moms basement into Boston apartment or first Boston condo.
Once you finally own your first Boston condo or moving into an apartment, One of the decisions you’ll have to make is whether to hire professional movers or rent a truck and move yourself. You may be short of cash after coming up with necessary cash to rent or own a Boston condo, so at first glance you make think I’ll just rent a U-Haul truck. But is this the right move?
This may seem like an easy decision, but there are many factors to consider, and your final choice will ultimately depend on what resources are available to you and what your priorities are. Yo have many options in Boston when moving from one location to another.
- Hiring Professionals – This usually means packing your belongings yourself and having movers load the truck and transport your stuff. Alternatively, you can opt for full service and have movers pack, load, and transport your things for you. This is typically the most expensive option, but it also can significantly reduce your stress and free up time to focus on other aspects of your move.
- D.I.Y. Move – When you D.I.Y. your move, you rent or borrow a truck, pack your stuff, load it on, travel to your new home, and unload everything yourself, likely with the help of a few trustworthy friends or loved ones. One of the best money saving moving tips is a D.I.Y. move. This is a generally a cheap option that may be easier if you have a small apartment, access to a large vehicle, willing volunteers with flexible schedules, and don’t mind making multiple trips between your old and new home.
- Shipping or Containers – A combination of the aforementioned methods, this option involves packing your belongings and prepping them for loading (or loading them on the truck or container yourself) before they are picked up and shipped to your new home. You can also opt for white glove service, which means movers will prep and load your furniture onto the truck for you, leaving you time to take care of organizing and packing up smaller items in your home.
So, how do you decide between hiring professional movers or renting a truck and moving yourself?
Here is what the experts advice:
For some, the best method for moving is obvious, but it’s always good to take a look at your options before committing so you don’t become overwhelmed and regret your choice later.
Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to hire movers or move yourself:
- Timeline – Are you on a deadline? If you’re relocating for a job, you may not have the time to pack and transport your belongings while continuing to work and get everything organized on top of looking for a new home. If your schedule is more flexible and you have the physical ability to pack and load your belongings, moving on your own maybe easier.
- Amount of Stuff – If you’ve been living in one location for a while, the amount of items you have to pack up can be intimidating. If you have a houseful of furniture and years of belongings to box up, professional movers can pack and/or load it up quickly while you focus your attention on other things. On the other hand, if your mantra is minimalism or you plan to seriously declutter before you move, DIY may be the right option for you.
- Cost & Capability – If you are physically able and have friends or family available and willing to help you out, moving by yourself may seem like the cheaper option. But when it comes down to it, there is more than just the financial cost of moving to think about. The amount of time and physical effort you put into a move—finding and gathering supplies and equipment, decluttering and donating, packing, cleaning, loading and unloading the truck, transporting your belongings—plus the risk of injury or damage to your furniture while lifting heavy items can make the cost of hiring professionals worth it. If you’re already injured or have limited mobility, you should definitely hire movers.
- Distance – How far you’re planning to move is also a factor in what option is best for you. If you have a short distance to transport your stuff—such as within the same building or down the street—and the means of doing so, moving with the help of a few friends might be easiest. If you’re moving long distance, sending your belongings across the country with the help of a shipping company or moving service so you can arrive at your own pace and handle any additional details might make more sense.
- Monetary Value – If you possess a number of fragile, valuable, or antique items, paying for white glove service can be worth the added expense. Professionals have access to the best possible materials for keeping these items safe, as well as the knowledge and experience to pack delicate items securely. Additionally, if anything is damaged, professional movers offer insurance that can help mitigate the loss.
- Stress – Moving can be a very emotionally trying time, and sometimes it’s easier if you can delegate physically intensive but relatively simple tasks like packing and transporting to someone else. This allows you to focus your energy and attention on other important tasks, or simply provides an opportunity for some much-needed downtime.
There are benefits to both moving yourself and hiring movers, and the option you select will ultimately depend on what your needs are and what tools are at your disposal. Whichever choice is right for you, try to start making your plans early on. The more details you can pin down, the easier your move will be and the less stress you’ll feel.
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