What Are the Pros and Cons of Hiring Professional Movers?

Deciding to move can be incredibly exciting. It can mark the beginning of a new chapter, new friends, new jobs, and a general sense of starting anew in life. However, as many benefits as moving comes with, it can come with just as many, if not more challenges.

For many, the amount of planning, packing, and general logistics leading up to moving day can lead to countless sleepless nights. Then, on moving day, you also have to worry about being physically capable enough to not just get all of your belongings inside of the moving truck, but also to be able to get them back out again and set them up inside your new home.

Fortunately, there’s a way to avoid much of the risk of injury and stress associated with moving: hiring professional movers to do the job for you. To help you decide if this is the right move for you, you can find the pros and cons of hiring professional movers below.

Pros of Hiring Professional Movers

Not only do professional movers reduce your risk of injury throughout the course of your move, but they also help you save a substantial amount of time, stress, and planning.

Reduced Risk of Injury

Moving all of your belongings is not a small ordeal — it requires a lot of heaving lifting, awkward maneuvering, coordination, and all sorts of other physical movements. If you’re not someone who regularly lifts weights, maintains flexibility, or leads a highly active lifestyle, suddenly moving all of your belongings can place you at significant risk of injury.

Even if you are someone who does exercise regularly, moving still poses a significant risk of injury. This is because moving requires all sorts of awkward movements — movements you often have to make while holding heavy items — that your body isn’t accustomed to.

Professional movers, on the other hand, are not just strong enough to move your belongings, but they’re also often trained to do so without placing their bodies in compromising positions — and therefore, putting themselves at a lower risk of injury. If you’re worried that you may not have the physical strength or coordination to move safely yourself, hiring professional movers is the way to go.

Saves on Time and Stress

Beyond being physically stressful, moving is equally (if not more) stressful on the mind. Did I rent the moving truck for a long enough period of time? Where will I park it when I get to the new building? Will my friends be able to stay long enough to help me move everything into my new place? These types of questions can plague your mind for weeks, if not months leading up to your move-out date.

In addition to stress, moving can take a serious toll on your schedule. Depending on the size of your move, the delicacy of your belongings, how many trips you have to make, and myriad other factors, your move can easily take up an entire day — if not several days.

With professional movers, you can sit back and let them take care of everything. You don’t have to worry about any of the questions described above, you don’t have to take days out of your busy schedule, and you can sleep much more easily leading up to your move-out day knowing that your move is taken care of.

Reduces Need for Planning

Related to the point above, there’s a lot of planning that goes into moving. For example, you have to book a large-enough moving vehicle (and for enough time), you have to package your items in a way so as to keep them organized and protected against potential breakage, you have to organize your belongings inside the moving truck in the most optimal way for unpacking, and so on. This doesn’t even account for ancillary worries like coordinating moving elevators (if you live in an apartment) and cleaning your home for the next owners.

Professional movers help take care of a lot of this planning. Depending on how much you’re willing to pay for your movers and the actual moving company you choose, you can get your professional movers to pack your belongings, safely transport them, unpack them, and even assemble any of your belongings inside your new home that require assembly.

If you don’t have the budget for this extent of service, there are other, more affordable ways in which professional movers can help reduce the scope of your planning. For example, instead of having to ask friends, family, and your local grocery store for boxes and packing materials, you can often conveniently purchase them right from your moving company. Sometimes, these materials are even included for free with your move.

Cons of Hiring Professional Movers

While the pros of hiring professional movers may outweigh the cons, to be able to make the best-educated decision possible, it’s important to also understand the cons, which mainly relate to higher costs and having to entrust strangers with your precious belongings.

Cost

Naturally, you’re going to end up paying more for professional movers than if you were to move by yourself, or with the help of friends and family. While it’s safe to say that you’ll end up paying more, what you actually pay will depend on a number of factors, including what moving company you’re using, what specific moving services you’re purchasing (packing, unpacking, assembly, etc.), how big of a move you’re doing, how far your move is, and any special circumstances you may have.

To give you an idea of how much it costs to hire professional movers, the average cost of a 2-3 bedroom move of approximately 7,500 pounds in the United States is $1,250. If you’re moving long-distance (a distance of at least 1,000 miles), the average cost is $4,890.

When you consider that your only costs when moving by yourself are your time, your moving truck, and maybe a meal for your helpers, you can understand just how much cheaper moving by yourself can be. Remember the old saying that “time is money” and ask yourself how much your time is worth. You may find that hiring a moving company is actually a better value in the long run if it saves time in the planning and execution of your move.

Requires You to Trust Strangers with Your Belongings

When you move by yourself, you can take comfort in the fact that only you, and maybe trusted friends and family members, are handling your belongings. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about things like theft and mishandling (or, at least you can more easily pinpoint the mishandling if it happens).

However, when you hire professional movers, you’re essentially entrusting complete strangers with your belongings. While the likelihood of theft while using a reputable moving company is quite low, it’s arguably higher than if you were to use friends and family.

The best thing you can do to avoid theft or mishandling at the hands of professional movers is to use companies that come highly recommended by people you know. If this isn’t a possibility, the next best thing is to thoroughly research available moving companies in your area and choose the one with the best customer rating.