Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a simple, hassle-free happening, even when it is just across town. When you are moving across the country, the challenges grow. It's possible that such a move is already filled with anxiety. Perhaps it is the excitement of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you are anxious about leaving the family, or maybe you are making the relocation to be nearby to an aging parent in their elderly years.
That is already a lot to manage. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the tension can really build up. At its most mundane form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's personal property. A DIY cross-country move will contain all that, plus even significant downsizing of one's belongings. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in couch or grandma's heirloom table? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new residence.
You'll have the burden of scheduling the rental of a moving van and getting it at the right time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including cautious placement of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, in addition. Driving to your new residence could require some days to accomplish.
Create your path and stops to accommodate your moving truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you will get to spend the day getting everything unloaded from the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was accurately done, and your belongings are in acceptable shape. When you are done, rest your back and take back the rental truck and get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new town!
Contrast this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to worry about are the belongings you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will need at the time, 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. In the event that something does get marred, the movers will be responsible for it. You will be free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy back roads and the knowledge that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your car, truck or SUV. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional movers will arrive and unload your things for you. You can put your mind to making sure the setup of your new home is completed; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unexpected delay with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't vacated on time - your movers can divert your possessions to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you analyze storage options!
Relocating on your own in Tulsa can without a doubt cost less than hiring it done, but what it takes in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it.
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