Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a smooth, stress-free happening, even when it's just a few miles. When you are moving cross-country, the challenges multiply. It is likely that such a move is already filled with tension. Maybe it is the elation of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Perhaps you are anxious about leaving extended family, or maybe you are making the move to be closer to an aging parent in their golden years. That's already a bunch to navigate. Pile a long-distance move on top of that and the anxiety can really build up. At its most basic form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's possessions. A DIY cross-country move will contain all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's possessions. 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 items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you are settled in at your new residence. You will have the burden of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the right time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including careful placement of breakables, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and ensuring the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles will require management, in addition. Getting to your new abode could require some days to complete. Create your path and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's safe each night and do not expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone well, you will spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was soundly done, and your belongings are in tip-top shape. When you're all done, rest your back and return 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 concern yourself with are the items you want to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will need in the moment, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load your furniture and belongings the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in good hands. If something does get marred, the moving company will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy scenic routes and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to fit 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 give attention 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 setback 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 handle the issue. Imagine the headache of that, on top of having to return the rental truck on time while you explore storage options! Moving on your own in Tulsa can certainly be cost effective, 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. Need a hand with your long distance? Click below to begin your free estimate.