You’ve sold your home and settlement is rapidly approaching.
While you feel as though the biggest burden has been lifted from your shoulders, you’ve still got the monumental task of actually packing up and moving to handle.
At first glance around the home, many people think that they can save money by handling a move into a new home on their own. A closer inspection might reveal though that your move might be quite a bit more difficult than you had considered.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide whether you’ll handle a move on your own, or whether it might be best to hire a professional to do the job for you:
Take stock of large/major items
You’ve got a sofa, a recliner, and a few beds… seems easy enough, but what about that slate pool table in the garage, the marble coffee table and the huge aquarium? Will you have to rent a truck? How many trips will it take you to complete the move if you try to handle it on your own?
Do you have enough help?
If you don’t have at least a few strong, able bodied friends how will you manage getting everything you’ve accumulated over the years in your home to your new place?
Even if you don’t have a tremendous amount of large and heavy items to move, you’ll need plenty of assistance carting those boxes, bags and awkwardly shaped breakables from point A to point B.
How far is your move?
Depending on the distance of your move, you might not have the time to tackle the move over multiple trips with small vehicles. And if you can’t, are you comfortable and capable of driving a giant truck loaded with all of your worldly possessions for a period of several hours.
Having doubts about tackling a move on your own now? Here are some ways that paying a professional mover can really payoff:
They do all the heavy lifting
Your movers will save your back (and your friends’ backs) by hauling all of the big, heavy and cumbersome items.
Professional movers have done all of this a million times, they know how to quickly and safely pack up breakables, how to organise and empty each room and deftly load the truck to keep all of your items safe and to ensure that everything makes it where it needs to go in one trip.
Movers can get you fully prepped for the buyers walkthrough
Many professional movers also offer cleaning services once the house has been emptied. They will make sure the property is clear of rubbish and take the steps necessary to ensure that each room is in the desired condition for the new owners to move in. This is a huge benefit that lets you focus on getting your new home in order rather than worrying about running around your old home with a broom and mop.
A professional mover does come with a cost, but depending on how much you have to move, where your new home is and how much time you have, paying that cost can be well worth it.
You may very well be able to handle a move on your own, but make sure you carefully evaluate all that will go into it so you can make a smart decision on the best course of action before moving day arrives.