What Is the True Cost of Moving Yourself?

by | Jan 2, 2019 | Home & Garden

Depending on your circumstances and skills, opting to move yourself actually can be the costlier choice. Let’s examine.
Time is money, as they say. A Camelot crew can pack most homes in five hours. This same task will take most homeowners over three weeks due to lack of experience and other demands in life. Don’t forget the time it takes to track down and purchase supplies and to watch YouTube videos on how to pack properly. The time spent packing will come at the cost of other activities, e.g., work, weekly chores, entertainment, and time with family.
Money is money, too. A skilled mover has undergone extensive training in handling items of all shapes and sizes through a variety of passage ways: stairs, landings, narrow hallways, and tight turns. While no mover has a perfect record, your expensive antiques, leather couches, and large appliances have a much better chance of arriving without damage and without causing damage to your home in the hands of a professional. Of course, if something does get bumped, the professional is responsible for the repair.
In addition to the cost of potential damage, homeowners considering moving themselves should include the cost of renting a truck and moving gear as well as the time off from work in calculating the expense of a self-move.
Unlike time and money, it is hard to put a dollar value on stress. Nonetheless, the stress of moving yourself should be considered as a cost. Moving yourself will distract you from work and your personal life. It will take longer, and therefore you will be living out of boxes for a period of time. Your body will certainly experience at the very least fatigue and exhaustion and perhaps even an injury.
Moving homes can be an exciting adventure! In calculating how you, your family, and your belongings arrive there, be sure to calculate all the expenses and choose the option that best fits your circumstances. 


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