Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a simple, stress-free occasion, 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 stress. Maybe it is the elation of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Perhaps you are anxious about being away from the family, or maybe you're making the relocation to be near an aging parent in their elderly years. That's already oodles to manage. Pile a long-distance move in addition and the anxiety can really accumulate. At its most basic form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's possessions. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus even significant downsizing of one's things. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom hutch? 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 will bear the burden of arranging the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – hopefully everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including meticulous placement of fragile items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, too. Getting to your new residence could take some days to accomplish. Plan 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 do arrive, if all has gone well, you will get to spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your packing and loading job was accurately done, and your things are in good shape. When you're all done, rest your back and return the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new city! Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials or even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to worry about are the things you will 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 the truck the right way. Grandma's dining room table will be in safe hands. In the event that something does get damaged, the movers will be accountable for it. You are free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? Feel free to use the drive-thru! Enjoy back roads 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 friends or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your belongings for you. You can put your mind to making sure the setup of your new home is completed; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen complication with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't properly prepared on time - your movers can divert your belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the headache of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you research storage options! Relocating on your own in Dallas can surely save you some money, but what it requires in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it. Need assistance with your long distance? Click below to begin your free estimate.