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It helps to have a better understanding of the cost to pack things up yourself in comparison to using a professional moving company - this may be an eye opening exercise.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Call your local moving companies and get some estimates. We recommend calling at least three of your local, reputable moving companies. AMSA members and PRO-MOVERS are the very best of the best. It will more than likely cost a little more to have someone handle your move, but there are many factors like lack of stress and peace of mind that you can’t put a price on.
DOING THE MATH
Many people hire a mover before doing some simple planning or research. Do you know how much it's actually going to cost? Let's do the math - simply fill out the worksheet below and get a better idea of what the self-move cost can actually be.
DIY Project Planner: THE NUMBERS
$______________ Truck rental (make sure all is included such as drop off fees)
$______________ Mileage (if they charge for that)
$______________ Insurance (your insurance may or may not cover you driving a truck)
$______________ Gas (figure about 10 miles/gallon @ $2.50-3.50 per gallon)
$______________ Boxes (you’ll need 50-150 boxes most likely @ approx. $3/box)
$______________ Packing material (you’ll need bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, etc.)
$______________ Hotels (if it’s more than a 12 hour drive you’re best not to push it)
$______________ Pizza & beer (to help keep your free workforce going!)
$______________ Hired labor (if you don’t have friends helping, then you may hire someone to help with the big stuff, especially if there are flights of stairs. People get injured and belongings broken all too often trying to do more than they should.)
RENTING A TRUCK
Truck rental can be a huge help if you don't have adequate transportation for the big stuff. You will be paying for the gas (at about ten miles per gallon) and possibly supplemental insurance. If YOU are driving a rented moving truck, your family will also need to transport your other vehicles to your new location. You will need to calculate those costs as well.
Estimate the costs of purchasing all the packing materials—reinforced boxes, padding, tape, etc., plus specialty packing for awkward and/or exceptionally valuable items like artwork or musical instruments. Review the actual "move logistics". You’ll need people at both ends of the move to help load, unload and set up all your belongings.
Do you feel secure in unloading and reconnecting your major appliances by yourselves?
The potential savings in time (the average household fills about 100 moving boxes, and that doesn’t even count furniture), stress and physical strain is likely to be, well, maybe not priceless, but well worth the investment in a professional service.
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