Is Hiring Movers Worth It?

Is it worth it to hire a moving company?  When you have to relocate to a new home in a new city or state, you have to really consider how you will go about it. Moving is a significant process, so most people take time to evaluate how to go about it correctly and affordably. […]

Molly Henderson

Molly has been writing about the moving industry for more than 10 years and knows exactly what makes a mover great.

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Is it worth it to hire a moving company? 

When you have to relocate to a new home in a new city or state, you have to really consider how you will go about it. Moving is a significant process, so most people take time to evaluate how to go about it correctly and affordably.

The first thought that jumps into people’s minds is hiring movers. Should you hire a professional moving company? And due to the high costs, should you look at other options? Are there any other options to moving apart from movers?

The costs of long-distance moving plus the ever-rising number of moving scams may also push you to consider carrying out a DIY move.

Granted, trying to make the right decision when all your belongings are at stake is not easy. So, let’s look at the different options out there, compare prices, and dig into the pros and cons of hiring movers.

Should I hire professional movers? 

In broad terms, any service company that you hire or contract to help you with your relocation can be referred to as your mover. But when most people talk about a mover, they have professional moving companies in mind.

It is definitely worth it to hire movers, any given type of mover. So long as they are legitimate, movers offer moving solutions that the clients are in dire need of.

When you hire a professional moving service, for example, they will provide moving labor; they will pack, haul, load, and transport. They will also unpack and even reconnect your utilities. To a customer that needs these services, the mover is worth it, very.

When you hire a moving truck, a moving container, or even use a freight mover, they, too, will offer you valuable moving solutions.

All types of movers are, therefore, worth it. The key is to understand what moving solutions you need and then select a moving service that fulfills those needs for you.

What are the benefits of hiring movers?

The moving process can be very intimidating for most people, especially those who have not experienced a major relocation before. Long-distance moving, especially, is a process that most people don’t want to be left on their own to do. Movers walk the process with you and even do the heavy lifting and hassle so that you don’t have to.

Professional moving companies make moving easy and stress-free by taking over all the processes pertaining to your move. They will pack, disassemble furniture, provide moving trucks, load your belongings into the trucks, transport everything to the new home, offer moving insurance, unload the furniture, and put it inside your home. Some even offer additional services such as car shipping, reconnection of utilities, and house cleaning.

Moving containers give you the time and privacy to pack (and later unpack) at your desired pace. The storage containers are convenient if you will leave your things in storage long term. And together with freight moving companies, they provide you with professional transportation across state lines.

When you decide to undertake a DIY move, truck rental companies provide you with a selection of trucks to fit your needs. You’re then at liberty to pack, unpack, and relocate at your own pace while enjoying very low moving costs.

What is the average cost of hiring movers?

The average price of a local move is about $700. These usually take about 3 to 5 hours to complete. And unlike long-distance moves, extra fees are based on the number of hours it takes to get the job done (multiplied by the number of people it will take).

Long-distance moves cost about $4,500 on average. This will, in most cases, be the rough cost to relocate over several states, e.g., from the west coast to the midwest or from the Midwest to the east coast and vice versa. Longer coast-to-coast moves will cost about double this figure. The average pricing for such longer moves is $7,500 to $11,000.

We suggest using moving calculators to get a quick figure reflecting what you might pay or the hourly rate. Better yet, ask for moving estimates from companies you are considering hiring for your upcoming move. You can also ask whether they give binding estimates or if there are any additional fees you should expect.

Is it cheaper to hire movers?

Moving long-distance is rarely ever cheap. As we’ve just highlighted above, full-service movers will charge you thousands of dollars to move cross-country.

But depending on your circumstances, hiring a full-service moving company and parting with thousands of dollars may be the cheaper option. This is especially so if:

  • You have a very busy work schedule and you’ll lose more money if you try to pack or move by yourself.
  • You’re elderly or ill and cannot handle the rigors of a move by yourself.
  • You have lots of valuable possessions and would rather entrust them to professionals who will pack and handle them with utmost care.

If you’re looking to save money on your move, we suggest you look into moving containers, truck rentals, and freight movers. These options are cheaper than full-service movers.

You could also hire professional movers but opt out of packing services and do the packing yourself, packing supplies included. Or you could hire a moving truck and, on top of that, hire one or two packers to help you with the labor and packing materials. 

How many hours does it take to move?

The average duration for local moves is about 5 hours. Assuming a local mover only has 45 minutes to an hour, that leaves two hours on each end for packing & loading or unpacking and unloading. Depending on the size of your property, the moving company might need 2 to 5 people for this.

Long-distance moves are a lot harder to quantify. On average, they take about 10 to 20 days to complete. The days spent on the road are about half of that (5 to 10). Of course, overnight boarding and making deliveries for other clients is a factor. Packing, disassembling furniture, and loading everything takes about 3 to 5 hours on average.

How do I find a reputable mover?

Moving scams are a real threat if you consider that the BBB (Better Business Bureau) records more than 10,000 complaints each year. Therefore, you should put your move in the hands of a company that you can trust.

And there are a few ways to go about this. They include:

  • Ask for recommendations from national moving associations such as AMSA.
  • Check out moving review sites for their recommendations of the best long-distance movers, best truck rental companies, best moving container companies, and best freight movers.
  • Look for movers with good ratings. You can look in customer review sites such as Yelp, Google Reviews, and the BBB.  
  • Ask family, friends, co-workers, and your social media community for leads/recommendations.

There are many good moving companies out there. You just have to do a little searching and possibly avoid the cheapest companies. In the moving industry, cheap is rarely reputable or of good quality.

When should you rent a truck?

Truck rentals offer one of the best ways to save money on a long-distance relocation. But then you have to do all the loading, packing, and driving. And as much as the cost savings are tempting, truck rentals are not ideal for everyone.

So, who should attempt a DIY truck rental move?

Only hire a rental truck to move if:

  • You are willing to bear all liability for your goods (and the truck).
  • You can pack, load, and unload the truck with little help.
  • You have the time to do all the aforementioned packing, loading, driving, unloading, and unpacking.  
  • You are a good driver and understand the route you need to take.
  • You fully understand the risks and challenges of trucking your household belongings across the country.

People who should definitely not attempt DIY moving include those without the license to drive trucks, sick/unwell clients, the elderly, and anyone with a busy schedule.

When should you hire movers?

People who do not qualify for DIY moving trucks are the best candidates for professional moving services. This is because they need the convenience that full-service moving solutions provide the most, even if it comes at a cost.

Hire movers if:

  • You are too busy to pack up your entire home, and possibly load everything up and drive hundreds of miles to your new home.
  • You do not have the energy to pack, load, unpack, disassemble furniture, reassemble it, re/connect appliances, etc.
  • You have fragile items and specialty items and want your move to be carried out professionally by people trained specially for that.
  • You need to move out quickly or last minute
  • You don’t want the bother, liability, stress, or heaps of work that stem from a move.

If you can afford it or save up for it, hiring full-service movers makes relocating a breeze. Instead of stressing over everything you need to get done, it makes your move something you look forward to.

Final Thoughts:

You landed on this page because you asked yourself, “Should I hire movers?” And although this is not a straightforward question, the answer is yes. You should hire movers; they add a lot of value to your move by doing the hard work and handling transport.

Now, remember, if you cannot afford a full-service move, you can pack on your own and pay less. For even cheaper moving options, consider moving containers, freight movers, or a DIY move.

Whichever option you go for, carry out full due diligence so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. And stay informed to avoid moving scams that could cost you a lot of money and ruin the experience of moving to your new home.

Molly Henderson

Molly has been writing about the moving industry for more than 10 years and knows exactly what makes a mover great.

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