Do You Need to Hire a Canadian Moving Services Provider for Your Big Day?
Your house sold quickly and you got the price you wanted - great news! The only downside is that you had to compromise a little on the closing date. The buyer wants to take possession fairly soon, which doesn’t leave you as much time as you wanted to plan your move. Where do you start? Maybe you can do it yourself? Or would it be better to take advantage of a professional Canadian moving services provider instead?
Professional Mover vs Do-it-Yourself
The major factors that come into play when making this decision are cost, timing and resources. Many people are very surprised to learn how economical (in terms of money and reduction of stress) professional moving services providers can be. When you stop to consider all that is involved in a move you quickly realize that moving is hard work and requires specific skills. That’s why moving is best left to the experts!
Sure, on the surface it appears that you will save some money if you do it yourself. After all, what is the big deal with moving? You just toss your stuff into some cartons, rent a truck, load your furniture on a truck and then unload it at the new house. What could possibly go wrong?
Professional Packing vs. Do-it Yourself
Well, let’s start with the packing. Go through your house. Look in all the cupboards and drawers, go down to the basement, go out to the garage and just get an idea of how many things need to be packed. Overwhelming, isn’t it when you see how much stuff you have? How long will it take to do all of this packing? Do you have enough time to take on this task between your job, taking the kids to their activities and all of the many other demands of daily living?
And, how do you make sure all those valuable and fragile items (like the good china passed down from your grandmother or received as wedding gifts) doesn’t get broken during the move? Wouldn’t it be easier to have a company that specializes in Canadian moving services handle at least some of the packing for you?
Professional Moving Equipment or Rental Truck?
Renting a truck shouldn’t be a problem, should it? Well, for starters when you move in the peak summer season, rental trucks are at a premium. There are a few other issues that can arise when you rent a truck to do your own move:
- You could end up renting a truck that is too small or having to take whatever is available. This could result in multiple trips, which extends the moving day or days for you and whoever is helping you move.
- What happens if the truck isn’t in good mechanical condition and it breaks down?
- What happens if you don’t rent enough moving blankets, dollies etc. to properly protect your furniture?
- Do you know how to drive a truck? It is a little different than driving a car.
Professional Mover vs. Reluctant Volunteers
Now for the most difficult part of doing your own move: Who are you going to get to help you load and unload the truck? Given what a hard job this is, and how little free time people have, you may find it really hard to get volunteers to assist you. Anyone who has done this in the past is not anxious to repeat the experience, no matter how good a friend they may be. On a more serious note, there is always the possibility that someone may get injured trying to help move a house full of furniture. Back injuries are quite common. Slips and falls on moving ramps are another frequent hazard. Professional movers, on the other hand, are properly trained and experienced in how to safely and efficiently load a truck. A few other things to consider in terms of helpers for a do-it-yourself move:
- What happens if one or more of your “volunteers” cancels with short notice or doesn’t show up on moving day?
- Do you and your “volunteers” actually know how to load furniture on a truck in order to maximize the amount of items in the available space?
- If you are moving out on the same day the new owners are expecting to move in (a big no no!), then what happens if you are slow loading the truck and they can’t move in? Technically you could be required to compensate the new owners for waiting time charged by their movers.
The foregoing are just a few things to consider when evaluating whether it makes more sense to go for a professional Canadian moving services provider rather than struggle to do your own move. The extra money spent to hire a professional moving company will pale in comparison to the hidden costs and degree of stress that will most likely be the end result of a do-it-yourself move.