Because moving is expensive, many people try to cut costs by renting a truck and moving themselves. Does a rental truck cut costs considerably? What are the drawbacks of a do-it-yourself (DIY) move? How can you decide which option is best for you?
Tally up your needs and the pros and cons of each method before you make a decision on whether to hire a moving company or a rental truck. Here are a few considerations:
Cost of Moving Company vs. Truck Rental
At first glance, the price of a rental seems hard to beat. But add in the costs of mileage, gas, packing materials, insurance, etc. Will you need to hire labor to load the truck? (More on this below.) Once you add up the extra charges, the two costs don’t seem so far apart.
Professional movers like Few Moves Moving Company will give you a detailed estimate with all charges stated, so you know what your move will cost.
How Much Help Do You Need?
Don’t underestimate the amount you need to move or you may end up short of the help you need on moving day. Heavy lifting is hard on friendships, and you may need to hire day labor to fill the gaps. Professional movers can look over your house and give you a close estimate of what’s needed for your move. You may be surprised at the price!
You can save money by packing things up yourself, which is less physical wear-and-tear than the actual moving day. But get estimates on the costs of packing by your moving company too—it can be very affordable.
Safety for People and Belongings During Moving
Loading the truck, driving, unloading: It’s a long day. You and your helpers get less efficient and make more mistakes as the day wears on, especially if you’re not used to such physical work. And when you’re tired, it’s harder to be careful with the backs of your friends and the fragile items that rest on top of your heavy load.
Professional movers like Few Moves are used to the heavy lifting and we always use the utmost care to protect your belongings. We are fully licensed and insured just in case something goes awry.
Finding Great Value When You Move
Be sure to ask about discounts and specials when you speak to both truck rental agencies and full-service movers. Weekends at the end of the month are always in demand, for example, but weekday rates may be lower.
Check reviews when you consider any moving company. There’s no value if your moving company is careless or undependable. Few Moves Moving Company has great reviews from happy customers in Wilmington NC and Raleigh!
Few Moves Moving Company is a safe, fast moving company and we believe you’ll find us a solid value. Call us today at (919) 999-6201 in Raleigh or (910) 512-6999 in Wilmington to get a free estimate, or request a quote online.