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Taking on a DIY Move? Why This Can Be Problematic

October 4, 2016 | Moving Guides & Tips

Maybe you’ve finally landed your dream job, or perhaps you just want a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, you’re packing up and moving to a new place.

To save yourself some cash, you may be thinking of taking on the move by yourself with the help of a few trusted friends. But without the proper equipment or experience, handling your own move can be problematic.

Below, we’ll discuss some of the issues involved in a DIY move.

Damaged Property

If your belongings aren’t packed with enough padding or protective blankets, you may find yourself with scratched, dented, or otherwise damaged items. While you can restore some of those items with a little refinishing, you may need to replace others entirely, which can be both a nuisance and a financial burden.

And when you’re moving items in or out of the house, you could easily scratch up the woodwork, walls, and floors if you’re not careful.

To keep the living area and your possessions safe from damage, professional movers will wrap furniture in blankets and put floor runners down. Because they’ve been handling relocations for years, they can easily maneuver bulky furniture and keep the wall corners and banisters from getting nicked and scratched.

Failed Plans

Reserving a rental truck for moving day may seem simple enough, but even with a reservation, the rental truck may not be there when you need it. A less trustworthy company could arrive late or double-book a truck during your scheduled time. If everything hinges on the rental truck being there that morning, you may find yourself in hot water.

If you can’t find a replacement truck, you’ll have to reschedule the moving day and coordinate with your buddies all over again, adding undue stress to an already difficult situation.

And if you’re unlucky, some of your friends may have to cancel last minute, leaving you with a ton of boxes and few hands to carry them.

However, moving companies can provide their own trucks with handy features for keeping your items safe. If something happens to one of the movers, another can easily step in to pick up the slack.


Experienced movers use a series of techniques and tools to reduce strain on the body. They’ve also developed the strength necessary to move heavy furniture past awkward obstacles.

If you don’t have the know-how, equipment, or strength, it can be easy to pull a muscle in your back, legs, or arms. When there’s enough strain on your body while lifting, you can even develop a hernia, which would cost you a pretty penny to repair. And if you lose your footing, you might have a bit of bruising or other injuries to deal with.

While injuring yourself is already an unpleasant possibility, the situation could be even worse if a friend hurts himself or herself during a move. If he or she was injured on your property, you may be held responsible for the medical bills.

Unnecessary Stress and Lost Time

Thinking about a move, a new life, and a new job can make you nervous. But handling a move all on your own can add an unnecessary burden, creating a highly stressful situation and negatively affecting your health, your mood, and your focus.

You’ll also have to sacrifice a lot of time preparing for your move and committing to the relocation itself. Without experience and an extra set of hands or two, it can take you hours or days to pack up all your belongings, and it may take you a little extra time to figure out how to get the couch through the front door.

With the help of moving specialists, your move can go quickly and efficiently, so you can focus on more important things and dedicate your time to other matters.

Extra Expenses

Most people handle their own moves to save money, but in actuality, hiring a professional moving service will actually cost the same, if not less. When you’re moving, you have to take into consideration the cost of gas, lodging, packing supplies, and a rental truck. And if the rental truck is damaged during the move, you may find yourself facing extra costs.

You may also want to consider what you’ll have to pay for damaged possessions and property and also the risk of having to pay a friend’s medical bill if something goes wrong.

When you pay for a moving service, the movers brings their own equipment with them. They also instantly reduce the risk of scratched, dented, or crushed belongings, meaning you won’t have to worry about repainting the walls or repairing a bit of drywall.

No matter how many belongings you have, moving can be a real hardship, but it doesn’t have to be. Call on of our professional moving agents. We can help you pack, load, and move your possessions swiftly and carefully. Just give us a call, and we’ll get to work.

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