Are moving companies worth the money? I have often wondered when it comes time to move if it is best to pack up our stuff ourselves and rent a truck, or just hire someone to handle everything. I know people who have done it both ways, and there are pluses and minuses to each.
The thing that scares me more than anything (even the cost) is having other people handling my favorite things. Will they have the care I would when packing and moving my china and crystal? It would be terrible if they broke something. Sure, they might have insurance, but some of these things can’t be replaced. On the other hand, who is to say we could do a better job of packing and transporting than the professionals?
I would want to interview companies in advance and make sure that they are people whom I trust. It is probably best to get a couple of moving quotes before making a decision on which company to go with. I would also want to compare the rates of renting a truck from a company like Ryder or U-haul to determine just how much money we could save by doing it ourselves.
When the time comes to move, even if you decide to hire someone, you can save money by packing up things yourself. If the moving company does not have to pack your boxes, the cost is going to be considerably less. By packing yourself, you can also make sure that the fragile items are well protected and the boxes are clearly marked so that they will be handled with care. Not only should they be treated gently by the carrier but they need to placed in a spot on the truck where the box won’t fall and won’t be crushed by some heavier item which might fall on top of it.