Self-moving vs. Professional Movers


  • The two essential ingredients of a successful move are manpower and hauling
  • Calculate whether moving yourself actually makes economic sense. Add up all
    moving costs including boxes, packing material, gas, meals, truck rental and
    insurance. Compare it against a quote from a professional moving company.
  • Four questions to ask yourself:
    1. Do I have time to pack and move all my goods?
    2. Am I physically capable of moving heavy pieces?
    3. Do I know enough people who can and are willing to help me move?
    4. Can I drive a rental truck? If not, who can?
  • If you do rent a truck, it’s better to rent a larger one than you think you’ll
    need. Otherwise, you will have to make more than one trip.

a Professional Mover

  • Ask family and friends for recommendations.
  • If in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Determine the size, distance and timing of your move.
  • Choose between a “self service” move (you pack and unpack) or a
    “full service” move (the moving company packs and unpacks).
  • Obtain a written cost estimate.
  • Review insurance coverage. There are three types:
    1. Standard coverage.
    2. Assessed value coverage.
    3. Full replacement coverage.