Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros
Moving is rarely a simple, anxiety-free operation, even if you are going just a few miles. When you are moving across the country, the challenges grow. It's likely that such a move is already filled with anxiety. Perhaps it is the excitement of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Maybe you're anxious about moving away from your family, or maybe you're making the move to be nearby to an aging parent in their golden years.
That is already a bunch to deal with. Add a long-distance move in addition and the stress can really build up. At its most mundane form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus maybe significant downsizing of one's things. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in bed or grandma's heirloom buffet? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you are settled in at your new home.
You'll shoulder the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the rental truck will be yours - including cautious consideration of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and making sure that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, in addition. Driving to your new abode could require some days to complete.
Plan your course and stops to accommodate your moving van, make sure it's secure each night and do not expect to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you will spend the day getting everything out of the truck. Hopefully your boxing and loading job was soundly done, and your belongings are in good shape. When you're all done, rest your back while you return the rental truck while you get to know the idiosyncrasies of traffic in your new city!
Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to concern yourself with are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. Focus on what your children and pets will need on hand, and take your time helping them adjust to the move.
An knowledgeable professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's dining room table will be in safe hands. If something does get scratched, the movers will be accountable for it. You are free to plan your move with a lot of flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your car, truck or SUV. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without worrying about parking or large truck turn-arounds.
Your professional movers will arrive and unload your things for you. You can give attention to making sure the setup of your new home is going smoothly; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen delay with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't properly prepared on time - your movers can divert your possessions to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the inconvenience of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you analyze storage options!
Moving on your own in Oklahoma City can definitely be cost effective, but what it costs in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is absolutely not worth it.
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