Moving yourself vs. hiring movers: What's the best way to move?

Moving yourself vs. hiring movers: What's the best way to move?

Moving can be very stressful 
Is hiring moving help really worth it?

Overview of moving options

When you move, you can hire professional help, do it yourself or a mix of both. Moving companies and rental truck providers offer a lot of options and services; pick and choose the ones that work best for you. Here’s a rundown of your options:

Moving yourself

When you move yourself, you’ll pack items, load them into your own vehicle or a rented truck and then unload at the other end. This choice might be easier and cheaper if you own or can borrow a truck. Moving yourself is more complicated if you don’t have the benefit of free help or you’re moving long distance.

Hiring movers

Professional moving companies can do everything related to your move. This option will likely cost the most but involve the least amount of stress and work for you. You can save on costs by packing yourself.

Moving yourself costs

You’ll save a significant amount of money when you do all the work yourself, but that doesn’t mean it will be cheap. Don’t forget to consider these costs when deciding whether to move yourself without professional movers.

Truck rental

You may need to rent a moving truck. Pricing for this will depend on the size of truck you need and the distance you’re moving. Renting a small truck for an in-town move will be much cheaper than renting a large one for a cross-country trek. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of truck rental insurance when getting estimates.


Whether you’re taking your own vehicle or renting a moving truck, remember to consider the cost of fuel when making your budget.

Moving helpers

You should offer friends or family members who help you food and drinks on the day of the move. You might also consider giving them a small thank-you gift after the move.

Moving Equipment

If you care about your furniture, you should have proper moving blankets and stretch wrap.  This will protect your belongings from getting damaged.  You will also want to have dollies and 4 wheelers in order to protect your body from being injured.

Hiring a moving company (costs)

Using a moving company may not be as expensive as you think, and it’s worth your time to get an estimate before you decide to do it yourself. When you’re considering costs, make sure to factor in these expenses.

Basic charges

The company will charge you to move your items from your old home to your new one. Most reputable companies base the cost on the weight of your cargo.


Although movers must legally provide some liability coverage for your belongings, it usually won’t cover the cost of replacing a damaged or lost item. For the most comprehensive protection, we recommend contacting your home owners or renters insurance to see how much they will cover if something gets damaged.


It’s standard to tip each individual on the moving crew. We usually recommend tipping $5 per hour to each crew member, but that is totally up to you.

Other considerations

Besides price, you should consider several other factors when thinking about whether to hire a mover or move yourself.


Each type of move presents different stressors. Here is a link to help you deal with the overall stress of your move.  Moving your items on your own may be less stressful financially, but more stressful in terms of how much work you need to do. Consider how much work you’re okay doing yourself and what you’re willing to pay for to reduce your stress level.


Each type of move follows a different timeline. If you get estimates early, a moving company like us can typically complete an entire move in one day.


Consider whether you’re comfortable driving a big box truck hundreds of miles. If not, hire a moving company to handle the transportation of your belongings.

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