Tight Moving Budget? The Top Money-Saving Questions About Residential Movers


How can residential movers save you money? You're on a tight budget and aren't sure whether a do-it-yourself move is the most cost-effective option—or you should contact a pro. Before you skip a call to the contractor, take a look at what you need to know about the realities of a DIY move and the top ways professional residential movers can help you to cut costs.

Why Not Choose A DIY Move?

A DIY move seems like the best money-saving idea you've heard. Unlike HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work, moves don't require complex technical knowledge and extensive experience in the field—or do they?

Even though a move seems like an easy job, it isn't always a simple process. While you could lift, carry, and transport a few light boxes, bins, and bags on your own, a whole home (or even a whole apartment) move often requires pricey equipment (such as dollies and moving pads), a truck rental, and more. A DIY move won't cost you the price of labor. But you will need to pay for the tools, equipment, and vehicles used to safely and securely move everything from your old home to the new one. 

Along with the price tag of equipment and vehicle rentals/purchases, a DIY move will also take up more of your time. This means you might need to miss work or hire a sitter to watch children (if you have younger children who require constant supervision). 

Can A Mover Really Save You Money?

If you look at the reasons not to choose a DIY move and feel that you have each point covered, you may not need to hire a professional. But if you will need to add the costs of a dolly, van rental, babysitter, or unpaid time off from work to the total, you've already answered part of this question. 

The number or weight of items that you will need to move, the complexity of the move, damage risks to your to-move haul, and livability-related issues can also impact the price you pay.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), most contractors are liable for damage or losses that happen during the move. This means you may not have to cover the costs of mid-move damage. 

If you choose a DIY move, you are always responsible to pay for 100 percent of any damage that happens during the transportation process. DIY movers who don't carefully stack boxes, who don't have the right equipment, or aren't sure how to safely get everything from point A to point B could end up paying extra (after the move) to replace damaged items.

Reach out to a company like All America Moving for more information.


16 September 2022

The World Is Your Home

Hell, my name is Damian Daniels. My career forces me to move constantly, often all across the world. I have had more three-month-long leases than I can count. Because of all the moving I have had to do, I have really gotten it down to a fine art. Moving is almost like breathing to me and I can do it at the drop of the hat. So I decided that my knowledge and experience might be useful to someone else, so i decided to create a blog that is dedicated to moving and storage. I hope that we continue to learn and grow together and make the world our home.