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DIY Moving vs. Hiring a Professional Moving Company

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July 15, 2021

DIY Moving vs. Hiring a Professional Moving Company

Moving is stressful and never seems to get easier, no matter how prepared you feel each time. Once you've made the biggest decision—where to move—the next big choice is how you want to move: DIY or with the help of hired movers? Rarely is moving a one-size-fits-all situation. When deciding between a DIY or professional move, it's best to consider your budget, proximity to your new home, and the complexity of the move.

DIY Move

While a DIY move might be a good match for a recently graduated college student, it might be a little more complicated for a family of six or older empty nesters. There is no question that moving yourself is the cheaper option, but for what you save in cash, you pay for with time and hard work.

If you're near your new home, have a few people to help, and don't mind (and can) put in the elbow grease, a DIY move is probably worth it, especially if you can get away with not spending the extra money on a moving truck, which according to can cost up to $200 for a local move and up to $2,300 for a long-distance move.

Hiring a Moving Company

Hiring a full-service moving company can take the stress out of moving but can seriously eat into your budget. According to, a full-service local move can cost up to $2,000, while a long-distance move can cost up to $7,500. While those numbers might seem daunting, many would argue the extra money spent is worth the peace of mind. 

You should consider a professional move if:

  • You're moving long-distance
  • You're worried about transporting valuable items (many companies offer liability coverage)
  • You aren't up for the physical demands of DIY moving

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