The Moving House Debate: Hire a Moving Company or Rent a Van?

Last Updated on June 21, 2022 by Kravelv

Moving house is stressful, time-consuming, and most of all expensive process. It is for this reason that most people would want to have the move done and over with as quickly and as cheaply as possible. However, this leads many homeowners to get stuck between a rock and a hard place – that is, to hire a more expensive professional moving company to get the job done faster, or to do the moving process themselves and hire a cheaper van? In this article, we will give you a detailed rundown of the pros and cons of each side to help you find the solution that works best for you.

Why Hire a Van?

One of the most obvious reasons for simply hiring a van is just that it’s a lot cheaper. Unlike hiring a professional mover, hiring a van will mean you will only be paying for the upkeep of the van and the time of the driver – time that is only clocked in on the day of the move itself. This immediately makes it the go-to choice for the truly frugal homeowners out there.

Besides that, however, hiring a van for your house move also means that you get complete control over the move since every aspect of the move save only for the driving bit will be overseen and directly handled by you. Since you will practically be your own mover, you will know exactly which boxes are where and exactly what items they contain throughout the entire moving process. So if you are the type of homeowner who wants everything in their sight, handling the move on your own and hiring a van should give you the peace of mind you demand.

Why Hire a Professional Mover?

While hiring a van and doing the moving process by yourself can be the better option for some homeowners, leaving the job to a professional home moving team will usually be the better option for most. This is because the extra money you spend on professional moving companies will go into making your move as convenient and as painless as possible.

Obviously, by hiring a professional team to do the work for you, you won’t need to do any of the heavy lifting. With years and years of training and experience in packing, moving, and unpacking homes day in and day out, professional movers have the skill and expertise to ensure a swift and safe moving process in which you can check through And because they will be doing all of the heavy liftings, you can devote your time to other tasks such as keeping track of all of your stuff as it is taken out of your old home and into your new one.

Hiring a professional moving team can also take away all of the stresses of moving. Besides the physical stress of carrying objects into and out of the house, you would also have to deal with the mental stress of planning out the rest of the move, such as where you may be staying during the move – not to mention any emergencies and unexpected hiccups that may happen along the way. Hiring a professional moving team will help you account for those emergencies, leaving you to focus on settling in. This is a godsend for homeowners who have jobs, young children, or both that they would have to deal with on top of the moving process.

Besides that, moving house with the help of a full team of professional workers helps you save time and money despite the high up-front costs of hiring the movers. Oftentimes homeowners who want to save money on their move will start packing their things slowly over the course of several weeks before the big move – oftentimes much longer than that because of other obligations to deal with. Hiring a professional moving company will turn weeks of slow, gradual, stressful packing into mere days of seamless moving from your old home to your new one.

Although some homeowners are motivated to do the move on their own in order to “save money”, one would also need to consider all of the actual costs of moving house on your own. Besides the costs of hiring the van, there is the cost of the packing materials, the time and effort you spend going in and out of the house to move your things, and the liability cost when something breaks or goes missing – all of which will fall on you if you perform the move yourself. If you hire a professional moving company, however, those additional costs are already part of the fees of hiring the movers, which may also include add-ons such as insurance coverage for your items and temporary storage services if you need it.

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