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Should You Move Your Furniture Yourself?

If you’re trying to save money on your move, you may be considering moving your furniture yourself. While it may save money, there are things to consider before you decide to rent a moving van and call your friends to help.

Pros of Moving Furniture Yourself

  1. It’s cheaper. If you have a friend with a pickup truck who’s inclined to loan it to you or help you out, you’re in luck. Moving vans may be expensive to rent, especially for a day or two.
  2. Labor is free. If you’re lucky enough to have friends with strong backs and willing hands, great! You don’t pay your friends for helping you move. Often, all you’ll have to do is to buy some food and drinks to keep your crew happy.
  3. You’re in control. Perhaps you have a compulsion for being in total control of the entire moving process. This option allows you to select your own truck and moving supplies as well as handle all the boxes yourself to ensure that nothing breaks in the process.
  4. You can move on your schedule. If you don’t have to take time off work to move, it can save you money. You can dedicate a day off work to moving your furniture and not have to request vacation time.
  5. It’s good exercise. Moving furniture can give you a good workout while doing something practical.  

Cons of Moving Furniture Yourself

  1. Is it cheaper? If you add up the expense of a rental truck, moving blankets, dollies, hand trucks, cellophane, foam pads, and incidentals, you’ll find that the costs can add up quickly. Add to those costs damage and replacement caused by your friends and family, and you may end up regretting doing it yourself in the first place.
  2. What if somebody gets hurt? Unless you have a personal liability umbrella policy (from a major insurer), you could end up having to pay the medical expenses for anyone injured during your move. Worse yet, you may end up causing severe injury or even end up in a lawsuit.
  3. You’re not in control. You’re in charge. While you may think, you know how to move awkward furniture out of a doorway, you have practically no experience in understanding the mechanics of how to do so. You may tell your friends which pieces of furniture to move, but you can’t be there every step of the way without coming across as annoying and apologetic. Moving is one of the most stressful experiences in your life, and even the best friendships can be damaged, along with your furniture.
  4. Sure, you can do it according to your schedule, but what about the people who are going to help you? What if they can’t take time off, or have a schedule conflict? What if you end up having to accommodate their schedule rather than their accommodating yours?
  5. Yes, it’s exercise, but at what cost? One wrong move can throw your back out, putting you on the couch for weeks while you recover. Torn muscles, twisted ankles, sprains, and broken hands or feet are all too familiar during moves. Unless you’re in top physical condition, your move may cause not only short-term injuries but long-term health problems.

Pros vs. Cons

Only you can weigh the pros and cons, and make your decision whether to move your furniture yourself. Make sure you have all the information you need. Contact us for a free quote. We can help with your move!


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