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Hiring a Mover vs. Doing It Yourself

Posted by Susanna Haynie on November 5, 2015

iring a Mover Vs. Doing It YourselfWhen the time comes that your house has been successfully sold, there are still many decisions to be made. What should you bring to your new house and what should be donated? What school will your children attend? How will the new house be decorated? These are all considerations that absolutely need to be thought about and discussed at great length. The actual process of moving includes some pretty crucial decisions as well.  Asking your friends for help or doing it completely on your own are popular plans of action, but what is really the best choice? Read on for a breakdown of each option to help you determine how you will plan your next move!

Belongings Safety

An important aspect of any move is getting your belongings from one home to the next without anything being damaged.


When you choose to move all of your items entirely on your own or with the help of some good friends you are taking the safety of your possessions into your own hands. I know that we like to think that we will be more careful then anyone we hire to help, but this is often not the case (I personally remember helping a friend move and watching his dresser fall out of the truck and break right in the apartment parking lot). Make sure to ask yourself if any of your friends who are helping you have the ability or willingness to replace anything they break. In the case where an expensive item gets broken during a move, having a conversation with the friend who packed it poorly can be awkward and may not result in the replacement of the broken object.

Hiring a Mover:

If the decision is made to hire a mover, the first thing you should do is make sure that they have all the necessary insurance to cover anything that gets lost or stolen. This will give you tremendous piece of mind. A professional moving service will have moved hundreds of people from house to house and have nailed down a process to do it in the most careful manner possible. Movers do not want to pay to replace your expensive belongings and will go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

Edge: Hired Mover

Injury Liability

As the homeowner, you are liable for any injuries that occur on your property, especially if it happens while someone is helping you for free.


In the case that any of your friends get injured during the course of the move, the person whose house this occurs in will be fully liable for the injury. Moving can be a very dangerous event. Lifting heavy objects improperly can result in serious muscle damage.

If a heavy object is lifted properly, there is still the possibility that something gets in the way and causes someone to trip and fall with the object on top of him. If stairs are involved, the homeowner’s risk goes through the ceiling. If you decide to move on your own or with the help of friends, then make sure to discuss this with them in advance and take all possible steps to reduce risk.

Hiring a Mover:

Hiring a mover almost completely absolves the person moving from all injury liability. A moving company will have insurance to cover their employees in the event that an unfortunate injury does occur. By hiring a moving company, you are making sure to avoid the hassle of a personal injury claim on your property; and more importantly you and your friends are avoiding the risk of getting injured this way entirely.

 Edge: Hired Mover
To DIY move or not


Price is the number one reason that most people decide to move on their own, although many other factors should be taken into account.


Price is generally the biggest concern with hiring a mover. If you decide to do it yourself, then the price would consist of the materials needed to move. Boxes, tape, a dolly, and in most cases renting a truck will all be required. In addition to these costs, the price of having friends help you move generally entails lunch and beverages (assuming nothing gets broken and nobody gets hurt). While there is still obviously cost associated with going this route, there will be some savings in comparison to hiring a company.

Hiring a Mover:

The cost of hiring a mover can very greatly. Low-budget moving companies definitely do exist, but I advise that you stay clear of this option. These movers generally do not have the necessary coverage and in rare cases are actually just scam artists. The saying goes, “good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good.” When looking for a mover to hire, price should be a factor but it is more important that they have reviews from past clients, certifications and the means to get your job done.

Edge: Do-It-Yourself


Moving is a very time consuming process and the person moving has many other concerns to think about during this tumultuous time.


While considering the time investment of moving everything on your own, make sure not to forget how much time goes into preparation for the big day. Preparation and planning should start 3 months ahead of the scheduled moving day. On top of all the time preparing for moving day, you will probably have to take time off of work or use an entire weekend to get everything done. Packing everything up in your entire home will take several hours; along with the process of loading, driving, and unloading the truck. Moving on your own is a tremendous time commitment.

Hiring a Mover:

A full-service moving company can remove most, if not all, of the time investment required on your end. This is because a full-service mover will pack your belongings, load, transport, and then only one person needs to be present to supervise. Busy people understand that time literally is money and that the time you spend moving could easily be spent on more productive matters surrounding the moving process.

Edge: Hired Mover


Nothing about moving is convenient, but doing it yourself and hiring a mover have different conveniences associated with them.


From the perspective of convenience, very little can be said to make a case that either doing it all yourself or hiring friends is a more convenient solution. The only convenience associated with this route is being fully in control of the process. Doing everything yourself does allow you to go at your own pace and be responsible for the entire process.

Hiring a Mover:

This point is rather obvious but still needs to be made. Nothing is more convenient then hiring some one else to take care of a process such as this for you. I already mentioned that a full-service mover would take care of all of the packing, loading, transporting and unloading for you. These types of movers will often even supply the moving materials such as boxes, tape, protective blankets and dollies. This is why the argument for convenience is so heavily in favor of bringing in a moving professional.

Edge: Hired Mover


Of the points covered above, hiring a mover made a strong case as the better option by taking the advantage in 4 of the 5 areas. The full-service moving company used as a reference in the article does not work in association with CO-RE Group, LLC but is just an example available here locally. There are several uncovered examples of benefits resulting in doing the move yourself besides price such as personal responsibility for your items and avoiding hairy situations resulting in working with a sub-par moving company. Moving is well documented as one of the most stressful events in a person’s life so make sure to choose the route that saves your hair from going grey!

Bio: Matt Lawler is an Internet marketing specialist from Tempe, Arizona where he attended Arizona State University. Whenever he can step away from the computer, Matt enjoys playing sports, travelling and exploring the great outdoors. Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMattLawler

4 thoughts on “Hiring a Mover vs. Doing It Yourself

  • on June 13, 2017

    Making sure a mover is properly insured seems like a smart tip to me. It would probably be a good idea to find someone who is insured in order to protect your belongings from any accidents that may happen. My husband and I are moving across the country for work, so we’ll have to find a moving company with insurance to help us out.

  • on July 17, 2017

    These are excellent points about moving. When we moved into our new home, most of the things that ended up breaking didn’t break in the box… they broke when I was rushing myself to unpack. Thankfully most of those items weren’t irreplaceable or expensive! Being mindful of when you move in is also a really good idea. We got lucky and moved in over

  • on July 18, 2017

    Finally an article that tells the truth about moving yourself vs hiring a company to do it. All points are valid and well written, if you have any doubts on which option to choose than this is the answer.

    What I can add from my experience is that moving yourself is best option for short distances and not moving a lot of things (or they are small). In cases where the distance or the items number or size is big, than getting a professional moving help will be a lot cheaper in the end and you don’t have to worry about transporting your own stuff. Of course, look for companies that have insurance, just in case some of your stuff breaks or gets damage there will be someone to cover the costs.

  • Avery Mikayla
    on April 4, 2018

    It’s a great idea to hire movers. Because moving is stressful work and not an easy to move. Professional movers are very experienced And they know how to move things. Hire to movers is safe moving. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

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