“DIY” culture is so widespread, you no doubt memorized long ago what those three letters represent. But just because your favorite TV home-décor-show host adores the abbreviation doesn’t mean it should be applied universally to every activity. Take tires, for instance. Adding air? That’s a DIY-er. Rotating and balancing? Go pro. Painting a playroom? You got this. Spreading a roller across a vaulted ceiling? Call the handyman. Which brings us to moving cross country. It’s one thing to move a studio apartment and its miniaturized inventory of items across town. It’s something else to pack up three stories’ and 10-plus years’ worth of possessions and haul them from near where the Mayflower landed to the Sedalia state fairgrounds or beyond. Most people thinking about accomplishing an interstate move on their own likely have saving dollars as a top-of-mind consideration. Why else would someone risk the safety, efficiency and emotional drawbacks of a self-move? Of course, costs aren’t necessarily purely financial. Many factors go into calculating the true cost of moving.
Lift with your legsPinched-nerve jokes aside, do you value your well-being? Happy not to suffer severe back pain? A professional home mover can spare you the discomfort of an injury. Employees of an interstate moving company, such as Jackson’s Relocation Services, are trained in proper lifting methods. We immediately recognize items requiring teamwork. Even the pros, with all our training, suffer injuries. So, consider how well you’ll do (even reinforced with a crew of best friends) without proper training and day-in and day-out real-life experience. Plus, suppose one of your friends is injured helping with the haul? Will you be held financially and legally responsible? Could be a considerable ka-ching!
Time is tightPulling up stakes, packing up your possessions and embarking on an interstate move aren’t steps taken lightly. Do you want the physical part of your pending cross country move occupying your time day and night? Would you rather spend those hours with family and friends you might not see again for several months or more? How about tackling the paperwork, bill-transfer tasks, mail-forwarding duties and other “administrative” elements linked to a move? Then, of course, there’s the 9–5 job of working at your regular occupation while also trying to be an off-hours amateur mover. Relying on a pro mover can free you up to focus on a move’s additional “stuff” and avoid the disruptive impact of a DIY approach. The relief you feel from leaving it to the pros also might help you stay focused on your to-do list and not forget to tackle a task (or two) when creating your cross country move checklist. Did we mention possible time missed from work? Could be a considerable ka-ching!
Take a load offPro movers make moving easy in many ways, including helping you enjoy a stress-reduced move through handling the scheduling, coordinating resources and employing efficient transportation and packing solutions. Can you match the efficacy of a moving company that has years of experience behind it? Think about it: Is a pulse-racing experience your thing? Do you relish anxiety? Children feed off their parents’ cues. If you’re stressing, it’s likely they will be as well. Also, committing to a schedule with a third party, such as long distance movers, can help you avoid the procrastination that might compromise an interstate move.
Safeguard your stuffWhen it comes to the move’s material element, the name of the game is transporting your possessions intact. Are you confident in your knowledge of how to pack fragile items for shipping? Should you go the on-your-own route, you’ll be on the hook entirely for any damage that might occur from improper packing, incorrect loading or on-the-road difficulties. Could be a considerable ka-ching! Full service movers, on the other hand, employ highly efficient packing methods, meticulous loading maneuvers and professionally trained drivers (many whom have spent decades behind the wheel). Still, accidents happen. With our movers working for you, your possessions are protected not just by proper transportation methods but financial reimbursement should a mishap occur. Own priceless antiques, fine art or other high-value items? Specialty moving services are available that use a customized moving plan to safeguard these precious possessions.
Financial factorsBack to cost. Let’s take a quick tally of what’s needed for a DIY cross country move:
- Truck rental
- Packing supplies (boxes, tape, markers, tarps, wall protectors, etc.)
- Lodging along the way
- Bribes to family and friends
- Food and beverages for family and friends
- Forever indebted to family and friends