Do It Yourself (DIY) is a good accomplishment for anyone to acquire. It teaches you new skills, gives the satisfaction of doing things for yourself, and above all saves a considerable amount of money and bother.
But you need to be aware of the limitations on your DIY efforts, which could lead to damage, chaos and greater costs and even injury. Changing a fuse is one thing, but rewiring a house is another. Loading an unwanted chair or two onto your car to help a friend organize a party may be easy. Moving to a new location, however, is an entirely different proposition.
Packing and moving may seem like a simple thing requiring only time and physical endurance. Think again carefully. When you move to another town or across your country, you are transporting your most valuable possessions, and the invaluable memories that go with them.
Any loss or damage caused just cannot be undone: invaluable memories of those lost/damaged things will haunt you for long. Using a professional moving company is one area where DIY usually does not make sense. Here’s why.
Experience and skill
Professionals know the best way to pack and load your household items, to ensure that they arrive at the destination safe and undamaged. They know how to carry furniture down narrow staircases and hallways, how to ensure that nothing gets tossed back and forth in the truck, and how to drive when carrying heavy loads.
It is not easy to pack oddly-shaped furniture for transportation without damage. Professionals do it every day; they know exactly what needs to be done. They can work very fast – pack, load, move, unload and unpack – taking the least time. They know how to maximize the loading space, and thereby minimize transportation costs.
Equipment and materials
Moving requires a great deal of handling a variety of household gadgets and assorted things. Different types of furniture, gadgets and other things require different kinds of packing. Long experience in using the right type of moving box, bubble wrap, anti-static peanuts etc., will ensure the safe arrival of your possessions at the destination.
Heavy goods require the use of moving equipment like hoisting cranes, moving platforms, furniture blankets and moving pads. You may be able to rent these, but do you have the skills to use them properly to protect your possessions?
Time and convenience
Moving means a lot to do both at the old and new locations. With all the demands on your time and convenience, do you think getting involved with the DIY-packing and moving is a good idea? Focus on the things you have to do yourself anyway. Leave the rest to professionals. That is the best way to ensure that everything is done correctly.
Another major issue of moving is always the cost. A professional moving company will help you know in advance what exactly the total cost of shifting will be; you can therefore plan and budget for it.
The company may be able to provide you with storage solutions to keep your possession safe, if your new home is not yet ready. And perhaps most importantly, should anything go wrong, you will feel relieved that your possessions are insured by the company against loss or damage.
Your home is the support center of your family life. Moving to a new place means packing and moving safely everything that makes up your home: the concomitant bother is just not worth your while. Having professionals pack and move for you preserve your peace of mind, and you can look forward to relocation without care or worry. Save your DIY skills for doing up your new home, not for moving to it.