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Why the DIY method is not always the cheapest option


Moving house isn’t exactly the cheapest process. That’s why many people tend to look for ways to reduce their moving costs and save some money while relocating. Some people think that hiring movers is a waste of money and that they can do it all on their own for a fraction of the price. However, the DIY method is not always the cheapest option. There are some things to consider before making the decision to execute a DIY relocation. So, we’ll tell you some of the things you might end up paying for if you’re moving without any professional help.

The DIY is not always the cheapest option because of moving mistakes

There’s a reason that so many people decide to hire professional movers instead of moving on their own. If you don’t have experience with moving and you don’t really know what you’re doing, hiring the best movers Brooklyn is a much better idea. Why, you ask? Well, oftentimes DIY moving can lead to many moving mistakes. This happens because you’re not sure which steps you need to take and how to properly execute the relocation.

People loading a moving truck - if you don't know how to do it, the DIY method is not always the cheapest option
If you don’t know how to properly pack, load the truck and execute the move, your DIY move will cost a lot.

Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of, especially if it can save you time, money and energy. So, instead of paying the price of moving mistakes, the easier thing to do is to hire professionals. If you’re not careful, your lack of experience will cost you much more than hiring a moving company. That’s why the DIY method isn’t always the cheapest.

The DIY method isn’t the safest option

Moving on your own can lead to damages

Another reason why the DIY method is not always the cheapest option is that it can cause lots of damages to your belongings. When you’re packing, you need to be very careful. Wrapping is an essential step that you can’t miss.

You need to do your best to make sure your belongings don’t break or get damaged during transportation. However, that’s not always something you can avoid. Things often don’t arrive at the location in one piece and then you need to pay for the repair or for a replacement. And if you don’t know how to make sure your things are safe, the likelihood of things breaking is even higher.

This is especially important when it comes to packing and moving specialty items. Some things like pianos, artwork and bulky furniture require more care and special techniques. That’s why hiring piano movers Brooklyn would be a better idea that moving your instrument on your own.

Paying for moving injuries – DIY moving can be dangerous

Not only can DIY moving be dangerous for your belongings, but it can also lead to moving injuries. When you’re working with professionals, you don’t need to worry about hurting yourself or learn about moving safety. However, if you decide to relocate on your own, you should be really cautious. Otherwise, you might have to pay for some medical bills.

  • Learn the right way of lifting and carrying moving boxes. If you don’t have the right techniques, you can end up throwing your back out or dropping something on your feet. In case you need to go to the doctor’s, you’ll see that the DIY method isn’t the cheapest option.
A woman carrying a cardboard box
If you’re not careful while lifting and carrying all the boxes, you could end up really hurting yourself and paying for medical bills.
  • To make sure your body is functioning well on moving day, you need to remember to drink a lot of water and have nutritious meals.
  • Another thing you need to think about is wearing appropriate clothing and shoes. If you choose the wrong kind of clothes and shoes, you can end up hurting yourself or ruining your clothes.

Paying for extra storage

When you’re relocating your entire household, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to fit everything into one truck. This means you’ll either end up getting two moving trucks or you’ll have to come back for the second round of your belongings. Another option is getting a storage unit Brooklyn for the belongings that can’t fit into the truck. What this means is that a DIY relocation isn’t the cheapest because you might need to pay for extra storage. 

Renting a moving truck when moving DIY

If you’re not working with a moving company, you’ll need to rent a truck and transport your belongings alone. Well, before you choose this option because you think it’s cheaper, you should learn the costs of renting a truck.

A white truck on the road - because you're renting a moving truck, the DIY method is not the cheapest option
Renting a moving truck might not be as affordable as you’re hoping, which means the DIY method isn’t the most affordable either.

Renting a moving truck isn’t as cheap as it may sound, especially when it comes to moving long-distance. Not only are you paying for the truck, but you’re also paying for the fuel, mileage, tolls, and insurance. Other than that, you might have to pay for accommodation along the way and you’ll have to get someone to drive your car if you’re driving the moving truck. So, the DIY method isn’t the most affordable option, nor is it the simplest.

Hiring a moving company might be a better idea

As you can tell, the DIY method is not always the cheapest option. So, if you’re looking for ways to save money, this might not be the answer you’re looking for. Instead, you could get some professional help to make sure everything runs smoothly and try and reduce some other costs. After all, why would you spend so much time and money on moving on your own if you could make things easier for yourself? Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck!

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From Brooklyn, NY

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