Are you steeling yourself for an upcoming move in New York City? Though New Yorkers are notorious for moving every few years, it’s safe to say that it’s nobody’s favorite pastime. Moving is a big job – even more so in NYC. And when the time comes, you’ll probably give at least more than a passing thought to doing the whole thing yourself instead of hiring movers. But is that the best idea? Let’s weigh the pros and cons of each.
Hiring Movers – Pros
If you have the money to hire movers, this is the way to go. Seriously – why would you want to lift a finger if it’s not necessary? When it comes to things in NYC on which to splurge, professional movers are definitely on the list. You can hire one of many full-service companies who will perform the entire process for you, from packing all your boxes to unpacking them when you arrive. They’ll even supply boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and moving blankets. For those who hate logistics and stress, full-service movers save tons of time and headaches. To save a little cash but still have the pros do all the heavy lifting (literally), pack your own boxes and simply pay to have them loaded and unloaded.
Hiring Movers – Cons
So why doesn’t everyone just hire professional movers? The biggest reason is the high cost. Moving is not cheap. Even if you’re only moving a block or two away, you’ll pay for the convenience of not doing it yourself. In addition, you’ll have less flexibility when it comes to scheduling your move. You’ll have to arrange it around the company’s availability, and you may even have to wait days or even weeks for your belongings to be delivered to your new place. You’re also opening yourself up to being scammed. If you do hire movers, make sure you vet them carefully to avoid being overcharged or worse – having your items broken or stolen.
DIY Move – Pros
Are you the kind of person who likes to be in control? Then a DIY move is a good fit for you. When you move yourself, you pretty much have control over the entire process, from when and how to pack to scheduling the moving day. And, of course, the biggest advantage of moving yourself is saving money. You can use those savings to treat your friends to beer and pizza when you ask them to help you.
DIY Move – Cons
Let’s be honest – if your ratio of friends to heavy pieces of furniture is off balance, a DIY move is not a great choice for you. It’s unlikely you’ll get that antique armoire up three flights of stairs on your own. And if you’re someone who doesn’t have the stamina to move box after box after heavy box, trying to tackle a move on your own is a bad idea. You also need to consider how good you are at planning, dealing with logistics, and problem-solving on the fly. What happens when that couch won’t fit around the bend in the stairs?
Which is right for you?
Ultimately, deciding whether or not to DIY your move is based on many factors. But if you know what each entails you can make the best choice for you.
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