One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when planning your move is whether you’ll move yourself, hire a full-service mover, or go with a combination move.

Hiring a full-service moving company is the most convenient, but it is also the most expensive. A do-it-yourself move will save you the most money but will take the most effort. Hybrid moves enable you to avoid moving hassles while saving money by performing part of the labor yourself. Here are the pros and cons of each to help you decide what is best for your move.

Hiring Professional Movers

Professional movers can handle all aspects of your relocation, including packing your boxes, transporting your things from place to place, and unpacking your belongings at your new home. This choice will most likely be the most costly, but it will also entail the least amount of worry and effort for you.

Costs If You Hire Professional Movers

It may not be as costly as you think to hire professional movers, and it is well worth your time to get an estimate for larger or long-distance relocations while planning a move. When calculating expenses, be sure to account for these additional charges as well.


You will want to discuss what coverage is available with the mover you choose.  There are many different levels of coverage for different situations. Ask your moving company about what they offer so you can choose the right coverage for your move. 

Moving Company Rates:

The moving company will charge you for the cost of transporting your belongings from your old house to your new one. The majority of reliable companies base their charges on the weight of your shipment, and local relocations are often billed on an hourly basis.

Additional Charges:

Moving companies charge extra for a range of additional services, such as utilizing a smaller vehicle if their big truck is unable to drive into your area. When comparing the cost of hiring movers against the expense of relocating yourself without professional assistance, make sure you understand the moving estimate completely.

Pros Of Hiring Professional Movers

  • It requires less effort than moving yourself.
  • They are in charge of the heavy lifting.
  • They provide coverage options for your personal belongings.

Cons Of Hiring A Professional Movers

  • You work inside their timeframe.
  • Reduced control throughout the move
  • More expensive than self-moving

Moving Yourself

When you relocate, you’ll pack your belongings, put them into your own car or a hired truck, and then unload them at the destination. This option may be more convenient and cost-effective if you own or can borrow a truck and are not traveling very far. Moving is more difficult if you do not have access to free assistance or if you are moving a great distance.

Costs If You Move Yourself

While doing all of the labor yourself will save you money, this does not imply it will be inexpensive. Consider these expenses while choosing whether to relocate without the assistance of professional movers.

Moving Truck Rental:

You may need the services of a moving truck rental company. The cost of this service is determined by the size of the truck required, and the distance traveled. Renting a small truck for an in-town relocation is much less expensive than renting a big truck for a cross-country journey. When obtaining quotes, don’t forget to include the cost of truck rental coverage.

Moving Help:

Offer food and beverages to friends or family who assist your relocation. Consider giving them a little gift after the move. Hire additional moving assistance if you need it. Advertise on local classified websites. They may also work with rental truck providers, so you may book and pay for both simultaneously.

Gas Costs:

Whether you’re driving your own car or hiring a moving truck, keep the cost of gasoline in mind while planning your budget.

Pros Of Moving Yourself

  • Total control of all aspects of the move
  • It is less expensive than hiring movers.
  • It can be completed on your specific timeframe

Cons Of Moving Yourself

  • Produces a lot more work
  • The price of supplies and rental trucks may quickly mount up.
  • It may take considerably longer than anticipated.

When deciding whether or not to hire professional movers, there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your specific situation.

If you have the time and energy to devote to a DIY relocation, you may be able to save money. However, if you want to relieve some burden and can fit it into your moving budget, look into local moving services. A hired helper may be the difference between a difficult and easy move.

Choose S&M Moving Systems

Relocating to a new house requires extensive preparation, the right timing, and the necessary finances. Whether the move is local, long-distance, or worldwide, S&M Moving Systems will make it as easy and stress-free as possible. Contact us today to request a quote!