August 03, 2023

Pros vs. Cons of a “DIY” Move

Category: FAQ, Senior Moves

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If you have a move coming up, you may be wondering whether or not to hire a Move Manager. While handling the move by yourself may save money in the short run, there are several non-monetary factors to keep in mind. Let’s look over some pros and cons of DIY-ing your move!

PRO: You’re in control

Moving without the help of professionals puts you in the driver’s seat—literally and figuratively. You get to move on your timeline, pace, and schedule. Between work, family, and friends, we know just how busy life can get. However, it’s important to note that Move Managers like A Move Handled With Care can work with your schedule. We can even manage your move while you’re away on vacation! We helped move Sally Shuler while she was away on her vacation not once, but twice. Here’s what she said:

“I really appreciate all that A Move Handled With Care did because I could leave town– for both moves — and know that my daughter, along with Shanda and her team, would be just fine moving me while I was gone. Nothing was broken, no problems at all, and they moved a number of large pieces I have, very professionally and carefully. I returned from vacation each time to a new home, all set up, beautiful !! — and I moved right in.”

CON: Heavy lifting

When it comes to moving mattresses and couches, cabinets and wardrobes, you most always need a second set of hands. Even with the help of family and friends, moving large pieces of furniture down flights of stairs is cumbersome—and transporting the furniture to your new home can be challenging. 

Working with Move Managers like A Move Handled With Care means you won’t have to lift a finger. We work with vetted moving professionals who will safely and expertly move your furniture. They even wrap items in several layers of plastic wrap to ensure it remains undamaged. 

One of our past clients, Ernie Stone, was downsizing from a large house to a lovely fifth floor condo. Our team helped him make a seamless transition, moving all of his furniture and art pieces up five flights of stairs. Here’s what his daughter had to say:

“This was a big move, both emotionally and physically, for our dad. A Move Handled with Care helped alleviate that stress for our family. Cierra, our move coordinator, was attentive, returned all phone calls promptly and put us at ease. Moving day was stress free! The packers and movers arrived on time and worked efficiently. Everyone we encountered was delightful to work with and responsive to our requests. We would highly recommend A Move Handled with Care!”

PRO: You can pack however you want

CON: You can pack however you want

If moving by yourself, you can pack all of your belongings into boxes however you want! While that may sound nice at first, it may not work to your advantage. Move Managers like A Move Handled With Care will carefully pack and label your items. This will ensure that the boxes are put in the right room in your new home, ensuring the unpacking process (which we’ll take care of, too!) is quick and efficient.

PRO: You’ll save money

CON: You have to resource everything yourself

Moving by yourself will save you money, but you also have to consider the time and stress you will feel while planning your big move. Purchasing dozens of boxes, pestering friends and family to help, figuring out the logistics of transportation (including renting a moving truck), the physical toll of moving, the long hours of move-in day… All of these are weighty factors to consider against the cost of hiring assistance. 

When it came to the Schlessman family move, we had them all moved into their new home by 2:30pm—and they didn’t have to do a thing. Here’s what Dolores Schlessman had to say:

“I’m still praising our wonderful move! Three young ladies appeared at our door about 8:30 in the morning and began packing up dishes, glassware, artwork, refrigerator items, bathroom items, etc. (even freezer things!).

Three young gentlemen arrived at the same time and carefully and swiftly started wrapping furniture and moving things out to the van. They were out of the house just before 11am. Between 2:30 and 3 in the afternoon of the same day, we walked into our new apartment to find everything in the proper places, all unpacked, beds made and all of the art hung! We felt like home already. We are both over 90 years old and maybe a bit crotchety, but we couldn’t have had a more comfortable move.” 

If you or a loved one is looking to make a downsized move, please call A Move Handled With Care at 303-471-7333 and take advantage of our complimentary consultation! 

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