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When it's time to move, many people have to decide if it's best to pack and move all their items themselves or hire a professional moving company to assist. Crown’s Cheryl Dunlap shares her recent self-moving experience and five reasons she recommends hiring a professional moving company.

Which box is it in?

It’s a common experience shared by many self-movers, you’ve packed up a lifetime worth of belongings and you can’t recall which box the coffee maker is in. Professional movers not only pack and move all of your belongings, but also make a list of all your items and which box they are. Many companies will also unpack your belongings for you. This saves valuable time and energy as well as the frustration of looking through multiple boxes for the coffee mugs.

Can I take a break or does the truck need to go back soon?

Many people find themselves with a very small window of time to move an entire household. Renters often have only one day to move their belongings out of the rental property and go straight into their new location. That’s a lifetime worth of belongings loaded into a truck, transported to the new destination, unloaded and then return the truck to the rental store, unless you want to accrue additional costs for an extra day. Depending on the distance of your move, that’s a lot to accomplish in one day. Additionally, if you are not used to the physical rigors of lifting heavy boxes and other items repetitively, consider hiring professional movers. They are highly skilled and trained in careful packing and moving. They can manage the entire process without you lifting a finger. Plus, as Cheryl found out, you can save the time and hassle of finding someone to take you home from the truck rental store.

How did this break?

One of the many staples of do-it-yourself moving is the inevitable plea to your friends to help you move. “You may call in a favor, or bribe them with pizza, in exchange for helping you lift heavy boxes and oversized furniture; things you wouldn’t be able to manage on your own” said Dunlap, “but there is an inherent risk you take going this route because if your friend drops and breaks one of your possessions, there is little recourse available.” Crown Relocations offers Transit Protection and Personal Property Protection services that provide coverage and peace of mind in the unlikely situation belongings are broken or damaged during the move.


Where did the cat go?

Moving is a stressful time, especially for our furry friends. Among the flurry of cardboard boxes and packing tape, it can be easy to lose track of your pet(s). If you’re moving on your own, it can be hard to manage the entire process, while also keeping an eye on your pet and making sure every door or window has not been left open. Dunlap said, “Moving and making sure I didn’t leave anything behind was stressful enough. If something happened to my cat in the process, I would have been devastated. Replacing furniture and knick knacks is easy, but you can’t just replace my cat, she’s a part of my family.”

How much are we really saving?

The number one reason most people decide to move on their own is cost, but how much are you really saving instead of hiring a professional mover? Most people think the only expense you incur moving on your own is the truck rental but that is not always the case. Cardboard boxes, packing tape, packing paper, truck rental, mileage charges, gas, and time off work can often add up to more than simply hiring a moving company to do it all for you. Another expense that can occur that doesn’t cost any money at all – stress.  

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