Should You Move Yourself or Hire movers?

Should You Move Yourself or Hire movers?
Oftentimes when we first start thinking about moving, the first question is always the same: How much does it cost?
Cost is usually the deciding factor in how people go about home moving, whether they’re planning to hire a professional moving company like UMovers, or attempt to complete the move themselves. The common misconception thrown around the moving world is that doing it yourself is always going to be the cheaper option than hiring professionals. On the surface, this might seem like it should be obvious, but once you break it down, you’ll see moving on your own can add up price-wise.
In this article, the UMovers team took some time to break down the costs and factors you should consider when moving yourself vs. hiring professional movers. We will conclude with answering the very question: Is it cheaper to move yourself or hire movers? 

Time - How much do you have of it?

While not technically a cost, time is still important and valuable, and moving yourself takes a lot of your own personal time. You’ll still be responsible for packing up all of your belongings into boxes, loading them into a rental truck, and unloading at your new house. If you’re doing this alone or with friends who aren’t professionally trained, it will more than likely take a few trips. Multiple trips can generally lead to multiple days of moving as opposed to just one, and this is more time spent on gas, renting the truck, and the miscellaneous costs of keeping you and your friends happy, hydrated, and fed.

Moving equipment - Do you know what you need and how to use it?

If you’re planning on moving yourself, what equipment will you use? It’s not a smart idea to try loading it into a pickup truck. For a full home move, you’re going to need a moving truck, which means renting a truck from a rental company. The costs of renting also include the gas for the truck, which isn’t cheap. You’ll also need to get your hands on equipment like moving straps, dollies, ropes, stretch wrap, and furniture pads, or packing supplies and moving boxes so your belongings stay safe.

The potential for damage of your personal belongings

Moving isn’t as easy as it looks, and there’s a reason moving companies are considered “professionals.” If something unexpected happens to your items – like your couch getting stuck in the door – you may be out of luck. Without the assistance of professional movers and certain moving tools, you could end up wasting hours trying to fix the situation – instead of relaxing on that couch inside your new home.

Heavy lifting and the potential for injury 

Are you fully prepared to lift everything yourself? Lifting all of those boxes and clunky pieces of furniture is not going to be a walk in the park – especially if there are a lot of staircases to worry about. If you or your friends or family are inexperienced movers, you could mark or scratch up the walls while lifting couches and beds down the stairs. A one-bedroom apartment may be easy enough to move without professionals, but a five-bedroom may just break your back.

Why might someone choose to hire movers rather than DIY move?


You won’t have to lift a finger

Leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. After all, these trained movers were hired for a reason. By enlisting a reputable moving company, you won’t have to worry about lifting and carrying any of your heavy couches down the stairs and out the door. You also won’t have to worry about straining muscles, scratching up new floors or begging friends to help with the lifting. Instead you can focus on babysitting your children, watching your pet and other important tasks at hand. Or you can just kick back and relax.


Assuming that you’ve hired a legitimate and experienced moving company like UMovers, it’s safe to say your movers will be pretty reliable. The moving company should arrive on time with the appropriate moving supplies and equipment – saving you from the not-so-fun task of gathering dollies and furniture pads at the last minute. In the long run, hiring a reputable relocation company saves the customer a lot of moving hours.

Less stressful, overall

In general, hiring movers saves you from many of the common moving day stresses. In addition to a moving company’s time-saving benefits, hiring help will also save you from having to maneuver a giant moving truck down the highway. Moving trucks are notoriously tricky and challenging to drive. Trailers aren’t much easier either. If the idea of loading and driving a large moving truck stresses you out, then I highly recommend hiring movers to help.

So, is it worth paying for movers? 

When you factor in everything above – the money you’ll spend on trucks and equipment, the potential for damages due to not being professionally trained, or the long-term health effects of trying to move yourself – you’ll realize you’re not saving as much as you might think.
Hiring a professional moving company like UMovers ensures all of the instances listed above are taken care of while you sit back and focus on more important things. The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more true than with moving.
If you have an upcoming move, consider hiring UMovers to get the job done and let us show you why we’re the fastest growing college moving company in the nation!