7 Reasons to Hire Professional Movers

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated January 27, 2022
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Highlights

  • Hiring a professional moving company will help you complete your move more efficiently.

  • Movers use special equipment to move and protect your belongings.

  • Hiring professional movers prevents you from putting yourself at risk for moving-related injuries.

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If your moving day is approaching, it’s likely already causing you stress. Even if you set aside time to pack and prepare to move your belongings, it’s overwhelming to plan a move while keeping up with your other responsibilities.

As a result, you might be considering hiring professional movers instead of doing it yourself. If you’re on the fence about hiring a moving service to help you complete your move, check out these seven reasons to consider a moving company.

1. Your Move Will Get Done Faster

If you try to move your house on your own, it could take you several days or even weeks to complete. It'll likely take longer than you were expecting between the packing, organizing, and then the move itself. The move could drag on forever, or at least feel like it.

On the other hand, professional movers know how to move quickly and efficiently, and they're focused entirely on your move. A top-notch moving service will work with you to schedule of how and when each part of the moving process will get done. Depending on the amount of items you need to move, pro movers could get it all done in a single Saturday without you having to lift a finger.

2. Better Protection for Your Belongings

When you're moving a ton of items in a short period, there’s a risk that some items will get damaged. You could run into a door frame and splinter a chair leg, or you could drop a box filled with fragile items onto the floor.

Experienced movers know the best ways to move large amounts of belongings without breaking anything. They treat items marked “fragile” with special care, and they also have materials to wrap up larger items like furniture and televisions to protect them from damage. Plus, professional movers have the equipment needed to move large items properly, such as dollies, ramps, and lifts. If you move by yourself, you’ll have to rent those tools on your own.

3. Prevents Items From Getting Lost

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There's a lot of chaos during the moving process, and it’s easy to lose track of a box or two when you're doing it on your own. However, part of professional movers’ service is keeping an inventory of the boxes and belongings to ensure everything makes it to the new location. If you need extra help making a list of the items you’re taking with you, consider hiring a moving organizer to keep track of the details.

4. Saves Time and Energy

Let's face it: moving is (usually) not a walk in the park. It is back-breaking labor, and there’s a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete. So why not hire someone else to do it for you?

Think of everything you could do while professional movers are hard at work moving for you. You can enjoy the moving process with your family and loved ones by saying goodbye to current neighbors, exploring the new neighborhood, and finishing last-minute cleaning tasks. All of those options sound a lot better than lugging boxes and furniture into a moving van.

5. Avoids Injury Risks

In addition to being unpleasant, moving presents the risk of serious injury to non-professional movers. There are plenty of stories of people throwing out their backs or twisting their ankles while lifting heavy moving boxes or furniture. 

Luckily, professional movers have the experience and equipment needed to complete a move safely. Most moving services come prepared with moving straps and other tools to avoid injury while they tackle your move. Don't overestimate your body's limits only to find out too late that you weren't strong enough to lift that table.

6. You Won't Annoy Family and Friends

Be honest: Do you think your family and friends want to help you move so you can save a few hundred bucks? You may have successfully pressured them into it, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it. 

Since no one likes moving their own stuff, let alone someone else’s, save yourself a favor and hire professional movers to help you instead of your loved ones. And no, a free pizza is not going to make up for your friends losing their Saturday to back-breaking labor.

7. It’s Cost-Effective

The cost to hire movers is about $1,400 for both movers and a rental truck or between $850 and $2,300. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American moves 11 times in their entire lifetime. For something that happens every 5 to 10 years or so, it’s usually worth it to invest in professional moving help.

Plus, if you move on your own, you'll still have to spend money on buying new boxes, purchasing packing materials, rental moving equipment, a rental truck, and, of course, a pizza to celebrate. By the end of the move, you’ll likely have spent nearly as much as you would have on hiring movers. Instead, contact a moving company near you and get a quote for their services.

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