Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a smooth, hassle-free event, even when it is just a few miles. When it's a long distance, the challenges grow. It is likely that such a move is already filled with anxiety. Possibly it is the elation of a new career, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you are anxious about leaving your family, or maybe you're making the move to be nearby to an aging parent in their golden years. That is already oodles to deal with. Add a long-distance move on top of that and the stress can really add up. At its most simple form, moving entails the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will contain all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in sofa or grandma's heirloom table? You might have to sell or give away a lot of things - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your destination. You will shoulder the burden of scheduling the rental of a moving van and obtaining it at the perfect time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading everything will be yours - including careful consideration of breakables, securing all cargo while also protecting it from shifting in transit, and making certain that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, in addition. Getting to your new home could take some days to complete. Design your route and stops to accommodate your rental truck, make sure it's safe each night and don't plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone smoothly, you will get to spend the day getting everything unloaded from the truck. Hopefully your packing and loading job was well done, and your belongings are in tip-top shape. When you're all done, rest your back and take back the rental truck and get to know the ins and outs of traffic in your new town! Weigh this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in packing. On moving day, all you need to be concerned about are the items you want to take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. You can focus on what your children and pets will need at the time, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An seasoned professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in good hands. In the event that something does get marred, they will be accountable for it. You will be free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy back roads and the knowledge that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to accommodate your vehicle. Stay nights along the way with family or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional movers will arrive and unload your possessions for you. You can concentrate on making sure the setup of your new home is going smoothly; setting up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unforeseen complication with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't vacated on time - your movers can divert your belongings to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to deal with the issue. Imagine the hassle of that, on top of having to return the rental truck in a timely fashion while you explore storage options! Moving on your own in Tulsa can certainly be cost effective, but what it takes in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it. Need assistance with your cross-country move? Click below to begin your free estimate.