Full Service vs. DIY Move

Hire a Professional Moving Company or DIY

When planning a move, the most important decision is whether to hire a professional moving company or take on the burden of moving on your own.

Customers sometimes consider moving themselves, as they are thinking of a significant cost savings. In reality, when you compare the tangible and intangible costs of a DIY move to a full service move, it is not the case.

A recent survey asked DIY movers if they would do it on their own again – 4 out of 5 said absolutely not.

Cost Comparison: Move from Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL (8,000 pounds)
2-Bedroom Home, plus 1 Motorcycle and 2 Scooters
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Full Service Mover
Truck Rental (26 ft) $3,109 $6,497
Packing & Materials $2,100 $1,143
Loading Labor
$600 (3 men)
Driving the Truck to new Home Your Risk and Responsibility Included
Unloading Labor
$600 (3 men)
Fuel $608 Included
Transit Protection for Belongings Unknown $361
Vacation/Personal Time from Work 8 days 3 days
Total $7,017 $8,001

Hire a Professional Mover vs. Do It Yourself Move PDF

DIY Moving Cons

  1. Misinterpreting the Scope of the Move
    • Improper furniture protection and poorly packed cartons
    • Inadequate protection of motorcycle and scooters for transit
  2. Navigating the Challenges of Driving a Rental Truck
    • Are you prepared to drive an older straight truck cross country?
    • Rental truck will likely have to stop at all weigh stations
  3. Safety Concerns
    • Action plan if the truck breaks down on highway
    • If repairs aren’t possible, all the contents are unloaded and loaded onto a new truck
  4. Travel Expense
    • Cost of fuel, lodging, meals, tolls and parking on the road
    • Cost of time off work
  5. Personal Injury
    • Significant exposure in an accident – you assume all liability
  6. Transit Protection
    • Do you have enough coverage for your belongings in transit?

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When comparing both options, include all direct and indirect costs that are part of the equation. Contact our company for an estimate and compare it to the cost of a DIY move. Once all the cost variables are compared, typically there isn’t a huge cost savings when you do it yourself.
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