Movers Vs Rentals

Moving is stressful anyway. There is additional stress if you contemplate doing the job yourself. That is a strong argument for hiring professionals to do the whole exercise from start to finish. Just think about heavy things that will be damaged if dropped or the damage they can cause if not packed correctly. You have the job to plan your new home and positioning your things once delivered. It poses the question of the advantages and disadvantages doing the job by renting or getting others to do it for you bearing in mind cost, insurance and the distances involved.

It is worth your time to consider every factor; it could prevent your wasting money. You should begin by going online after you have a fairly firm idea of when you will need to proceed with either rentals or a professional company to do the whole thing for you.

The Timescale

If you are busy your inclination may be to hand the whole thing over to a mover, and if there is distance involved it makes even more sense. You should bear in mind the time it takes to pack and unpack as well as the value of professionals that do this regularly and are therefore likely to be somewhat better at it.

If you rent a truck you will have to do all this yourself. How valuable is your time? If there is no urgency and you are not going to be living surrounded by boxes before the move you may opt for rental.


As a rule if you are moving a great distance then there is extra pressure. You can rent on the basis of the truck being handed back at the destination but moving companies certainly make more sense. It relieves any worry. It is for you to decide but when you compare the cost of both alternatives ensure you add all the costs of doing the whole thing yourself when you do your calculations.

Liability Insurance

This is a very important considerations. If you are doing the job yourself you must look at insurance to avoid your being responsible for injury, loss or damage. It is something that a mover company will have as standard. Certainly you want to know the detail of what a company's liability insurance includes and excludes. As long as you are comfortable with any exclusions it makes sense to use a mover company.

Moving Checklist

Anyone who moves from one property to another needs to be organized. A checklist should prevent your forgetting something when you are busy; if there is nothing missing when you are finally settled in your new home you will have done well. Planning gets easier with experience but who wants to be on the move all the time?

Here's a few tips.

  1. Know the size of your new home: You need to know that everything will fit; even that you can get things through the door. That means taking measurements. Any company you consider hiring as a mover will want to know.
  2. Packing: You will only be able to pack your things properly if you have boxes for the move, tape and packaging such as bubble wrap to place between different items. Every box should be properly marked, especially if they are otherwise identical.
  3. Room by Room: The most organized way to pack is to do it by the room and mark the boxes accordingly.
  4. Valuables: Whether these have monetary or emotional value or they are important documentation these things should be together and easily found.
  5. Labels: Labels are the easiest way to identify boxes when it comes to unpacking. The labels will include details of the room in which the items will be placed.
What are my alternatives on moving trucks?

The size of the truck you will require depends upon the size of your load. If you are merely moving furniture from a single room then a 10 to 15 foot cabin should suffice. Two rooms will be slightly larger, 15 to 17 feet. Three bedrooms will require 17 to 22 feet. The bigger the load the larger the truck needed.

Do I drive myself, or get a driver?

This is a difficult question and depends on the circumstances. If you accompany a driver, loading and unloading will be easier. If you lack confidence to drive a rental then a driver which you know to be capable certainly makes sense. If it is a big job perhaps professional movers is the best way to proceed.

Is a special license needed?

No. Rental trucks are not regarded as specialist so ordinary licenses are sufficient.

What are the limits on driving cross-country?

Major rental companies have many branches across the country. You simply need to inform the company of your ultimate destination and arrange for where to return the truck.

Do I need special insurance?

It is unlikely that you will be covered to drive a rental truck on your ordinary car insurance policy. There are several reasons for that and you should check the situation and definitely take out the appropriate cover.