I have one disastrous image in my head when I think about moving accidents, and it's that huge piano free-falling from a high story of a tall building — and splat! It's a totally valid nightmare in New York City, which is why I bump into lampposts all the time; I'm always anxiously looking up. Outside of killing somebody else with your ill-preparedness and overall negligence, you can hurt yourself pretty badly when you don't know what you're doing.
Moving heavy items like sofas, beds, and furniture is awkward, requires either multiple people or the right equipment, and it needs to be done twice — moving out of one home and moving into another, explains John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada, a digital home platform for the homeowner lifecycle. "Hiring a professional mover eliminates the potential for injury."
One word: pivot!
If you're a "Friends" fan you know what that means, and if you're not, well, you should look up the clip on YouTube so you don't annoy and alienate your friends on moving day like Ross did.
"No matter how much they say they will help, friends and family hate helping you move because it's tiring and stressful," Bodrozic says. "Keep your friends and family happy by just inviting them over for the housewarming party, not the moving bit."
There's a lot more that needs to be done on moving day besides the actual moving. Perhaps you need to set up cable and utility service, maybe you need to get a new driver's license, or your time might be better spent readying the new place by making it move-in friendly. Professional movers can free up a huge chunk of time by taking that burden off your back — literally — so you can concentrate on other important tasks and exercise efficiency.
"Moving yourself will take you a lot more time," says Bodrozic. "Having a company come in and do it for you with the right truck, the right hand tools, and the right resources gets the job done much more quickly."
You know what's worse than having to move your entire bedroom set down four flights of stairs? Realizing that you don't have the IKEA-issued Allen wrench you need to dismantle the darn thing. Forget about breaking your back; that aneurysm you're about to have will probably kill you first. But not if your superhero movers and personal saviors are on the job.
"Professional movers will size the contents and have the right sized truck and other hand tools to move equipment," Bodrozic says. "Oftentimes, people who do it themselves will rent a smaller truck requiring more trips, and they forget about various hand tools are other things that make it much easier to move."
I don't trust myself with moving my own valuables. I don't put all my faith in the movers either, but I'm at least comforted that if they break it, they buy it. On the other hand, if I break it, I throw a fit and cuss at inanimate objects.
"Let's face it, if you drop your TV, you can't exactly collect from yourself," Steve Pardun, managing partner of FlatRate Moving Denver, says. "Licensed and professional moving companies offer various coverage options to insure your goods against damage. In shopping around and checking out reputable companies, it's always important to ask what your options are for insurance as a consumer."
I'll take the gold package, please, and I'll totally understand if some of my out-of-date appliances bounce off the concrete until they're unrecognizable.
The major hesitation of hiring movers, of course, is the cost. I'm always telling you that should cut corners where you can — and, granted, hiring movers is definitely not one of life's necessities — but you may save money by letting a few jacked-up dudes do the heavy lifting.
"Despite the initial price tag on a professional move, you could end up saving yourself time and money — yes, money — when you hire professionals," says Joe Devost, "Oftentimes we underestimate the costs of moving on our own: the rush that can result in breakage, injury, or loss of items; the refreshments and dinner for friendly helpers; the time this job carves out of your day. We forget about all the tools and equipment that are needed, how much gas for a moving truck costs, and, most importantly, whether or not we are insured if something goes wrong."