Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Moving to a new home is both an exhilarating and tiring experience at the same time. Most families choose to mitigate the negative effects of relocation by hiring professional packers and movers. There are tons of benefits of hiring a removals and relocation team, not least of which is the fact that you have a lot less to stress over. This is especially true for long-distance relocations, when families are moving across states; the entire process is just so much easier, and more efficiently-handled, when left to the pros. However, when you are moving within the same neighbourhood, or a few blocks or lanes down from where you currently stay, does it still make sense to hire a professional team?
There really is no simple answer to this dilemma, and there are several aspects you must take into consideration before you choose either path. For instance, for some, convenience matters more than expenses do, while others would gladly cart down all the boxes in their own vehicle instead of spending on a removal team. It doesn't always come down to finances vs. convenience though. Let us take a look at some things you should consider before you make a choice.
The first point to be taken into account is that of distance. Since this article deals with relocations within close range, it goes without saying that the move will be easier to manage on your own than a long-distance move. However, even a few blocks and streets can be tough and if you have a lot of items to shift, you might end up driving up and down dozens of times and spending tons of time and some money nonetheless.
More important that distance is gauging how much you have to move. This is an estimate best made after everything has been packed into cartons and boxes. If you have a lot of boxes, and heavy furniture and large cartons, it is going to be very difficult to pull off the relocation on your own. Most people consider calling in friends and family to help, which does help in easing the burden, but if that is not an option for you or you don't want to tied down by other people, a professional team is the best bet. Take a long hard look at how many things you have and take special note of items such as furniture, heavy appliances, pianos etc. that cannot be moved by you on your own.
Another factor to consider is what floor you are currently living on and what floor your new home is on. If you are in an apartment building or a multi-storey complex, chances are you probably aren't on the ground floor. Bringing heavy luggage and furniture down and then carrying it back up again is not a job for one person. Removal teams have pulleys and ropes and other equipment to help them to lift up heavy items instead of having to carry them up the stairs.
Not only is this much easier, it also makes sure that things don't get chipped against walls or stuck in tight corners or dropped down the stairs. Their equipment and tools are one of the biggest benefits of hiring a relocations team even if you don't have to move too far away from your current neighbourhood.
And last but not the least, there is the matter of transportation. If you have a small car, shifting a lot of things will be a tiring and lengthy process. Even with a large car, there is no way you will be able to fit large items like a refrigerator and a washing machine or a dishwasher into a car. You will have to hire a trailer or a van of some sort to be able to transport everything. Professional movers usually have load carriers in all sizes and will be able to accommodate any amount of luggage you have.
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