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May Is Moving Month: DIY or DFY?


It means summer is here! Although summers can be very busy, it is also the time to get big projects done. You might have some cleaning, rearranging or even moving to do.

If you’re planning on moving, whether your whole house or just a few items into storage, it can be tough to get started. You might be asking yourself, what do I do first?

A partner of ours, Lorie Marrero from Clutter Diet, has some Moving tips from her ebook Improve Your Move:

When should you move?

Obviously there will be situations where you have no choice in the matter, but you may be able to save money if you have some flexibility. The peak period for moving is summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You can save money by moving at a different time, since there may be cheaper rates for off-peak times.

If you have children in school, it can often work well to move at the winter holiday break, so there is a stopping point between semesters of school. You may have an older teen who could make a special arrangement to stay with friends or relatives to finish the school year.

Should you move yourself, or use professional movers to help you?

Here are some pros and cons of Doing It Yourself (DIY) or having it Done For You (DFY). Many people choose to do a little of both.

DO IT YOURSELF: Doing your own packing, loading, unloading, and equipment rental

Pros of DIY:

  • Substantial cost savings!
  • Work on your own schedule instead of working around the movers.
  • Ability to make decisions about your belongings as you pack.
  • You will likely be more respectful of your own personal items.

Cons of DIY:

  • Rental charges and availability: Prices can vary depending upon equipment available, and you may not be able to get a truck when you want it. The beginning or end of the month is sparse for rental trucks and they charge more because of demand.
  • Lack of experience with loading: You may not be as adept at estimating the size of truck that you need, and you may not be as skilled at maximizing the space inside the truck as you load it. This may result in disastrous consequences if you grossly underestimated your truck size and there is not another truck available that day!
  • Physical demands: Moving is hard on the body! You may not physically be able to lift everything. You may still need to pay someone to help you, even if you pay them in pizza and beer. Think about this especially if you are going to move to an upstairs apartment or condo.
  • Greater risk of damage: You may damage your items by packing or loading them incorrectly. Also if you are inexperienced with driving a large truck you have a greater risk of accidents.


Hiring professionals to pack and move your home, apartment or office:

Pros of hiring a professional to move your belongings:

  • They handle all the equipment—availability and operation.
  • They estimate the size of truck required and provide expertise.
  • They assume most of the liability for damage.
  • They do the hard physical lifting and labor.
  • They can provide additional services such as moving of unique items, hooking up appliances, and assembling furniture.

Cons of DFY:

  • The only major con is expense. It is GREAT to have someone do the work of moving for you.
  • Another consideration is that they will not take as much care and thought with your personal items.
  • If you want to save money, have the movers do only the loading and unloading. You can do the packing and unpacking yourself.

Other factors to consider

  • Cost of your time: Your hourly wage x number of hours required. Add sufficient time on top of your estimate for unexpected things. Include packing time, move prep, picking up vehicle, load time, drive time, unloading time, time spent returning vehicle.
  • Possible child care expenses if you DIY
  • Your personal physical abilities
  • Back strain, physical fatigue
  • Liability of breakage
  • If you have very important fragile items, it’s worth it to let trained packers box them up appropriately and safely. Then they accept the liability for any damage.

As you now know, you have many options and considerations to keep in mind for your move. You can take on the project yourself or get professional help.

As always College Hunks Hauling Junk is here to help you, whether you need some professionally trained movers or unsightly junk taken away as a part of the process. Either way we wish you the best of luck with your moves this summer.