Renting an Uhaul and opting to carry out your move yourself is becoming an increasingly popular option. There are advantages to choosing this way of doing things, but it certainly isn’t right for everybody. We are going to go through some of the reasons why you may still want to consider a professional moving team. If you do move yourself there is a good checklist located here.
We can’t deny that the touch of a professional will ensure your items make it to your new home faster. Professional movers know how to pack and store items in the most efficient way possible. If you rent an Uhaul, you are going to have to do this all by yourself.
Renting an Uhaul is always going to cost less because you are not paying a team by the hour and tips. Uhauls are rented out at a flat fee, usually for 24 hours. This works out to be less when you compare the two.
Do make sure you factor in gas and mileage, though. There have been some scenarios where renting an Uhaul actually figures out to be more expensive than a professional moving team, when this is taken into account.
The reason why professional movers are so often used is that they are trained to handle fragile items. They have years of experience in dealing with particularly fragile items. Remember that the only reason someone would think about an Uhaul is so they can trim the costs of moving. Ask yourself whether breaking that priceless family heirloom is worth saving a few dollars in the short-term. Of course, if you don’t have anything fragile or noteworthy, this really isn’t a problem and therefore you could hire a Uhaul.
Handling a Truck
Unbelievably, this is something so many people fail to take into account. They don’t know how to handle a truck on the road. Don’t think that because you’ve spent years driving a car or a small truck you know how to handle one of these huge vehicles. They are entirely different beasts. Are you confident in your ability to handle such a big vehicle?
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There really is no right or wrong answer. Nevertheless, for the majority of families we would always recommend hiring the professionals. It may well mean paying slightly more, but that doesn’t mean you’ll live to regret it. Peace of mind and your belongings making it cross-country safely are far more valuable than a few extra dollars.