Moving yourself will most certainly cost less than hiring a moving company, but before you go it alone, consider:
- How big the move is. Taking a teen off to college or even moving into a first or second apartment is a much different
experience than moving into a four-bedroom house or downsizing to a retirement condo. Outline exactly what will be involved, in terms of quantity and size of belongings and furnishings to determine how much and what kind of help you'll need.
- Your and your helpers' stamina. Moving is exhausting, both mentally and physically. Are everyone's back/knees/stress-coping
skills up to it?
- It will cost more than you think. Factor in: the cost of supplies (boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, rope), gas and tolls
(moving trucks get less than 10 miles to the gallon and cost more at the tollbooth), equipment rentals (hand trucks and furniture pads aren't usually included), buying your helpers lunch/dinner and beverages, and on-the-road costs (hotels, meals)
if your move will take overnight or longer.