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Uhaul Self Moving vs Professional Moving Companies


In the United States alone, the average person moves at least 11 times in a lifetime. With 40-50 million people moving each year, it ranks as one of the top five events that cause stress your life. The prospect of moving brings about anxiety for many people, whether it's for a new job or just starting over. This major life change can be exciting but overwhelming. One of the decisions to be made is whether to self-move or hire a professional moving company. There are pros and cons to both, and we will discuss both options in detail so that you can make some informed decisions.

Pros of Self-Moving

Self-Moving in or out of the Boston area is a cost effective way to take the stress away. You are able to choose your own pick up and drop off location, by either calling or going online. Uhaul has various sized trucks for your specific moving needs, ranging from 10' to 26' feet pick up trucks, vans, and trailers. It can be convenient, pack on your timeline and can throw old things out. Uhaul trucks have towing capability, in case you want to tow your car behind you. They also offer damage coverage to protect all of your belongings.

Cons of Self-Moving

Unfortunately, you might rent the wrong size truck. Therefore, you could have a truck that is too small for your items or one that is way too large. You'll also need helpers to assist in your move and no one may be available when you need them. Purchasing boxes to pack up your things can get quite expensive. Keep in mind that the price on the van is a base price for what you will actually pay. Be sure to consider rental fees, gas, packing materials, insurance, and possibly toll fees. Depending if your distance requires an overnight stay, factor in lodging costs.

Prices for Self-Moving

Uhaul prices depend on the size of the truck or van you are renting. For example, renting a 20' truck from Boston to Cambridge will cost about $121.00. This is for one day use and 30 miles. Make sure to check your auto insurance policy to determine if you are covered for truck/trailer rental. Otherwise, the insurance can cost $15 per day or $100 for a one way trip. In Massachusetts, in-town rates for trucks are $19.95 per day for up to 14' feet, $29.95 for 17' feet, and $39.95 for 24' and 26' feet trucks.

Pros of Using a Professional Moving Company

Hiring a moving company can save a lot of time, and they generally handle all aspects of your move. They can also pack your items and transport them. Some companies offer tenancy cleaning which can be a time-saving option which you can use to finish other tasks on your list. They will pack and load all your items. Some moving companies will also unload your items at your new place. They know how to professionally pack your items to avoid damage and offer insurance to cover damages.

Cons of Using a Professional Moving Company

Professional moving companies can be costly. Although helpful, many people cannot afford paying for these services. Another disadvantage is having to schedule a specific day and time. This can cause a dilemma if you have to work. Some professional moving companies are not trustworthy and you risk your items being damaged, lost, or stolen. Look for companies that are fully insured and licensed. It would also be advantageous to obtain references and check them out with the Better Business Bureau.

Pricing for Professional Moving Companies

Normally, professional movers will bill based on the total weight of your items, the distance that you move, and other services that you need. For example, in the average cost of an interstate move is about $5,600 based on an average weight of 7,000 pounds and traveling 1,220 miles.

If you are moving in/out of the Massachusetts area, rest assured that you have options. When faced with having to move, many people find themselves with various important decisions. It's important to weigh the costs and benefits of both self-moving and hiring a professional moving company to determine which best fits your needs. Uhaul is available to answer all of your questions, while professional moving companies will be happy to provide quotes for their services.