Video Transcript:

Hello my name is Penny Smith, I’m a North Carolina real estate broker. Topic for discussion today is how to decide whether to hire movers or to move yourself. Well the obvious question there is how good is your back. And how many friends do you have. And how good are their backs.

Sometimes it just simply is not worth the money to do it yourself. Or to inconvnience your friends. Certainly you have been through moving friends from the time you were in college to the time that you were, If you’re fifty years old probably a dozen times since college. And you know every time it’s very difficult very hard. And it’s very tiring. It’s best to leave certain things up to movers, but you need to do your research on your movers.

And you can also negotiate the price. When you are calling them and discussing with them. And there’s a ways that you could cut that price. You could cut that price by packing your own stuff. Having it all ready for them. Having the boxes labeled and sitting in the garage ready to be loaded. Also have all the chin out of the china cabinet and out of the cupboards. Have it already boxed up.

It makes a difference in the price. Be sure you decide what is easiest for you. And what you are able to do. And those are my recommendations on whether to move yourself with your friends or to hire a mover to do it for you. Thank you and I hope you have a good day.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Expensive – According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost of a local household is $2,300 for 4 movers at $200 per hour. Talk about pricey! So even if you’re moving as close as down the street, hiring a moving company is still going to cost you quite a few Benjamins.

Yes they will, with many movers specializing in singleitem service or small moves. It could be anything. But whatever it is, the item you need to move is just too much for you. From a piano, hot tub, tree or mobile home, there is a mover out there experienced in handling any household item you need transported.

How to Move Yourself without Professional Movers
  1. Get the right equipment.
  2. Sell or donate what you don’t need.
  3. Sell or donate what you don’t need.
  4. Recruit friends and family.
  5. Recruit friends and family.
  6. Keep everything organized.
  7. Keep everything organized.
  8. Pack up your home the right way.
According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of an intrastate move is $1,170, and the average move between states costs $5,630. Moving can be expensive, in part because you aren’t just hiring movers.
Part 3 Moving a Mattress by Yourself
  1. Fold the mattress in half. A queen- or king-size mattress is difficult to drag or lift by yourself.
  2. Tie ratchet tie-downs around the mattress.
  3. Place the mattress on top of a dolly.
  4. Walk the mattress out to your vehicle or moving truck.
  5. Strap the mattress to the top of a vehicle.
How Much Do PODS Cost to Move PODS containers cost as low as $800 to move out of town, and if you’re moving locally, the cost can be as low as $450. The cost includes renting the PODS container(s), storage, truck rental, mileage ($.70 – $1.50/mile), gas (about $.89/mile), insurance, tolls, and more.
Start packing – and don’t pack air.
  1. Pack heavy items such as books, toys, etc. in small boxes.
  2. Pack fragile or breakable items with extra care and attention.
  3. Use wadded newspapers or crushed papers to fill empty spaces of boxes or cartons.
The American Moving and Storage Association states that the average cost of an interstate household move is about $4,300 (distance of 1,225 miles) and the average cost of an intrastate move is about $2,300 (4 movers at $200 per hour). Both average moving costs are for 7,400 pounds.
Moving and Packing Estimates

At $25-$50 an hour per mover, you can expect to pay at least $400 additional in hourly costs to pack and unpack your home. The average estimate can differ considerably depending on the size of your home, amount of stuff you need packed, and any special packing material you may need.

Here are a few tips to make moving your clothes a breeze.
  1. Try moving your dresser as is. If the clothing is light enough, you may not have to remove it, saving time and energy.
  2. Use wardrobe boxes or bags to pack clothes, hangers and all.
  3. Use your clothes to wrap your breakables.

*The information above does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified attorney.

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