The Real Cost of a Self-Move

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The Real Cost of a Self-Move

A Guide from Your Reliable Movers at Tippet Richardson

When it comes to moving, there are numerous decisions you have to make. For instance, you need to figure out whether or not to hire movers depending on what your budget allows, the proximity to your new location, the complexity of your relocation and your own personal preferences. To help save money, you may consider moving yourself instead of relying on a professional moving company. However, does a DIY move really cost less than the alternative?

Whether you are moving across town or to a different part of the country, Tippet Richardson is here for you. While cost is an important factor to consider in any move, it shouldn’t be the only one. A self-move could save you money up front but end up costing you more than you bargained for long term. No matter where you’re moving to or what the size of your move, work with our reliable and experienced movers. We take care of all logistical procedures, eliminating your liability and keeping moving day easy and on schedule.

The Hidden Costs of a Self-Move

Before deciding if a self move is worth your time and money, you may want to think about what actually goes into the cost of a relocation and why it is worth trusting your move to the professionals. While a DIY move can average upwards of *$1,600 or more in Canada (*see this Infographic), you may not be able to devote time or energy to proper planning due to work and other commitments.

Here are a few factors that can influence how much you’ll pay for your self-move:

  • Distance: It’s no secret that the further your move, the more it’ll cost you. Chances are, a DIY move will require multiple trips which results in loss of time and money spent on gas. It may be in your best interest to hire a moving company in the first place to save yourself this inconvenience and expense.
  • Packing Materials: If you’re thinking of hoarding old grocery store boxes to pack up your household items in, you may want to reconsider. These boxes may be more prone to breakage meaning your valuables are at risk of damage. Since they are not intended for moving purposes, they often come in irregular sizes and will not stack well in a moving truck, wasting precious storage space. Furthermore, making sure you buy enough packing supplies including boxes, bubble wrap and a moving van will add up over time.
  • Moving Services: Hiring a professional to pack away all your belongings may cost more than a DIY move but it can save you time and ensures that your furniture and other household goods are packed in the safest and most efficient way possible. We offer full and partial packing services depending on your needs.
  • Hidden Costs: If you run into unexpected issues during your move, you will have to rely on yourself to troubleshoot the problem. Without professional tools and services, you could end up wasting hours and money trying to fix the problem. With a self-move, you will also be responsible to cover moving insurance, road tolls, fuel, and surcharges if you fail to return your rental truck in its original condition and more.

Contact Tippet Richardson for a Free Moving Estimate Today

Do you need professional assistance with your upcoming move? With almost a century of industry experience under our belt, we can provide you with the best local moving and storage services. From the moment you contact us, one of our friendly and knowledgeable moving consultants will visit your home, determine what you need, outline the procedures and offer helpful moving tips and techniques. Additionally, you never have to worry about the hidden costs associated with a self-move thanks to our free estimates and transparent rates.

Call Tippet Richardson at 416-292-4555 or toll-free at 1-800-718-7664 to learn more about our local moving and relocation services, records management, downsizing assistance, and storage rental options. You can also contact us online for a free estimate

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