Risks of DIY moving

Aug 19, 2015

Whether you're relocating across the country or have found a new home not too far away, the temptation of do-it-yourself moving always seems reasonable. The two primary reasons people look to bypass the services of moving companies are to save time and money. However, does DIY moving really accomplish these priorities? And do the potential risks of a variety of other factors outweigh saving yourself a few dollars? Those who are considering a DIY move should take a look at the possible setbacks and gambles when it comes to trying to pull off relocating on your own:


The first thing you need to ask yourself when contemplating moving on your own is whether you really trust yourself to safely handle all your personal belongings. Arguably the biggest risk DIY movers face is not having any protection or coverage on their valuables in the unfortunate event that damage or accidents occur. Choosing to move with a moving company not only provides you with the reassurance that professional movers will be handling all your possessions, but there are valuation options and claims services that explain what you must do and what it will cost to place a value on your shipment.

"An accident in an uncovered moving van can cost you thousands."


If you've never had to endure a big move before, you should be aware of all the various elements that go into this strenuous process. For starters, driving a big moving van or truck around the city with all your valuables in it can be quite an intimidating task. Even the slightest accident while driving a moving truck without coverage could potentially cost you thousands of dollars in out-of​-pocket expenses. As for transferring your possessions, inexperienced movers might not know the proper procedures when it comes to loading the truck or making sure your belongings are safe and secure while operating the vehicle. If you're spending hours trying to figure out how to squeeze all your items into the back of a van without scratching any surfaces, are you really saving any time?


Unless you're employed with a moving company, odds are you don't own the necessary equipment to get the job done. From checking out the actual moving van to renting everything from loading ramps to appliance dollies, those costs can add up quickly. Opting to go with a professional moving service means that an experienced team will be equipped with all the items required for a safe and secure move, and will even provide valuables with padding and wrapping to cushion these belongings for a long drive.


Even if you've actually been able to visit and tour your new home, how familiar are you with its surroundings? When you take advantage of Atlas Van Lines' vast network of local moving agencies, you'll be provided with movers who are local and familiar with the area. Having someone who's knowledgeable of everything around your new home can help save precious moving time and keep you right on schedule.

"Letting professionals take charge takes the stress out of moving."


Of course, when it comes to moving on your own, stress is a factor that is practically inevitable. Letting professionals take care of all the hard work and pressure for you can help put your mind at ease during this strenuous time, so you can instead focus on the more important tasks at hand once you arrive at your new home. With Atlas Van Lines, you can expect the utmost commitment to your move from the most reputable network of moving agencies across the country. 


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