Did you guys hear?! Kristin and I built a home. Our own home! And the great thing that came with it, was the requirement that all of our stuff magically move from our temporary apartment to our beautiful new house.
Moving sucks. It’s one of our least favorite things (definitely moreso for Kristin than for me). Since Kristin and I met about four and a half years ago, I had moved 5 times. Kristin had also moved 5 times. It’s a LOT of moving, and something that we were sick of. We wanted to make this 6th move the last one for a while (ever?), but it still needed to get done.
Why We Hired Instead of DIY
Kristin begged me to look at hiring movers. I reluctantly did; a decision that was spurred in part because my brother was alone with his kids that weekend. That meant that if I tried to enlist is help it would have meant Kristin would need to watch both the kids. It’d have pretty much be a wash (or worse) on our ability to move efficiently.
I have some friends (*gasp!*) – but none that were in town that weekend and none that I really wanted to ask. At 30, the whole “I’ll pay you in beer and pizza” thing is less than ideal.
Also, if we’re being real, having someone else move our big stuff would give us back some extra time and energy in the day to focus on other things like organizing and settling into our new home.
So, my mind was made up. Off to the internet I went! I found a few moving companies in the area with good reviews, got quotes, and selected the one I felt most comfortable with. We opted to have them only move our furniture and big things. The boxes and other things we can fit in our Hyundai Sonata were either already moved, or were things we’d move ourselves later.
And Oh. My. GOD. What a good decision.
We hired movers for a Saturday, and had scheduled them well over a month in advance to make sure we got them. We scheduled a 9am move to make sure we had a bunch of time in the afternoon to settle in.
To prep, we took apart our bedframe, boxed up our TV, rolled up our area rug, and took the shelves out of our entertainment center. We’d learned from the last move that if we didn’t do this, the shelves would fall out. Not good.
And that’s really about it. Prepping was super easy and didn’t take much time at all. We knew exactly what we wanted them to move, and since a lot of stuff was already moved, most things were out of their way.
Friday night we slept our last night in our apartment, anxiously awaiting the morning.
Day Of: Beginning
Saturday morning I woke up around 7, got some coffee, and we finished the last preparing of furniture and such that we needed to do. Our two movers showed up promptly at 9am, ready to get to work.
They introduced themselves, scoped out our apartment and what needed to be wrapped/moved, and then got straight to work. Some things were easy to deal with – they didn’t need to be wrapped at all. The movers went back out to their truck, got their moving blankets and shrink-wrap, and started getting our stuff ready to move.
And Kristin and I jammed out to music, loaded a few more things into our car, and just generally planned out the rest of our weekend.
Day Of: Middle
This was the best. We barely did any moving at all while the guys just took care of everything. We drove over to the house and were able to start unpacking boxes we had already moved.
While the movers were bringing things in, we just got to hang out and help direct them on where things needed to go. We even got to kill a few stray yellowjackets that got inside! Yay?
The whole moving process with the movers took just around 4 hours, with a lunch break in there, too. I know that if we’d tried to move ourselves, it’d have taken about the same amount of time. But things wouldn’t have been as protected, and I’m sure we’d have dinged the walls and/or our furniture. We didn’t have to worry about that at all with our movers.
Day Of: End
The end of the day was generally nuts, with washer/dryer being dropped off and our internet being set up (which actually got delayed until the following day). We had a lot of people in and out.
If we’d done the move ourselves, it’s unlikely we’d have done much else. But while they were installing everything, Kristin and I were able to get the entire kitchen unpacked and organized, and get our bedframe put back together.
Sleeping in a properly put-together bed is nice, and beats when we moved into our temporary apartment and had the bedframe on the ground for a few weeks.
Movers weren’t free – and they definitely were more expensive than if we’d just rented a UHaul and done it ourselves. But with friends being out of town, it was an inconvenient weekend already.
Kristin for sure would have snapped at me several times during the move had we done it ourselves.
Moving can be flat out exhausting. Hiring it out may have cost a little more, but it was well worth the investment to keep us sane, energized, and ready to enjoy our new home.
Would you consider hiring movers, or do you think it makes more sense to do it yourself?