Hiring Movers vs. DIY Moving

Do you have a big move coming up? Moving can be a big undertaking and the choice of whether to move yourself or hire movers is a tough one to make. Thankfully, your friends at Value Van & Car Rental are here to help. We’ve listed a few pros and cons of each option so you can decide which is the best for your situation.

Hiring Movers vs DIY Moving

Hiring Movers


Hiring movers is definitely the easier option as you literally won’t have to lift a finger. A reputable moving company will efficiently and reliably do all the heavy lifting while you focus on other moving details. They also have all the appropriate moving supplies and equipment, like dollies and furniture pads, to make the move go more smoothly. Generally, hiring movers will mean less stress overall.


Probably the most obvious reason not to hire movers is the added expense. 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. So even if you’re just moving down the street, you’ll be paying quite a bit for the convenience. Additionally, when you hire professional movers, you limit your control over the move. Details like the date and time of your move, the manner in which the movers load your belongings, and the speed in which they complete the job is out of your control. Finally, handing over your precious belongings to complete strangers can be a bit nerve-wracking, so many choose not to risk it.

DIY Moving


When you choose to forgo professional movers and do it yourself, you are in complete control over your move. You won’t have to worry about being able to trust your movers, and you can choose when and how your move is completed. Additionally, DIY moving is much cheaper than hiring movers. You can simply rent a moving truck and not worry about paying for any labor. This could potentially save you thousands of dollars!


Honestly, the worst part about a DIY move is the lifting. However, if you are young and fit and have strong friends to help you, it’s not so bad. Consider also the planning that goes into a big move. Figuring out the logistics of how to get from point A to point B takes a lot of effort, not to mention planning how to properly load the moving truck. One final downside of a DIY move is if an unexpected problem arises, you may be out of luck. Without the assistance of professional movers and their moving tools, you could end up with a couch stuck in a doorway.

If a DIY move is right for you, contact Value Van & Car Rental today to reserve your box truck rental. Our trucks are high quality, provide lots of space, and come with unlimited miles. Contact us today at (908) 851-9595 for your rental needs in Newark, NJ, and the surrounding areas.