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Moving on Your Own vs Hiring a Moving Company: A Comparison

When it comes to the process of moving house, people have three choices. One is to go it alone, do all the packing, and move their possessions themselves. Another is to hire a man and van to help transport their belongings. Another is to hire a specialized moving company.

If you are moving, here is a side-by-side comparison of doing the task by yourself and hiring a company to help. 

Moving on Your Own vs Hiring a Moving Company: A Comparison

1 – Experience

It is estimated that over 10,000 individuals are injured or hospitalized after moving each year. This includes over 5,000 children under the age of 5. In all of these instances, the individuals involved were doing the moving on their own. When a moving company is hired, these statistics dramatically decrease. This is due to the fact that the movers the company hire are professionally trained to handle large furniture items and other heavy household items.

2 – Protection

When moving on your own, there is no way to be sure that your home will be protected from damage. Moving companies are legally bound to guarantee the condition of your items. If they are not properly protected, they will likely be financially responsible. This is the main reason that individuals hire a moving company.

3 – Finances

Many people do not realize that moving yourself can be very expensive. If you go it alone, you will be required to purchase many items that are not needed for a professional moving company. For example, people typically think of the fee for a moving company being a flat rate. What they do not realize is that the amount they pay will depend on how many hours they are hired, how big the items they are moving are, and the price of fuel and insurances. Hiring a moving company will always be less expensive than doing all the work yourself.

4 – Convenience and Peace of Mind

When you hire a moving company, you can get a house to house move. This is especially convenient if you have a lot of heavy pieces. They will be able to deal with the big items that are too much for you to handle yourself.

5 – Safety

While there have been many reports of injuries due to moving on your own, most people do not realize that this is one of the most dangerous home improvement projects. Injuries occur due to improper lifting, falling off ladders and other heavy equipment. Many people are not aware of how dangerous moving actually is. Injuries are especially common during renovations because you are trying to move furniture at the same time.

6 – Time

Moving is a time-consuming process. You will have to go store to store to find boxes and most of the time these are not strong enough to protect your items as they are single wall boxes and not double wall , packing materials, and other supplies. Many items will have to be moved from one location to another multiple times. The entire process will take much longer than you expect. This is especially true if you have never moved before.


If you decide to hire a moving company, it is important to find one that is qualified to do the job. There are many different moving companies available, so you should research every one you consider. You want to hire a company that is bonded and insured and that has a good reputation.

If you need house removals in Preston, come to Braithwaites Removals. We are providing Removal Services to domestic and commercial customers across Preston, Blackpool, the Fylde Coast. Call us to inquire today!