By: Sean Zharfati
We have all entertained the somewhat ridiculous idea that we don’t have THAT much furniture to pack and move and that we could easily do it on our own with a little help from a few friends and a rented truck from a truck ranting company (Like U-Haul for example). It’s one of the greatest illusions of life, along with the belief that our ten year old boys will brush their teeth at camp if we just pack them a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Here are EIGHT very good reasons why you should NEVER attempt to pack and move your house, home and furniture on your own.
- YOU WOULDN’T ASK YOUR PLUMBER TO FIX YOUR TEETH
Professional packers and movers are trained to pack and move. It’s not rocket science, but it does require skill, management, special organization, strength and the experience to know if that four post mahogany bed is going to make it down that elevator shaft without the help of the NY fire brigade.
- STRAINED MUSCLES CAN TAKE YEARS TO RECOVER FROM
Packing and moving heavy furniture is hard on the body, especially when we use muscles in new ways without prior warning, warming up and warming down, which no one has time for during the busy days of moving house, and besides what are you going to do to train for the big day? Move your couch around the room for the month leading up to the move?
- DON’T SWEAT THE BIG STUFF EITHER.
Packing furniture and moving house and home is the third biggest stress causing life event (after the death of a spouse and divorce :)) There is so much to do and so many things to think about that we can easily become disoriented and confused and make stupid mistakes along the way.
Having to worry about one less thing frees up a significant amount of bandwidth in our already overcrowded brains.
- THE OBVIOUS SAVING OF TIME
Even though it could be considered an interactive sport, wrapping and packing each and every item in your home can take you days but it can take a professional team hours. Even if you have time, surely you have more important things to do, think about and organize?
- DAMAGED FURNITURE
You will never forgive yourself if you damage a piece of your furniture by trying to load it yourself into the back of a U-Haul truck. Even if you lay out money to rent moving equipment to help you, experience is simple something you do not have. Moving furniture is an art, and once the damage is done, it can never ever be undone. And you will never hear the end of it.
- DAMAGED FRIENDSHIPS AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
Asking friends to help you sort out your love life or drop your kids at school on the day you move is what friendship is all about, BUT asking a friend to help you pack and move is crossing the unmentionable line of healthy boundaries. People have lives! Well, some people have lives. Asking your children to help you pack and move is actually dangerous. Do not attempt to do this under any circumstances.
- ONE LOAD
The last thing you want to do when moving house and home is to discover that you can’t fit all your furniture into the relocation truck you hired. Believe it or not, no matter how well you did at measurement in the sixth grade, we non-professional movers sometimes get our estimates wrong. A rented U-Haul truck may have to be back at a certain time for the next customer to use and there goes Aunt Maggie’s rosewood dining room table….along with your favorite burgundy cashmere cardigan which you left in the truck while you were carrying the dishwasher in on your good shoulder.
- MORE COST EFFECTIVE
In the end, it all comes down to how much you are willing to pay to have the ease and convenience of professional packers with extraordinary organizational skills and very big muscles, come into your home for a few hours, wrap and pack up all your stuff, mark it clearly, carry it carefully, drive it safely and deliver it efficiently to where you want it to go without getting lost or stopping for burgers on the way. The cost of doing anything yourself can be astronomical because really DIY projects are simply an unknown entry into an infinite black financial hole and the real question becomes, Can you afford to do it on your own?
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