Moving: Hire Pros or DIY?

Posted at 5:30 AM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2016-07-04 12:02:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- It doesn't matter if you're going across town or across the country, moving can be stressful. There's a lot to consider when hiring a mover -- and even more to think about if you do it yourself. We're looking at the pros and cons in this  Angie's List report.

If you're moving, the first thing on your to-do list should be de-clutter.  Getting rid  of things you don't need will save you time and money when the moving actually begins.  

If you decide to do it yourself, check your insurance to see if your coverage includes valuables that could get lost or broken. If you hire a professional, make sure you have an iron-clad agreement on the job - and cost.

"Require an in-home estimate so the movers can actually see what they are going to be moving because, let's be honest, we all probably underestimate what's packed in our homes. And then ask for a binding estimate if possible, that way you're not surprised in the end. And a flat rate estimate is a great way to go as well," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Insurance is also an important issue when you hire a pro. All companies will include some coverage -- but that may not be enough if something goes wrong.

"That insurance is only at the rate of 60-cents per pound per item, so that is not going to get you very far," said professional mover Jason Sherman.

You'll also want to double-check on who specifically is transporting your stuff because it's not always the company you hired.

Ask about special arrangements for some items. Many companies won't take a lot of household chemicals or motorized yard equipment if you haven't completely drained the fuel and properly prepped it for travel.

Also take a thorough inventory of all items you're moving. Know the exact number of boxes that are being transported and take photos of as many items as you can. If anything comes up missing, those photos will go a long way in getting you reimbursed by the movers.

Remember to catch the latest Angie's List report every Tuesday morning on WTXL Sunrise.