DIY Move or Professional Hire – Which is better?

To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question. With the holidays winding down, many of us are thinking about our goals for 2023. If your plans involve starting a new chapter in another city or neighbourhood, you’re likely thinking about moving costs. Whether you’re facing the harsh reality of having done a bit too much holiday shopping. Or the economic downturn has directly impacted your savings. Let’s face it, nowadays everyone is thinking about how to get the most bang for their buck. So when it comes to moving, it just makes sense to ask, is it even worth hiring a removal company? For us the answer is obvious. However, we also understand that hiring a removal firm might simply not be in the budget for some. This is why we offer free, professional advice for those of you doing a DIY move. Of course, we are also here to highlight a few salient points to help you make an informed decision.


Perhaps the primary factor for doing a DIY move is cost. Obviously moving on your own or with the help of family and friends will significantly reduce moving costs. Though this option may still incur some costs. For example, does your move require a van or do you have to purchase boxes? (On the topic of boxes, if boxes are a necessity, check out our tips on where you can source moving boxes for free.) What about offering your family and friends some light refreshments during the move? Or offering to pay for gas, if your cousin Larry is using his truck to help you move? As we said, DIY moves, while not entirely free, will surely help you accrue some savings.

Sense of accomplishment

Another reason some cite for handling a move on their own is that gratifying sense of achievement. We cannot deny that there is a breed of human beings that is exceptionally organized and thrives when placed in challenging circumstances. If you are of that breed, then a DIY move is just right for you. Moving requires a great deal of organization, planning and at times multitasking. So people who are highly efficient, results-oriented and who remain calm under pressure are well-equipped to deal with moving on their own. Indeed, some people undoubtedly derive a great deal of satisfaction from carrying out a successful move, efficiently and on schedule. And if you are somewhat obsessive compulsive, doing a DIY move means that you have complete control. You will not have to experience the pain of having to look for items placed in the incorrect place in your new home.


To be fair, the main reason to hire professional movers is convenience. While some may consider hiring a professional removal firm to be costly, ultimately you pay for what you get. Engaging with a professional removal company means that you save on time and energy. As the new year begins, you will likely have a lot to do at work or at uni, so truthfully you may just not have the luxury of time on your side. Additionally, given that DIY moves can be very physically strenuous, hiring a removal firm means that you’ll not be exhausted once you’re moved in. Let’s not forget the peace of mind you benefit from knowing that the movers will transport and unpack your valuables safely at your new home. Once you have selected a reputable moving firm, you can rest assured that your move will be significantly stress-free. We have provided some tips on how to choose a removal company that is right for you, so feel free to check out that article.


Unlike your brother Mike or your best mate, Jack, reputable movers are usually highly experienced in their profession. Do you have to move a grand piano or a refrigerator into your new home? If you lack experience with moving bulky items, that might seem to be very daunting. However, professional movers have years of experience under their figurative belts. They also know the type of equipment that will be necessary to ensure those bulky items are safely transported. So in the event that you have little to no experience with house removals, it would definitely be better to hire professional movers. Their vast years of experience means that your move will be completed efficiently and safely. Once your finances allow, why struggle to carry out a DIY move, when there are so many qualified, experienced professionals available? For us the answer is clear, you just can’t beat experience.

There is much to consider when deciding whether a DIY move or hiring professionals is better for you. We have only scratched the surface in this article. Ultimately the decision depends on your personal and financial circumstances. Certainly, if you decide that you would like to hire reliable, van removal and/or packing services, feel free to contact us. With years of experience in removal services, a sterling reputation in York and hundreds of satisfied customers, we would be only too keen to help you with your move and ensure that your experience is as stress-free as possible. Contact us today for your free quote. We’ll be pleased to chat with you.

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