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The Hidden Costs of DIY Moving

The Hidden Costs of DIY Moving

Are you planning the DIY moving route to save a little bit of money? If you’re considering doing all the packing, loading and transporting yourself, it’s a good idea to consider the hidden costs of DIY moving first before deciding. You might be surprised at all the unexpected fees that you’ll be facing when moving your own stuff.  Here are just a few of those costs you can expect:

Truck Rental Costs 

Did that “$19.99” dollar-a-day U-Haul deal convince you that it’s cheaper to rent a truck then to hire a moving company? You might want to look over that fine print more closely. That low advertised price is just the flat rate. It doesn’t cover any of the additional fees like insurance, environmental fees, gas mileage, and taxes. Fees also scale quite drastically when you need a larger truck (which you likely will). It’s not uncommon for a one-day rental to set you back around $200-300 in rental fees once you’ve returned it.  Moving trucks are also big gas guzzlers. The cost to fill a regular van can set you back around $50, while the bigger trucks can be anywhere between $100-200 for each fill.

Medical Expenses

It’s also not uncommon for people to end up hurting themselves during a move. Lifting heavy boxes improperly, slipping and falling, and carrying furniture up and down stairs can do a number on your body and even result in serious injury. Beyond the pain killers you’ll need for those aching muscles, you could also face expensive medical costs and lost wages if you do end up hurting yourself during the move. 

Your Personal Time

Did you know that it can take over 48-straight hours to pack up everything – and that’s just packing. If you’re planning to load the truck as well, add on another 10-20 hours of time for DIY moving. Every hour you are spending on shopping for supplies, packing the boxes and loading the truck is time that could be better spent on more important things.

Treating Friends and Family

If you’re planning a DIY move, you’re going to need help. And although your friends and family will always say yes, they’ll likely want something in return for their good deed. This puts you on the hook for treating them to dinner, drinks and other big favours in the near future. 

Is it worth it? In most cases, DIY moving is not, especially when you take all of the above points into consideration and compare it to hiring a moving company. The costs to do it yourself will add up, and in most cases, end up cost you more than hiring a company to do it all for you. At First Rate Movers, we make the cost of hiring a moving team completely worth it. Contact us today to learn about our moving costs and what’s covered. 

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