Should You Hire Movers in the Philippines or Do It Yourself – How to Decide?

You live in the Philippines. You have got a new job opportunity, or maybe you want to live closer to your child’s school, or probably you want to settle in Manila after your college education. You have decided to move to a new location. Now you’ve got two choices - hire movers or do it yourself.

Moving is a big endeavour. You may think forgoing the help of movers can help you save some money. But doing the move yourself can create a lot of stress for you and your family. Needless to say, the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many factors that you must consider before deciding whether to hire movers in the Philippines or do a do-it-yourself (DIY) move.

1. Time
When you move your household items yourself, you’ll pack items, load them into a rented truck, and then unload and unpack them at your new location. If you and your partner are working full-time and have kids who are going to school, you may not have enough time to do all these things by yourself. You will also need help of your friends or family members for your DIY move.

Hiring movers will help you save your precious time and dedicate it to something useful like searching for a new place, changing utility addresses, and getting accustomed to the new neighbourhood. Movers have the tools and expertise to handle your move efficiently and quickly.

2. Stress
Moving is one of the most stressful events in our lives. The stress level becomes double with do-it-yourself moves. If you have fewer items to move and if you’re moving a short distance, a DIY move can be considered in that case. If you have 2 or 3+ bedrooms, you will have a lot to pack, load, and unload. The more you have to move, the more gruelling the moving task becomes. There are also chances of damaging your items or hurting yourself while moving household goods yourself. Hiring professional movers in Manila takes away much of the stress of moving.

3. Money
The cost is different for everyone, with or without movers. The moving cost depends on the distance of the move, the size of your house, the total weight of the belongings, and packing services.

For DIY-ers, the cost of moving will be determined by the rent of a truck you hire, fuel cost, potential deposit, and cost-per-mile, packing supplies and moving boxes, and labour cost if you hire people for your move on an hourly basis.

After calculating the cost of a DIY move, you will find the expense of hiring reliable movers is totally worth it. Movers in Manila make local and long-distance moves on a daily basis. They have their own professionals, trucks, packing supplies, and other tools to carry out your move with fewer complications. They come on a fixed schedule and help you move cost-effectively and safely.

4. Skills and Expertise
If you have never moved before and don’t have basic knowledge about furniture assembly/disassembly, it is wise to hire a moving company. If you have some heavy items at your home such as exercise equipment, pool tables, and piano, then hiring pros would be a good option. Experienced movers have the knowledge of packing items using various types of packaging materials, the physical ability to move and lift heavy goods, assemble/disassemble items, and safe driving skills. Why take the burden of packing, loading, driving, and unloading your house when you can hire experts to help you in the relocation process at an affordable price?

Conclusion
Every house is different. Every move is unique. With every move, planning and budgeting come first. Hiring movers and moving yourself have their own benefits. You may think self-move helps you save money, but savings from a DIY move is slimmer when compared to hiring professional movers in the Philippines. You get to save time and reduce stress by hiring a moving company. If you’re still not able to decide whether to go with a DIY move or hire professional movers, read the aforementioned points again and then make a smart choice.

About the Author
Sara Keith
Sara is a senior consultant at a leading MNC in the Philippines. She has moved 5 times in the last 15 years. She is keen to share her moving expertise.

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