Should you hire a professional moving company?

Ask yourself these seven questions to figure out if you can handle moving yourself or if you should leave it to the professionals.


According to studies, moving is one of the top five most stressful life events. If you’re moving soon, there’s a lot to do in a short amount of time, so you have a big decision to make: Should you hire professional movers?

While it can save you a lot of work, hiring movers also comes with a price. If you’re moving for work and your company is providing relocation compensation, leaving it to the professionals is a no-brainer. But if you’ve got the time and the muscles, you may want to consider a DIY move.

Which option is right for you? Check off “yes” or “no” on this list of questions to help determine your best course of action.

Yes No
Are you able to take some time off of work?
Are you on a super tight budget?
Are you able to lift heavy furniture?
Will you have 2–3 friends or family members to assist you?
Are you moving close by (or within a couple hours’ drive)?
Is your vehicle large enough to move furniture, such as your bed or sofa?
Do you have past moving experience?

If you answered mostly no:

Consider going pro. Professional movers can complete the job for you if you’re too busy with other tasks or if you don’t have the manpower to move everything yourself. You’ll have to research which company to hire for the move, looking at factors such as which company has the most experience and whom you would trust with your belongings. It may be pricier, but in the end you’ll likely be grateful for the help.

If you answered mostly yes:

Sounds like you’re up for a DIY move! You’ve got some experience under your belt and are ready to tackle the job whether alone or with the help of some friends. You may have to take some time off work, but you’ll be saving on some major expenses. Just make sure not to get in over your head!