12 Jan


Cassidy's Moving and Storage

What They Don’t Tell You When You Move Yourself

The time has come; you’re packing up and moving on. Now you’re in the process of deciding whether to move yourself or hire professionals.

It’s a tough decision to make; you want all the facts before you commit to a plan.

To help make an informed choice, you’ve talked to several people who handled their own moves, and they’ve shared all kinds of information with you.

But here’s what they didn’t tell you.

1. 2 out of 3 People Experience the Most Stress When Moving

We haven’t met anyone who hasn’t experienced some stress when moving. After all, part of our job is to help reduce that stress. But did you know that when you move, you might be putting yourself through the most stressful situation of your life?

A change in living situation is actually listed on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. It doesn’t take the top spot, but it is a big source of stress for many individuals.

In fact, a poll conducted in Britain revealed that 61% – approximately 2 out of 3 people – consider moving the most stressful event they’ve ever experienced.

When you move yourself, your stress easily doubles. Everything is left up to you. You have to organize, pack, to load the truck, get from point A to point B, and then unpack everything. This is on top of work, family, and the rest of your day to day life.

You’ve just made a huge decision, and preparing to move yourself is the perfect time for your mind to start dwelling on the negatives. Before you know it, you’re plagued with questions like, “is this the right way to move?”, “have I forgotten something?” and, “how am I supposed to move all this stuff?

According to HealthStatus, changes in your routine are what trigger this amount of stress. And moving is one of the most disruptive processes of all!

While handling all the details yourself may sound like a great idea at first, you need to seriously think about the stress of the situation, and whether it would be worth it to have professional help.

Professional movers are there to make sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible, and leave you the time and energy to be excited about your new home.

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2. You’re On Your Own When Renting a Truck

Renting a truck is an appealing idea at first. You see them all over the city and surrounding area, some with “the low, low price of $19.95” emblazoned on the side.

But before you decide that renting a truck is the way to go, you have to take a variety of factors into consideration.

What are the Hidden Fees?

No truck is going to be yours for $19.95. Every rental company has some sort of fee. Whether they charge you by the kilometre or by the hour, you’re going to end up paying more than you thought. On top of that, you need to fill up the tank on one of these gas guzzlers when you’re done.

What Size Truck Do I Need?

When we create a quote for your move, we look at your things and pick the truck size that will work. But it’s hard to look at your own belongings, and and visualize how they’re going to fit.

Picking a truck is like Goldilocks picking a bed. You can’t have a truck that’s too small, because it will require multiple trips to move yourself. If you’re paying by the kilometre, and are moving a long distance, it becomes time consuming and expensive.

If you get a truck that’s too big, your belongings won’t fit properly, and could shift around and get damaged during the drive.

Are They Going to Be Dependable?

The problem with truck rental companies is that you might not be their top priority. We’ve all heard horror stories of reservations being moved, or even canceled outright. In fact, one company had to settle a class action lawsuit in the United States for consistently failing to honour reservations.

You could find yourself completely packed, organized, and ready to go with no way to get to your new home.

Will I Be Able to Drive the Truck?

Finally, you have to think about actually driving the truck. They’re bigger and harder to drive, and the last thing you want is to be caught in Ottawa traffic behind the wheel of a vehicle you aren’t comfortable with that contains your entire life.

3. You Increase the Risks of Damage, Personal Injury, and More

Risks are very real when you move. We take safety and proper handling very seriously, but our experience and training helps us. If moving isn’t your full-time job, there’s a chance that something will go wrong, and you won’t realize the cost until it’s too late.

4. You Won’t Have the Right Equipment

No one tells you before you move what equipment you need. You know about the boxes, the packing peanuts, and the rolls of tape. But what happens when you’re packed, and actually have to move and load the truck?

Professionals come with the right tools, like furniture dollies, straps, and moving pads. They also have been trained in proper lifting so that they don’t get injured.

Not many people have a furniture dolly laying around the house. A lack of proper equipment makes your move that much harder.

5. You Have to Move On Emotionally

You now know how stressful it can be to move yourself, but we have to mention how emotional it can be. Not only are you experiencing elevated stress levels, but you’re having to handle all these frustrating details while saying goodbye to the place you’ve called home.

According to psychologist Ronnie Greenberg, your home is a “matrix of safety.” But you become so preoccupied with packing the moving that you don’t fully realize that you’re leaving that safety.

When you do begin experiencing the emotions that come with moving, they could vary depending on the reasons for the move. A divorce or trauma can make you feel very negatively about a move, while an addition to the family may bring you more excitement than fear.

Regardless of the reasons, your current home has a lot of memories attached to it. When you move yourself, you can easily forget to take the time to process this emotional change, and experience additional strain. Susie Danick, a moving company manager from the United States, explains that, “if you try to take the move on yourself, if you have no plan, if you are surrounded by 150 boxes, you are going to make the event a negative experience.”

Professional movers are there to help you alleviate stress, but they’re also helpful in giving you back time, so that you can mentally and emotionally process this scary but wonderful life change.

We Can Lighten the Load

We want to do everything we can to make your next chapter your best one yet. Let us make your moving experience less about stress, and more about feeling excited. We’ll complete your move safely, responsibly, and on time.

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