How to Choose Between Hiring Professional, Amateur, or Friends for Your Next Move

Imagine you have secured your dream home, decided on a move-in date, and begun packing. A logical next step would be to find some help, but deciding between hiring professional movers, amateur-movers, and friends can be difficult. Today we are going to delve into the pros and cons that each choice has to offer, so that you can make an informed decision.




For many families, asking friends for help is by far the first thing that comes to mind when planning a move. After all, friends are usually available on short notice, work for free, and happen to be someone you can trust around your belongings. Although this sounds great, there is some downsides to consider. Friends are not professionals, nor are they used to the strains of lifting for extended periods of time. This means that the quality of labor is at risk, given that non-professionals take significantly longer to move from point A to B. If you are moving from house-to-house you may get away with taking a few hours longer, but the situation differs greatly when moving into an apartment. Many apartments with an elevator often set a time limit of 3-hours per booking, and failure to move-out/in within the time limit can result in substantial fees. Lastly, let’s be honest, moving day is a time when patience is tested and emotions run high; a side I’m sure your friends would rather not see!




Another quick and relatively cheap source of moving-help can be found on online-classified ad sites like Kijiji or Craigslist. In fact, if you post a free advertisement right now titled “Need Moving Help Tomorrow” you will likely get a response within 30-minutes. As good as this sounds it does have its flaws. In short, hired help via classified ads can be unreliable. It is possible that you get an honest worker, and equally possible that you invite a thief into your home.




Not surprisingly, most furniture damage stems from poor moving practices leading to: tears, broken or cracked glassware, and scratches. Unlike amateurs, professional-movers are equipped with the tools necessary to wrap and cushion furniture on its way to-and-from the truck. With thousands of hours of moving experience, professionals are also masters at navigating narrow spaces, and can do so quickly without damaging your belongings. Lastly, professional moving companies come with one of the best things you can ask for; credibility. Professional moving companies know the damage that a single negative review can have on their business, so they work diligently to work with you until you are satisfied; something that friends or other hired help often lack.


At the end of the day the choice of whether to hire friends, amateur-movers, or professional-movers is completely up to your level of risk tolerance and budget. If you are comfortable trusting and vetting amateur-movers then this may be a great last-minute and affordable option. On the other hand, if you have had previously successful moves with old friends as hired help, then this can be a great option in terms of time-flexibility and cost. Lastly, if you are not under a tight budget, and are in need of reliable, organized, and systematically driven movers, then hiring professionals is your best option. This is especially true for individuals who require that their furniture and fragile belongings be wrapped and moved in the utmost care. With that being said, happy moving!

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