If you have ever had to move anywhere, let alone a long distance, you know how difficult and stressful the process can be. If you are relocating far from your current home, hiring long distance movers can ease the personal strain of the process. Different long distance movers have different services, processes, and ways of saving you money, so your personal and financial situations will inform your choice. If you do not have a lot of free time during your move, you should probably search for full service long distance movers that will either pack for you or help you pack. The preparation time can be much worse than the actual move, even if you are moving across the country. Unless you only have a few things, like a small apartment’s worth of furniture and personal items, you should probably avoid an entirely DIY move. Professional long distance movers can help to get a large amount of furniture and other possessions to wherever you are going in less time and in better condition. Unless you are used to packing things for a move, you will be surprised how much your things will shift around during transit and how beat up they can become if they are packed improperly.
On the other hand, if you have more time to pack, less stuff, and some experience packing and moving, alternative moving solutions like pods may work for you. Pods are storage containers that a moving company will drop off for you to pack on your own. Once you are ready, the moving company will pick the pod up and ship it to wherever you are moving to. This is convenient, because then you can do a less expensive, mostly DIY move without having to drag a slow and cumbersome trailer behind you for your entire move or learn to drive a large delivery truck on your own. This can be unsafe in addition to inconvenient if you have no experience with these delivery vehicles.