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Self service moving is a cost effective alternative to get your household goods moved without renting and driving a moving truck on your own, or hiring a full service moving company. Moving yourself can prove to be cheaper than full service move, but not necessarily cheaper then a self service moving. Although renting a U-Haul can seem to be cheaper, don't forget the gas, tolls and other expenses.

And, of course, there is also an issue of opportunity costs. Spending time on getting the U-Haul and later driving it all the way to your destination can prove to be an exhausting experience. Otherwise could have spent that time earning money. Before deciding whether to handle your own move, take a look at these factors:

First answer following questions:

Do you have the time needed to do the entire job? Packing, loading, unloading and driving can be very time-consuming.

How many items do you need to move? Remember that heavy furniture and appliances may be difficult to handle.

Are you physically capable of loading and unloading on both ends of the move? This is a hard work. Long driving accompanied with carrying heavy boxes is a very tedious process.

Will you have family or friends to help you? Always have people to help you through the relocation process. Remember, moving companies have liability insurance for their employees in case of injury and obtaining extra insurance for your self-move might be more expensive.

Do you have a license to drive a big truck? You will probably need a special permit to drive one.

What about the rest of the family, children, and pets? There may not be enough space in the truck for your family and your pets. You'll have to make provisions for them to follow in a separate car or to reserve flight seats. If you are making a long-distance move, factor in the costs of food and lodging.

If you are ready to move by yourself

For those who still believe that moving yourself can be cheaper than using the self moving company, check the following issues to avoid loosing extra money:

Personal Insurance: When drive a rented truck you might not be covered by your automobile insurance. Check with your insurance agent if your policy covers commercial vehicles.

Insurance Rider: You should protect your shipment by purchasing an insurance rider. Belongings damaged in transit may not be covered under your homeowner's policy.

Damages to property: Beware of the situation when while moving you will damage the house or the apartment you are moving from. Such damage can lead to claims from the incoming buyer of your house, or your ex-landlord.

Rental truck: If the truck you rented for your move breaks down while in transit you will have to pay for repairs. It will take some time until the company will reimburse you for that. And, of course, take into account the losses dealing with the delay.