Pro or no?
The world is divided into two groups: those who move
themselves and those who hire professionals to handle it
Put Tammy Lyn Phillips firmly on the "get a pro" side.
She took this route for her first uprooting, but chose
the do-it-yourself method the next few times to save
money. But after she ruptured a disk using improper
bending, lifting and carrying techniques -- racking up
at least $10,000 in recurring medical bills over the
next three years -- she wised up to a different
definition of "expensive."
"If a professional incurs any unfortunate injuries,
you're not held responsible. Plus you feel completely at
ease overseeing and not pressured to physically assist,
so you avoid hurting yourself," she says.
Still, in this age of cash allowances for moving
expenses rather than an automatic company-covered perk,
it's tempting to play the odds and pocket the extra
bucks. It's rather like sitting on a pitchfork: either
way you squirm, it hurts. Experts offer these points to
help you decide which way to go:
Single people rarely accumulate enough stuff to make
throwing it in a U-Haul an ordeal. "But the minute you
get two people in a household and start adding children,
the things really accumulate," says D'Arcy Goldman,
president of Humboldt Storage and Moving Company in the