Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The True Cost of Not Hiring Movers

Money was very tight during this move and so we did not hire movers but instead moved ourselves. We wrapped the dishes, packed the boxes, and loaded the furniture. The decision was purely a financial one. We were originally going to hire a mover for the furniture, but the quote came in at over $1,000. As closing costs and other moving expenses escalated, $1,000 seemed equivalent to $1,000,000. I just could not agree to spend the money, so my husband, my brother-in-law, nephew, the kids, and I completed the grunt work and we hired a U-Haul. All seemed to go well, we actually only took one minor casualty to the furniture which was repairable, but then dear husband started hobbeling. Then, he was hunched over. As men do, he pushed through and finished the move, but then he started complain. Soon he was at the doctors ($20 co-pay) with two prescriptions ($50 in co-pays). Today, he underwent an MRI ($250 co-pay)


and soon he will start therapy ($20 per visit co-pay). We can only hope that will work. I don’t even want to think of the other options. Did I really save any money??? Hindsight is 20/20 and the top of my entertainment center is still in my eat-in part of the kitchen with no time-line for completing its move. Not to mention, my poor hubby is in serious pain. Maybe the $1,000 wasn’t that much after all.

3 comments:

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

i
am
not
laughing
right now.
I swear.
kind of.
It so sounds like something we would decide! Ihope he feels better soon though!

Dawn said...

Thanks, Sara. What do the say - a penny saved, a pound lost?

Hollie Truesdale said...

That is so sad that your husband ended up getting injured! Was it because he was moving a lot of heavy things? My husband and I are going to have to move this year and we don't have a lot of heavy furniture, so I've been wondering if we should hire movers. I will be pregnant when we move, which might influence my decision! I hope your husband gets better soon. http://www.economymovingandstorage.com