Well, in case you haven’t heard, we’re gearing up for our annual summer move. True to tradition, we have made sure to wait late enough into the summer to almost guarantee that temperatures will be over 100 degrees on the day of the move. We’re moving to a house in Temple that we’re very excited about, but the current question looming over our heads is this: Do we try to pull off one more amateur move, or do we suck it up and hire movers for this trip?
Either way will be expensive. Renting a truck will cost upwards of $100, plus the cost of gas for a distance move and pizza/water/soda for all of our helpful friends and family.. So, roughly, this would be between $200-$250.
The best deal I found on movers was for $115 an hour for three burly moving men. If these guys can move like greased lightning, I’d hope to have them finished (including driving time) in three hours. That gives them almost an hour on each end for loading and unloading, and a little over an hour for driving (round trip). Best case scenario, I think it would cost us about $350. But there’s always the chance that these guys might not move quite as quickly (the guy on the phone estimated seven hours, which I think is outrageous, but even a time somewhere between our guesses would be a significant price increase).
Due to our economic stimulus check and a couple of other unexpected one-time income opportunities, we could actually swing the cost of movers. But, there are lots of other costs associated with this move and getting settled into the new house that I would gladly spend the money on. Basically, it boils down to this: can we actually ask our friends and family to help us move…in AUGUST…for the third summer in a row? (For the record, they’ve all graciously pledged their support. But, at the same time, everyone’s eyes light up when they hear we’re considering getting professionals)
I really can’t decide if hiring movers is compassionate or extravagant. Any thoughts to assuage my guilt either way?