We've hired movers before and we've gone the DIY route. One option is a lot easier, and the other is a lot less expensive. As we prepare for our 2nd move in two years, we're trying to save both money and sanity by finding a middle ground...This time around, we have a couple weeks in which to move. We've been packing and moving bit by bit, getting as many boxes and extras over to the new place as we can on our own. For the big pieces, we're calling in movers. This way, we'll spare ourselves (and our friends) a back injury, and we'll save money on movers by limiting the time and amount of work they'll do.
Although this method definitely works best if you have some time to move, you could also implement it in one day. Use the morning to move as much small stuff as possible, then hire movers to do the big stuff in the afternoon.
If you've got tips for saving money during a move, let us know in the comments.
Photo: Moving Day, Montreal 1930 from the Musee McCord Museum Commons Archive