If you're just moving a short distance, it's tempting to do it all yourself. And many people do move locally, on their own, with good success. However, you don't have to go it on your own. There are some real advantages to hiring a local moving company, even though you're only going a short distance.
You won't have to worry about finding a way to transport large furniture.
Sure, you can move small boxes and small appliances easily in the average car or truck. But what about your stove? What about your sofa? You will have to rent a moving truck or borrow a friend's truck to move those things. It makes more sense to just hire movers and let them take care of these items since carrying and loading these items in a truck is also a hassle. Moving professionals have the equipment and know-how to maneuver furniture in and out of homes.
You can get the whole project done at once.
If you move on your own, it is almost certain to be a long, drawn-out process. You move one load of items on Monday and another on Wednesday. Come Friday, you are finally clearing out the last of the boxes. When you hire movers, on the other hand, you get the move done and over within one day. They'll spend a few hours loading the moving truck, drive it to your new place, and then spend a few more hours unloading it.
You won't put yourself at risk for injuries.
You may not think about this very often, but moving can be more dangerous than you realize. There are little injuries, like stubbed toes and sore muscles. Then, there are other injuries, like herniated discs and broken bones. If you don't move boxes very often, you may not know how best to lift and move them, which makes you more prone to injuries. Movers, though, have more experience moving things, which makes them strong and less prone to injury. They also come in teams, and they know when they need to have someone help them move and re-arrange something.
Hiring movers can be a great idea, even if you aren't moving far away. You won't be putting yourself at risk for injuries, you can get the whole project done, and you won't struggle to move the larger items. Call a few moving companies, and see what they have to offer.