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How Much is Your Body Worth? The Physical Cost of a DIY Move

Moving can be really stressful, and this is especially true for a DIY move. From pre-move to post move, there will be so many things to do that you may find yourself overwhelmed and unable to make the right decisions. You might even become ill. If you have several truckloads of items to move, then a DIY move may not be such a good idea. This is why most people choose to hire moving companies to get the job done.

If you want to do a Do It Yourself move, then ask yourself how much your body is worth and whether you are willing to put your health on the line just to save some money. If stress or other illnesses get the best of you, the cost of treatment will increase your cost of moving tremendously.

So before deciding on a DIY move, consider the following physical costs:

Stress is one of the biggest killers of our time. Stress happens when you feel overloaded and wonder if you can handle the pressures placed on you. It can undermine both your mental and physical health. When you are stressed, you are exposed to the following risks:

  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Slowing down of the digestive system
  • Rise in heart (pulse) rate
  • Loss of immunity
  • Tensed muscles
  • Sleeplessness due to heightened state of alertness

All of the above can seriously jeopardize your health. If you fall ill and need to be hospitalized, just imagine the cost of treatment, and even after you recover, think of the long-term consequences. Once your internal organs start malfunctioning, you will have to live with them for the rest of your life. The cost of movers will be nothing compared to a lifetime of misery.

There are always chances of physical injuries when packing, carrying, loading and unloading heavy items. You may get cut by a knife or scissors. A heavy object may fall on you. You may bump into things and hurt yourself. Carrying heavy objects can cause stress on your backbone as well. There can be numerous mishaps waiting to happen if you are not up to the task.

Physical injuries are usually treatable, but they cost money. If you do not have health insurance, you will have to pay out of your own pocket. But the long-term consequences of some injuries can be even worse. Even after treatment, they will cause you chronic pain for the rest of your life. Therefore, you should consider a DIY move only if you are fully up to the task. For more information, read our blog post on the “12 moving tips to make your life simpler”.