Is It Better To Move Yourself Or Hire Movers?


You may spend less money when you move yourself compared to when you hire a mover, but the small savings of a DIY move won’t justify all of the extra time, effort, stress, and headache of moving yourself. Moving is an experience that requires a lot of effort and planning. Now that you’ve decided where and when you are moving, you need to decide how you are moving—will you choose to hire Dallas movers to help the whole moving process go by methodically or are you the ambitious type that wants to handle the move yourself? There are a few considerations to make when it comes to whether you will choose a DIY move or hire a Dallas moving company.

When You Might Consider a DIY Move:

You’re On a Budget

Hiring professional movers in Dallas can be a little bit pricey. If you are on a tight budget and don’t want to spend the money to hire movers, this is a good option for you.

You Have Plenty of Time

Packing up the whole place yourself may take many hours, and the actual loading, driving, and unloading (sometimes you might need multiple trips) will take a lot of time as well. If you don’t have a lot of stuff or have plenty of free time, this is a good option for you! Check out our recommendations on packing!

You Have A Taskforce to Help

You have friends, family, or neighbors to help you with loading and unloading the big things like beds, mattresses, couches, dressers, washing machines, etc.

You Have Access To A Vehicle to Move Big Things

You have a vehicle like a truck or trailer that can accommodate moving big things. Just make sure you do research on how to properly secure it when driving!

Great Reasons To Hire Professional Movers:

Damage Claim Protection

Licensed moving companies have damage claim protection so if they break something during a move, you can file a claim and get reimbursed for damage to your items.

Professional Movers Do It For A Living

These movers have years and years of experience wrapping, covering, carrying, loading, and transporting all kinds of items safely and soundly. They also work in a team so you know your stuff is in good and capable hands.

You Get Extra Perks

Our movers come with floor protection, shrink wrap, and blankets to ensure your floors and belongings are protected when moving them. Some Dallas moving companies even offer packing services to help you get packed and unpacked!

Rearranging and Furniture Assembly

Once we unload your furniture, we will assemble it for you and move it anywhere you like. It’s nice to point to where you want things instead of doing it yourself, and if you don’t like where it is, we’ll move it again for you!

Fast and Efficient

You get a moving team of 3 who specialize in being speedy and doing the job right. You’ll be amazed at how fast they go!

Reducing Stress

Finally, you don’t have to worry about any of the headaches associated with moving. Lifting, carrying, pivoting in and around staircases, disassembling furniture, tying down furniture, scraping up walls, etc. You have a team of professionals to handle that for you. You just get to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new home!


If you decide you would like to use professional movers in Dallas instead of moving yourself, you can get a free quote and book online with us any time. Read here about all of the ways we will take great care of you and your things!

How To Prepare for Full-Service Movers in San Antonio?

Being a professional mover in San Antonio is hard work! It’s a lot of physical activity including lifting, carrying, and even walking up and down stairs multiple times with heavy boxes and furniture. Our professional, experienced San Antonio movers work in the dog days of summer, and even in the rain. There are a few things you can do as a customer to help your San Antonio moving company out on moving day!

Ways To Help Your Movers:

  • Be Packed and Ready to Go When They Arrive. This helps both you and your movers. This ensures that your local movers can go as quickly as possible! Being fully packed means no loose items and is one of the top things you can do to make your move easier.
  • Reserve Parking in Front of Your House or Apartment Complex. You can use your own vehicles to block the space until we arrive
  • Make Sure Walkways Are Clear Where the Movers Will Be Walking. This saves everyone time and avoids any stumbling
  • Same Goes With Pets. We love pets, but make sure pets are secured and out of the way so they don’t get out or get stressed with the unknown visitors in their space! Read our tips for moving with pets.
  • Disconnect Washers and Dryers Before We Arrive. This also saves you time and inconvenience! We want to move your washer and dryer (really!) but we are not supposed to disconnect them ourselves because we are not plumbers and don’t want to cause any damage to water lines!
  • Offering Them Water. Moving is hard work so a refreshing beverage is always appreciated!
  • Let Them Do What Professional Movers Do. As hard as that might be, our movers are experienced professionals so stand back and let them do what they do best!
  • Labeling Your Boxes. This helps us know where things go in the new place so your move can go by quickly and you’ll have everything in the convenient spot you need it! Label things as FRAGILE too just so we know to take extra special care of it. Make sure you tell us that everything is labelled in advance so we know to look for it!
  • Tell Us the Fastest Driving Route. We use our GPS to get from your old home to the new home so if you know of a better way that our trucks can safely take, please let us know !
  • Try to Relax! You are in great hands with a San Antonio moving company like 3 Men Movers!

Realtor Spotlight : Mercede Nall

Mercede is a licensed realtor who has lived in the San Antonio area for over 25 years. She knows moving can be stressful at times, so she makes it her job to help ease the process for her buyers and sellers.  She makes sure her clients are informed and updated throughout the entire process.

San Antonio Realtor

San Antonio Realtor Mercede Nall

Learn More About Mercede

Which realtor group are you with? The Premier Group with RE/MAX Preferred

Tell us about your background – where you’re from, where you went to school, how long you’ve been in the real estate business?
San Antonio native, Graduated from Texas State University, I’ve been a REALTOR for 5 years and counting.

How many clients have you helped over your career? 104

What do you provide to your clients that really makes your service special? Being a full-time REALTOR, my clients can expect excellent communication, full time service, strong negotiation skills, and up to date industry knowledge.

When listing a home, I provide FREE Home Staging and Professional Photography designed to help sell my client’s home quickly and for the highest price! I also offer numerous Discount Programs for Active and Retired Military, Multiple Transactions, First Time Homebuyers, and New Construction Move-Up’s.

What areas do you work in? I serve San Antonio and the surrounding areas

Which celebrities would you like living next door to you? Former San Antonio Spur, David Robinson!

Folks would be surprised to know that… I wanted to be a veterinarian

Ready to Contact Mercede?

Visit her site! Then, book us as your San Antonio movers and we’ll help you move into that fantastic, new home she helped you find!

How Long Do Movers Usually Take?

Houston moving companies how long will my move take

A common question we always get from most customers is “How Long Will My Move Take?” This is understandable seeing how most Houston moving companies are priced on hourly rates. There is never a hard and fast rule for how long your move will be because every move is different. We can, however, give you a few tips on how to decrease the amount of time your move will take:

Book a Reputable Houston Moving Company

This is incredibly important. There are a lot of moving companies in Houston, and unfortunately not all of them are legal or experienced. Some may be less expensive, but it just might be because they aren’t operating legally or the movers don’t have a good reputation. Do your due diligence and make sure you research moving companies before you book your Houston movers. Watch this quick video on our blog to look up if your moving company is legit and how to spot red flags. This is all of your stuff, so you want to keep it safe and know it’s in good hands!

Be Prepared When Movers Arrive

Another thing we can’t stress enough is to be ready for your Houston movers! This means having things completely packed and ready to go. We don’t move loose items, and if you aren’t packed, it will slow things down significantly. Our movers will text or call you when they are on the way so you should know when they’ll arrive. 3 Men Movers offer packing services if you know you can’t do it all yourself. Read the reviews by our customers and watch them pack here!

Giving Your Moving Company Good Estimates

Try your best to give us accurate estimates of the things in your home. In a house, this includes the garage, the attic, and anything that is in your backyard or patio. It is important on the confirmation call, that we have a good idea of the size of truck we need to bring. If this isn’t the case, the move could lead to two trips which takes a lot more time.

Moving Long Distance and Stairs

These 2 things should also be considered when using a professional moving company. Drive time goes into your hourly rate so just be aware that moving across town or to a new city will increase the total move time. Additionally, you should know that moving trucks have to drive 5-10 mph under the posted speed limits because they are incredibly heavy and take longer to stop and to accelerate. This is a safety precaution to keep everyone on the road safe, and to keep your stuff safe so it doesn’t shift around. You can read here how we ensure our drivers are being safe!

Stairs will also add some extra time to your move because the movers are carrying heavy things up and down 1 to 3 flights of stairs. There is no extra charge for this, but it will add a little bit of time to the move.

In Conclusion

The final thing you should know is 3 Men Movers really cares about our customers, and we will do your move as quickly and safely as possible. We have a great reputation as a Houston moving company, and it’s because we take great care of the people that move with us. If you want the best Houston movers, you can book online now!

Realtor Spotlight: Hillary Smith

Hillary is an Austin realtor who works hard to make sure her clients are happy, and has the reviews to prove it! She enjoys using her unique expertise to guide first time home buyers as well as making the process easier for those seasoned home buyers/sellers. Her knowledge of Austin and upbringing in the world of real estate make her an excellent choice when you are buying or selling a home!

Learn More About Hillary

Which realtor group are you with? I am with Realty Austin on the Smith Team

Tell us about your background. I was born and raised in Waco Texas, and went to Baylor University. I come from a family with 7 realtors, so I’ve known the business for a long time and worked as an assistant to my realtor husband for a while before I became licensed myself 3 years ago.hillary-smith-austin-realtor

How many clients have you helped over your career? I don’t even know how many clients I’ve helped! My husband and I work as a team and together we sold about 75 homes last year. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average residential realtor sells about 12 homes/year…so we are on the go and meeting a lot of people.

What do you provide to your clients that really makes your service special? My 4-year degree at Baylor was Interior Design. That included space planning, lighting, and materials & finishes selections. I really enjoy helping buyers and sellers see what they can do to make their home more livable or sell-able.

What areas in Austin do you work in? I live in the Arboretum area of Austin so I know a lot of about that area, but I’ve sold homes as far north as Lampasas and down to south Austin, so I am all over the place.

What is the last book you read? The last book I read was The Road Back to You

Folks would be surprised to know that…I went to high school with Joanna Gaines–she was a cheerleader and was Pocahontas in one of our pep rally skits.

Ready to Contact Hillary?

Check out her website and read client testimonials here! You can contact her at [email protected]

When Is The Best Time To Move in Dallas?

If you have a move in Dallas approaching in the near future, you are probably in the process of packing, looking for Dallas moving companies, and deciding on the right time to move. How do you decide which day and what time is best? As experienced Dallas movers, we came up with a few things to consider when deciding the best time to move:

Pricing for Dallas movers

Rates for Dallas moving companies may fluctuate. Some Dallas movers may offer higher rates on weekends because that is prime time for moving. People that work during the week or have kids in school usually prefer to move on weekends so they aren’t having to take time off work. If you have the flexibility to move on a weekday, this might be the best option for you and a way to save money.

Time of Day to Schedule Dallas movers

At 3 Men Movers, we offer 2 time slots for moving:

-Morning moves: This moving time slot gives you an exact time you can expect your crew to arrive and get started. This is the best time slot for you if you are on a strict schedule to be out by a certain time, you have a long way to travel, or just if you are an early riser!

-Flex moves: This moving time slot has more uncertainty. Since our movers usually do two moves a day, we can’t tell you an exact time your Dallas movers will arrive for the Flex move. They will contact you when they are finished with the first move and give you an ETA. It is 100% dependent on how long that first move takes. You can read more information about a Flex move here. This works best if you have more flexibility with your schedule AND especially if you still have packing to do.


When You Have to Be Out

This is a personal choice based on how much time you need and the availability of your schedule. If you are renting and your lease is up on the same day your Dallas movers are coming, you need to make sure you will have time to clean/fix anything necessary to get your deposit back before you turn the keys in. There also tends to be a rush of people moving toward the end and very beginning days of the month, so if you know you’ll need to move then, book your Dallas moving company early so they aren’t sold out!

Next Step

Knowing all of this, plan your Dallas move based on what works for you! When you are ready to decide, you can book us online and we will be happy to help make your moving day a stress-free one!

How You Can Have a Better Move with 3 Men Movers in San Antonio

New technology is revolutionizing every industry there is, and moving is no exception. We like to think of our moving company as leaders in technology with the moving industry. We do this to make our customers’ lives and moving experiences easier. Customer service is one of our primary goals at 3 Men Movers so implementing new tools that enhance the customer experience while also improving our efficiency in-house is a win-win. Read below about how this San Antonio moving company is making your move easier and safer!

iPad Documentation

We strive to be more eco-friendly by contributing to saving trees and eliminating paper bills. Copies of all of your contracts, invoices, and paperwork is all sent to you securely and electronically so you don’t have to worry about misplacing them. Your San Antonio movers will show up on move day and have you sign the proper forms and make your payment after the move right on the handy i-pads we provide.

OBE: Online Booking Experience

You can book most things online, so why shouldn’t your move be one of them? We know our customers are busy and finding time to shop around or have a 30 minute phone call might not fit into your schedule during normal moving company business hours. With our online booking tool, you can book your move day and time, get pricing, pick your moving crew, and add packing at any time day or night.

Driver’s App

This app makes your moving day so much easier! It is the perfect way for you to communicate with your San Antonio moving crew via text if you have any questions or concerns on the day of your move. You will get a picture of your mover sent to you so you know just who to expect, and you’ll get a text message when your driver is on the way to your home so you can plan accordingly. The text has a link where you can actually track your mover via GPS to see where they are en-route to you, and where they are when they leave to go unload your things in your new home!

Driver Monitoring

This new tool powered by Samsara lets us know our drivers are practicing safe driving habits so we can be sure your things are being transported safely from point A to point B. It keeps track of truck service needs so there is a much lower risk of any breakdowns or unnecessary delays on moving day. Our drivers are given daily reports and alerts regarding their driving habits and we hold monthly contests to encourage drivers to be at the top of the leader board in safe driving.

To Sum Up

If you are looking for San Antonio movers that will provide an easy experience with peace of mind that your things will be safe and sound, choose 3 Men Movers! We are local movers with both muscle and brains. We develop online tools and apps that make scheduling a move, picking a mover, and tracking a move something our customers can do right from their phones. See the other ways we take care of customers or book online today!

3 Men Movers Honored as Winner of Distinction with BBB

3 Men Movers Wins BBB Award

In May, 3 Men Movers attended the annual 2019 Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence ceremony. That’s because the company was being honored by the BBB with a Winner of Distinction Award for being among select companies that display a commitment to providing an ethical marketplace.

3 Men Movers has an A+ rating (97-100%) with the BBB, and the numerous customer reviews give this company an overall 5-star rating on its BBB profile. CEO Jacky Noons acknowledged the importance of being accredited by the BBB, stating: “To have BBB accreditation, a company has to follow the BBB dispute resolution process, meaning they must always respond to customers’ issues. This is so important, especially in the moving industry where often times disreputable movers disappear or do not even return a customer’s calls.”

Judging by the excellent BBB reviews, anyone who has hired Houston-based 3 Men Movers is aware of how this company operates. The team members have a code they live by when helping Texas customers move, ensuring moving day goes smoothly for all involved. The 3 Men Movers’ code of ethics is actually an 8-part “Movifesto” that includes promises like “We Hustle” and “We Go Beyond.”

In fact, the first part of the Movifesto is “We do what we say. Always.” It makes sense that a company that values being honest and doing what they say with every move would win an award for excellence. Noons reiterated how honored 3 Men movers is to win the award: “We are proud of our standing as an A+ moving company with the BBB. It takes effort to win a BBB award, and it’s evidence to the public that winners care about customer service and their reputation.”

About 3 Men Movers

We are a moving company with both muscle and brains. We spend our days optimizing tools and apps that make scheduling a move, picking a mover, and tracking a move something our customers can do right from their phones. Now they can book their move from the dog park, in line at the grocery store, or (for those night owls) in their pajamas. Our customers are on the go, so we’re fitting into their schedule – not the other way around.

Realtor Spotlight: Adam Williams

Adam Williams is an experienced realtor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has helped many families with buying or selling their homes. Adam makes a point to keep up with current realty trends and helps his clients achieve their real estate goals quickly and effectively. Your future is his priority.

Adam Williams realtor in Dallas

Learn More About Adam

Which realtor group are you with? I own a brokerage firm in McKinney, Tx called APW Realty.

Tell us about your background. I grew up in East Texas in a small town called Carthage. I went to Stephen F Austin State University, and got into real estate in 2010.

How many clients have you helped over your career? I’ve helped over 200 families buy or sell their personal homes as well as 100’s of investors who needed help with flips or rentals.

What do you provide to your clients that really makes your service special? With many years in the investment community, my clients really appreciate the fact that I have knowledge in the construction area of home buying. In the time where TV shows dictate the modern trends (Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper…etc) it’s important to know pricing on projects, labor, materials, and most importantly having the contacts for the correct contractors that can take on my clients’ jobs.

What areas in Dallas do you work in? I predominantly work in Collin County for my home buyers and sellers. For my investors, I’m helping them find off-market properties all over DFW.

Which celebrities would you like living next door to you? One of my favorite hobbies is racing cars. So, probably would be cool to live next door to Jay Leno since he has a car collection of like 135+ cars. Maybe he’d let me drive at least one!

Folks would be surprised to know that… I was a classically trained singer in college and performed in multiple operas and venues around the globe after college.

Ready to Contact Adam?

You can check out his APW facebook page or email him at: [email protected]om

3 Men Movers CEO Takes A Stand For Consumers’ Security

Austin movers CEO supports consumer security

Jacky Noons, CEO of Texas-based 3 Men Movers, recently went out of her way to show how much she cares about anyone moving in Texas. More specifically, she went to the Austin Capitol on April 3rd to speak in front of the Committee of Homeland Security and Public Safety. Her objective was to support House Bill 1505, which would require unregistered movers to be ticketed and have their driving record affected.

Unregistered, or rogue movers, don’t have the state license required for transporting goods, leaving their customers vulnerable to price gouging and theft. They can easily set up a website and pay for fake reviews, leading customers to believe they’re reputable. In reality, these movers never bothered to register with the DMV, meaning they’re operating illegally.

Registering with the DMV shows that a company can pass a background check, has met minimum insurance requirements, has a physical location, and will give accurate moving estimates. Even if reported, they can easily disappear, only to return under a new name.  There is no record of past convictions for police to easily access when they pull over movers. House Bill 1505 would change that, allowing police to see past citations so they can give higher penalties.

John Esparza, CEO of the Southwest Movers Association, says, “There are numerous persons engaged in unlawful unregistered HHG (Household Goods) moving around the state. They have access to homes, family, and property. The public often has little or no recourse when the goods are damaged, stolen, or held hostage for a larger than agreed upon price. This bill will put some “teeth” into the existing statute, forcing these unlawful movers to register, pay any existing fines, and comply with the consumer protections administered by TXDMV.”

Clearly, this bill is needed, and it makes sense for Jacky to support it. She’s a board member of the Southwest Movers Association, which protects consumers from rogue movers. Consumers’ safety is always on her mind, as she’s said, “We are not just moving furniture; we are moving families.”

Supporters of this bill hope the new legislation will provide the protection consumers deserve.

3 Men Movers has moved 500,000 families and has five Texas locations.  3 Men Movers is serious about ensuring consumers feel safe throughout their move while upholding the values in its Movifesto.

What Happens If It’s Raining on Your Moving Day?

Your new place is ready, your Austin movers are scheduled, and you’ve even started to pack. Being on top of things feels good! You check for your moving day and UGH, it forecasts rain. What happens if it’s raining for your move?

It would be super if every day was a perfect temperature and sunny. But, that’s not the case—especially in Texas where weather is crazy and unpredictable from one day to the next. The great news is that as long as it’s not dangerous, 3 Men Movers will be there rain or shine.

If you do have the flexibility, just to avoid you or your things getting wet, it might be best to reschedule. We also know that sometimes you just can’t. Sometimes your house is closing, you can only take that day off work, or your lease is up. Here are some helpful things to know if you are moving in the rain:

How You Can Plan for Weather in Advance:

-Check the weather a few days ahead and especially the night before. If heavy rain or storms are forecasted for your moving time, give us a call 24/7 to see if we can come earlier or later.

-If it is raining, and you live where parking is limited, scout out a close by parking spot for the moving truck early so we can carry your things the shortest amount of distance in the rain.

Extra Measures We Take for Rain:

-We will use extra shrink wrap on everything, and extra blankets to protect your items from getting wet.

-If there is heavy downpour, we will stop the clock—i.e. the time you are paying—for up to an hour to make sure your things are safe and dry.

A Few Things You Should Know:

-Taking the proper safety precautions in the rain (driving, loading, wrapping, and unloading) may take a little longer than on a dry day.

-If the weather is really bad and it’s just not safe to move you, we will call and get you rescheduled.

Read Customer Reviews:

It was raining hard on the day of our move with a possibility of flooding. 3 Men Movers came in and wrapped everything in plastic before carrying it out. All of our belongings arrived at our new home dry as a bone. Would highly recommend 3 Men Movers. -Pat B.

Prompt, friendly and efficient! Andres Caesar and Javier worked straight through despite pouring rain and my belongings arrived safe and sound! Use them. You won’t regret it! -Kelly M

Joe and his team were extremely professional, efficient and a pleasure to work with! Despite dozens of stairs in our four story town home and pouring rain, they were able to get us moved into our new home extremely quickly and with smiles on their faces the whole way! -Allison S

One of our core values at 3 Men Movers is “We do what we say. Always.” This includes moving you on the day we say. So, if you need Austin movers you can count on, call us or get your free quote here.

Realtor Spotlight: Shonda Robinson

Naturally enthusiastic, tenacious and patient, Shonda is able to harness her abilities to ensure her clients are always well taken care of. Her goal is to ensure that every home buyer she works with really understands the process and trusts that they’re in good hands.

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About Shonda:

Which realtor group are you with? Krueger Real Estate

How she got into real estate: Prior to obtaining her license from Champions School of Real Estate, she worked as an apartment leasing specialist while pursuing a degree in finance. She loved working for and with people, but craved a career path that would incorporate her passion for others with her self-described obsessions for real estate and interior design. When she read about Krueger Real Estate’s all-encompassing brokerage model and client-first mentality, she knew she’d found her perfect fit.

How many clients have you helped over your career? 20+

What do you provide to your clients that really makes your service special? “I always want to help my clients find exactly what they’re searching for,” she says. “There are countless stressors on a daily basis, finding and purchasing a home shouldn’t be one of them!”

What areas in Houston do you work in? Inner Loop

What celebrity would you like living next door to you? BEYONCE, of course!

Folks would be surprised to know that…I’m training for UFC

How She Does Business:

Shonda is driven by the experience her skill-sets and inherent qualities allow her to provide her clients, and feels privileged to be able to guide them through one of the biggest decisions of their lives.

One of our own employees worked with Shonda recently and said, “From showing us one place twice to showing us houses the same day we saw them – whatever we needed, she was all over it. Shonda never made us feel like we were asking for too much and I get self-conscious easily. She is awesome!”

In addition to her love for people and the industry, Shonda is passionate about the lifelong pursuit of learning and experiencing new things. As a natural leader with an artistic soul, she enjoys painting and photography, and thinks it’s most important to always aspire to inspire.

Ready to Work with Shonda?

Contact Shonda at [email protected] to learn more!