The Moving Services And Options To Choose From

Choosing A Moving Service
The three primary ways to move are self-service, truck rentals, and hiring professional movers. You may have a few other options as well depending on your situation.


Examples of self-service moving companies include:

These companies drop off either a trailer or a large container. You load it will all your belongings, they pick it up and deliver it to your new residence, and you unload it. Price is calculated by distance and the amount of space used.

The primary advantage with this option is having someone else do all the driving, especially if you’re moving long-distance. It’s less expensive than hiring a full-service moving company, since your doing all the packing and loading yourself. You also don’t have to be present when they drop off the container, which is not the case with hiring movers. A container can also be used to store a lot of belongings when showing your home.

If you’re unable to find a new home right away, the container can be placed in storage. This is a far better alternative than renting a truck, dropping everything off at a storage facility, renting a truck again, then transporting everything to your new place.

These moving containers aren’t particularly big, so they might not be the best option for those with a lot of stuff. Another downside is that packing and loading can require a great deal of effort and time. Plus, there’s always the possibility of your stuff getting damaged.

Truck Rentals

This is the likely the cheapest option, since you’ll be doing the packing, loading, and driving. You’re also in control the entire time. Of course, this option probably requires the most effort and time. You also have to drive a big, bulky truck, which may not be suitable for everyone. It’s ideal for short-distance moves and for those on a budget.

Companies to consider:

The other downside is that your truck may not be available when you pick it up, even if you made a reservation months in advance. This is not an issue with self-service or professional moving companies.

Professional Movers

A full-service professional move includes packing, loading, transportation, and unloading. While the most expensive option, but it’s also the fastest and most convenient. It requires little to no effort on your part. The only downsides is the cost and lack of control. This service is offered whether you’re moving locally, intrastate, or interstate. The latter is often the least expensive because discounts are usually offered.

Movers can be hired only for loading and transporting. You can even hire them just to load your heaviest stuff, such as tables, beds, and other furniture, while you load the rest. You can save money by taking apart and putting back together all the appliances, furniture, and electronics. The more you are willing to do yourself, the less you’ll have to pay.

If you do the packing yourself, then you won’t be provided with insurance coverage. If something breaks, you’ll be responsible.

Hiring a professional mover is best if you have a lot of stuff, aren’t physically able to load it on a truck, and have the money to afford it.


The last option is to do literally do everything yourself. If you have access to a truck or large van, you might be able to use it for transporting all your stuff. I wouldn’t recommend this option unless it’s a local move and you have very few possessions. This is least expensive way to move, but can be time very consuming and require a lot of manual labor.

Also, what if it rains on moving day? Everything will be exposed if placed in the back of a truck. A tarp will only help so much.

Professional Relocation Expert

Hiring a professional relocation expert or service is an option if you want some help. Relocation companies can be found on the internet and in the yellow pages.

Services provided:

  • planning
  • selling your home
  • buying a new home
  • packing
  • finding the best moving companies, lenders, inspection companies, real estate agents, etc.
  • adjusting to the new city

How To Decide

Budget plays a significant role in which option to choose. If your company is going to pay for your move, find out what services they’ll provide and what you’ll be responsible for. If money is no object, a full-service move is probably the best choice overall.

If you’re transporting a lot of stuff, then you’ll probably have no choice but to hire a moving company. I highly recommend decluttering before moving as much as possible. The less stuff you have to move, the more you’ll save.

What about distance? Renting a truck probably isn’t feasible if you’re moving across the country, but is very practical for local moves.

Another factor is the amount of help you have at your disposal. Packing and loading is much easier if you have a lot of people helping.

Shipping/Mailing Boxes

One last option is to have some or all of your possessions shipped or mailed. This is ideal for singles who have very few belongings. If you know someone that lives in the new city, the, you can ship some of your things to their place.

Even if you’re hiring movers or renting a truck, you might want to mail items that could be damaged in extreme temperatures, such as photo albums. Books are also good for shipping. The post office will accept boxes that weigh no more than 50 pounds.

Research Companies

Whether you rent a truck, hire movers, or opt for a self-service move, do a background check on several companies before making a decision. Visit to see if the company is registered with the FMCSA and has a USDOT number. Out of state movers should have an ICCMC number and a PUC number. The Better Business Bureau is also good resource for learning about moving companies.

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