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When you're starting to plan your move, it can feel like you have only two options: either pay a professional mover to box up your home and hope they don't tack on hidden fees before returning your belongings or rent a truck yourself, do all the heavy lifting and then get behind the wheel for a long, long drive.

If neither sounds appealing, you're in luck. A new form of moving, self-service, has been growing in popularity thanks to its common sense approach. With self-service movers, you pack your belongings and they do the hard driving.

Check out America's top self-service moving companies.

The Skinny on Self-Service Moving

The concept behind self-service moving couldn't be simpler. After you've made arrangements with a company, they drop off a large, weather-resistant crate (or two, or three, depending on your needs) in front of your home. You pack your things inside, lock the crate up and the company's truck comes to whisk it away. Once you've arrived at your new place, the company drops off your crate and you start unpacking.
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Because self-service movers leave you to take care of the packing and unpacking, you save on the hourly costs of having a moving crew wrap and stack your furniture (though for an extra charge, some self-service companies will help you box up your stuff). The price of a self-service move is assessed by the number of crates you use and how far you need them to go. Though crate sizes vary by companies, average ones can hold about 3000 lbs. Generally, making your move with a self-service company will be less expensive than hiring a full-service mover and slightly more expensive than doing it with a U-Haul. However, depending on how much you spend on gas, tolls and other expenses, going with self-service could be the cheapest of your three options. Some amount of insurance coverage is factored into the price of your self-service move as well, though more is often available if you're moving valuables.

In the end, you can't put a price on peace of mind. If you go with self-service, you won't have to worry about your rental truck breaking down in the middle of nowhere, and because all your belongings are in a single box, they're much less likely to be mixed up with other shipments, lost or damaged.
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