Self-Moving Services: Get the Basics and Compare Companies
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,
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.
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.
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 3,000 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.
Check out America's top self-service moving companies on 123Movers.com