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Moving Companies

If you can't figure out what kind of move you want, searching for a moving company to handle your relocation can help. Moving companies can be divided into three categories based on the services they provide: full-service, self-service, and do-it-yourself. Nowadays, moving companies don't necessarily fall into a single category; some full-service moving companies now offer their own line of storage containers in addition to their other services. Naturally, each moving service has its particular share of benefits and downsides. This article will seek to highlight the pros and cons of each to help you in your decision-making.

Full-service Moving Companies

Whether you're moving out of state or locally, full-service Moving Companies like Two Men and a Truck offer your standard pickup and delivery services, in addition to packing, loading, and unloading. This option is by far the most convenient of the three. However, you can expect to pay for that convenience out of your pocket. There are undeniable perks to hiring a full-service moving company, especially if you plan on transporting some of your high-value and fragile items. Having professional movers properly prepare them for transit is far more reliable and secure than moving these objects yourself in the mini-van. You can also pare down your moving expenses to fit a more reasonable moving budget by choosing not to utilize a full-service moving company's additional services. For example, you can choose to pack most of your household belongings and leave the valuable items for the movers to take care of. The additional insurance coverage that full-service moving companies like Allied Van Lines offers isn't entirely necessary either, especially if you're already paying for the basic coverage plan. If you're considering full-service moving company, be sure to ask about the exact details of your moving rates and what you'll be paying for. You can easily make adjustments in order to save on your relocation.


Self-service Moving Companies

A self-service moving company is a hybrid of moving services, offering you the convenience of having professional movers transport your belongings and simultaneously allowing you the freedom to pack your own belongings like a do-it-yourself moving company. Companies like Moving PODS specialize solely on moving containers, essentially storage units you can personally load your items for transit or storage. Most self-service moving companies offer either long-term or temporary storage in their own facilities. Naturally, this option comes with its own set of charges, or storage rates. There are ways you can decrease your overall storage and moving rates with self-service moving companies. If you have your own pickup and the necessary equipment, you can choose to pick up your items from the storage facility in lieu of having the company doing it for you, subsequently charging you in the process. Other companies like United Van Lines and Mayflower Moving are full-service, but have self-service options with their own brand of moving containers. The fact is that moving containers are the ideal solution for individuals and families that live in smaller households or apartments. This isn't the case for four bedroom homes.


Do-it-yourself Moving Companies

Do-It-yourself moving companies like Penske Truck Rental and U-Haul are also known as rental agencies. This is for customers who prefer to do their own packing, loading, and driving. Naturally, the cost for a truck rental will be cheaper than your other moving options initially, but that doesn't include driving related expenses such as mileage and fuel. The advantage of having a professional driver transport your belongings is that they have the necessary experience to handle situations you may encounter on the road such as an overheated engine or a flat tire. For those who've never driven a larger vehicle, renting a truck through a company like U-Haul may pose a risk, especially if you plan on cross country moving. However, if you plan on moving locally, truck rentals can be very advantageous. But before you rent a truck from Penske Truck Rental or any other rental agency, make sure the truck is fitted with equipment you'll need like hand trucks and dollies.

- Patricia Donald is a frequent contributor to Free Moving Quote.


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