Household Moving FAQ: Should I Use Full-Service or Self-Service Movers?
Shipping someone’s worldly possessions from one part of the United States to another is anything but easy. Logistically it can be an absolute nightmare if you’re unsure of what you’re doing or if you’ve never done it before. This is why asking questions, gathering information and understanding what you’re about to embark upon is important, and why we’re writing this blog post today. There are two different types of household goods transportation services available to most individuals today and that are most heavily advertised by household movers. These two services are known as full-service and self-service household goods moving, and they differ greatly from one another.
To start, full-service household moving services are when the company that you hire to pick your vehicle up packs all your items for you in addition to loading them onto their truck and driving them to their destination. Full-service is much more expensive than self-service, which we’ll discuss in just a minute, because of the fact that the moving company is having to do more work than is actually necessary in order to give you a better moving experience. Full-service moving is perfect for people who lead busy lives and can’t devote all the time necessary to properly packing and securing boxes. You will need to do some prep-work ahead of time, but your shipping company will be able to explain what you will need to do to ensure expedient packing and loading times.
Self-service household moving services require you to pack all your boxes yourself, and most moving companies will have you pack the truck as well, while the moving company will physically transport your goods in their truck. Self service moving is cheaper than full-service moving because you do much of the work yourself. Many people choose the self-service option for one of several reasons, namely the fact that it’s cheaper but also because it gives you more control over what is packed where, how it’s packed, and you ultimately put less responsibility on the moving company itself. All these tend to lead to cheaper services.
But which is better? Well, it depends heavily on your budget, and what you’re looking for out of a household moving company. The choice is yours, and you can often get prices for both services from a moving company before you settle on one or the other, and there may be other options available on a company-to-company basis. The key here is to shop around in order to find a company that fits what exactly you’re trying to do and that can fit your budget. Household moving is expensive, so you’ll want to start getting quotes at least two months out – household moving prices fluctuate less than auto transport quotes, so you can get moving quotes further out without worrying about the price changing drastically.
You should also aim to look at multiple shipping companies in order to compare prices and services, and the best way to do that is to visit our Household Moving Articles section and fill out the free household moving quote request form located in the left sidebar. It’s easy to use and everything you need to submit is right there on the form you’ll see, and you’ll get multiple household moving quotes emailed to you within the hour. You can also fill out our free auto transport quote request form and select “yes” under the household moving option on the second page, and get both auto transport and household moving quotes emailed to you within the hour. If you need further help, or still have questions you need answered, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.