One of the key decisions you’ll have to make when moving is how to pack and transport your items to your new home.
The question is should you hire a moving company when you’re moving or should you pack up your things, get behind the wheel of a moving truck and drive down to your new home?
Most often than not, this decision is based on cost and time.
But what if you don’t intend to move yourself and you can’t afford the services of a full service moving company? This is the point where self service moving walks into the picture.
What exactly does a self service mover do?
While a full time mover will help you take care of every aspect of your moving including packing, loading, shipping, unloading, and unpacking, a self service mover will only help you drive your household goods to your new home. You’ll have to pack and load your items into the moving truck and unload it when you arrive your new home.
This option is ideal for people who intend to cut their moving cost but are concerned about driving a large truck. So here’s what you should expect when you hire a self service mover – a professional driver and a moving truck. Some self service movers can provide you with a large mobile unit – you can store this unit on your lawn for a few days before your move.
With such a container, you can pack your household items safely without tripping over boxes.
How much does it cost to hire a self service mover?
The exact cost you’ll pay a self service mover depends on the distance you’re moving to, how much household goods you have and the area you’re moving from and to.
Also, the cost will be based on the type of self service moving you requested – if a mobile container is included or if you’ll need the truck for a longer period of time. To play safe, ask the self service mover upfront what services are included and what extra charges apply.
Is it always cheaper to hire a self service mover?
Not really. Before you make up your mind to hire a self service mover, you’ll have to consider the amount of time it’ll take you to pack up all your household goods, and load them into the moving truck.
If you have friends and family who intend to help you out with packing and loading the truck, hiring a self service mover can be a really good option.
But just before you make up your mind, weigh your options carefully. Consider the benefits of hiring a full service mover and the workload involved in hiring a self service mover.
If you have lots of high value items that could be damaged easily if wrongly packed, then you should think carefully before inviting friends and family to help you pack and load the moving truck.
Sometimes, hiring a self service mover can cut more than half of your moving cost. If you’re interested, start by requesting a truck rental quote.
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