The difference between full-service and self-service movers is not something that most people have an understanding of. Knowing the difference between the two when you're planning a move can help you decide on which of the two moving services works better for you.
Full-Service movers are ones that pretty much do everything for you, hence the “full” in the name. They arrive at your home, pack together all of your personal items, load them on a truck, drive them to the final destination, unload them, unpack them, and can even help to place everything inside of your home. They're not interior designers though by any means, so you'll have to direct them as to where certain things have to go.
There are numerous benefits associated with full-service movers, as they get rid of much of the stress that normally accompanies a move. Knowing that the physical “moving” part is being taken care of means that you can direct your energies on other aspects of the moving process, including canceling services and arranging for your mail to be forwarded. And when you arrive at your new home, you can focus on setting up these very services, such as your cable and utilities, rather than having to unpack everything.
Another benefit associated with full-service movers is that they do all of the manual labor, thus minimizing the risk of injury through carrying heavy items and boxes. For certain segments of the population, including the elderly or those with preexisting injuries, this is an immense benefit.
Finally, a third benefit is that it saves you time. If you're relocating because of a work position, you can focus on getting acclimated at your new job. If it's a new city that you're moving to, you can focus on getting to know the city a bit better.
Self-Service movers, in the vast majority of cases, means that the only thing that the moving company will do is transport your items. You will have to pack everything and eventually unpack it. They will give you various moving boxes and supplies a few days before the scheduled pick-up, and once they arrive, they will help you to load it onto the truck. But that's usually it.
Depending on your own situation though, self-service isn't that bad of an option. If you're in good health, physically able, not under too much stress because of a job, and don't have many personal items, you should consider it. After all, it is much cheaper than hiring a full-service mover. If money is a bit tight, you will save far more by choosing a self-service mover. Mostly this will hold the most appeal for those who are single or who are a young couple, rather than those already with established families.
Consider your own budget and needs before you make a choice. There are some instances in which a full-service mover makes far more sense, while a self-service mover will be the smarter choice in other circumstances.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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