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The Difference Between Full-Service and Self-Service Movers

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  1. What Is The Difference Between Full-Service And Self-Service Movers?
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What is The Difference Between Full-Service and Self-Service Movers?

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

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.

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Self-Service Movers

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.

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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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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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