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5 Quick and Easy Moving Solutions
Is Moving Worth The Trouble?
One of the biggest questions that I get with my business "is hiring a mover worth it?"
That is a hard question to answer because everyone's move is completely different. Sure the stuff being moved is all the same, how it is moved is the same, but the reasons for the move are all different. While there are similarities with everyone's moves, every move has its own special personality.
But don't fret, there are 5 quick and easy moving solutions and one of these solutions will work for you.
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Do It Yourself Moving
Out of the all the moving solutions there are, this one can be the most stressful.
Basically what this is is what the title suggest: You are moving yourself; with no help except maybe friends or family.
This moving solution can be the cheapest moving solution (but not always) but it is always the most stressful.
It will be you that has to coordinate the people to help pack, load, unload and unpack all of your possessions. It is you that has to rent a moving truck from U-Haul or Penske or Budget. You have to drive the truck (and if you have never driven a big moving truck it can be very daunting.) You have to buy all of the boxes and other moving supplies, or find boxes from the store if you don't wish to buy them.
For smaller moves this is not a bad solution, but if families or if you are moving long distance or out of state, you can move for a lot less stress and a lot less money by hiring movers to do it for you.
Here are some of the expenses you may have:
- Truck rental
- Labor to load/unload and/or to pack/unpack
For college kids, single people or young couples without kids a do it yourself move can be cheap and easy. However, I wouldn't recommend it any others.
Moving Labor Services
There is a hybrid of the do it yourself moving and full service relocation, and that is hiring labor to load or unload your possessions.
This method requires you to still rent the moving truck or use and moving trailer like ABF or even PODS and then you hire labor to load and/or unload them.
It is a very affordable solution if you a really concerned over finances.
With ABF or PODS you don't have to worry about driving a large moving truck as that will be taken care of for you. The down side is you may have to wait up to 10 days (or in the winter times you can wait for months...it does happen.)
The problem is that the laborers that specialize in this type of moving are rarely insured so if they break something it is hard for them handle the problem.
The other the problem is that its hard to determine who broke what. Did the mover that loaded the stuff break it? Was it broke while on the truck or trailer? Or did the movers that unload it break it?
So besides the long duration that may occur you also have to worry about breakage. But if you want to save money, then this is a good solution for you.
Moving With Van Lines
Moving van lines (van liners as I call them) are great cheap moving companies in some ways and in others very expensive and risky.
There are many van liners out there most notable are United, Allied, Bekins, Mayflower and Wheaton. Another good but not so known van liner is Stevens.
These companies operate very much like full service relocators (which we'll talk about a little later). These guys are the moving companies with the big semi trucks and trailers. But they also have smaller trucks as well. These companies specialize in moving people like you across the country versus across the state (although they can and will do this.)
But unlike full service movers, these guys use the quantity over quality method.
To understand this, you need to know a little bit on how these companies work: Many of the trucks are owned by private individuals that do their own hiring of the moving crew, or it is a local moving company that has semis and hire the crew and drivers. These guys are called "agents." It is operated very much like a franchise.
These agents get hired by the van liner to load you their trucks and deliver to the new address which is usually in another state. But they may have more than one household on their trucks at a time. It would not be uncommon for these trucks to have 3 or 4 households on one load.
BY having this multiple households on their truck gives them the quantity and thus lowers the price to you for moving as they can spread the cost out over multiple households.
The problem for this is that you then have to wait for your stuff to be delivered. I.e. if you are the first load on the truck it means you will be the last to have unloaded. And a truck will wait until it is full before they start their deliveries. In the summer, when its busiest, this is not bad because the truck will fill up fast, but in the winter, when it is slow, this can take weeks.
The van liners will tell you that it will normally take between 7 and 10 days to deliver, but in many occasions it has taken several weeks and in some extreme cases months to deliver.
I once did a survey of all the moving scams that I found online and I noticed that over 80% of all moving scams were done by "licensed and insured" van liners. Bekins being the number one culprit. Oh, I could go into all the reason why this is the case, but I am not trying to scare you off this method of moving, only trying to inform you so you know what you may be getting into.
Please remember, that these van line companies have a great volume so obviously they'll also have the greatest number of complaints. Most of the moves are done on time and with high quality.