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Self Service Moving
Is This the Right Option for You?
A growing trend in the moving industry is self-service moving. Consumers save money by packing and loading their possessions themselves, but hiring a professional driver to handle the delivery.
How It Works
A large metal container is delivered to your home—think of it as a mobile storage unit. You can begin loading your furniture and boxes at your own pace. When you’re not actively loading, you can lock the container with your own padlock––so only you have access to your things.
The storage box allows you to pack your possessions at your own pace and not on a moving company’s schedule. You will also be able to secure that your most valuable things are treated with special care. When you are ready, a truck will come to your home to load your mobile storage unit onto a trailer. It will then be delivered to your new location, where you will need to unload your possessions.
In addition to control over the packing and loading process, this option offers consumers a less expensive choice to full-service movers.
If you think this option may be a good choice for you, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Take an honest inventory of how much you will be moving. Part of your cost involves the size of the unit you rent, so you don’t want to pay for space you aren’t using.
- The trailers that haul these containers often carry more than one at a time, depending on the size of the unit. This means that to keep prices low, the moving company will try to coordinate your move with someone else—so that their trailers are full. If this is not agreeable to you, you might want to consider other options.
- Bear in mind that the farther away you are moving, the higher your cost will be and the more flexible you may need to be when scheduling a delivery date.
The Right Option for You
Consumers have a wide range of options when it comes to moving. You can higher professional movers who handle every aspect of the move, or you can do everything yourself. In between these opposite ends of the spectrum, are several options that help economize moving while also making it less stressful on consumers. Self-service moving is one of those options.
If you think it’s the right option for you, visit our truck rental page and submit a quote request. We’ll contact you about what options are available in your area.