Full Service Moving Guide

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Full Service Moving Guide
Relocating to a new city or even moving to a bigger house within the same district can be an exciting time. While getting to know the new area, getting used to new routines, and meeting new people might seem like the overwhelming steps of the process, people often find that packing and moving their belongings is usually the most stressful and dreadful part. Luckily, there are plenty of moving companies and services to make this process easier and more enjoyable.
But, with so many different types of moving services out there, which one should you choose? Is full-service moving right for you or should you opt for a different type of move?
This page will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of moves and the benefits of full-service moves so that you can make the best decision for your needs.

Move Types

Moving is considered one of the top three stressful events in life and for very good reasons. It’s mentally taxing, challenging, and physically exhausting. Even if you decided to work with a moving company, you may now have to choose between different types of services. And, if this is your first move, you may not fully understand the difference between a full-service move and moving labor for example.
So, let us explain.

Full-Service Moves

As the name suggests, full-service moving will take care of the entire process from A to Z. With full-service moving, you don’t have to worry about the logistics of your move, as a team of professionals will provide everything you need, from supplies, packing, loading and unloading, and unpacking, and even storage. The list of additional options full-service moving can offer depend on your needs, your destination, your schedule, and so on.
Another great thing about full-service moving is that the most reliable companies will also offer insurance for your belongings. This way, if one of your items gets damaged during transit, you can rest assured that its value will be covered.
A lot of people assume that hiring full-service movers is expensive, but that’s not really the case. Moving is a complex process and you will probably need to take time off work to be able to complete it. And, if you have a busy schedule, you may not be able to do it as thoroughly as a moving company. Full-service movers will give you the peace of mind that all of your belongings will be packed with care and reach your new location safely. It will also give you the energy to focus on other important aspects of your move.

Self-Service Moves

With self-service services, the moving company will only be in charge of transporting your items to your new location while you will be the one packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking your belongings.
Here’s how it works.
You contact the moving company and give them the details of your move – how many boxes you estimate you will have, where you need to transport them, and so on. Based on this information, the company will drop off a container or trailer in front of your home and you will have about two days to load your belongings. Once you are done, the moving company will pick up the trailer and transport it to your new location. There, you will have another two days to unload the trailer until the company will come to pick it up.
The rate for this type of move is usually based on the size of your load (how big of a trailer you need,) and the distance to your new location.

Moving Labor

When you are hiring moving labor you are hiring someone to help you with some small moving-related tasks. For example, they might help with the disassembly and packing of your kitchen cabinets or with loading and unloading boxes from a moving truck.
You need to keep in mind that when you choose moving labor, you choose professional movers that can help with some laborious tasks, and not a moving company. That means that more often than not, moving labor can’t provide a truck to help you transport your belongings. You will have to rent that separately. Moreover, most moving labor companies don’t offer insurance. So if one of your items gets damaged during transit, you can’t expect to recoup its value.

Do-It-Yourself Moves

As the name suggests, do-it-yourself (DIY) moves mean that you take care of every single aspect of your move. From getting the supplies to packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unboxing, you have to plan and execute the move by yourself.
A DIY move can be a great idea if you only have a few boxes, can rent a pick-up truck from a friend or family member, and are moving to a nearby neighborhood or city.
But, moves are rarely that simple.
A lot of people are drawn to this type of move thinking that it’s the cheapest one and gives them full control over the process.
But, if you take a closer look at what it entails, you quickly realize that it’s not that cheap nor simple.
Firstly, because you do everything on your own and you don’t have the right experience to know how to pack certain items, DIY moves often take longer than if you were to choose another type of service.
Moreover, the chances that you may damage something in the process are also higher as you don’t have the necessary skills and experience to handle different types of furniture or items.
And, lastly, DIY moves are labor-intensive and physically challenging and you will need to pack, move, load, and unload big boxes.
As mentioned before, if you only have a few items, then a DIY move is the obvious choice. But, if you need to move your three-bedroom apartment to another city, then it’s better to work with a team of professionals.
If you would like to learn more about the different types of moves or are interested in getting a quote for our full-service moving services, then all you have to do is to fill out this online form.

Benefits of Full-Service Moving

As mentioned before, there are many aspects of the moving process that can be overwhelming and energy-consuming. And, if this is your first big move, you may find yourself scratching your head, trying to figure out where to even start.
Where do you get the packing supplies? How big of a pick-up truck do you need? Which friends or family members will be available to help you pack and load the boxes? How do you pack and load fragile items like a plasma TV, a mirror, or an antique table? How about bulky items like the bed frame or a piano?

The more you think about it, the more challenging and intense moving becomes.

That’s where full-service moving can make a huge difference.

If you are still not sure this service is worth it, here are some of the benefits a full-service move can bring:

Packing

Moving also means trying to find boxes, buying bubble wrap, wrapping, organizing, and everything in between. When you opt for a full-service move, a team of professionals will take care of all these matters for you.
That doesn’t mean that if there are certain things that you would rather do yourself you can’t. But, for the most part, they will be there to help you and ease your load.

Stress

Moving is considered one of the most stressful events in life. Planning, organizing, packing, unpacking, transporting – all these things need your attention. And, that’s one side of moving. You also have to find new internet, cable, and electricity providers, get accustomed to your new neighborhood and turn your new house into a home.
Fitting moving into your schedule can be stressful and thinking about all the things you have to do just adds to that stress.

Time

Time management around moving can be very demanding. But having many helping hands to take care of the moving for you, will definitely help you save a lot of time that you would not have to sacrifice. You can focus on your job or other important activities in your life, while someone else takes care of packing and loading your belongings.
Moreover, professional movers have plenty of experience and know how and what to do to complete the tasks faster than you would be able to do it.

Storage

Maybe you need to store some boxes for a while and that can also be a reason for stress and worry. You may look for independent storage facilities, but you will have to rent a truck, move everything there, and then rent a truck again when you can take your items to your new location. It just adds more to the equation.
But, if you opt for a full-service move, then the company you are working with can also provide you with the storage space you need to keep your belongings safe.

Protection

The best thing about moving companies is that they are experienced and know how to handle different types of furniture. In addition to all the safety measures and precautions reputable companies take, full-service moves also offer insurance, but we will talk about it at length shortly.

Insurance

You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe when you opt for full-service moving. Depending on your needs, the type of items you are transporting, and the company you are working with, you can get different options and coverage.
But, in most cases, the baseline is straightforward: if something gets damaged during transit or while it’s being handled by one of the movers, insurance should cover some or even its entire value.

Safety

Companies that offer full-service moving are licensed, accredited, and usually have years of experience and a good reputation. And, it’s important to know that the people who will be handling your belongings are trustworthy.
There are plenty of inexperienced movers out there claiming they can help you or sketchy companies that won’t do a good job. Do your research and opt for a reputable company that offers full-service moving.

Materials

With full-service moving, you don’t need to worry about procuring all the supplies needed for packing your belongings. The movers will provide everything you need, from boxes, bubble wrap, crates, and so on. They will also know exactly the type of materials you will need to pack various items so they are safe during transit. This way, you don’t have to stress wondering if you bought enough boxes or if you got the right packing materials.

Unpacking

Yes, unpacking is as time-consuming and challenging as packing. Now, you have to organize all your items and find a new spot for each one of them in your new space. This process can take days, even weeks if you postpone unpacking tedious items like clothes that you don’t need right now, toys, or kitchenware.
A full-service move will also take care of the unpacking for you. If you want to participate, that is up to you. Just know that they will be in charge of unpacking so that you don’t have to stress about it.

Moving Is Hard, But It Doesn't Have to Be Like That!

Yes, we all know how moving can be time-consuming, stressful, and a constant source of worries and concerns.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that.
With a full-service move, you can get all the help you need, so that you can actually enjoy your new location and start a new chapter stress-free.
And because we know we can actually make the process perfect for you, Perfect Moving is ready to assist you anytime.
Just give us a call or go to our website and let us know what your needs are. We will find the right solutions together.
Just keep in mind that a full-service moving is safe, sure, easy, practical, and cost-effective.
Get in touch with us today and we will provide you with a quote for the services you need.