If you want to save money on your move, but aren’t too excited about moving yourself, especially driving that big rental truck over a long distance or through a major city, then self-service moving might just be your best option.
It’s a pretty easy and simple idea. Once you’ve made arrangements with a company, they drop off the size or quantity of containers you’ll need to handle the amount of stuff you’re moving, leaving them for the time you need to pack and load. Some companies will drop off a 28-foot trailer, paying only for the space you use.
After the container(s) are dropped off at your home, you load them, lock them up and the company moves them to your new home. Or, if you prefer, intostorage. Most self-service companies offer storage options in case you’re waiting between moves. The containers are weather-resistant and are usually left on your front lawn or in the drive-way; in a spot that’s most convenient for you.
Once your stuff is moved, the containers are then delivered to your new home, where you unpack your own things.
By doing the loading and packing yourself, you can save money on hourly fees charged by local companies or be given a lower quote than most full-service moving companies. Again, the key is to compare prices, factor in your time and effort involved then decide which moving option is best for you.
Prices are usually based on the number of containers you use – or on the amount of trailer space – and the distance they have to travel. The price of a self-service move is assessed by the number of crates you use and how far you need them to go.
Most companies will include insurance in the price, while others may charge extra. Ask before you hire. Also, if you have valuables, you may want to purchase more. Again, ask the company how much insurance they provide, then decide if you should purchase more. The article,Should You Purchase Moving Insurance, will help you make that decision.
Just like hiring a moving company, make sure you research the companies before you sign a contract. And weigh all your options before you decide how to move; self-service container companies can sometimes be less pricey than moving yourself if you factor in all expenses you’ll incur for gas, mileage and peace of mind. Call We Come 2U Storage at (310) 618-8120 for a portable storage quote or for container moving.