A Guide to the Different Types of Movers
If you're the type who likes to hand over the reins to someone and let them take care of things, then a full service moving company will be your best bet. Not only do they move all of your things, they will pack your belongings as well. One of the upsides to using a full service company is that they insure all of your belongings in case something unfortunate were to happen during the move. A full service company should always be licensed and insured. Usually people who are moving to a different state pick this type of
moving service. This is the way to go if you are looking for a pretty painless moving experience.
Be Careful with Full Service
Even though full service companies can be a lifesaver, you still need to be very careful when choosing one to avoid getting scammed. One way to spot a shady company is if they ask for a deposit up front. If a company does ask you for a deposit up front, run as fast as you can because any reputable company should not ask for a deposit. Once you have decided on the company, make sure you read the contract you are given very carefully. Triple check to see that all of your belongings are listed and that there are no blanks. Be sure to purchase extra insurance and whatever you do, do not pay with cash. Paying with cash is very irresponsible because this way there is no record of having paid for services if something should go wrong with the move. By staying aware of the possible problems you could face with a full service company, you set yourself up for a great experience.
Do It All Yourself
Independent people who want to have full control of their move will opt for this type of move. This allows you to move at your own pace by packing your own belongings and moving them yourself. Most often this is accomplished by renting a truck and moving things yourself. Doing it all yourself is usually best for a close move since it can become a hassle if you don't have enough or unmotivated helpers. The downside to this type of move is that you and you alone are responsible for your belongings if anything were to happen to them. It is usually the cheapest option but also one of the most stressful options.
Half service is a hybrid of full service moving and do-it yourself moving. If you are looking to move out of state, but don't want to spend a lot on a full service company, and don't need the hassle of doing it yourself, this is the choice for you. You get to pack and load all of your belongings yourself, but someone else will drive the truck to your destination. This is extremely helpful if you aren't an experience truck driver. Just be sure you have enough help with this move as well.
By now you should have a clear idea of the types of moving companies out there from this
movers guide and should be able to make an informed decision on which type of move is best for your needs.