Published on Saturday, 21 July 2012
In the not-too-distant past, say up to the 1960s, moving meant that one should plan, organize and carry out everything on their own. Luckily, today we can rely on the moving companies. They exist to support your relocation in several separate ways. Read the information below to help you choose the right moving service option for you.
The two offers usually provided by moving companies include full moving service and standard moving service.
Full moving service
When using a full moving service, you just sign the moving contract and give the company the addresses of your old and new residence and the moving day date. Your job is to give the company access to the two places on the arranged day. Their people arrive and take care of everything - packing, carrying, loading, transport, driving, discharging, unpacking. They come to you equipped with a moving van or lorry, moving boxes and packing material, as well as with a bunch of additional equipment.
Cost factor: Expensive! This is the most expensive option, but in many cases, especially those involving long-distance relocation and relocation under time pressure, it turns out to be really worth it.
Personal involvement factor: Zero to none. However, it's a very good idea to be there and supervise the process.
Additional risks: It's almost 100 per cent risk-free, because all your belongings are insured for the duration of the entire process, including the packing/unpacking and loading/discharging.
Standard moving service
In the case of standard moving service the customer takes care of the packing/unpacking and disassembling/assembling of the furniture. The movers from the company carry the boxes and furniture to and from the van, load and discharge them and transport them to the new location. The men from the company arrive on moving day with a van or a lorry, and additional equipment for carrying and loading heavy items. You have to supply moving boxes and packing material by yourself or take some from the moving company (it will be extra charged, of course).
Cost factor: The price is mostly reasonable for the job done and the time and stress saved, and much lower than for a full-service moving. However, pay attention to the contract terms - if you pay on hourly base, your entire belongings should be ready to go by the time the movers come, so you don't make them wait, because this costs money.
Personal involvement factor: Significant. You have to plan the entire moving process in advance, and - really important - start packing reasonably early. You also have to take care of finding friends, neighbors and other volunteers willing to help you pack and unpack.
Additional risks: Usually your items have only transport insurance, so if you break or scratch or damage in other way something, no one is going to get you money to fix it or by a new one. Also, there is some risk you are not ready in time, because packing is really time- and energy-comsuming.
One more option to consider would be the do-it-yourself moving service.
DIY moving service
The do-it-yourself moving basically means that you only use the moving company to hire a van or lorry, and/or moving boxes and packing materials, and/or heavy lifting appliances.
Cost factor: The cheapest option.
Personal involvement factor: One hundred percent. You have to do everything you have to do by yourself when using a standard moving service, plus the trouble of carrying everything to the transport, loading it properly, driving the vehicle, providing parking spaces on both places, discharging and putting everything in place in your new home.
Additional risks: Don't make me start on those! You may damage your possessions, or lose some, or fail to pack and/or unpack on time, or fail to get to the new location on time, or not find a parking space for the transport... and so on (plus the risk of a complete failure). This is surely the riskiest option.
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