Sometimes it’s tricky to know what types of movers to hire for your relocation because a lot of moving companies offer services similar to one another. In order to know what type of service is a good fit for your needs, make sure you have a good knowledge of what’s out there.

Full service movers do all of the work for you. They’ll pack your stuff, load it up and ship it off to your new home. They will have floor runners and protection all through your residence so they don’t ruin the floors. Once they are at the new location, they will load off and place everything in your home for you. The benefits of this type of service is that these movers usually alleviate the typical amount of stress you would feel if you had to do everything yourself. This kind of service is also great for all the physical labour you cannot do or for the time you don’t have. With less manual labour that you have to do, there’s a lower risk of you being injured in the moving process. With movers packing everything up for you, you can then pay more attention to other things you have to take care of, such as switching phone lines and setting up the utilities at your new place. And when you arrive at your new location, you can focus on setting up these new services instead of unpacking. Another benefit is that this kind of service usually saves you a lot of time. An experienced and reliable moving company would know how to pack and move everything out in the most efficient way.

One of the disadvantages of full-service moving is that everyone’s definition of “full” is different. Companies differ on their services so be careful with the quotes because some companies may only quote you on the move itself, but won’t actually tell you the prices for packing and unpacking. You want to get all these aspects defined in your quote before hiring the moving company. Some companies will just do packing with the heavy appliances such as your TV and your fridge. Some companies will bring the packing materials (i.e. cartons, boxes, etc.) and manpower while other companies may expect you to pack all your electronics and smaller appliances yourself. Ask the moving company if they are going to provide plastic wrap protection and heavy duty moving blankets for all of your furniture.

Self-service moves require you to pack everything up yourself and a moving company will transport your belongings to the new location. You would have to do the packing and unpacking, and loading and unloading yourself. This also means moving all the heavy appliances out of your house yourself. If you have a piano, that means getting all the appropriate equipment ready to roll it out of the house without breaking everything else along the way. Some self-service moving companies may provide boxes for you upon request. This type of service is perfect for someone who is physically healthy and able-bodied, not under a time constraint and not stressed out because of work or other schedules.