Nothing beats the relaxation and quality of hiring movers. Sadly, this peace of mind is a luxury that usually comes with a higher price tag than other ways to move. If you still can’t find a quote that is in your price range, you will want to know your next best options.
In my professional opinion, these are the top 3 alternatives to hiring movers in the USA:
1. Rent a Moving Truck & Drive
If you really want to save big on your move, it might be a good idea to consider renting a truck and moving on your own. You can rent a moving truck for a flat fee plus the cost of gas. This will cost you a lot less than hiring a full service moving company (on average).
Every move can be broken down into two components: labor and transportation.
If you rent a truck, then you’ve got the transportation part covered. You might have to bribe some of your closest friends and family to help you load the truck and pack all of your belongings. Even though doing the labor of packing and loading your belongings is not a fun part of any move, it is possible to handle this on your own. A lot of savings come from doing the hard work yourself…remember that!
Renting a truck and taking care of the labor involved in loading is a great way to save big.
Recommended Moving Truck Rental Companies
Budget is my favorite company for moving truck rentals. They almost always have the cheapest rates and offer great specials year round.
U-haul is a great option if you want to rent a small, tow-able trailer, as Budget doesn’t offer any rentals this small.
Penske is a good option if you are moving your small business.
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2. Portable Storage Containers
One of the most popular alternatives to hiring movers that you can consider are portable moving containers. Many people refer to these as moving pods and storage containers. They are essentially portable storage units that can range in size, but are made of extremely durable materials.
A company will drop off the required amount of storage containers to your home. Then you will be required to do all of the packing and loading. Once it is all loaded, the company will come back and pick up your containers and drive them to your new home. When they arrive, they will drop them off for you to unload. They will return to pick up the empty containers in a couple of days. That’s it!
In most cases, using storage pods for moving is the best alternative to movers because it is easiest and most cost-effective.
U-Pack is my favorite company when it comes to “drive-only” movers and portable storage containers. They have a huge network of locations in every state. This gives them the ability to provide better service at cheaper prices than their competitors.
U-Haul and PODS offer moving containers for higher prices but they aren’t bad.
3. U-Ship Specialty Moving Service
This is a clever new age way of moving anything and everything. While it won’t be the cheapest way to move your whole household, it can be your best option if a few possessions are holding you back from a cheaper move. For example, maybe you can handle moving everything yourself in your vehicle but can’t figure out how to move your pets or 2nd vehicle. You can find people or truckers with extra space and the ability to move whatever you need for a price you both agree upon.
This service is great for moving awkward, heavy, or living (animals only) possessions.
People use this service to move anything from large furniture, pool tables, pianos, vehicles, and pets. Make a listing and see what options are out there!
The drawback with this service is that it can potentially take a long time to find a suitable match for your needs. The longer you have to check around, then the better your outcome will be.
Check out U-Ship here – www.uship.com
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Remember that time is money, and nothing is faster than hiring movers.
If you have a tight budget for your move, it makes sense that you would consider all of your options. I hope this article helps you choose the best choice for your situation.
For even more cheap alternatives to hiring movers, make sure to check out this post.
If you have any questions, then make sure to leave a comment below!