Full Service Moving vs. Do It Yourself

June 12, 2020
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The truth is, moving takes a lot of effort. With the time, expenses, and mental capacity it takes to consider every detail, it can leave you feeling a little wiped out. Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to moving that can help alleviate some of that stress. 

In movies and TV, people always move by hiring a moving company; you see the moving team and big trucks on-screen. But in reality, the director of your move story is you, and your ideal situation may or may not be the same as what we see on our screens. In hopes to help you determine what is best for you, we’ll explore the most common options available.  

Full Service Moving

Full service moving involves movers who can and will do it all. They can load boxes into the truck, drive the truck, and unload. The most expensive packages even include movers packing your belongings, so you can reduce the stress of packing to the bare minimum. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of the full service option


With full-service moving, you can alleviate a significant amount of stress that comes from moving. Not only do you get to stop worrying about lifting a bunch of heavy things (with the risk of injury), you can even avoid packing. This is an ideal situation for anyone who is able to take advantage of having a professional, and hands-off experience, from start to finish. 


The main deterrent is one that you likely already know about and probably expected, which is the cost of full service moving. At its most premium level, it can be fairly expensive to get a team to pack everything for you, load it up, and drive it  to your new home. You may also get less control than you would moving yourself, since you there are limitations (such as hours drivers are permitted to drive in one day) in which full service companies has to operate by.  

Conclusion for Full Service 

While it does cost money to use full service movers, it’s probably not as much as you’d expect, and it can be worth it in many situations. It is important to be mindful of just how difficult a move can be on you physically and mentally when making a decision. As well as the peace of mind offered by having your truck be loaded, driven, and unloaded by professionals.  

If you believe that going this route is the best choice for you, make sure you partner with a company you can trust. Many companies seem like they’re offering you a better deal will also sometimes make up for the difference in fees you weren’t expecting. 

Doing It Yourself

Moving your own stuff has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Anyone who’s ever moved before knows the deal. You’ve got to pack everything into as few boxes as possible (while also making sure to keep those boxes lightweight enough to carry), rent a truck that’s large enough, and drive to your new home. 


This is obviously a cheaper option than full service moving because you are taking on a large portion of the responsibilities, such as providing and driving a rental truck.  Being that you are in control, you have the liberty to take as long or as little time as you need to finalize the move.   While there’s also the camaraderie of moving together, like you and your old college friends used to do, the main benefit is the low cost. 


Just like you know the low price is the biggest benefit, you also already know the cons of moving on your own. Moving is physically and mentally demanding and draining. For a family of four, it can be downright exhausting. 

While you can reduce that stress by preparing yourself in advance, there’s simply no getting around the actual act of moving. You’ll spend the day carrying your belongings — including difficult-to-move furniture — from your home to a truck. And then you’ll need to unload. 

Conclusion for DIY Moving

In a nutshell, moving your own stuff is simple in principle but can be a moderate to huge headache when it comes down to actually doing it. If you’re looking to save money, it can be a great option. However, you don’t have to choose between movers who will do it all and no movers at all. There’s plenty of room in the middle.

What’s Best For You

If you’re looking for a moving partner to perform some of the heavy lifting, this is a great option. You can reduce the cost of a full service move and choose which elements you want for yourself. 

For example, you can pack everything on your own and even rent your own truck, but hire movers to perform the labor, like the team at Simple Moving Labor. These kinds of moves require you to pack and drive without the heavy lifting, ensuring your family and your health aren’t at risk for injury or exhaustion. 

If renting and driving the truck is not something you want to do, the full service option is perfect for you. You will be able to sit back and relax knowing that your move will be taken care of from start to finish. Companies like Simple Moving Labor offer upfront or binding pricing and no delivery spreads, which further simplifies your move. 

In Conclusion

When it comes to moving, there are a lot of ways to tackle the task at hand. Talk with your moving partner to find out what options best meet the needs of both your move and your budget. If you’re yet to find the right partner for your next move, reach out to us at Simple Moving Labor. Our team has been helping people move for years, and we’d love to see how we can help you too.

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