Using The Old 'Two Guys And A Truck' Option To Move House? 1000's Use BigSteelBox.
Before you decide to go with a full service moving company, be sure to weigh your options.
When you're preparing for a move to a new home there is so much to plan and so many little things you need to take care of. It can feel overwhelming, but know there are moving options available that can make moving easier.
Deciding if you want to tackle a DIY move yourself or try the ‘Two Men and a Truck’ option can be a tall task. However, it's possible to have the best of both worlds by having control of your packing and moving schedule, while letting someone else take some of the responsibility.
Renting a portable storage container like a BigSteelBox is becoming a popular choice for thousands of families and businesses looking to have a flexible move. It allows you to keep control over your belongings and save money on your relocation. Read on to learn more.
Here are some pros and cons of using a full service moving company, and how BigSteelBox can help keep the stress out of your move:
Advantages of a Full Service Moving Company
Hiring a long distance or local moving company can save you some of the hassle that comes along with moving. The best rated national moving companies can help you with just about any aspect of your move including packing, loading, hauling, unloading, and unpacking.
The more you ask of a local or long distance moving company, the more it will cost you, but depending on your priorities and what is important to you, getting help from professionals may be your first choice.
They Do the Heavy Lifting – The most obvious difference between a DIY move and hiring a professional moving company is they take care of the packing, lifting, and loading.
Moving is a lot of work and depending on the amount of heavy items, furniture, and layout of your home, it can be back-breaking.
If you are unsure of your ability to complete the physical side of a move, then it makes sense to hire professional movers to take over the packing and loading for you.
Experience – Unless you have moved many times in your life, a professional mover will have more experience on how to best pack your items and load a moving truck.
Professional moving companies have seen almost every type of move and the best movers and packers will know how to do the job quickly and efficiently.
Movers bring equipment and supplies to keep your items and home clear of damage and know how to pack the truck to minimize the shifting and falling of items during transport.
Saves Time, More Expensive – A do-it-yourself move can be more affordable but it can also take up a lot of your time. Even the most prepared person can underestimate the amount of time it takes to pack up your home and get it ready for moving day.
Hiring a moving company means you can focus your time on other things on your to-do list and leave some of the harder work to the specialists but the costs can really add up.
Shift Some Responsibility – Although you are giving up some control by hiring professionals, you are letting go of some of the responsibility. This can help reduce some of the stress that comes along with relocating, especially if you are nervous about being in charge of the packing and loading of a truck. If you’re not, check out these handy moving and storage tips from BigSteelBox.
Advantages of BigSteelBox
Your move doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You don’t have to choose between giving the control over to a full service moving company or doing the whole relocation yourself.
This is where BigSteelBox can help you.
A portable storage container rental is the perfect hybrid; you pack and load your belongings and when you’re done, we pick it up and deliver it right to your new front door.
You Decide – It can be tempting to hire someone to pack your belongings. It is a time consuming task but it is also a key part of the moving process, because it allows you to purge and save costs.
If you’re hiring movers for a local move, the cost is usually based on a hourly rate that varies depending on the number helpers required and the size of the truck. For example, 3 men with a 20’ moving truck would probably be between $150 & $200 per hour. If there’s more to move, it’s going to take longer and cost you more.
Most long distance moving companies charge based on the weight of your items. So, the more things you move, the more it costs.
Paying more to move more items makes perfect sense. If you hire someone to pack your belongings, they will pack everything! You’ll be paying for more time to pack, and more for the moving portion.
They want as many of your things to go with you as possible. When you pack your own things, YOU DECIDE what you want to keep, and what you want to purge. Packing your belongings gives you time to go through everything and start your new home fresh with only the things you want. Need packing supplies?
Your Own Time – Movers may be able to pack and load a truck faster than you can, but don’t forget you are paying for their time.
If you are moving from a large family home or getting ready for a long distance move, the time movers spend loading and unloading your goods can add up quickly.
With a BigSteelBox you pack on your own time and it can be kept on your property as long as you need it so there’s no need to rush to try and save money on labour costs.
Flexibility – Your BigSteelBox can be kept on your property as long as you need it during loading and unloading. There is no need to call every friend and family member to help you load a truck in one day and unload the truck as quickly as possible.
You are able to do everything on your schedule using your own deadlines. BigSteelBox also offers storage while you are in between homes. Your move-out and move-in dates may not line up or you may just need some time before you unpack.
Held in a secure storage facility, your BigSteelBox remains intact waiting until you are ready. Your move can be customized just as you like it.
Security – Everyone has heard a horror story about a moving company holding belongings hostage or prices jumping way off the original moving quotes total. You have the only key to your BigSteelBox; once it is locked, it will not be opened until it meets you at your new home.
Because your items are locked away in your BigSteelBox, you can be confident your belongings are not being shifted to different trucks or loaded into a temporary storage facility.
When dealing with long distance movers it can be hard to be confident your goods are secure but not when they are locked in your BigSteelBox.
Savings – There is no debate that a full service move is one of the more expensive ways to move. Using a moving pods company like BigSteelBox for your long distance move can save you 20% - 40% compared to a long distance moving company that charges by weight.
You are in full control of your move. By doing some of the work on your own you save yourself money but also leave some of the responsibility for us to haul and protect your goods before they arrive at your new home.
The decision to move on your own or hire a professional company is hard and will depend on your priorities, budget, and the specific needs of your move.
Consider the distance of your move, how much time you have to plan, and how much control you would like over your relocation before you decide. Know what you are looking for and what you want your moving day to look like.
Like 1,000's of other Canadians, there is a strong chance the 'Two Guys and a Truck' option isn’t for you. If you want the convenience of making your own packing and loading schedule, the flexibility of sticking to your own timelines, the ability to customize your move, AND save yourself some money, renting a BigSteelBox is definitely for you!
If you think BigSteelBox might have the perfect mobile storage solution to help with your local or long distance move you can easily request a quote online or give us a quick call at 1-800-373-1187. We are happy to help you!
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