Not looking to do any work for your next move? You’re in luck. Professional full service movers can handle all the tasks associated with your move so that you can sit back, relax, and watch your to-do list dwindle down without having to lift a finger. It’s a great option for people who’d rather not take on the enormous job of moving or for those who, for whatever reason, cannot handle the tasks of moving on their own. And while it’s certainly not the cheapest option, the amazing convenience provided by full service movers is pretty much always worth it. Below, we’ll go over what to expect from full service movers, including what sorts of things they’ll do for you and how much you’re likely to spend.
What exactly do full service movers do?
Simply put, full service movers will do everything associated with your move. This includes:
Supplying all packing materials and supplies. No need to make endless trips to the store for boxes, packing tape, paper, and bubble wrap. Full service movers will supply everything that your move requires, including shipping supplies like furniture blankets and additional padding.
Packing up your belongings. Packing is one of the most difficult and time consuming parts of moving, but it doesn’t have to be. Full service movers will pack up your entire house for you with trained packers who can get your belongings safely boxed up in a fraction of the time it might take you to do it yourself. They’ll also be able to expertly and securely pack up fragile and valuable items, such as glass and artwork.
Furniture disassembly. Full service movers will make sure all of your large, unwieldy, and/or heavy furniture makes it to your final destination intact. Part of this includes partial or full-disassembly of furniture as required (and reassembly when the time comes).
Truck loading and unloading. Leave the heavy lifting to the pros. After packing up your home, full service movers will load everything safely on to the truck, including any appliances that you’re bringing along with you. When you arrive at your new home, they’ll unload the truck as well.
Transporting your belongings. Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, full service movers will drive your belongings there for you. You’ll be provided with a delivery window for when your stuff will arrive so that all you have to focus on is getting yourself there to accept the shipment.
Unpacking. Full service movers don’t just pack up your home—they can unpack for you, too. While you focus on other tasks associated with settling in, your movers will make sure that everything goes where it’s supposed to. You provide the guidance, and they’ll handle the task itself.
Disposal of packing materials. A move can leave you with dozens (or hundreds!) of cardboard boxes that need to be recycled, as well as other materials that need to be properly disposed—from plastic wrap to packing peanuts. Your full service movers can make sure everything gets disposed of in the correct way and will completely take care of the mess that you’re left with after all your belongings are unboxed.
Basically, if it’s part of a move, your full service movers can take care of it for you. You’ll work with the professional movers that you hire to figure out an exact plan as well as what tasks you’d like them to handle.
How much will this all cost?
As you can expect, hiring a company to do all of the above tasks is going to cost more than hiring a company to do just one or two of them. Ultimately, the more assistance you want or need, the more you're going to pay. Your final price will depend on; how many movers you require; how much stuff you have; how far the movers will need to travel; whether or not you require packing materials (some full service movers including packing materials, others have extra fees for them); what tasks the movers do for you; and the time of year you move (rates are often higher for the most popular days, times and seasons to move, as well as holidays).
As you would do any time you’re hiring moving services, make sure to get estimates from at least three different full service moving companies so that you can compare prices and make the most informed decision possible. You can cut costs by taking on some of the tasks yourself—for instance, having the movers pack, load, transport, and unload for you but taking care of all the unpacking and material disposal on your own.
How much time will a full service move take?
Packing and moving yourself can take days, even weeks, to accomplish. With full service movers, you’ll have a set timetable and a better idea of how long from start to finish. This timetable will include:
Estimate and planning time. In order to give you the most accurate estimate possible, a full service moving company will send somebody to your house to take a general inventory of what’s there. Plan on a few days for this, as you likely won’t be able to get a same-day appointment for the walkthrough. The walkthrough itself should take about an hour.
Packing and furniture disassembly. Having a handful of trained packers means that your belongings get prepared for transport significantly faster than you could do on your own. Figure that a three bedroom home will take full service movers about 2-3 hours to completely pack up.
Loading and unloading. Getting everything on and off the truck is actually one of the more simple tasks full service movers supply. Together, loading and unloading shouldn’t take more than an hour or hour and a half.
Unpacking. If you’re having your movers unpack for you, you can allot about the same amount of time for unpacking as you did for packing.
You’ll need to factor in the time for transport as well, which will be based on how far your movers have to travel.
How to find a reputable full service mover
It’s very important to communicate with moving companies directly so that you can discuss your individual needs and come up with the best plan for your upcoming move. Select three or more companies that look like they could be a good fit and call them up for a discussion about what you’re looking for and a general estimate (not a true estimate—that will require a home visit).
Full service movers are the gold standard in moving services, and well worth the cost if you have the money to spend. If you’re looking to do as little work as possible for your next move, start doing your research on full service movers in your area and find a company that offers exactly what you’re looking for. Selecting the best movers for the job will be the most work you’ll have to put into your move, which doesn’t sound all that bad.