If statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau of Statistics are
anything to go by, over 15 percent of Americans relocate each
year, which is quite a significant number. This figure is set to
increase significantly during this period of economic slump as
foreclosures become the order of the day.
With almost every other household struggling with their
household budget, any cost cutting measure would be a welcome
This might have been the impetus that has lead some players in
the moving industry to come up with
innovative solutions that guarantees they remain in business
during these tough times. One such solution that has been
brought up is the self service moving option.
Traditionally, movers could only opt for one of the two options
offered by moving
companies. One could either go with full-service move or opt
for a do-it-yourself (DIY) move. Either of the two options has
its own sets of pros and cons.
With a full-service move, the moving company is responsible for
every element of the whole exercise. This includes
packing, trucking, unloading and arranging items when they
reach the new location. With the movers doing everything, the
mover is left with nothing to do other than issue instructions
A DIY move is the converse of the full-service move. The mover
is responsible for the whole exercise including driving a big
wrigg; something which s/he may not be qualified to do. DIY is
quite taxing. Pulling it off requires great amounts of energy
and multi-skilled individual.
To resolve this problem, some moving companies have developed a
hybrid product which merges the two traditional options. This is
what industry players refer to as the self service move and it
has become a hit with many movers.
In self service move, a mover orders for a trailer or special
moving containers based on their moving needs for a moving
company. Upon receiving the order, the moving company delivers
the trailer or container to the mover and allows them about 2
days – 48hours - to pack their belonging into the container.
Once the mover has done this, the moving company sends a driver
to drive the cargo to the mover’s destination where the mover
unloads the cargo and the driver returns the truck to the
With self service moving, the mover does not have to worry about
collecting the truck from the truck rental, driving a huge truck
loaded truck – something which s/he might not be qualified to do
in the first place – and then returning the truck when done. All
movers have to worry about is getting their items in trailer /
However, those as easy as self service move might sound, it is
not all rosy as packing is one of the most difficult element of
moving. Bearing in mind that one pays for the amount of space
one uses, it is important to ensure that items are packed in
such a way as they will not take up unnecessary space. At the
same time, one should know how to pack different items so that
they are not damaged during the move.