Full-Service moving Cost

National moving companies charge a pretty penny, but they do everything!

A full-service move is the right choice for those who are too busy to pack up their stuff and ship it out on their own. It’s also great for those who have to move on the fly, say, because of a job relocation, and are moving on someone else’s dime, say because of a job relocation, or are simply lazy. You can kick back on your couch as the full service movers are carrying it out of your place. Not really, but you could sit on the floor and watch them as they do all the heavy lifting. Right about now, you’re imagining yourself sipping an iced tea as your things simply disappear from one home and reappear in another. Magic! And you’re thinking, “Why isn’t everyone going full-service?” Well, it costs a lot of money. That’s why. A lot. We’re talking thousands.

Still, you get what you pay for. The movers pack your stuff, load it onto the truck, drive the truck, unload it at your new place, and even rebuild furniture that had to be disassembled for the trip. You’re just left to unpack the boxes at the new place.

How much does a long distance move cost?

To give you an idea of how much a long distance full-service move might run you, I (Francesca, your full service guide) got a sample quote. Central Moving Systems, an agent of Mayflower Transit, would charge, at most, $7, 587.75 for a move from Fort Lee, N.J. (just outside Manhattan) to Kissimmee, Fla. (just outside Orlando). This was a binding quote, which means that the company would not charge me more than this, but I could end up paying less if I decided to bring along fewer items (which would make my shipment weigh less than the estimate). Other movers offer non-binding quotes, which could mean paying a lot more than you expect at the end of moving day. If you ask me, nearly $8, 000 is plenty to pay as it is, and I’d hate to find that number go up at the end of my move.

If that number is just a little too much for you to swallow, don’t choke, we’ve got solution that’ll go down easier. There are other options for a local or long distance move that are less taxing on your wallet without taxing your back instead, and without forcing you to drive a ginormous moving rental truck thousands of miles either. You can actually hack together a full-service move with a Hybrid™ move by renting a portable storage container or space in a freight trailer and then hiring movers to do the heavy lifting. What’s that? You’re flush like five spades Ace high? Then read on and find out how to navigate your full-service move.

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