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Pros and cons for types of movers
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Local/Long Distance:  

Pros:
They have the backing of a national company with a reputation to uphold  
Normally fully insured with all types of necessary insurance  
Normally has all of the necessary state licenses  
Usually keeps good control of a move due to more resources in people, computers, etc
than a smaller mover  
In most cases can offer storage at their site  

Cons:
Sometimes a little more expensive than a smaller mover  
Due to their size, more lead time should be given to scheduling the date of the move  
Large size of these companies sometimes makes it harder to deal with one person


Local:

Pros:
Might be slightly cheaper than the local/long distance mover since they have no franchise
fees to pay  
Normally fully insured with all types of necessary insurance  
Normally has all of the necessary state licenses  
Easier to schedule a moving date because of their smaller size  
Usually you will be dealing with the same people for your entire move   
Since they are dealing locally, and you will still be around after the move, they will want to
do a good job so as to get good word of mouth  

Cons:  
Usually do not provide on site storage  
Sometimes not as good control over a move due to their smaller resources  
Although usually fully insured, sometimes the insurance is skimpy (insurance for movers is
expensive)


Local help you move:

Pros:
Labor rate is probably less than other types of movers as they pay no truck costs or
franchise fees  
Moves longer than 6 hours are the best when labor+truck costs are added together. For
example, an eight hour move from a traditional mover might cost $640 (80 per hour for
truck and two men). The help you move company might charge $60 per hour for two men
and the truck will cost about $70. This comes to a total for eight hours of $480 + $70 for
a total of $550, slightly less than the traditional mover. It is not unusual that moving a 4
bedroom house could take three men 8 hours.  

Easier to schedule a moving date because of their smaller size  
Usually you will be dealing with the same people for your entire move  
Since they are dealing locally, and you will still be around after the move, they will want to
do a good job so as to get good word of mouth  

Cons:
Usually do not provide on site storage  
Sometimes not as good control over a move due to their smaller resources  
Since insurance for movers is expensive, their policies might not be as extensive as a larger
mover, and they might not have certain types of insurance  
You have to provide the rental truck  
Moves less than 6 hours are not as cost effective when labor+truck costs are added
together. For example, a three hour move from a traditional mover might cost $240 (80
per hour for truck and two men). The help you move company might charge $60 per hour
for two men and the truck will cost about $70. This comes to a total for three hours of
$250 (slightly more than the traditional mover).  
Cost of the rental truck must be factored into the move  
Probably does not have state licenses. The licenses are for transport of goods which
involves driving. As such they are not supposed to be driving the moving truck. This
means you have to drive the rental truck. In practice they usually do drive it, however.
Note: a movers 'license' has nothing to do with labor, it just allows them to move stuff in a
truck.


Yourself:

Pros:  
This is the MOST cost effective as you eliminate the cost of labor. We recommend it for
younger people (20-40 years of age), who do not have a lot of disposable income (if you
have a lot of disposable income, get a mover) and cost is a big factor. We are serious
about the age of 40 (after 40, moving is TOUGH!).  
You will be in total control of your stuff and if you are careful, you won't get much damage
 
You are in total control over when, where, what and how  
This option is a true 'adventure in moving'  

Cons:  
You still will have the cost of the truck and any cost of beer and pizza for your 'helper'
friends.  
If you can't find any friends to help (they usually find urgent tasks on your moving day),
you will probably end up paying for some kind of labor which will not be as skilled as
labor from a moving company.  
You have to rent and drive the rental truck yourself  
For long distance moves, sometimes the cost of the 'one way' rental truck is more than the
cost of a 'local/long distance' movers quote  
You are not adequately insured  
You might hurt yourself
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