• Traditional Mover Comparison

Moving Labor VS Traditional Moving Companies

After reading our feature article in AOL Small Business and then reading through our site a customer recently asked, "How are you different from a regular mover?" Baffled by the question, because quite frankly I think we do a great job of explaining our differences (See What Is Moving Labor?), I attempted to explain how Elite Moving Labor providers movers without the truck. Blankly, the customer then asked "So what do you do?" In an effort to make a clear statement as to why we are different from "regular" moving companies, also known as full service companies, we have outlined the major differences below. As always, if you have any questions or need clarification please contact us.

Quality of Staff

Most major van lines or full service companies hire career movers, also referred to as "lumpers". While they are without a doubt experienced, they are usually not friendly or polite and they certainly are not "Elite". Elite Moving Labor pays on average more than two times the industry average which helps us secure the best movers available. Our staff is always clean cut, polite, friendly, experienced and someone you wouldn't mind having in your home. After all, movers are trusted with your most valuable possessions, wouldn't you want to hire someone who has ethics and a trustworthy attitude?

Without the Truck

The self service moving industry has grown exponentially over the past 10 years and many consumers who are moving have chosen, or will choose, a self service option. Self service moving is the "a la carte" method of pairing labor with a transportation method; this can be mobile storage, freight or a truck rental. The recession as well as an influx of affordable options has created a niche market within the moving industry where customers may not need transportation, merely experienced movers to load, unload or pack their items.

Sure, you can call a full service moving company but you'll likely get much higher rates if they provide the service at all. While many full service companies have instituted moving labor programs recently, prior to 2007 many did not. Most full service companies include the truck in your rate regardless of whether or not you will use it. Choosing a moving labor company like Elite Moving Labor will allow you to accomplish your moving needs without the cost of a "regular" mover.

Versatile Experience

Full service companies and their staff are experienced in loading and unloading their trucks, not PODS or the hundreds of transportation solutions that come in different shapes and sizes. Every mobile storage company and every freight company has a different size and square footage to offer. For example, MyWay Mobile Storage units are 8' x 5' x 7' while Smart Move units are 6'9" x 5'10" x 6'11". Both PODS and 1-800-PACK-RAT have 16' x 8' x 8' and 12' x 8' x 8'.

The point is that moving labor companies like Elite Moving Labor work with many companies on a daily basis, our crews are familiar with just about every unit and every size. We don't just know how to load or unload, we have experience with all types of self service methods and their variable sizes.


A "regular" mover will always try and sell you their transportation service whether it is in your best interest or not. Everyone has a different situation and different needs come moving day. Are you storing your items for 6 months? If so, a full service mover will load your items, unload them into one of their storage bins, re-load your items when it is time for delivery and then unload them at your new home - Count it, that is FOUR touches. Four opportunities for lost, stolen or damaged items. It's also four billing opportunities for the full service company to rack up the bill. Moving labor companies, on the other hand, will always have your best interest at heart. If you're moving and need long term storage the logical decision is mobile storage which offers competitive rates (compared to full service movers) and allows for only TWO touches; your load and your unload. You possess the only key to your unit and there is no need to load and unload multiple times.

There are multiple solutions to each situation and we provide options. Further, because we work with many self service companies we have discount codes and internal connections to fast track service and reduce your overall rates.


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