Moving Labor vs Traditional Movers
We try really hard to make it easy to understand what we do, but not everyone understands right away. We've created this guide to help you understand what a "regular mover" is and why we are not "them".
Types of Movers
You can divide the moving industry into two groups, moving labor and full service. MovingLabor.com is a moving labor company. Let's review what each means:
- Moving Labor
- Professional movers without the truck. Our movers load and unload rented moving trucks, portable storage containers, freight trailers, containers, pickup trucks, etc. Essentially we provide the muscle to physically move your items and the expertise to load or unload them correctly. A moving labor company, like ours, is used if you are completing a do-it-yourself move and have rented a truck, trailer or container to transport your items.
- Full Service
- Professional movers that also provide the moving truck. Yes, a full service moving company can provide just loading and unloading services as well, but they will charge you for the truck even though you aren't using it.
Why Moving Labor?
A full service mover is obviously the more convenient option, however, they cost a lot more too. On average, you can expect to save 40-60% on the cost of your move by combining moving labor with a rented truck, trailer or container.
The high cost of a full service moving company isn't the only reason why people choose moving labor. Let's look at some of the other major differences between a traditional full service moving company and a moving labor company.
Quality of the Movers
Most major van lines and full service moving 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". Moving labor companies, on the other hand, pay their movers more than two times the industry average. This is because moving labor companies are smaller and typically don't have the big government and commercial contracts that the full service companies have, which means the performance of our movers is absolutely vital.
Full service moving companies, and their movers, are experienced in loading and unloading their trucks - not rental trucks, containers or the hundreds of transportation solutions that come in different shapes and sizes. Moving labor companies, however, provide loading and unloading services for a wide variety of containers, trucks and trailers. We don't just know how to load or unload, we have experience with all types of DIY moving methods and their variable sizes.
A traditional full service mover will always try and sell you their transportation or storage service, whether it's in your best interest or not. Everyone has a different situation and different needs. 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, load your items when it is time for delivery and then unload them at your new home. Count it, that's 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. This is because we don't provide transportation or storage, so our advice is based on what is best for you, not how much money we can make. If you're moving and need long term storage the logical decision is a portable storage container, 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.