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What You Need to Know about Full Service Moving

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Moving Home, Variety

If we all had an option, most of us would choose to have professional movers and packers handle our move for us, leaving us to focus on our daily activities as usual and well – kick back, relax, and watch the exhausting moving to-do list shrink without us having lift a finger.

Turns out, this is an option available to everyone. It’s called full service moving.

What is Full Service Moving?

As the name implies, full service moving is a type of moving service professional moving companies provide that sees them handle every single aspect of your move.

It starts with planning the move once the date has been agreed, to sourcing moving materials and supplies, doing the packing, all the way down to the unloading and unpacking of items on the other side; cleaning included.


Who is Full Service Moving for?

Anyone can opt for a full service move, but it is worth pointing out that it comes at a cost – which is to be expected.

A full service move is expensive, but if you can afford it, you can kiss the pressure and stress associated with moving goodbye. You leave the mover to handle the entire move for you as you go on about your life as normal.

If you would rather avoid moving-related pressures, are too caught up in the rigors of daily life, including work and/or family, or simply prefer to take the backseat with your move, a full service move is an excellent option.

What Exactly Do Full Service Movers Do?

As alluded to above, full service movers basically deal with all aspects of moving.

These include:

  • Supplying packing materials

Full service movers come with everything you need, so you don’t have to create long lists or make endless trips to fetch moving supplies.

These include everything from moving boxes to packing paper, tape and bubble wrap, furniture blankets and moving tools – from the usual (like dollies) to specialized equipment depending on what you’re moving.

  • Packing

Packing is the most involving and time-consuming aspect of moving, but with full service moving, you don’t have to undertake the strenuous chore yourself.

The movers will pack the entire house for you so you don’t have to. From clothes to specialized packing involving items like fine art, antiques, or piano, you can rest easy knowing you have professionals on top of things.

  • Furniture disassembly/reassembly

Full service moving also involves ensuring your furniture gets to the destination without a scratch.

The disassembly can either be full or partial (as necessary) and also involves reassembling the furniture on the other end.

  •  Truck loading and unloading

A full service move is not full service without having the movers do the heavy lifting for you.

The company is responsible for loading all your belongings onto the truck or van, from the small boxes to large unwieldy items, as well as unloading the truck when you arrive at your new digs.

  •  Transporting

The mover provides a moving truck or van depending on the size of your move, along with the actual transport from point A to B.

  • Unpacking

Normally, unpacking is not part of the package when hiring a moving company.

This is one of the things that separates full service moving from regular moving service: the task of unpacking falls on the movers in this case.

  • Disposal of packing materials

Moving leaves behind a lot of waste material, whether it’s used cardboard boxes, plastic wrap, packing peanuts or what-not.

By opting for a full service type of move, it’s the job of the movers to discard the used packing materials, and you can be sure that they’ll take care of it in a professional manner.

  • Others

The offerings in a full service move will vary from one company to another.

While the above is the minimum you can (and should) expect, others go one further to throw in additional services like cleaning (thorough cleaning), furniture arrangement, hanging the drapes, etc.

This type of complete service is also known as white glove moving, a premium service that takes full-service moving to the next level.

Ask from your mover what their full-service move encompasses.

How much Does Full Service Moving Cost?

A lot. This is not to say, however, that the cost is designed to lock out potential customers. It just costs more than standard moving service – and understandably so – considering the work involved.

If you can swing it, it is very much a cost well worth incurring – that much we can tell you!

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