Debunking 3 Common Myths About Moving Companies

Posted on: 10 June 2022

Relocating to a new area, city, state, or country is always challenging. As a result, hiring professional movers is advisable to make the process easier.  

There are several misconceptions about moving companies. Here is the truth behind three common misconceptions about moving companies.   

1. All Moving Companies Offer the Same Services  

A common misconception about moving companies is that they all provide the same services. However, there are several types of moving service companies.  

For instance, if you are relocating within the same city, you need to hire a local mover. If you are moving to a different city or state, you should hire a long-distance mover. If you are relocating to a foreign country, you should hire an international moving company.   

Moving companies also vary based on the relocation services they offer. For instance, some moving companies specialize in moving delicate items such as pieces of art and machinery. Other moving companies specialize in commercial and residential relocations for offices and homes.   

Before hiring any moving company, ensure you understand the moving services offered to avoid inconveniences.   

2. Hiring a Mover Is More Expensive than DIY Moving  

One of the main reasons people avoid hiring moving companies is because they assume that DIY moving is a cheaper option.  

DIY relocation only eliminates the labor costs involved with a relocation. You still incur costs for: 

  • Renting a truck
  • Buying fuel for the truck
  • Buying packing materials 
  • Buying insurance cover for your items 

Hiring a moving company can sometimes be cheaper than a DIY relocation. For instance, a moving company can provide all the necessary packing materials. As a result, you don't need to buy any packing materials.   

As for labor costs, you can opt to pack and load your belonging with the aid of friends or relatives, thus eliminating the need to hire extra hands to pack and load your items on a mover truck. Hiring a moving company sometimes can therefore cost the same or less than a DIY relocation.   

3. Mover Coverage Covers the Total Value of Damaged or Lost Items   

The moving coverage provided by moving companies doesn't always reimburse the total value of items lost or damaged. How much reimbursement you get for damaged or lost items depends on the coverage a moving company offers.   

Moving companies offer three types of moving coverage for your items. The three types of coverage include: 

  • Basic carrier liability coverage reimburses you 60 cents for every pound of lost or damaged items.
  • Full value protection coverage reimburses the current market value of the lost or damaged items.
  • Separate liability insurance covers your items against factors not included in a moving company's insurance cover—for example, natural disasters and accidents. 

It is important to understand the type of coverage offered by a moving company before hiring them.