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This option is fairly self-explanatory: You do everything on your own. You purchase the packing materials and pack your own items, then you rent, load, drive, and unload the truck yourself. This offers you a little more freedom to choose which things you’d like included in your move, however, the cost can add up depending on how you approach it. Believe it or not, this can end up just as expensive as one of the other move types if you aren’t getting a good deal on each part of the process, especially if you choose to add third party services along the way.
This option is gaining popularity quickly. In containerized moves, a company will drop off a container (usually between ten and twenty feet long, capable of packing 1-3 rooms), and leave it in your driveway. You pack it up with your belongings and call them when you’re done. The company then picks it up and drops it off at your new home. In some cases, the company may prefer to pack the container themselves. It allows for flexibility since you can pack at your own pace, and it’s a great option for moving across state lines.
Perhaps the ultimate specialized option, mini-moves are perfect if you don’t have a lot of items, but you want what you have insured and moved for less money than a large-scale move. With this option, you can move just a few boxes of your items with professional help. Larger vanlines don’t like moving small shipments, so contact a mini-move provider if you don’t have a lot to move.