6 Services That You Didn't Know Movers Offer

Barbara Bellesi Zito
Updated October 10, 2016
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Highlights

  • Professional movers can offer other moving or storage services for an additional cost.

  • You can hire a moving company for other tasks to make the relocation process less stressful.

  • Most moving services can also help you unpack, clear your space during home renovations, or deliver hefty items.

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Professional movers can save time—and your back—on moving day. But hiring someone else to do the heavy lifting isn’t the only reason you might need to hire a moving company. Here are six other services that moving companies offer, so you don’t have to lift a finger. 

1. Furniture Storage During a Remodel

Home improvement projects tend to go more smoothly when the space is empty. Luckily, you can hire professional movers to take your furniture and other items to temporary storage until the renovation is complete, and then they can move it all back. Some companies might even have their own storage facility, but you can always rent your own storage unit, including the type of storage containers that sit in your driveway for easy access.

2. Onsite Moves

Not all relocations involve loading up a moving truck. If you’re moving to a new unit within the same apartment building, or even if you’re looking to shift around furniture on different floors within your house, you can hire movers to coordinate the move. Since you usually hire movers in blocks of time, you’ll also save money because that time won’t be taken up by the movers driving your stuff from point A to point B—everything is already onsite.

3. Packing and Unpacking

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Packing is arguably one of the most stressful parts of moving. Good news: You can hire movers to pack those boxes so you can focus on the other tasks on your to-do list. It’ll cost you around $1,000 to add on a packing service to your move, but it could be well worth it with how much time and energy it’ll save. Plus, the professional movers will know exactly how to pack fragile items so they won’t budge during transit. Unpacking can be just as stressful as packing, but movers can help you with that, too. The best part? They’ll even discard the mountain of boxes and bubble wrap when the unpacking process is complete.

4. Single-Item Delivery and Pickup

Instead of bribing your friend who has a pickup truck to help you move a hefty piece of furniture, you can call a moving company to pick up and deliver it. From pianos—seriously, don’t try to DIY that move—to that antique china cabinet Aunt Fran said you could take from her attic, moving companies can get the job done more quickly and safely.

5. Assembly and Disassembly of Furniture

If the thought of dismantling those IKEA bookshelves makes you break into a cold sweat, hire professional movers to do it for you. This service also comes in handy during the moving process if you need to disassemble and reassemble large pieces of furniture that can’t make it through narrow doorways. 

6. Garbage Removal

If you’re looking to pare down your belongings before you move into your new place, check with local moving companies to see if they handle rubbish removal. If so, you can pay movers to cart your cast-offs to the landfill, and then transport your remaining belongings to your new digs.

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