Comparison of Moving Options
The following table outlines the most common moving options. As a top-level overview, the more work you are willing to do yourself, the more you will save.
Full-service movers, as the name implies, offer the greatest amount of convenience for your relocation to Florida as they can handle everything from packing, loading and moving all of your belongings to your new Florida home.
Full-service moving companies typically charge for the total weight and quantity of the items being moved, distance being traveled as well as the labor needed to complete a given job.
Often, additional charges may apply for stairs and elevators, handling of unique/fragile items or when the moving truck is unable to park close by to your residence.
Tips for Saving with Full-Service Movers
- Pack as many items as possible yourself
- Use professional-grade moving boxes of similar sizes (reduces gaps when stacking)
- Disassemble your furniture beforehand (beds, mirrors on dressers, desks, tv wall mounts)
- Move in the winter months if possible as demand, and rates, are typically lower
- Place all movable furniture items and boxes in your garage or by the door for the mover's convenience
Moving containers have become a popular solution for many as it's a hybrid between full-service movers and renting a truck yourself. With a moving container, you simply pack and fill it once it's dropped off at your place.
The company then drives the container to your new residence where you unload it. Most moving containers come in varying sizes such as 8, 12 and 16 foot lengths and can easily be combined to provide the storage capacity needed. Moving containers also provide the advantage of time as they are typically rented on a monthly basis.
Tips for Saving with Moving Containers
- Start with only the size you container you expect to fill. You can always have an additonal container delivered, if needed.
Renting a truck for your Florida move is the most affordable option, but you will do all the packing, loading and driving of the truck to your new destination. Most rental trucks come in varying sizes from 10-feet up to 26-feet and are charged a base rate per day, a fixed cost per mile, and the renter is responsible for gas. Optional insurance is available as well.
Tips for Saving with a Truck Rental
- Check to see if your auto policy already covers truck rentals
- Provide your own moving boxes, tape, blankets, etc... as truck rental companies will charge for these supplies
- Make sure your truck is clean before returning it to avoid any unnecessary cleaning charges.
If you're moving to Florida from several states away, or even from overseas, you may wish to have your vehicle professionally transported to your new residence versus making the long drive yourself. Besides being convenient, this also saves putting extra miles on your vehicle, especially if you have limited miles left on your lease.
Tips for Saving with Vehicle/Car Transporters
- See if the vehicle transporter has a terminal-to-terminal option as this is less expensive than driving to your residence.
- Rates are typically lower in the winter months (ie. non-peak season)
- Have flexibility with your transport dates