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5 Benefits of Self Moving

April 13th, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Benefits of DIY moving

Looking for moving options that help save money? Consider self moving! Unlike a full-service move where everything is taken care of from start to finish, a DIY move means doing some of the work yourself in exchange for substantial savings and other benefits. There are many upsides to this type of service, but here are five of our favorites:

  1. Cost of service
  2. Flexibility
  3. Control of belongings
  4. Labor options
  5. Organization

Let’s dive into these self move benefits and see how a DIY moving service like U-Pack® works for your situation. 

DIY moving

Cost of service

One very common reason people choose to move themselves is the price.  Since a large portion of the cost of a full-service move comes from labor, it’s easy to see why taking on some of the work makes the rate significantly lower. Along with eliminating or lowering labor costs, this method can also reduce the amount of money it takes to transport items. With a DIY move, the price typically isn’t based on weight like it is with full-service moves. Instead, your rate is based on how much space your items take up inside the moving equipment, or the linear feet your items occupy. Since weight isn’t the focus, it’s easy to reduce spending by packing your belongings efficiently and using less space to move your household. Of course, if you’re renting a truck, fuel and other fees will need to be factored in to the total. Learn more about rental truck fuel prices and how to avoid them.


Another benefit of self moving is the ability to adapt to a specific situation. While it’s recommended to plan moves in advance to ensure equipment availability, making a self move means you’re able to pack and load on your own time schedule — not the schedule of a full-service crew. U-Pack offers multiple options for storage or expedited transit to make sure your move fits your time frame.

Tip: If you’re worried about not being able to stay on track, download the free moving checklist.

Control of belongings

Do-it-yourself moving provides complete control of personal belongings since you handle the packing and loading. This means you’ll know exactly how items are wrapped, packed and secured so you can be sure everything is handled with care. With U-Pack, you also have the benefit of knowing your possessions are not co-mingled with anyone else’s belongings or transferred to a different vehicle — your items will stay right where you loaded them until they arrive at your new home.

Labor options

Though labor was mentioned briefly in the cost section, we thought it was important enough to deserve its own mention. Of course, if you’re doing the work entirely alone, the labor costs associated with moving yourself are essentially zero. However, not everyone wants to do the work completely solo. If you’re lucky enough to have friends and family who are willing to help, they’ll likely take you up on lunch or dinner as a thank you for their time (you might sweeten the deal with a promise to return the favor if they ever need it, too!). Another option would be to hire hourly labor at an affordable rate. We can refer experienced moving crews if you decide to go that route — just give us a call at 800-413-4799. No matter how you get the help, hiring labor for a self move is still generally much cheaper than paying for full-service moving.

Read more about hiring movers to load a truck.


A benefit of DIY moving that shouldn’t be overlooked is the ability to organize belongings before they are packed. If you’re like most people, there are probably items in your house that aren’t stored in the most logical place or that aren’t needed anymore. Now is the perfect time to fix those issues! Though it takes more time up front, your future self will be really glad everything was sorted and packed with similar items. Organize the items you’ll keep, and have a garage sale or donate the items you no longer need or want. Not only will unpacking be a simpler process (with everything put away correctly the first time), but it will also reduce costs since space in your moving trailer or container won’t be taken up with unnecessary items. On the flip side, a full service crew will simply pack things exactly as they’re found in your home right now — which could make it more difficult when it comes to opening boxes in your new home.

Things to remember

If you decide to make a self move, it’s important to keep a few things in mind so everything goes as smoothly as possible. Before moving day arrives, make sure you’ve arranged for a safe, legal place for the moving equipment and any other crews to park (some places may require permits or approval from the apartment complex or home owner’s association). Having the go-ahead before the big day will make everything easier. It’s also a good idea to contact utility companies so power and water will be turned on and off at the right time. You should also read over the do not ship list to make sure only safe items are packed. For more DIY moving tips, check out our other moving resources.

Looking for do it yourself moving services? Consider U-Pack!

U-Pack is a do-it-yourself moving solution that can make relocating convenient and affordable. The process is easy:

  • We bring a trailer or ReloCube(s) to your home
  • You pack and secure items in the container
  • We deliver items to the new location

With multiple options available and rates comparable to rental trucks, moving with U-Pack means you’re free to enjoy the many benefits of self moving without having to do the driving (or paying extra for fuel)!  Plus, we can refer hourly help to assist with loading and unloading. Even adding this service can keep costs significantly lower than a full-service move.

Want to learn more? Call us at 800-413-4799 to speak with a U-Pack representative or get a free moving quote online. You can also leave a comment below with any questions about U-Pack or do-it-yourself moving. We’re here to help!