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December 11th, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Compare relocation companies

As you prepare for your upcoming move, there are many plans to arrange. From your move date to housing to your new job, the details are important. As you sort out the details, take some time to compare relocation services. They run the gamut from expensive full-service movers to complete DIY household goods moving options. Finding the right relocation company depends on your needs. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider as you decide which one is best for your move.

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Things to consider before job relocation

If you’re moving and starting a new job, there’s a lot at stake. When choosing a relocation service, you want to keep these things in mind:

Transit time. If you’re relocating for a job, it’s important to get settled quickly. Different relocation companies will have different time frames for delivering your belongings to your new home. A full-service mover is likely to take the longest – they typically estimate 4-6 weeks for transit. On the other end of the spectrum, if you choose a DIY option like truck rental, you can get settled as soon as you can drive there. The good news is you can get your belongings fast without the hassle of driving a rental truck if you move with U-Pack. U-Pack is a relocation service that delivers your belongings door-to-door with average transit times of just 2-5 business days. Getting settled quickly allows you to put the stress of moving behind you so you can focus on your new job.

The amount of work you want to do. Another factor to consider when choosing a relocation company is how much work you’re willing and able to do. On one end of the spectrum, full-service movers do everything for you, including the packing, loading, driving, and unloading. Truck rental is on the other end of the spectrum, where you do everything – pick up the truck, pack, load your belongings, drive the truck, unload, and return the truck. It can be quite a bit of work! If you prefer to have a little more control over your move without having to do it all, U-Pack is a great middle-of-the-road option. You do the packing and loading (or we can refer you to help loading or unloading), and then we handle all transportation and delivery. It’s the ideal option for anyone who wants to have a part in their move without the stress of having to drive long distance in a big truck.

Your flexibility. If you’re moving for a new job and have to travel back and forth between your current town and new city for a while, it may be important that your belongings arrive on a particular day or at a certain time. If you don’t have a ton of flexibility in your schedule, U-Pack has options that will fit your needs. We offer U-Pack Guaranteed where you can choose your exact arrival date and time, backed by a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Expedited transit options are also available if you’re on a time crunch. Both add-ons are great if you’re hiring movers, or if you’re starting your new job right away and have a limited window to move in.

Corporate relocation. If your job is paying for your move, you might be limited to choosing a relocation company that they have an account with. If you like the way the U-Pack service sounds, we offer a corporate relocation program through ArcBest corporate moving services. Contact us for more information!

Things to consider before military relocation

If you're planning a military move, it’s important to consider services that will fit your reimbursement budget. You’retypically able to choose between using the appointed military movers or doing a Personally Procured Move (PPM), where you handle the relocation arrangements. Here are a few things to consider as you decide which option is best for you:

The length of your move. The time it takes to complete your move may be the biggest factor in deciding if you want to do a PPM.  Because most military movers follow traditional moving company procedures, they may come with longer transit times – taking weeks to get your belongings. While many bases have loan closets to help you get by without your household goods for a while, it’s easier to do a PPM and get your stuff when you want it. If you’d like to complete your move sooner rather than later, you have options. The easiest way to do a military relocation is to move with U-Pack. Your belongings will arrive in just 2-5 business days on average.  

Having control. If you move with the military movers, they make all the arrangements.  They choose your move date, and they come pack up your belongings when there’s an opening in their schedule. If you want to take control of your move, U-Pack makes it possible. You choose your move date and take care of packing and loading your belongings, then we handle the driving (the part you were dreading anyway!). You're also in control of your cost since U-Pack rates are based on the space you use – making it easy to stay within your budget by k packing and loading efficiently. It’s a great option if you want to be in charge of your move.

Getting reimbursed. One of the most important parts of a military relocation is getting reimbursed after the fact. If you do a PPM, you'll likely have to turn in weight tickets for your household goods move. As long as we know you need them before your move, U-Pack can provide the full and empty weight tickets you need. In fact, we have a dedicated military specialist who oversees all of our military shipments and makes sure you have the paperwork you need to be reimbursed. Contact us at 800-413-4799 if you need weight tickets with your move.

Calculate your relocation costs

Who doesn’t love a good deal? You might be surprised to find that U-Pack is often comparable in price to affordable relocation companies like truck rental – especially when you consider that “extras” like fuel, liability coverage, and transportation costs are included in your U-Pack price. You won’t need a relocation calculator to see how much your move will cost — just get an instant moving quote online. Our pricing engines look at where you're moving from and to, how much you're moving, and when you're moving to provide the best option for your moving scenario. We offer equipment and delivery options to fit just about every budget.

Get quotes from relocation services

As you gather quotes and compare them, remember what your U-Pack quote includes:

  • The moving equipment rental
  • Delivery to your door
  • Fast transit times
  • Fuel, liability coverage, and the driver
  • Three business days to load
  • Three business days to unload

And if you need to add Guaranteed or expedited service, a moving crew, or storage, we can build a relocation package that fits your needs.

Relocation Resources

For more information, check out these helpful resources:

Relocation guide. Get step-by-step help to walk you through every detail of your move in this printable moving checklist. It takes you through 8 weeks of moving prep including transferring your utilities, booking your move, and forwarding your mail.

Relocation tools. We offer several tools to help you as you prepare for your move. Start by visiting our Box Store to order professional moving supplies at a discount. Pack like a pro without the professional price tag! Then visit our packing tips and loading tips to get ready for moving day.

Auto shipping. If you need to move a vehicle along with your household goods, we refer customers to uShip.

If you have any questions about U-Pack relocation services, leave us a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799. We’re here to help!