The Hybrid™ Move

Hybrid Moving is the cheap moving option endorsed by your wallet and your back.

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What is a “Hybrid™ move?” Well, it may sound fancy and exotic, but really, it's for the practical and budget-minded because it is both convenient and affordable - the cheap moving option that doesn't feel cheap. For a few hundred dollars, you can hire local moving professionals through HireAHelper, who will load and unload a truck or container for you. You could even have them pack, if you’d like. By foregoing the full-service move, which literally costs thousands of dollars, you are saving money. As a bonus, you will be saving your back, too.

Besides, professionals have a lot more experience, so they will do a better job of securely loading a truck or packing grandma’s antique vase. If they are able to keep more of your stuff intact by packing or loading and unloading it better, or perhaps fitting your goods in one container rather than renting two, then investing in their services could be of real value and could even bring on some savings in the long run. There's a few different hybrid moving options which will affect how much time you have to invest in your move, which you can check out below. Whichever you choose, you'll be saving yourself a lot of time versus the D.I.Y. moving option, and a ton of hard earned dough versus the full-service moving option.

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Hybrid Moving Options

The beauty of the Hybrid™ move is its flexibility. You pick the transportation option that works best for your wants and needs: rental truck, portable storage container, or freight trailer. Then you can hire movers to do as much or as little as needed. You can hire furniture movers to load up just the heavy items or hire movers without a truck to have them pack, load, unload, and even unpack every last piece, from your game-day recliner to your I Love Lucy commemorative plate set. The first option we call the “standard hybrid” and the second we call a “full-service hack.” Check them out:

Standard Hybrid

As described above, a Hybrid™ move is one in which you do some of the less taxing work, say packing, and your hired helpers to do the other more taxing stuff, say loading and unloading the rental truck. In this case, you’ll have to rent a truck (and drive it) and pack up all your worldly possessions. Your friends and family might pitch in, too, which could speed things up, but your hired help will be doing the heavy lifting. You can hire help for both ends of your move, or just one. This comes in especially handy when you don't know anyone in your new city--well, at least no one you feel comfortable asking to help you unload (we all know those relationships need to be deeper to survive helping your friend move).

Full Service Hack

A traditional full-service move has professionals doing it all - packing, loading, unloading, and driving. They even disassemble and reassemble furniture for you. The hefty price tag (thousands and thousands of dollars) makes it accessible only to bankers, ballers, and those “real” housewives from Bravo. Really clever folks can hack such a move at a fraction of the cost. You can rent a portable storage container unit or space in a freight truck (read: your stuff will get driven by professionals) and you’ll hire helpers from HireAHelper to load and unload. Perhaps, you’ll even have them do some of the heavier packing, too. And you’ll do whatever is left, which shouldn’t be that much. Voila, you have yourself a full-service move, and you still have money in your pockets.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS COMPARISON

  • Movers Load
    You Drive
    Avg. Review
    1
    5
    4.22
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $134
    Medium Move: $292
    Long Move:Long Move: $1078

    Positive Review

    The most cost effective and flexible option. You control your own moving day schedule.

    Negative Review

    You have to drive a ginormous truck. How fast should you take that speed bump, or that turn?

  • Movers Load
    They Drive
    Avg. Review
    1
    5
    4.49
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $675
    Medium Move: $1457
    Long Move:Long Move: $3166

    Positive Review

    The most convenient option if you need temporary storage for your move. It’s delivered straight to your home and transported to your new location by pros.

    Negative Review

    How much is all of this added convenience worth to you? That is the question.

  • Movers Load
    They Drive
    Avg. Review
    1
    5
    4.49
    Average Cost
    Local Move: $1375
    Medium Move: $1631
    Long Move:Long Move: $2924

    Positive Review

    It's the most affordable way to have the pros drive your stuff to your new home.

    Negative Review

    Two words: air-ride suspension. They don't have it. Your stuff needs to be expertly wrapped and loaded to survive this ride intact.

Moving Labor Guide

  • Studio/Small Apt
    100-800 sq ft

    Loading:

    2 movers for 2 hours

    Unloading:

    2 movers for 2 hours

    Loading and Unloading:

    2 movers for 4 hours
  • 2-3 Bedroom Apt
    800-1200 sq ft

    Loading:

    2 movers for 3 hours

    Unloading:

    2 movers for 2 hours

    Loading and Unloading:

    2 movers for 5 hours
  • 2-3 Bedroom House
    1000-1500 sq ft

    Loading:

    3 movers for 4 hours

    Unloading:

    3 movers for 3 hours

    Loading and Unloading:

    3 movers for 7 hours
  • 3-4 Bedroom House
    1500-2000 sq ft

    Loading:

    4 movers for 4 hours

    Unloading:

    4 movers for 3 hours

    Loading and Unloading:

    4 movers for 7-8 hours
  • 4+ Bedroom House
    2000-3000+ sq ft

    Loading:

    4+ movers for 5+ hours

    Unloading:

    4+ movers for 4+ hours

    Loading and Unloading:

    4+ movers for 8+ hours

Hybrid Moving
Time Estimate

You might not realize how much time you actually spend planning and executing your move. Breaking down where all that time goes can be tricky and tough to agree on, but we've seen over 100,000 moves, so we've got a pretty good estimate of where it disappears to. One thing we can agree on is that your time is valuable. So, to help you decide whether it's worth it to just pay someone else to do this or that part, here's a breakdown of where your time will be spent.

Total Time Estimate

0hr.
48hr.
21hrs.

Based on an 1,100 mile move of a 3 bedroom home.

Quoting & Planning Time
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48hr
3 - 6 hrs.

The research and gathering of quotes will take longer than DIY because there are more options to consider and more parties to work with. Truck rentals tend to have an easier rental process than portable storage units because for something like PODS ®, you'd have to get on the phone for a long-distance move. A phone call with either a truck rental company or a portable storage container company could last you anywhere from 15 - 45 minutes, depending on how complicated your move is. As far as booking movers, you can literally see prices for movers in seconds on HireAHelper.com, but the whole booking process will take you about 10 minutes if you’re quick on the keyboard. That leaves planning the other logistics of moving day, but because of your hired help, whose schedule will somewhat revolve around your move for that day, you won’t have as much planning to do.


Packing Time
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48hr
12 - 14 hrs.

Again, this is based on packing up a 3 bedroom home, so scale accordingly for yours. If you hire movers to pack as well, you can drop this down to only 2 or 3 hours of your time, which will be spent packing up your valuables and any other extra important items.


Loading & Unloading Time
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48hr
3 - 4 hrs.

If you’re doing a standard Hybrid™ move, you might be doing some of the loading on your own, but with your hired furniture movers to load the heavy stuff, the total time you spend on this should be greatly reduced, and your overall move will go much faster.

The Perfect Match

This may sound weird, but are you and a Hybrid™ move a perfect match? A Hybrid move is great for someone who is smart, efficient, and frugal. Plus, you’ve got to have a little of the DIY spirit in you as well. You need to be willing and able to do the necessary homework – finding and pricing out transportation options and helpers. And you will get the best deal if you’re willing to do some work, say packing up your stuff yourself and leaving the rest to professionals.

Planning

Alright, so, if you’ve gotten this far, it might mean you’re ready to start planning your own Hybrid™ move. So, let’s get you goin in the right direction. I, Francesca, will walk you through the steps of planning a Hybrid move using my own imaginary move of my three-bedroom home from Fort Lee, N.J. (just outside Manhattan) to Kissimmee, Fl. (just outside Orlando) because I’m familiar with both areas.

  • Choose Your Ride

    This is a vital part of planning a Hybrid™ move or full-service hack. After all, driving is the most expensive of all the services you can hire someone else to do, so you have to decide if you want to do this yourself. Here are all your options:

    • Rental Trucks - This option has you taking control of the keys and driving. It is the most affordable option for Hybrid movers. Driving tends to be the costliest part of a move, which is why you can bring down your costs by doing it yourself. You will pay, on average, around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move. In my research, I learned Budget ® was the cheapest option among U-Haul ® and Penske ® (by a very small margin) at $2,071 for this New Jersey-Florida move. Add the cost of the help I'd book through HireAHelper in both states, and the cost is $2,529. This is a pittance compared to the nearly $8,000 price tag on a full-service move as quoted by an agent of Mayflower ®. Keep in mind, however, that you have to budget for gas when you go with the rental truck because that is NOT included in the estimate.

    • Freight Trailers - The freight trailer prices are generally comparable to rental trucks but someone else would be doing the driving for you. These companies include ABF U-Pack ®, Old Dominion Household Services ®, and Estes SureMove ®. They most often cater to long-distance movers, and they estimate you would pay about $2,649 (U-Pack), $1,979 (OD), or $2,970 (Estes), for the New Jersey-Florida move. You pay only for the space your stuff occupies in the trailer. If you went with OD ® and the HireAHelper help I chose, you would pay a total of $2,437. Again, it’s a steal, compared to the full-service move. And you would probably only have to do the packing. Others would do the rest.

    • Portable Storage Containers - The portable storage containers are a little pricier. But they are really convenient, especially if you’re moving a small house or apartment or you’ll need storage during the move. The companies deliver a container to your house, you load it (or hire someone to do it for you), and call them to pick it up and deliver it to your new address or a storage facility whenever you’re ready. You can usually keep the containers for storage right at your place, so you can get to anything if you need it. You pay by the month for storage, and the first month is baked into the original price for the entire move. Prices range from about just under $500 for a local move (with the largest container) to more than $5,000 for a long-distance move (with two of the largest containers). For instance, 1-800-PACK-RAT ® quoted me $4,450 for the move from Jersey to Florida. So, if you add the movers I'd hire through HireAHelper, you would pay $4,908. Even though that’s a bit costly, it’s still more than $3,000 less than the full-service move.

  • Compare And Book Your Hybrid Movers

    Head over to HireAHelper.com. Enter the zip code where you need the help and the date when you need the help (if you don't have a firm moving date yet, just use an approximate date). In seconds, you’ll be greeted with a list of potential helpers who service your area, replete with customer reviews, ratings, and the full scoop on the company, including whether it is insured, provides certain kinds of equipment, or has uniformed crews. Because my imaginary move is a long-distance move between two destinations that are more than 50 miles apart, I had to do two searches on HireAHelper for each location in order to find separate helpers at each end for the load and unload.

    • For the New Jersey portion of the move, I could choose among 33 helpers. Their prices ranged from $136 to $617 for two helpers for two hours. I settled on Q’s Moving Corp, which would cost $230. If they ended up working past the two hours, I would be paying $60 for every additional hour, according to the quote on the HireAHelper site. (You can use their labor guide in the checkout process to estimate how many movers for how many hours you'll need to get the job done.) The time starts upon arrival. Even though Q’s wasn’t the cheapest option, it is a licensed, insured business with a uniformed crew. Most importantly, Q’s had backing from its former clients. Of the 224 customer reviews on the site, 181 gave the company five stars.

    • For the Florida portion of the move, I could choose among 18 helpers. Their prices ranged from $155 to $372 for two helpers for two hours. I chose Sebastian Moving, which would cost $228 for the first two hours and $60 for each additional hour. It is a licensed, insured business with Workmen’s Comp. Of the 177 reviews, 157 had given Sebastian Movers five stars. I find that highly attractive in a mover. Hubba. Hubba.

  • Pack Up Your Stuff

    If you’re hiring help, you’re going to be mindful of time since these companies charge by the hour. You can have them pack for you. But you might be better off having them load and/or unload the truck or container and do the packing yourself. You could also pack most of the stuff yourself, and leave the delicate or heavier items to the professionals. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to add hours of work to the helper’s bill, which means you’ll pay more. Full-service movers are willing to let you do some of the packing, too. But you’re still going to pay a hefty price. That agent of Mayflower ® told me I could cut only about $1,000 from the price by packing some of the lighter items myself. In other words, the full-service move would still cost me more than $6,000. The bottom line is that you’re probably going to be doing at least some of the packing yourself. In the DIY section of this site, you can find tips on how to properly load up your things in boxes. If putting stuff in boxes seems like a drag, just sing that Happy song while you do it. It’s the modern version of whistling while you work.

Tips

Price Options

Price out your hybrid options.

By comparing prices of the various components of your move, you can best determine what fits your budget and needs. It’s worth the extra time (and calculation).

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead of movers' arrival.

You need to prepare for the big day. Be ready to delegate responsibilities to people as soon as they arrive. Be organized. For example, to keep costs down, have all your boxes and furniture packed or wrapped and ready to be loaded when the labor arrives. If you’re going to need equipment, such as a dolly, then get a hold of it ahead of time.

About Equipment

Find out about equipment.

Helpers list the equipment they have in their HireAHelper profiles. Discuss what you’ll need with them ahead of the move. If they don’t have a dolly, for example, then you’ll need to rent or buy one on your own. Also, most helpers only offer funature pads for local moves, be sure to ask your transport company about rentals because this is one area you DO NOT want to skimp on. Furniture pads are key to having your furniture arrive un-damanged and intact. Be sure to provide enough for all the items you want protected.

Relax

Relax.

We get it. Moving is really, really stressful. But you have hired helpers to do the hard stuff for you. And you’re not spending all that much money. So, soak up the moment of leaving your soon-to-be old place behind and live the excitement of heading on to new pastures, cause by going hybrid, you can breathe a sigh of relief and move on, literally.

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