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Hire a Moving Company or Rent a Truck?

Hire a Moving Company or Rent a Truck?

Probably the most debated question families have before they move is whether they should rent a self-haul truck like U-haul or Penske instead of hiring the pros to their job. If you live in the Bay Area, you should especially pay attention to the pricing of the these services. We will get into that, but for now let’s explore some of the more common differences between self-serviced moving and pro moving companies.

Moving Companies Move Every Day

Moving Companies move thier clients every day. Their workers are generally more efficient at packing, loading, and unloading. They don’t usually have to spend much time considering what item goes where on a truck because they naturally develop that skill on the job.

On the other hand, self movers can cause items to be damanged if they are not loaded correctly factoring in aspects such as directional weight distribution, material of the blanket wrappings (pigskin [not actually made from pigs, just a colloquial term], cotton, etc.), and even how the weather can affect the condition of your valuables such as electronics. For example, if you load your awesome 60″ inch flat screen TV in a blanket in 90 degree humidity without first applying protective covers over the screen and plastic adhesion wrap around the housing unit, you could end up getting water damage as the weather changes from inside to outside. Pro movers like those at All in Moving Systems know and understand this.

Price Inflation

The Bay Area has a large outflux of people who are seeking better priced homes in other areas. This causes a great demand of self-haul trucks and equipment. This causes the price to go up and even skyrocket. If you think weekend prices are bad, holiday and summer prices are even worse when factored in. The demand for moving companies also increases, but the Bay Area is home to hundred of moving companies that, due to the nature of the business, are able to quickly scale to demand. Moving companies worth their salt, like All in Moving Systems know and prepare for this flux well in advance.


Given the previously stated lack of knowledge that most consumers have about how to move furniture safely and properly, injuries can and do occur at a higher rate than residental moving rigs.

Just think of it this way: So you drive a Tacoma? Okay, but have you driven a 5 ton truck with 10,000 pounds of items on the tail end? These trucks are wider, heavier, and are often involved in many accidents due to the lack of knowledge people have of driving larger vehicles. For example, the stopping time is doubled and even trippled in some cases depending on your speed and weight. The load in the back can shift if not properly secured causing a jerking motion. Other conditions such as water on the road, ice, wind, etc., can cause people to drive unpredictably. These are not conditions to joke around in or to test your driving ability in. These are conditions for people who know what they are doing. All in Moving Systems provides you with this professional moving service all day, every day.

Save Time

Here at All in Moving Systems we have heard countless stories of customers who moved previously with a self-hauling service and ended up spending much more time than they would have by hiring pro movers.

By hiring a professional moving company, you no longer need to find people to help, spend time to rent a truck, go back because the truck is too small, drive a big truck, or worry about damaging  the items.

We hope it is a bit clearer for you to decide whether hiring professional movers would be a better decision for you than self-hauling. If you have any additional comments or questions, just let us know.