“They tell all of these love stories about meeting the boy next door, but my boy is in Atlanta, GA.” Marilyn laughed. “Luckily, I don’t have too much stuff to move. What I am trying to do is save some money. With that in mind, what’s the best choice for a small household move – shipping boxes of personal belongings or renting a moving van?”
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There’s no one size fits all answer to the question of whether it’s right to ship your things or hire a moving company to do the job. A lot depends on how much stuff you have, and how big that stuff is. For example: furniture. It’s not generally cost effective to ship an entire household’s worth of furniture, including such items as a bedroom set, living room set, dining room table, appliances and so on. If you have all of these things and you’re planning on moving them, it’s time to get in touch with the movers.
But let’s say you don’t have a lot of furniture. Perhaps you’re keeping your headboard and bedframe, as well as a desk and chair. This is a good time to talk to your local packing and shipping service to determine which option makes the most sense for your budget: shipping furniture or hiring a small load moving company.
Another factor in the equation is the distance you’re moving. For neighborhood moves, such as moving apartments in Boston, hiring a small load moving company will generally be more affordable than shipping everything. And if you’re moving internationally, shipping is likely to be your only option. For long distance moves, including cross-country moves, it’s really a good idea to know what each option costs before making your decision.