Braintree, MA (PressExposure) June 23, 2009 -- Nobody likes to move. And if youâre hiring a mover, thatâs just one more thing you want to get over with as soon as possible. Yet by doing a little calling around and finding a mover based on how much youâre moving and where to, you can save yourself a considerable amount of money and time.
âMost people donât realize thereâs more than one kind of mover. So, when itâs time to move, they probably go to the phone book or Internet and choose the first mover they come across. Usually thatâs going to be one of the larger movers. Thatâs fine if youâre moving a four-bedroom home. But if youâre moving less than a thousand pounds of stuff, for example your motherâs antique dresser and a few other pieces to your sister in Dallas, a large, national mover might not be the most cost-effective option,â said Joe Fell, co-owner of Boston Pack and Ship, a small load shipping specialist for the past two decades.
Typically, large moving companies charge by weight with a 1000 pound or 2500 pound minimum. Small load shipping specialists donât have minimums, but generally handle shipments of 1,000 pounds or less. So if youâre moving less than the large moverâs minimum, you may want to consider other, more cost-effective options.
Besides minimums, there are several other differences between the larger movers and small load shipping specialists:
â¢ Out of state moves â small load shippers strictly do out-of-state and international moves; large movers also offer local service within the same state. â¢ Estimates â small load shippers charge by the size of the shipment and where itâs going; movers charge by actual weight or a calculated weight based on the dimensions of your goods. â¢ Specialized packing services â many small load shippers offer custom crating and boxes, as well as higher-end technologies like foam-in-place packing. While larger movers offer packing, very few, if any offer foam in place packing or custom boxes for very delicate things like sculptures, large pieces of art, or delicate pieces of furniture. â â¢ Transit times â if youâre moving an entire house, then your move takes up the entire truck. For smaller shipments using small load shippers, they share space with other moves. Sharing space does bring the cost down, however it can affect the timing of your move. Small load shippers can help you control the timing but you often save a considerable amount of money if you can trade off time.
âWe work with a number of larger movers and if the move is smaller than their minimum or there is a fragile item that requires our packing expertise, theyâll refer the business to us. Many times, people think that they only have a small amount to ship. After speaking with them, we can determine that they are better suited for a large mover and we make the referral to the appropriate mover,â said Fell. âThe important thing for consumers to know is they do have options and to find the one that best suits their situation.â
Boston Pack and Ship specializes in moves of 1,000 pounds or less. In addition, it offers customized package and custom crate building services at its workshop in Braintree. For items like computer equipment, artwork and other fragile items, Boston Pack and Ship employs foam-in-place technology to âlockâ those items in place and limit movement within the package.
The breadth of Boston Pack and Shipâs relocation services includes:
- Small loads â with no minimum requirement; blanket-wrapping for fragile, delicate moves; full insurance available - Custom crates and packaging for computers, electronic instruments, prototypes, antiques and artwork. - State-of-the-art, foam-in-place solutions to protect valuables - Multiple U.S. and International shipping optionsâocean or airâto help lower costs - Door-to-door and door-to-port delivery with insurance available - On-time pickups by appointment
For more information, you can visit the company Web site at http://www.bostonpackandship.com. For a free quote on an out-of-state or international move or shipment, please call (800) 400-7204.