When You Don’t Need Pros – Moving Helpers to the Rescue

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When it comes to moving into a new house or apartment, who doesn’t want Helpers?

Frankly, I’d prefer to have someone come in during the middle of the night, wave a magic wand, so I’d wake up in my bed at my new place with everything unpacked and clean. I meant that
last sentence to describe magical moving fairies, but, upon reflection, it sounds a little like
breaking and entering, instead.

Oh well.

either way, unless magical means are involved, my wallet fails to support my lazy habits when it comes to moving. Still, I most certainly need some sort of assistance. That’s where Lift It Moving  and Storage Labor’s “Helpers” come into play.

What are Helpers?

Helpers aren’t professional movers.

In fact, the Helpers who show up to move your boxes may not have ever worked a move before. Hiring Helpers is like asking your friends to help you move without having to worry that one Saturday the helper will turn around and ask you to return the favor. Helpers provide whatever service is required – from packing to loading to unloading – at your direction.

Moving is a fairly physical activity. It requires muscle, endurance, and a strong back. Many people, especially as we age, lose the physical ability to move everything. That’s where Helpers can pitch in. If you need to move a heavy couch and need extra hands, hire a Helper. If you need to load or unload a storage unit, that’s another scenario where Helpers can make a big impact. Throughout the move, you will need to provide guidance and direction, especially when it comes to loading a moving van.

professional moversAt Lift It Moving and Storage, we background check all Helpers to ensure the people who walk through your living room don’t have a criminal background. The check is conducted upon hire and every seven years, thereafter. We check for information in all states where the person lived, so you can feel confident we’ve taken reasonable steps to ensure we work with standup individuals.

Helpers work on a per hour basis with various minimums. If you hire two Helpers, it’s a two-hour minimum. Three Helpers have a three-hour minimum, and one helper comes with a four-hour minimum. So, if you have three people working to unload your storage unit, and the job takes only two hours, the final bill will still reflect three hours. Now, if the job takes four hours, it changes things. The bill will reflect the agreed upon price for three hours, plus an additional hour at a per-hour rate.

Helpers receive workers compensation if they are injured on the job. When you are working with them, your home (the structure itself) is covered against damaged. However, because they are not professional movers, we are unable to cover damage to belongings.

What Helpers Are Not

Of course, in some situations, Helpers might not fit the bill.

Loading a moving van is part science, part art, and part experience. When you need to complete the complicated puzzle of fitting a dining room table into a moving van with a large-screen television and grandma’s antique bedroom furniture – all without ending up with nicked, scratched, or just plain broken items – it often takes someone who has done it before. Since there are no guarantees of experience with Helpers, Professional Movers may be a better solution for a three- to four-room house.

Just like Professional Movers, Helpers cannot move furniture over a balcony. It’s just unsafe and could damage the property. Also, Helpers have limitations when it comes to moving heavy items, like pool tables, gun safes, or pianos. In general, mention anything more than 300 pounds when you call in to schedule the move. These heavy items require an expertise to move. Therefore, when you call a local moving company, make sure to mention any heavy items. If you just need one more set of hands to move a hot tub, you can ask the Helpers to pitch in. These guys want to be helpful, so they will assess safety risks and physical limitations. If they can help, they will, but they have the right to decline, as well. That’s just to keep them, you, and the item safe.

Also, Helpers don’t come equipped with tools or dollies. From screwdrivers and hammers to two- and four-wheel dollies, you need to bring these necessities yourself. They are crucial to the move, so don’t forget them. Also, Helpers don’t bring blankets or padding – the unsung hero of moving. We recommend 12 blankets per room.

Helpers work great for small moves or moves with small budgets. They will arrive promptly, work hard, and pitch in wherever they can help. While they aren’t professional movers and require guidance throughout the move, Helpers come ready to take care of one of the hardest parts of your move – the lifting and carrying.

Have you worked with Helpers in a past move? How was the experience? Share it with us in the comments below.


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The Ultimate Moving Guide 101 – Part Four

Whether this is your first or your 10th time moving, we’ve simplified the options when it comes to moving your stuff. First, we showed you what kind of moving help fits your needs. Second, we advised you what kind of moving help you can get, either Labor Assistance or Full Service. Third, we showed you the average cost of moving annually in the United States. Here is part four of our Moving Guide 101.

It’s time to choose the right rental truck option for you. This is the most common type of move, you rent the truck, have a DIY move or have movers load and unload it for you.

As you already know, truck companies let you rent a vehicle in a facility near you. You load, drive, unload it and drive the truck back to another facility near your new home. You can move locally and long distance, but companies will charge you higher for long distance moves. Some companies charge you by mileage and others by daily cost with unlimited miles. For a truck rental, you pay on average around $155 for a local move, $225 for a short move, and $971 for a long-distance move.

The most common rental truck companies are U-Haul, Penske , and Budget . Usually customers contact them by phone or online. You can determine what truck size to get based on the amount of rooms you will be moving. Hand trucks and furniture pads are available to rent also.

Tows for your vehicles are available with some truck companies. You may also get packing supplies in their facilities. Keep in mind, some hardware stores will sell them for a lower price. You can also get them at our website and they will be shipped right to your doorstep if that’s convenient for you.

We did a little research for you and hopefully this will help you determine the average cost of what you would be paying for each truck rental company.


There are more than 15,000 U-Haul locations in the U.S. U-Haul is the most known rental truck company. Most likely, someone you know has rented a U-Haul truck at some point in their life. U-Haul offers trucks, trailers, towing, cargo vans, pickups and U-Box containers.

You can pick up just about anything you need for the move at U-Haul. This is convenient for those wanting to get all the moving materials ready before the move. U-Haul’s online service can be frustrating and it’s better for you to contact a representative over the phone to help you.

The preferred pick up location you choose might not be the one you travel to. If U-Haul ends up changing things on you, they will pay $50 for the inconvenience.

U-Haul truck sizes they offer are: 10’, 15’, 17’, 20’, 24’, and 26’.

U-HAUL- 10’ ft. trucks $19.95 + .79c per mile
15’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
17’ ft. trucks $29.95 + .79c per mile
20’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
24’ $39.95 + .79c per mile
26’ $39.95 + .79c per mile

U-HAUL Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $121
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $335
Long Distance 250+ mi= $1,053


Penske has about 1,000 or more locations nationwide. Penske logistics provider and small size, makes a more personalized company and overall great customer service. Agents are willing to provide discounts for services, and if you request a reservation online, you get an online discount.

Penske has a great 24/7 roadside assistance team. Their online site offers plenty of road safety information, moving supplies, discounts, moving help and more.

The perks of Penske are their discounts, (you have to look for them), their guaranteed pick up location and same day rentals. Due to its smaller company size, they pay a lot of close attention to their customers. Penske offers unlimited miles but additional rental days will cost you $50 or more.

Penske truck sizes are: 12’ – 16’ – 22’ – 26’.

PENSKE- 12’ ft. truck $108
16’ truck $108
22’ truck $161.10
26’ truck $161.10

Penske Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $205
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $355
Long Distance 250+ mi. = $1,195


Not only does Budget offer car rental service but truck rentals as well. Budget is a small, 1,700+ location company throughout the U.S. This company offers lots of special discounts that will bring down costs.

Budget’s online system is a little confusing but you can reserve online which is convenient. Unfortunately they only offer three truck sizes and some may not be available in your area. Due to its smaller size trucks, Budget may be practical for smaller moves if that’s the type of move you’re looking for. Budget guarantees your pick up location and that makes the move planning go more efficiently.

Budget Truck Sizes are: 10’, 16’, and 24’.

10’ truck = $46 + .25 cents per mile
16’ truck= $55 + .25 cents per mile
24’ truck = $99 +.25 cents per mile

Budget Local Rates Average
Local under 50 miles = $162
Medium move 50-250 mi. = $254
Long Distance 250+ mi.= $886

If you are comparing U-Haul, Penske and Budget, in the end it really comes down to what you feel the most comfortable with. You have to decide whether you should go for the company that offers what you’re looking for whether it’s pricing, customer service, or one that fits your moving needs. Give us a call for your next moving labor needs.

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