WHAT IS A SMALL MOVE?
Small moving companies specialize in smaller loads. They consider any load that falls between 150lbs and 2,000lbs in weight as a small load, generally, items in a small apartment or studio are considered a small load. However, if the load is lighter than 150lbs and can be packed in one or two boxes, then it is called a parcel; if it is greater than 2,000lbs then it is considered a large move.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE MOVING SHIPMENT WEIGHT
If you have a small move, It is important for you to calculate the size of your shipment to avoid errors from shipping agents and to avoid surprises in your expenses. Let’s say for example you want to move a fridge, and the dimensions are as follows, 3ft x 2.5ft x 6 ft. that makes the volume of the fridge 45 cubic feet. If you know this, you can proceed by asking the shipping company what constants they use in calculating their charges. Some use 5lbs per cubic feet, which means that the estimated weight of your fridge is 225lbs. which is multiplying the volume of the fridge to the multiplying constant of the company.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SMALL MOVING COMPANIES
There are different types of small moving companies, they are different in function and the way they handle shipments, as we proceed, you will get to learn which once is the best fit for your type of shipment.
Blanket Wrap Small Moving Companies: Not to be confused with moving companies that move entire homes, this type of company wraps a padded moving blanket around your items, and there is no special packing for the item(s) being shipped. Your items are consolidated with other small moves until the truck is filled. Since there is no additional packing your cost is lower, however may be prone to loss or damage. This service is a good way to ship durable items and the best way if your moving under 300 miles.
Packing Stores: These normally consists of private packing companies, courier services and other private mailing companies. Items must be dropped off at a warehouse or a store, where they are packed by their employees. This service is great for shipments under 150 lbs., however customers could be stuck in the middle of two different companies if loss or damage occurs, since one company packs and another ships.
Packing & Shipping Companies: There are very few companies that run this type of small moving service, and Ship Smart is among the leaders in this category, they can pick up, custom pack and deliver your items to your doorstep, Ship Smart can also run an expedited doorstep delivery service which takes 1 week from pick up to delivery from anywhere in the country. They also take on the liability for your items from pick up to delivery. This type of small moving company is good for moving large, fragile or expensive items. Ship Smart can back up their professional packing service with an optional full coverage insurance policy for a 360-degree white glove service. The shortcoming is that it can take a longer time if you go with the default service and it is a bit pricey for parcels.
Container & DIY Services: Services in which containers are dropped off and loaded by the customers are not ideal for the average person with a small move. Most people do have the experience to properly pack these containers and end up accruing heavy amounts of damage. Secondly, if you do not fill the container you are not getting the most out of your dollar, and these services end up having the highest cost out of all the small movers.