To Rent or Not to Rent

Our services fit into three categories: full service, labor only, and packing.

Of those three options our labor only services are the most versatile. Whether it’s moving items within in your home, loading a truck for a cross-country move or moving locally, our labor only services can work for you. Without the truck, the hourly rate is a bit lower and subsequently, it tends to seem like the more economical option.

That said, the cost difference between labor only and full service may not be as large as you’d expect and when you consider all of the factors associated with the two options. You may even find yourself convinced that the little bit extra in cost is well worth the peace of mind and convenience.

Cost

When comparing full service to labor only, there is the potential to save 10 – 20% in overall cost depending on the size and type of moving vehicle, length of rental, and the need for additional equipment. With our full-service option, all equipment to move your items safely and efficiently is included (dollies, basket trucks and bungee cords). With most truck rentals, no moving equipment is included free of cost.

Winner: Labor Only. Unless you’re needing to keep the truck overnight for some reason. Renting your own truck will almost always be cheaper.

Risk

With decreased cost, comes increased risk. You become responsible for the vehicle and safely driving your items from one location to another to be loaded and unloaded.

Additionally, when renting from U-Haul or Budget a reservation is only an acknowledgement of preference. If they no longer have your requested vehicle type and size when you arrive to pick up your rental, you may end up with a larger truck. This can lead to parking issues, a more stressful driving experience, and, without the proper tie-down materials, can mean a more dangerous situation for your items in transit.

Winner: Full Service. Without any real guarantee, labor only has several risks when compared to a full-service option.

Convenience

With the full-service option, there’s less to keep track of. You place a deposit, reserve time on our calendar and your time is guaranteed. Having that time set aside will give you the peace of mind needed to focus on the other aspects of moving. You no longer need to worry about driving and taking care of the vehicle or your items because our drivers have done tens of thousands of moves with our standard 26’ box trucks.

Winner: Full Service. As you might expect, the slightly more expensive option is the most convenient.

For the sake of understanding, we’ve laid out a price comparison for a move from Richfield to Eagan, based on our average service length of 3.25 hours:

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In the end, both options have their pros and cons. One is not necessarily better than the other. The best option will vary depending on preference and situation. Our only hope is that with this information you can better evaluate your moving needs and make the decision process as simple and stress free as possible.

Stories from the Field: US Bank Stadium

There’s no doubt you’ve heard about our Minnesota Vikings’ new home, US Bank Stadium.  Located in downtown Minneapolis, the stadium will not only host Super Bowl LLI, but hundreds of other events between now and then.  From spectacular concerts to large trade shows.  For anyone that’s been involved in organizing such an event, you are no stranger to the amount of set-up work that comes along with it.

Earlier this month, the stadium was host to the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique where over 60 businesses set up booths to showcase their brand and get a start on the holiday shopping season.  A lucky pair of our Muscle Movers got to help set up for the festive event.  Needless to say, our movers, Matt and Connor, were not only excited to help but also to see the new stadium for the first time.

While they were only hired to help set up one booth, it was no small task.  The booth was impressive not only in size, but in style as well.  Rustic wood panels were moved to the booth are and set up to create a barn; a unique shopping environment for customers.  Certainly something you would not expect to see within the modern stadium setting.  The best part? The booth had a clear view out onto the field.  On that beautiful moving day, the field was so amazing; our movers couldn’t help but take a photo before heading out after a job well done.

Our Muscle Movers always work hard to get the job done, but when the move brings you to such an unbelievable setting like the new US Bank, if definitely makes for a memorable experience.