Labor-Only Moving Companies: Everything You Need To Know

Labor-Only Moving Companies: Everything You Need To Know

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So, you’re prepping for a move and don’t need the help of full-service movers. But, the thought of moving completely DIY is overwhelming. If this dilemma sounds familiar, you may want to consider a labor-only moving company.

These companies typically cost less and are tailored to your specific needs. You can pick and choose from their list of services for personalized moving help. Keep reading for a walk-through of everything you need to know about labor-only moving companies!

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What Is A Labor-Only Moving Company?

Labor-only moving companies differ from full-service moving companies in that they handle select aspects of the move, rather than taking care of everything from start to finish. Labor-only moving companies offer a variety of services, and you can pick and choose which ones you want to use. The main thing to note about labor-only moving companies is that they offer just that—only labor. No trucks, tools, or materials. So make sure you consult with a company representative before booking to confirm what is included in their services.

What Can Labor-Only Movers Do For Me?

Think of moving as a five-part process: packing, loading the truck, driving to the new location, unloading, and unpacking. Labor-only moving companies offer help with any part of the process other than transportation. 

If you’re very busy in the weeks leading up to the move, but you feel comfortable with heavy lifting, you can hire movers to pack your items for you, and do the rest of the move yourself. If you feel comfortable packing your items, but can’t do the heavy lifting, labor-only movers can help by loading and unloading the truck for you. 

Maybe all you need is someone to assemble or disassemble your furniture. Whatever your moving needs are, labor-only moving companies offer the flexibility to help, while not overcharging you for services you don’t need. 

With labor-only moving help, you’re in control. Everything is catered to your needs. The movers can help as little or as much as you want them to.

How Much Will Labor-Only Moving Helpers Cost Me?

Labor-only moving companies are significantly cheaper than full-service movers. The exact cost depends on which services you decide to use and the size of your home. Typically, labor-only moving companies have an hourly rate per mover. 

Since labor-only companies don’t provide a truck, you’ll have to factor in the cost of a rental truck. U-Haul and Penske are both good, affordable options for renting a truck. 

While tipping is not a requirement, it’s a great way to show your movers you appreciate their hard work. If you want to tip your movers, don’t forget to factor this into the cost of your move. If you aren’t sure how this works, we provide a helpful guide for tipping movers

You can use our move estimator to get a better idea of how much it will cost to move with UniMovers. These costs are just estimates, but they can give you a clearer picture of what moving with UniMovers looks like.

What Are The Advantages?

The biggest advantage to a labor-only moving company is that it’s tailored to what you need. You can pick and choose a combination of services or just one thing that you specifically want help with. 

The lower cost is also a big advantage of labor-only movers. Full-service movers can cost thousands of dollars. So if you’re on a budget, labor-only help is the way to go. 

Finally, you remain in control of your move and your belongings. With labor-only movers, gone are the days of wondering where your belongings are and praying you have enough underwear to last you until the movers finally arrive.

Labor-Only Moving Helpers Near Me

UniMovers has locations in Iowa, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Specifically, we have locations in:

  • Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Dubuque
  • Forest City
  • Iowa City
  • Chapel Hill
  • Charlotte
  • Cary
  • Durham
  • Raleigh
  • Wilmington
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Rock Hill
  • Summerville

If you aren’t in one of these locations but are nearby, we can come to you. You can use our travel fee calculator to determine what the extra cost will be.


Hiring labor-only moving helpers can be a great middle ground between full-service companies and being completely on your own. It can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with moving without breaking the bank. 

UniMovers offers a wide range of services, helping with any aspect of your move, other than transportation. We can help with packing, loading, and unloading the truck, and assembling and disassembling furniture. 

A big advantage of hiring labor-only helpers is the lower cost compared to full-service movers. Because you can pick and choose which services you would like to use, you don’t have to worry about paying for services you don’t need.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, check out our full list of services.

Hannah Boland is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is studying writing and criminology with plans to go into a Journalism career. In her free time she enjoys surfing, kayaking, and being out in nature.