All about Moving Help
MovingHelp is a really cool program owned by Uhaul that connects consumers to movers. MovingHelp allows small local moving companies to easily get jobs without any advertising expenses. Typically customers find Moving help by first renting their truck on Uhaul. Customers will get asked if they need equipment and if they’ll need movers. If they need movers, Uhaul will take the customer to Movinghelp.com and let them pick from local moving helpers. I’m going to walk you through the 4 things to consider before Moving Help from MovingHelp.
There just isn’t a good way for moving companies to sync their schedule with Moving Help’s platform. So if you’re requesting within a week, or a few days, chances are your movers won’t be available (Although the platform will say they are). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, for your sake and the moving companies sake, when you book on MovingHelp, call your movers to confirm!
2. You get what you pay for
While you can find a lot of great companies on Uhaul’s Moving Help platform, you can also find a lot of inexperienced ones as well. If you and your cousin want to start making some extra money on the side, you can easily get on MovingHelp. All you need is a bank account.
I don’t have a problem with you and your cousin trying to make some extra money on the side—in fact, I respect it—but, there is a science to moving. It doesn’t just take muscle, it takes brains, experience, and spatial relations. You can’t just hire anyone off the street, or the kid next-door to move your belongings. Leave it to the professionals if you want it done right.
Moving companies that are labor-only are not required to carry insurance, and most moving helpers on MovingHelp are labor-only. If your moving help scratches some paint off the wall, or ding a wall, that’s not such a big deal. However, if your movers tear up your hardwood floors, break your door, or leave a hole in your wall, I imagine you’re not going to be too happy, and neither will your wallet. Some movers on MovingHelp carry general liability insurance to cover damages like these, most don’t. It’s worth looking into their insurance prior to booking your move.
Even though your moving help might not have insurance, you’re not at a total loss if your movers break something. By law, your movers have to provide basic valuation coverage ($.60/pound) for items broken or damaged, which is fine if they break your weight set, but if your helpers drop your 10-pound flat screen tv, $6.00 isn’t going to go too far. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a limitation of MovingHelp, most moving companies don’t provide full-valuation coverage. Scratch that, I don’t know a single company that provides it. Moving companies also aren’t insurance brokers, so you can’t just buy insurance for your move directly from them. If you’re wanting full-valuation coverage, I recommend getting a policy with Movinginsurance.com. They offer full value coverage for purchase from MovingInsurance.com. Rates start at $12 per $1,000 in coverage.
EDIT: MovingHelp now offers insurance in various states called Safeload. Moving Help Service Provider(s) are still not required to be insured, but you can purchase Safeload for additional coverage.
You can find some pretty affordable moving help on Uhaul’s platform, but you get what you pay for. Most professional moving companies charge between $40 and $60/hr/mover for labor. That being said, MovingHelp is also a very competitive marketplace that gives moving companies an opportunity to advertise their services without expenses, so their prices are worth checking out. However, you can expect to pay an additional 15% to cover MovingHelp’s cut. If you’re looking to save some money, we recommend hiring your moving company directly. Chances are you’ll get better customer service and pricing!
In my opinion, MovingHelp is a great platform that gives the little guy a chance against competitors, but it has its own obstacles to overcome. MovingHelp works really well… when it works. Ultimately you can avoid most of these problems by hiring a professional moving company directly. Honestly, the best way I’ve found for hiring local services is just by Googling “movers near me,” or looking on Google Maps. Have you hired movers from MovingHelp, or are you a moving company that has used their platform? Let me know about your experience in the comments below!