Hybrid Moving is when you rent a truck/trailer/container and hire our movers solely to load/unload it.
Since you are just paying for our labor and not our truck and equipment; this method of moving dramatically reduces the cost of your move, especially when you are moving long distance! When hiring us or anyone to load your furnishings into any truck/trailer/container for transport there are some needed materials to ensure your items don't get damaged:
Plastic Stretch Wrap
Moving Grade Rope/Ratchet Straps
THERE IS LITERALLY NO WAY TO SAFELY MOVE FURNITURE WITHOUT THE PROPER AMOUNT OF THESE LISTED SUPPLIES!
You cannot just load your furniture into a moving truck and expect everything to arrive at your destination without dents, dings or scratches. Well, at least not without appropriate furniture protection. Too many of our customers ignore our advice about the importance of moving blankets and risk serious damage to their furniture during transit. Let's be clear, quality furniture pads are one of the most important ingredients of a successful move and should be regarded as a top priority. Ironically, many people spend thousands of dollars to relocate their home but skimp on furniture protection and end up ruining many items in the process.
'Furniture protection' is a broad term that refers to some sort of blanket or padding that can be used to protect your furniture. They may be referred to as moving blankets, furniture pads, furniture quilts and furniture blankets.
HOW MANY WILL I NEED?
Every move will have unique circumstances that may increase or decrease the quantity of blankets required. The best recommendation we can provide is one dozen pads for every 5ft of space; if you are unsure remember that MORE is always better than LESS! Modifications to our recommendation should be made in the following situations:
MORE: If you are moving with a semi tractor-trailer. These trailers have an increased probability for damage due to their suspension
MORE: If your household goods contain mostly furniture, especially antique, high end or dark wood
MORE: When you have a lot of glass, fragile items, mirrors and similar
LESS: If you are moving mostly boxes, bins or containers
The table below shows our recommended quantity of furniture pads based on the size of your truck or storage container.
Truck Size / # of Pads Recommended
10-12 Ft / 24 (2/dz)
14-16 Ft / 36 (3/dz)
17-20 Ft / 48 (4/dz)
22-26 Ft / 60-72 (5/dz-6dz)
28 Ft / 72-84 (6/dz-7/dz)
30-35 Ft 84-96 (7/dz-8/dz)
36-40 Ft 96-108 (8/dz-9/dz)
41-53 Ft 108-120 (9/dz-10/dz)
OKAY, SO WHERE DO I GET THEM?
This all depends on the type of transportation you have chosen for your move. Let's look at the three most common types of transportation and storage for DIY moving:
RENTED MOVING TRUCK
The three largest truck rental companies, Budget Truck Rental, Penske Truck Rental and U-Haul, offer furniture blankets rental when you are also renting a truck. This is by far the most affordable and convenient option. Also note, U-Haul actually rents blankets even if you aren't renting their truck. In my professional opinion U-Haul offers the most bag for your buck when it comes to furniture pads and even if you are rent your truck elsewhere, I strongly suggest you rent your blankets through them.
STORAGE CONTAINERS (PODS/Packrat/Ect.)
Unfortunately, very few portable storage companies offer furniture blanket rental. You should check with your storage container company to see if they offer pad rental. If not, you'll most likely have to buy moving blankets or use an alternative, both are discussed further below.
MOVING TRAILER ('YOU LOAD, WE DRIVE')
None of the moving services in this category offer furniture blanket rental. If you are using a company that provides a 28' trailer, such as ABF U-Pack, Estes or Old Dominion, you will have to buy your own pads. If you are moving with Broadway Express, which provides a 53' truck, you will be happy to learn that they provide moving blankets with their truck at no additional cost.
DO I REALLY NEED THEM?
Quality furniture protection is important, we cannot stress that enough. If renting or buying pads is not an option for you then there are some other options to explore.
Cardboard: By breaking down cardboard boxes and using them to cover furniture you can provide adequate protection. Depending on the size of your move you may need quite a few boxes but it will work. Make sure you also have a razor blade, shrink wrap and tape to ensure the boxes stay put once placed
Blankets & Towels: When you are really in a pinch you can take refuge in your linen closet. Although most of these items will end up dirty at your destination they will work as a last resort. Use larger blankets and thick towels for the most important pieces