Should I Use a 'You Load, We Drive' Moving Trailer to Move?

Using a Moving Trailer for Long Distance Moves

As we've previously reviewed, you have three primary transportation and storage options when it comes to a do-it-yourself move: A rented moving truck, a portable storage container (POD), or a 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer. Today we are going to discuss the 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer option, helping you understand what this transportation option entails, how it works, and when a moving trailer should be used for your move.

Still not sure what transportation and storage option


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How Big are Moving PODs, Rental Trucks and Freight Trailers?

How Big is a Moving POD and Moving Truck

If you are planning a do-it-yourself move, you are likely going to rent a moving POD container, moving truck or freight trailer to transport and store your items. But did you know that each option can have many different size variations? Size options vary from company to company; some only have one size option while others may have five or more. We've created this nifty moving guide to help you determine what size options are available from popular portable storage (POD), rental truck and


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Finding the Best Deals on Furniture Blankets, Paper Pads and Quilts

Find Affordable Furniture Blankets and Pads for Moving

Over the years we have covered the topic of furniture pads pretty extensively. Recently, there have been some updates worthy of reporting, notably their affordability, which has prompted us to write another blog.

Until recently, furniture protection was not readily available to the general public unless you were willing to shell out big bucks. The majority of the lower cost options, such as paper pads and textile blankets (discussed below), were only available online and they were far more


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Summer Moving Tips for 2013 - Book Early for Peak Demand Dates

Do-it-yourself moving tips for the summer

The 2013 moving season looks to be one of the busiest in years. Home values are increasing, sales are rebounding, employers are hiring, the economy is recovering and competition in the moving industry is driving down relocation costs.

Planning ahead is the best way to make sure your move goes smoothly. Hire your movers and reserve your rental truck or portable storage unit as far in advance as possible. Be aware of your moving dates - do they fall at the end or beginning of the month? On a


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How to Save Money During a Move

How to save money when moving

Moving can be exciting, but it can also be plain annoying. You have to physically move yourself, your family and your belongings, but that’s not even the half of it. You have to change your address on your credit card and bank accounts, not to mention magazine subscriptions, newspaper delivery and anything else that comes to your house. You also have to move your TV, Internet and phone services to your new place, which usually means taking a day off from work. It’s a huge hassle that can


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Tips for Packing and Moving Delicate Furniture

How to pack fragile itemsAh, moving day. It’s exciting, stressful, exhausting and usually holds a surprise or two. One surprise you never want to experience when you move is for a delicate piece of furniture to get damaged or broken. Sturdy items like outdoor patio furniture can typically be loaded directly onto a rented moving truck without much concern, but antiques, fine woods, art and items with many connecting pieces need care and planning to ensure they arrive to your new home in good condition.

Make moving


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How to Protect your Floors and Carpet on Moving Day

Protect flooring on moving dayMoving can be incredibly stressful which is why it is important to keep a checklist of everything you may need on moving day. One item that is often overlooked is floor protection, how will you protect your floors from damage or dirt? It's true, many vanlines will provide floor protection, but self moves are a completely different story. When hiring moving labor (movers to load or unload) the task of protecting the floors is usually yours. To help you adequately prepare flooring we have


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Simple Self Moving Tips from our Newest Employee

Things I Learned About RelocationSometimes it's not so easy for long term employees and industry professionals to think like a customer. After all, our job is to know everything there is to know about the self moving industry. From moving labor to self move planning and transportation solutions, it is our job to be experts. While this can be a great thing, it can also hinder our ability to see the relocation process from a customers point of view.

This has never been more apparent than this past week when our newest employee


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DC Movers: Affordable Movers in the DC Area

DC movers and moving laborThe DC metropolitan area is home to 5.58 million people with arguably the strongest economy in the nation. Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia are home to many large and thriving companies, from defense companies like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to hotel and travel companies like Marriott and Hilton. In addition to the areas impressive list of company headquarters, the Washington Metropolitan Area is also the location of many government agencies and non-profits. It's no wonder why the


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Top 6 Reasons to Hire Moving Labor

Top 6 Reasons to Hire Moving LaborYou are in the process of planning a do-it-yourself move and are wondering, "Should I hire movers to help?" The answer will be different for each person, based primarily upon your unique situation. To help you decide we are going to look at the top 6 reasons to hire moving labor.

  1. Moving is way harder than it looks. Most people are completely overwhelmed on moving day because they didn't realize how much stuff they had, especially if it has been a while since your last move. Moving is

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Rental Truck Fuel Calculator

Rental trucks are a great way to relocate for both local and long distance moves but you will want to keep an watchful eye on your budget. Although great options for self moves the fact remains that rental trucks have never been synonymous with fuel economy. Ten years ago that may not have mattered, but today fuel prices seem to rise almost daily. So how do you know how much money you should expect to pay for gas? Luckily for you, we have created a nifty rental truck fuel calculator to help.


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How to Find Affordable and Reusable Moving Boxes and Moving Supplies

Affordable and Reusable Moving SuppliesIf you have started to plan a move you may have a lot of unanswered questions. At least one of those questions is likely about moving boxes and supplies - Where do you purchase them and which companies have the best deal? Luckily for you, we are not like 99% of other relocation companies and we will not redirect you to an overpriced moving supply website just to earn a few bucks. Instead, we put far more emphasis on helping you solve two very urgent issues:

  • First, how do you locate the best

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Florida Dominates Top 10 Turnaround Housing Markets

Florida Housing Market is UncertainBack in October we blogged about the "2011 Best and Worst Housing Markets" as published by Business Week. We were blown away when we read that Florida accounted for 17 of the top 25 spots on the worst housing markets list which surely meant certain doom for the state. Well, as we have reviewed before, sometimes it's all about how you analyze the data. Only four months after dominating the worst housing market list Florida has made headlines again, this time on CNBC's "Top 10 Turnaround Towns".


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Tips for Executing a Low Stress Local Move

Moving is something all of us will have to do at some point in our lives. But did you know that this activity is considered to be the third most stressful life event, according to the Employee Relocation Council? There are a few aspects of moving that have earned it a top 3 spot, and you can remedy almost all of them before they affect your health.

Lack of preparation is the main cause of moving stress. Whether you've chosen the wrong Realtor, put off packing until the last minute or didn’t


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What Supplies or Equipment Should I Provide for my Self Move?

Moving equipment necessary for a do-it-yourself move

You can always count on our movers to provide standard moving equipment, this includes a hand truck (a dolly for boxes), floor dolly (flat for furniture) and standard tools. However, depending on the type of services we are providing for you it may be necessary to obtain moving supplies or other moving equipment to help us complete your move successfully.

Take a look at the moving equipment we provide.

Load Services

  • Furniture Pads: It is necessary for us to have pads/quilts during a load

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Top 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wage Increases

Since the recession began in 2008 it seems like most news has been negative, especially when related to the economy, housing or employment. This week however, the Payscale Index released the top 10 cities which experienced the largest increase in wage growth in the private sector. The report notes that the rankings are based on the fourth quarter of 2010 through the fourth quarter of 2011.

After reviewing the numbers we are delighted to see such diversity in the rankings. No single state, region


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What Size Rental Truck Do I Need?

How to choose rental truck sizesFor your upcoming move you have decided to rent a moving truck but have no clue what truck size you should get - Sound like you? If you search the web you will find many references and opinions, some extremely generic (14' will move 1-2 bedrooms) and others offering a more advanced opinion (12 ft. truck = 450 cu. ft.). The problem, we believe at least, lies in the interpretation of information provided - 1-2 bedrooms may mean something completely different in Arizona than in New York City.


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Moving Labor in the Washington DC Area

Washington DC Moving LaborWhether you're moving into, out of or locally within the Washington D.C. area we hope you will consider hiring our movers. Not because we're the cheapest (although we are very affordable), but because our movers are trained professionals with a proven track record in the DC area. We have been providing moving labor services in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area since 2004, much longer than any other moving labor company in the area. Our movers are clean cut, polite and experts at


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Moving Labor Compared to Full Service Moving for Local Moves

It seems like more and more people these days are choosing a self move option for their long distance relocation, and who can blame them? Self moving options are reliable, flexible, customizable and most importantly affordable. But self moves are not solely for those moving long distance, there are many affordable moving options for local moves too. The bottom line is that local moves are going to cost less than long distance moves, regardless of whether or not you move yourself or hire a full


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Make Moving Affordable With Moving Labor Discounts

Like Elite Moving Labor<sup>TM</sup> on FacebookWe love saving money and we would be willing to bet that you do to. That's why we felt compelled to tell you about our two new, super easy and unrestricted discount offers. Simply "Like" us on Facebook or add us to your Circles on Google+ and save $5 on any of our services. And because these offers don't have any restrictions you can redeem both to save $10 on any service. These discounts may not be huge money savers but let's face it, redeeming either (or both) of these offers probably won't


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