Understanding Labor-Only Moving: Everything You Need to Know

Understanding Labor-Only Moving: Everything You Need to Know

For most people, moving may be a challenging and stressful experience. There are many reasons why it might be hard to move, including the physical work required to pack and transfer goods, the emotional attachment we have to our homes and possessions, and the practicalities and difficulty of locating and obtaining a new place to live. Lucky for you, we are already living in the 21st century. In other words, there are numerous ways to make your relocation much smoother and more accessible, like hiring All Out Movers to help you with your move. 

However, a full-service move may not be for you due to preferences or particular restrictions. Fortunately, moving companies – like All Out Movers – can offer an alternative service that’s much cheaper than a traditional service: a labor-only move. 

What is a labor-only move?

A labor-only move also referred to as a “labor-only moving service” or “labor-only relocation,” is a specific moving service in which a moving company sends out a team of movers to help with the actual physical labor of packing, loading, unloading, and moving. However, traditionally, the customer is still responsible for providing moving trucks or containers. But, All Out Movers takes the stress away from you having to schedule your truck or container by offering to do that for you as well as handling all the logistics for your move. If you are one of those people that want to schedule your own truck and have little to no idea about truck sizes, you can check out our previous blog Choosing The Right Size Truck For Your Move

But you may be wondering, what’s the key difference between a labor-only move and a traditional full-service moving service? Continue reading to find out!

Labor-only vs. Full-service moving

Two of the most popular moving services are labor-only moves and full-service moves, which are offered to help make the process simpler. Both kinds of moving services can assist you in moving your possessions from one location to another. Still, before choosing which type of service to choose, you should be aware of some significant distinctions between the two.

A labor-only move refers to a service that focuses on only getting your stuff from one point to another. That’s basically it. This means you are in charge of the other stuff left to do before and after the moving company does its job, including packing and disassembling any furniture and other bulky goods. All Out Movers labor-only option, on the other hand, will facilitate any needs you may have as well as handle all packing/unpacking any or all items needed plus disassembling/reassembling of any furniture and other bulky goods. 

Meanwhile, a full-service move is where a moving company handles everything from beginning to end. This includes supplying the moving truck or container, packing and loading the client’s possessions, managing all aspects of the move’s logistics, and transporting the client’s controls to their new location. Additionally, full-service movers take care of all the required paperwork, licenses, and other logistical requirements. The advantage of using All Out Movers is that no matter you choose their labor-only or full-service option, they will make your moving experience as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

There are benefits and drawbacks to both labor-only and full-service moves. When choosing the kind of moving service to determine, it’s critical to consider your specific needs and of course, budget. A labor-only move can be your best option if you want greater control over your relocation and feel confident handling the logistics yourself. A full-service move can be the best alternative if you want something more practical and are willing to spend a little extra on it. 

Why should and shouldn’t you choose a Labor-Only Move


  • Practical: For those trying to cut costs on their move, a labor-only move may be a more cost-effective choice. Customers can frequently save money by providing their moving truck or container instead of renting one from a full-service moving company.
  • Control: Customers that opt for labor-only moving have more control over their relocation. Customers can select the truck or container that best suits their needs and budget instead of relying entirely on a moving company, and they can also take care of packing and loading their possessions if they so want.
  • Flexible: With a labor-only relocation, customers can pick the day and time of the move and make changes to the moving schedule as necessary, giving them greater flexibility.


  • Time-consuming: Because the customer is in charge of managing all the logistics of the move, such as acquiring permits, organizing the route, and navigating through traffic, a labor-only move may take longer than a full-service move.
  • Stressful: The customer must also handle the entire packing, loading, and unloading of their possessions, which can be challenging and time-consuming, particularly for large or fragile things, objects that need to be disassembled, or items that require special treatment.
  • Risky: If the customer is inexperienced with moving, there is a higher chance that they will break or damage objects during the transfer and be held liable for any damages.
  • Insurance: Since the moving company will not be liable for any damages, customers who opt for labor-only moving must ensure that their insurance will cover any accidents or injuries that may happen during the move.

Important points to consider

To ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and that you are happy with the service you receive, there are some crucial considerations to consider when thinking about a labor-only moving service. Before using a labor-only moving service, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Reputation

The moving firm’s reputation is among the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a labor-only moving service. That’s why choosing All Out Movers for all of your relocation needs is your best bet. Research the business and read reviews from former clients to obtain a sense of the caliber of service they offer. Verify the business’s insurance and licensing. Knowing you will have some coverage in any damage or accidents will give you peace of mind. 

Also read: How to Spot and Avoid Moving Scammers

  1. Availability

Confirm that the moving service will be available on the day and time you need them. Planning and scheduling the relocation well in advance is vital because certain moving firms may be fully booked during busy moving seasons.

  1. Scope of service

Confirm your understanding of the services that will be rendered and your obligations. Make sure you and the movers are on the same page by explaining your expectations clearly.

  1. Cost

Last and definitely not least is the cost of the service. Ensure to obtain a precise and thorough estimate of the labor-only moving service’s price, considering other expenses like taxes, fuel, and tolls. To evaluate which choice is the most cost-effective for you, compare the cost of the labor-only moving service to the price of a full-service move.

In conclusion, if you want to relocate on a budget choosing All Out Movers for full-service or labor-only moving services will be a beneficial choice. But before choosing which moving option is right for you, it is crucial to weigh all the relevant factors. To decide which option is best for you, compare the costs of a labor-only move to a full-service move and do your research on the reputation of the moving company. You should also plan the logistics of the move, make sure you have adequate insurance, and be clear about the scope of services provided. All Out Movers offers both full-service and labor-only moves. Give us a call (+1 775 315-9840) and request a quote now!

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November 25, 2023

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