Are you getting ready for a long-distance move? If so, you are probably doing a lot of reading in order to determine how you’re going to move your stuff from one place to another without breaking the bank in the meantime.
One of the most common questions that we get is regarding the differences between moving companies and moving brokers. What are the differences, and who are you going to want to go with so that you can get the resources necessary for your success and what it is that you want to be able to achieve with your move? In this article, we’re going to help you to better understand just what these specific differences are.
What Are The Important Differences to Consider?
There are a small handful of differences that you need to think about when it comes to the differences between moving companies and brokers. Here’s a quick look at some of the main differences that you want to think about.
A moving broker is exactly what – a broker, or a middleman, who is there to help you to connect with a variety of moving companies that they have relationships with. They are there to help you find the right company for your moving situation, based on distance, what’s being moved, and how you want to do things.
A moving company, on the other hand, is what you’ll come across more often. They are the companies that have their own moving vans, have a staff to execute the move, etc.
A moving broker is going to have staff members that know more about the process of finding a moving company. They are in more administrative and marketing roles, and they don’t do any of the labor that is involved with your actual move.
The professionals at the moving company, on the other hand, are doing the heavy lifting, so to speak. They’re the ones who will come with the van or truck, pack your items (if applicable), put the packed items into the vehicle, and drive the vehicle to its destination.
Marketing and Sales
Above all else, moving brokers are the ones who are marketing the moving companies that they are working with. They are salespersons, working to ensure that they can make the sale.
They’re very knowledgeable about the companies that they are working with and, as a result, they are going to be able to find a perfect match for your move, allowing you to accomplish your goals and to feel confident about what it is that is happening with your move. Think of them as the people who are making that connection and setting up appointments for you.
Moving companies are also involved in their marketing processes, but they are often less focused on the sales aspect. A lot of their marketing is focused on letting people know that they exist, and what services that they have to offer. They do want to make sales, of course, but their marketing is more subtle and they focus more on the work of moving people from place to place.
Connections and Resources
Moving companies have their own resources when it comes to letting you know what you can do in order to get settled in with your new community. But, more often than not, their resources and connections are fairly limited. They are helpful, but their main focus is the physical act of moving, and not all of the details surrounding it.
Moving brokers are a fountain of resources for a lot of reasons. Not only can they ensure that you’re getting things done the right way with the right moving company for your needs, but they are also there to ensure that you’re able to connect with other resources that you may need during your move. They can often help you to get your hands on what tools that you may need in order to make the packing and moving process easier.
An individual moving company is going to have set limits based on what their company is doing and how they do it. Some companies only do local moves, whereas others will only do long-distance moves. Those that do long-distance moves likely only do a certain distance, and may or may not be set up to do moves across the country or across multiple states. It depends on their resources, state licenses, etc.
Moving brokers have access to many different moving companies that they are working with. Because of that, they can help you to find a moving company for your move, no matter how far the distance may be. Above all else, they will have resources that can connect you with the right agency.
Who Should You Get Help From?
It all depends on what it is that you’re doing. There are a lot of questions that you’ll want to ask and, as you work out the details of the move in question, you’ll notice that there are a lot of ways that you could proceed. By asking the right questions and knowing what you are going to need in order to make that move easier on yourself, you will be that much closer to determining whether a company or a broker is going to be right for your moving needs.
Stress is something that happens a lot when it comes to moving and, with help from the right company, you know that you can have less stress and feel like you actually have control over what is going on with your move. You, ultimately, want a company or broker that is going to reduce the stress that you feel about the situation.
Take the time to do research and to seek out solutions related to what it is that you may want to do for your move. A broker can help you to work with companies in order to get the best cost and to ensure that you’ve got everything in order for your move, so it’s worth it to look at what they can do in order to assist you better and to help you to get what you need.