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Hybrid Move: Save Money and Hire Moving Labor

Posted: January 16, 2024
Two moving labor providers help load furniture into a U-Haul cargo van. A woman hired Moving Helpers to complete the load and unload portion of her hybrid move.

When it comes to moving, you probably think of a do-it-yourself move where you do all the work but save money, or you hire a full-service company to do all the work for you, but the process will light your budget on fire. Enter: A hybrid move.

A hybrid move is where you get to choose what parts of the move you want to complete, and what parts of a move professional labor-only providers complete for you. You get expert help but at an affordable cost.

The Moving Help® Marketplace is an online Marketplace where you can find moving labor to help create a hybrid move. This article will explain what a hybrid move is, why you should consider one, and compare the costs and benefits of hybrid moves with full-service moving options.

What Is a Hybrid Move?

A hybrid move is where you combine some DIY moving aspects with some professional moving labor. You can save some money without needing to do all the work yourself.

For example, you can save money by packing your belongings yourself, but you can pay for labor-only Service Providers to load and unload your belongings safely and securely that way you don’t have to do the heavy lifting yourself.

The best part is you get to choose where you need help — at the loading destination or at the unloading destination — and control how much help you need.

If your moving budget allows for extra help but not enough money for a full-service move, you can pay for what you absolutely need.

For example, the most common service used with Moving Help is two helpers for two hours for loading or unloading. This service will cost you on average about $152. In these two hours, you could have your Moving Helpers move your heaviest or most difficult items that you can’t move yourself.

Benefits of Hybrid Moves

You can receive many benefits and value when you choose a hybrid move option such as:

  • Cost savings: A DIY move could cost between $1,000-$4,000, a hybrid move could cost between $2,000-$7,000, and a full-service move could cost between $3,000-$10,000, according to You can pay for the help you only need, which means you can control how much money you spend on the moving services you need.
  • Flexibility: You get to choose the time of day (morning, afternoon, evening) and the date(s) you need help. You also decide which Service Provider you want to hire for your move.
  • Professionalism: The Moving Help Marketplace has been around since 2002. Moving Help has completed more than 5 million jobs and has more than 2.5 million reviews.
  • Control of your move: You’re in control of your move and your belongings. You don’t have to worry about your belongings being held hostage since you will be present for your job and will handle the transportation of your items. If you only need help with moving heavy items, you can let your providers know prior to moving day.
  • Value: Our Service Providers are local moving labor teams who work as small-business owners within their community. The providers are responsible for your satisfaction as the customer. Customers don’t release the Payment Code until the job is completed. You can learn more about how to use a Payment Code.
  • Experience: Some of our labor-only providers have hundreds to thousands of reviews from customers just like you who’ve shared their experiences with that specific provider. You also don’t have to worry about injuring or causing stress to yourself and others because our moving labor teams have the experience to get the job done right.
A young woman strains her back from having to lift all her heavy moving boxes by herself. When you hire moving labor Service Providers from the Moving Help Marketplace, you can avoid having to do the heavy lifting yourself, which removes the chances of physical injury or stress.

How Hybrid Moves Work With Moving Help

You can begin your hybrid moving experience by visiting You can book your order with Moving Help in 5 easy steps.

Step 1: Enter Your Moving Details

Enter your address, service date, and start time for Location 1. If you have a second location, enter your details for Location 2.

Step 2: Choose the Moving Services You Need

You can figure out what services you need. We recommend choosing loading or unloading as this service is the most physically active part of your move and the most common service booked with Moving Help. You can select hourly services such as:

  • Loading/unloading
  • Packing/unpacking
  • Cleaning services

You also can select specialty services such as:

  • Piano moving
  • Gun safe moving

By selecting the services you need, you can find the Service Providers who fit your needs. For example, if you need packing, loading, and piano moving services, you can filter the providers who offer those specific services.

Step 3: Evaluate Prices and Customer Reviews

You can analyze hourly rates among the labor-only providers along with reading the feedback from customer reviews. Once you find a provider who fits your needs, who’s highly rated with their reviews, and meets your budget, you can proceed to book the provider’s services.

Step 4: Enter Quote Details

You’ll enter the following information:

  • Customize your price quote
  • Address details
  • Service information

Step 5: Confirm Your Order

You’ll enter the following information:

  • Review your prices
  • Enter billing information
  • Enter payment information

Then, you’ll click on the “Confirm Order” button to complete the process of booking an order with Moving Help.

Comparing Hybrid Moves vs. Full-Service Moves

Hybrid moves and full-services moves are similar but also different. Full-service moves have pros and cons attached to them as well.

Below are some distinctions between a hybrid move using labor-only providers from Moving Help and using a full-service moving company.

ServicesHybrid MoveFull-Service Move
TrucksYou can use a truck rental with U-Haul.A full-service moving company will provide a rental truck.
Portable storage containersYou can use U-Box storage containers with U-Haul and Moving Help.A full-service company will provide portable storage containers.
DrivingNo for truck rentals, but yes for U-Box containersYes
Loading and unloadingYesYes
Packing or unpackingYesYes
Piano movingYesYes
Gun safe movingYesYes
Heavy furnitureYesYes
Control of your itemsYesNo

At the end of the day, a hybrid move will be less expensive than a full-service move.

Transportation for Your Belongings

With Moving Help, you’ll need to figure out how to transport your belongings. Our Moving Helpers don’t provide vehicles, but you have other options to transport your items.

You can use a truck rental with U-Haul.

You can use a U-Box storage container with U-Haul as well. With the U-Haul U-Box containers, you can choose U-Haul to deliver and return them, you can pick them up and return them yourself, or you can have your Moving Helper deliver, load or unload, and return them.

Either of these two options will work, you’ll need to decide which one is best.

5 Tips for Minimizing Expenses

When it comes to your hybrid move, you have 5 ways to help save money on your total bill.

  1. Pack your belongings yourself: While it’s easier to pay someone to pack for you, it can get expensive quickly.
  1. Be ready on moving day: If you’re not ready on moving day, you’ll waste your time and money, and your moving labor team waiting for you to finish packing to begin loading your items.
  1. Account for stairs: It’ll take your moving labor team more time to move your belongings out of or into your home when you have a two-story home vs. a one-story home.
  1. Distance to transportation: Like stairs, the closer you can load or unload your belongings to your truck rental or portable storage container, the less time it’ll take for you to move.
  1. Notify your provider about specialty or heavy items: If you have a piano, gun safe, or heavy furniture, notify them ahead of time so they can be prepared, and you can make sure you’ve paid for all the necessary services.

Hire Moving Labor for Your Hybrid Move

Most people don’t want to complete all the work themselves or pay a fortune for someone else to complete the work for them when it comes to moving. With the Moving Help Marketplace, it doesn’t have to be that way because you can execute a hybrid move with our moving labor professionals.

Our labor-only Service Providers will complete the tasks you don’t want to do for your move.

You get to stay in control of your belongings. Moving Help has upfront pricing, so the price you see is the price you pay, so you’ll know how much your moving labor will cost you ahead of moving day.

Find moving labor help today.

Two Service Providers carefully load a piece of furniture into a U-Box storage container. You can save money when you hire labor-only Service Providers for your hybrid move.

Additional Resources

To help you with your move, we’ve compiled some additional resources that might help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a hybrid Move?

A: A hybrid move is where you combine some DIY moving aspects with some professional moving labor. For example, you could complete the packing and unpacking while the moving experts handle the loading and unloading. You can save some money without needing to do all the work yourself.

Q: What must-have services do you recommend for a hybrid move?

A: We recommend our loading and unloading service because a good moving labor company will have the expertise to know how to load your belongings best to avoid damage during transport. A well-loaded transportation vehicle can help avoid load shift and items falling around.

Q: How can I move without driving?

A: You can move without driving by using portable moving storage containers. U-Haul has U-Box storage containers, which are great because you can use Moving Help to deliver, load or unload, and return them. U-Haul will transport them across the country or around the world for you. Moving Helpers can load or unload other portable storage containers as well.

Q: How do I transfer stuff from one house to another?

A: You’ll want to figure out how much stuff you’ll need to move. You could use your own vehicle, a U-Haul cargo van rental, a U-Haul truck rental, a U-Box container, or a U-Haul trailer.

Q: How do I move all my stuff?

A: You can move all your stuff on your own, with the help of friends or family, or you can hire professional movers to move all your stuff. You also can hire labor-only Service Providers from the Moving Help Marketplace to help with the loading and unloading part of your move or use additional services from the Marketplace.

A family brings in a few items into their home from their car since their Moving Helpers unloaded everything out of their U-Haul truck rental.