Do you Think that Renting a U-Haul or Truck is Actually Cheaper than Hiring a Moving Company for your Move?

For many tasks in our everyday life we go with the do-it-yourself option simply because that’s the most time efficient and affordable. However, sometimes you may not have the skillset or the proper tools in order to handle that job, at the end of the day you may find yourself emotionally dissatisfied in best case scenario or worst case may be injured. This applies a lot to the moving process. When you do your homework by trying to find the least expensive option for renting a truck the upfront quote for rental vans, trucks that you should pick up early in the morning then drive to your home address and load yourself the right way can be less expensive than hiring a full-service, licensed/insured, reputable moving company.

BUT, your health should always come first when making any decision so it’s always key to consider all the factors not only price when thinking about what moving option will be right for you. Communicating everything properly ahead of time would help you to make the right decision and not only that really taking time to think this thoroughly would save you more than just money in the long run.

For your convenience, we broke down below the major factors to consider when making the most appropriate choice on whether you should be renting a moving van versus working with a moving company.




The most precious asset we all have is time, as they say, time is money but we at LA Moving Star believe that time is worth a hundred times more than money and time is not even comparable to money. Irrespective of whether you need to make a move last minute with short notice, on a quick timeline, or want the maximum flexibility renting a truck will allow you to set your own timeline once you make your rental reservation. However what if you run into any unexpected issues along the way during your move, such as bad weather, a flat tire, or road conditions, eventually this may result in a longer than anticipated timeline. Taking into consideration all these variables if you can afford the time it could take to plan and execute a relocation on your own then renting a moving truck can definitely be a great option for you.

BUT, sometimes delegating things in life overall may have a positive impact or maybe you’re unable to take the steps to plan your move accordingly and do not have enough time for that in this case hiring a professional moving company won’t only save you tons of your time, but also positively affect your health as all the stress will be taken away from you. Our most-trusted movers at LA Moving Star know that the moving process is really individual and people need to relocate for a lot of reasons, different distances, on both short notice and planning months ahead of time. From the first call you make our moving experts will work with you in order to determine what your needs are and how we can meet all your needs in a timely manner. Our professional movers can save your time and take all your stress away by offering support starting from packing all your small, kitchen, miscellaneous items, furniture assembly and wrapping, moving, and even dismantling your TV from the wall at 0 extra cost. Of course, it would cost you more than renting a truck but what you’ll gain is confidence that you’ll be able to make your move within your desired timeframe and someone else is responsible from start to finish for all your belongings in the meantime you can do something more meaningful with the time you have cause we already got your back for all the moving needs.


If all you need is a moving truck in order to have 1 small desk to be transported from point A to B then renting a moving van to drive, load, and unload on your own will be more cost effective. However, if you know you’ll need help moving a heavy solid wood sofa down several flights of stairs with narrow stairways or have valuable antiques that need to be carefully handled with extra packing supplies, any moving assistance will be an add-on cost with local moving services that are normally listed on the site. Further, if you determine you need this type of extra support as you start your moving process, you may come to the conclusion that you didn’t budget accordingly for the extra hand. At the end of the day those unanticipated costs can add hundreds of dollars to your overall move costs.

What else would you need to consider, you’ll need to factor in fuel costs, especially with rising gas prices in California, food costs, and any on-the-road circumstances that may include accommodations for overnight stops in case you do a long-distance move. All of these cost factors could be less predictable than working with a professional moving company like LA Moving Star as availability and prices for each can vary.

Here’s where it’s worth considering an upfront higher cost even further, as you may already understand a reputable moving company will provide a quote that has all costs included for the assistance you need. It’s very possible that your initial quote will be more expensive than what it would be to just do it yourself, even for a short-distance local residential move. The time of your move will be affected by factors such as: The number of boxes you have, The amount of furniture you own and how big each piece is, How much assembly/disassembly is required, Moving truck accessibility (how far your movers have to walk in order to load and unload the truck), Weather conditions, Any loose, unpacked items to move, The number of fragile items you move (artwork, electronics, collections, etc.) The flights of stairs you’ll have to navigate, and/or your access to a moving elevator, The size of your elevator, The number of long hallways or walkways to travel over, The number of people helping your move, The distance between your old apartment and your new one and traffic or weather conditions on roads in between. But we always assure that we try and finish every move as fast and safe as we can. We at LA Moving Star will be transparent with the cost for service and make assurances that there will be no surprise charges later on in your move.

Safety and Security

If you’re renting a moving truck for your relocation, you’ll assume responsibility for the truck and for the items you place in it to be moved. That said, you can often purchase coverage for yourself, your belongings, and any potential damage to the truck at an additional fee.

This is where you’ll definitely save when hiring a moving company to handle your entire move from start to finish. Fully licensed and insured moving companies must include so called basic liability insurance, it applies to all your belongings at no extra cost and included into your hourly rate for the move, that Basic liability insurance equals to $.60cents per pound for any damaged, broken item that cannot be used anymore. However you can also choose other vendors that may offer additional insurance and pay for it prior to your move start. Around 99% of all the clients would prefer going ahead with basic liability insurance which costs you 0 extra, not only because you do not have to pay nothing extra for but the assurance we put into every move as every single item we place into the truck must be fully protected, wrapped with blankets, shrink wrap, taped to avoid any sort of damage, so our professional movers eliminate all the risks that something can go wrong then why would you pay for additional insurance if 99% things go as we plan.

Imagine now when it comes to the actual move day and you have to load/unload your rented moving truck, that day you’ll be on your own when moving any extra heavy box and bulky furniture piece into and from the cargo area. We strongly encourage not to overestimate your physical abilities or how to make sure that what you load and the way you load into the truck will come back out in the same condition by the time you get to your drop off location, so think twice when considering whether the DIY approach is the appropriate option for you. Keep in mind that you are not moving everyday and at first glance it may see super easy but if you do not follow some safety rules you may be looking at injuries to yourself or damage to your most treasured belongings if your do-it-yourself relocation goes the wrong way as a result all that can cost significantly in terms of time, money, and most importantly your health.

On the other hand, when choosing and working with skilled moving professionals would guarantee that your items get where they’re going safely and with proper insurance in place if anything happens to your belongings. Our top-tier movers have the know-how to navigate all the challenges such as: getting furniture up and down fourth-floor walk-up apartments, and following specific city parking regulations to park the truck where it should be parked. In addition, they possess all the necessary tools at their disposal to move your items with extra care that would include: dollies, four-wheelers, speedpacks, straps, and moving blankets. You should know that renting or buying this equipment will cost you extra with a rented moving truck or van.

Taking into consideration all the given aspects everything comes down to your priorities. If you are trying to save as much as possible and keeping costs low is top of the list then renting a moving truck would be your best bet. Depending on what kind of help you may need, time constraints you have, and your specific concerns around the safety of your belongings and your health, you may come to the conclusion that doing it yourself may cost you in more ways than one. That said, you don’t need to overthink and read some horrible stories of other people that had bad experience with other moving companies that charged extra and other surprise fees you just need to put your trust in LA Moving Star so we can be your Number one choice for all the moving needs. At LA Moving Star we do care a lot about our online reputation, we will help to achieve all your moving goals and tasks, consider the complexity of your move and make an individual plan, provide you a quote that won’t leave you doubts whether you’ll be paying more later. In fact, our all-inclusive hourly rates factors these in to provide you a zero surprise guarantee on the cost of your move before your move day. Valuing safety and your positive experience, as well as being fully licensed, insured and always prepared to move you 24/7/365 means your Better Move Starts here with LA Moving Star.

Ready to make a move? Get in touch today for an obligation-free guaranteed price moving quote.

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Jay LoganJay Logan
21:39 24 Oct 23
Andrew, Mike and Sergei did a fantastic job and were very careful with all the furniture and boxes.
Elvira GendlerElvira Gendler
02:22 21 Oct 23
Andrew, Mike and Sergei did an amazing job. Such a professional team. Moved me and my husband in a super friendly and smooth way. We moved 3-4 times but this is was the best experience I have ever had. Thank you guys!!!! Impressive!!!!
Zhiyuan XuZhiyuan Xu
18:57 19 Oct 23
Alex and Sergei is very responsible and helpful
Brandon ShahnianiBrandon Shahniani
18:40 18 Oct 23
HOLY MOLY! Where do I even begin. First of all, in the last 6 years, I've moved probably 3-4 times. I've hired through task rabbit, asked for recs through friends, and have even hired those amazing parking lot patrons you see at every Home Depot. Long story short, it's always been a nightmare. Half of my things end up broken, my walls get scuffed, I end up needing to help lift things and spend hours afterwards cleaning up what the movers messed up. When planning my current move, I knew I had some really tricky pieces that were going to be an absolute beast to move to my new condo. I decided to dish out a couple extra bucks and work with an actual moving company this time after my best friend Lauren raved about LA Moving Star for months.When I tell you I'm astonished. First of all, the price was very reasonable and the movers that showed up were actual professionals. I would call them moving artists to say the least. They strategically have so many tricks up their sleeves in getting massive items through very cramped and small spaces. Everything was wrapped beautifully and not a single thing was damaged. Not only that but they were SO efficient. They were hustling, moving fast, and getting it all done in a timely manner. Usually when companies charge by the hour, I tend to notice workers taking their sweet time in certain areas... But this company values integrity and you can tell. They actually care about their customers and it's SO apparent. My specific movers were Alex, Max, and Serg and the 3 boys were spectacular. This move was definitely not an easy one and they even had to completely disassemble and rebuild my three massive closet pieces by hand.I cannot reccomend this company enough and will be reffering everybody I know to use them. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Víctor MendezVíctor Mendez
20:44 14 Oct 23
Guys did an amazing job. Moved my heavy furniture. I’d like to recommend them. Thank you Andrew and Mike!
Otiniel RibeiroOtiniel Ribeiro
18:34 12 Oct 23
Extremely professional and customer service second to none. Highly recommend!
Andres Holguin-FloresAndres Holguin-Flores
00:53 12 Oct 23
Two great workers helped with moving my entire apartment. It was a big move with a fridge, desk, tv and bed. Fast, friendly, and would absolutely hire again. They handled the move up a flight of stairs as well
Sar HossepianSar Hossepian
23:22 11 Oct 23
Androo Ara and mike are the best you can get to move your stuff 5 star from me
Mark Stephen FructuosoMark Stephen Fructuoso
19:43 11 Oct 23
Alex and Serg were extremely professional, quick, and efficient with my move. Would definitely recommend this company for friends and family!
Al RosalesAl Rosales
23:57 08 Oct 23
Alex, Peter, and Serg were excellent. They did the move in a timely matter and were all very nice. Not disappointed at all.