Household Goods / Personal Effects / Residential Moving

Options:  (lowest cost/fastest to highest cost/slowest)

terminal to terminal freight:   shipper drops off boxed, palletized, or crated goods off at terminal and recovers from terminal.  Includes the following type of terminals/shipments:
  • USA and Canadian truck terminals; 100+ lbs, next to 7 day transit time
  • air freight terminals;  100+ lbs, 3-10 day transit time
  • ocean port terminals (less than container load consolidations);  500 + lbs 3 - 10 week transit time
  • air express facilities.  10+ lbs, next to 7 day transit time
door to door freight: lift gate pickup from curb/driveway, or storage facility delivery to curb/driveway of boxed, palletized, crated goods.  Includes the following type of terminals/shipments:
  • USA and Canadian residential truck service;
  • air freight from residences in the USA to foreign air terminals;
  • USA ocean port terminal service including USA truck pickup from residence, to foreign ocean port terminal (foreign door delivery of household goods is arranged by consignee or foreign terminal);
  • air express service from door USA to door international, includes clearing but not VAT or DUTY which is generally not applicable for HHG/PE household goods, personal effects.
full service, door to door moves:   (options)
  • includes packing and loading at residence or storage facility; 
  • cost of packing and loading may exceed the costs of transport; 
  • expect to pay higher retail price for packing supplies than do it yourself and minimum hourly labor rate of $100.00 per hour for packing and loading;
  • generally, movers wait until they have a full load going to a certain region or along a route before sending the truck out, may take 30+ days to transport;  


  • shipper boxes most cargo, terminal supplies palletizing and/or crate
  • shipper hires local service as found on [labor/move] to pack, load and/or deliver to terminal;  craiglist providers are frequently moonlighters who have worked for full service moving companies.