moving a small load

Moving A Small Load

Choosing the best mover to transport your small load

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Moving A Small Load

Moving a small load means that you will be transporting under the minimum weight or size that is set by commercial van lines. When relocating to a new destination, if the total amount of items being moved is minimal, up to 1000 pounds, for example, only boxes, or just a few pieces of furniture, you may fall into the category of a small load move.

There are professional moving companies that specialize in small moves. They can also ship items that are bulky or too large for standard shipping and mailing services, such as UPS, Fed-Ex, or USPS. Using small movers is a perfect solution if you plan on hiring or like the services offered by a full service moving company.

Advantages Of Using A Small Mover

When using a small mover, there is no minimum weight required, unlike full service moving companies where you pay a set dollar amount even though you might not meet the minimum weight. With a small mover, you are only charged for what you are moving, with no hidden costs or unexpected fees. Moving charges are calculated by:

  • Total weight of shipment
  • Distance
  • Number of movers
  • Any extra services requested

You can use a small mover to move your belongings locally, across the country or internationally. For a local move, you will be charged hourly. For long distance or international moves, request a quote from at least three reputable companies that specialize in small moves. You can also inquire if they provide in home Estimates. With small loads, it might not be required.



Small movers offer a range of services that make transporting your small load straightforward, and cost less than that of a full service moving company. Some services provided include:

  • Local, long distance and international
  • No minimum weight requirements
  • Standard/expedited delivery
  • Partial loads
  • Individual items
  • Bulky/Irregular items
  • Packing and crating
  • Storage



Most small movers can also provide storage should you need to store your belongings. Check in advance what each company offers in terms of storage options.


Like with any move, you will want to know you are covered in the event something should happen to your belongings. Like all professional moving companies, small movers also provide basic valuation protection for your belongings, $0.60 per pound, per item. Depending on the contents and value of your items, this may be sufficient. If your items are of value either financially or sentimentally, you might want to consider purchasing additional moving insurance.

Finding Small Load Movers


Hiring a professional and reputable moving company is top priority when beginning your search process.

  • Ask friends, family or coworkers for recommendations.
  • Research online and check ratings and reviews
  • Receive at least three estimates from different reputable companies
  • Make sure any moving company you are considering is licensed and has a valid USDOT number U.S. Department of Transportation You can read Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Moving Company

Using a small load mover can be dynamic solution for your moving needs.

Storage Locations

Los Angeles
5698 Bandini Blvd B.
Bell, CA 90201
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 102
San Francisco
745 85th Ave
Suite L. Oakland, CA 94621
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 135
New York
210 Meadowlands Pkwy d,
Secaucus, NJ 07094
P: 888-680-7200 Ext. 131

Business Hours(PST)

Monday: 8am - 4pm
Tuesday: 8am - 4pm
Wednesday: 8am - 4pm
Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Shannon L.
Shannon L.
Jan 5, 2024

Movers who packed my things up in NY were great. I was also very impressed with how clear everything was, how fast the move coordinator Eric was with getting back to me. Read more testimonials

Danielle Francisco
Feb 11, 2024

Terrific experience with Andres and his team. They were quick, efficient and very knowledgeable. Read more testimonials

Ria B.
Ria B.
Jan 10, 2024

Everything went smoothly with CA-NY Express Movers. They packed up my apt in NYC in no time, put it into storage for me while we found our new house. Read more testimonials

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