Option #1: A Door-to-Door Move
Under this option, you’ll hire a moving company to come to your house and pack your items into however many lift vans you need. Then, at your destination, they’ll deliver the lift vans to your new house and unpack anything they packed at your old home.
Option #2: A DIY Move
Your exact options for a DIY move will vary depending on your origin and destination. However, we’ll give you an example using our EZ Move program, currently available for moves from the Big Island, Maui, and Kauaʻi to the mainland.
For a flat rate, you can bring your items to our warehouse, pack your own lift van, and send it to a mainland destination. Although most household goods moves are priced on weight, we offer flat-rate pricing for this option, making it a budget-friendly option for families moving to the mainland.
Once your goods are packed, we close the lift van, band it shut, and get it in the queue for our next consolidated move to your destination.
Pro Tip from Jerry Dela Cruz, General Manager, Royal Hawaiian Movers, Maui: When you’re packing your own lift van, load any big furniture first, and then fill in the spots. For example, you can get boxes in between the legs of a big table or a smaller box in between the legs of a chair.
When it comes to DIY moves, other moving companies on the mainland and in Hawaiʻi offer similar services. However, when you make a comparison between quotes, make sure you understand all the charges involved.
For example, some companies charge $5/day to use their portable moving containers. Here’s the challenge with charges like this: Your mover will offer you a window in which to expect your shipment. However, you won’t know the exact delivery date to calculate the final per-day charge, since you can’t control:
- How long it will take for the carrier to complete the consolidated load.
- The sailing schedule of the vessel your shipment will travel on.
You’ll still have to pay the per-day charge no matter what. So as you compare quotes, use the outside edge of your delivery window to calculate these charges and give yourself a little cushion.
Before you make a final decision, you’ll also want to understand what can and can’t go in the lift vans or shipping crates you’ve chosen.