NextMover: New Kid on the Moving Block

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The Uber or Lyft of the Moving Industry?

With the busy season comes one of the most basic challenges facing our customer base: nailing down the mover they want on the day they need – and at a price they can afford.

We are all tuned in to the fact that people are looking for more options. Better options. Cheaper options. The market, spurred on by the ingenuity that’s out there, is constantly spawning new ideas, new products to satisfy that hungry customer base.

NextMover is a small operation on the move, so to speak. They’re attempting to do for the moving industry what Uber did for the taxi cab/driver industry and what AirBnB did for the hotel industry. That is, turn ordinary people with a truck into movers, just like Uber turned ordinary people with a car into cab drivers, and AirBnB turned ordinary people with a home into hoteliers. Like both of these players in their industries, NextMover will have an extremely hard up-hill battle against the traditional establishment and its regulations—that is, the FMCSA and AMSA. But also like Uber and AirBnB, traditional moving professionals could one day find themselves in a robust NextMover marketplace filled with average Joes as well as the pros.

NextMover - Your Friend With a Truck

The concept is simple (and not exactly new): provide a service for people looking for someone with a truck to help them move. The original idea was just to get a group of guys (or girls, let’s be fair) with pickup trucks who could help people move that big table or dresser or entertainment unit that Joe Customer couldn’t get into his trunk.

But NextMover co-founder Alexander Kehaya says that “not everybody needs just a pickup. There are some people that would like it if you had a trailer. They would pay more money for that because they’ve got more stuff to move. Sometimes they want two people to come and help them, not just one guy and a truck.”

Kehaya goes on to say that there are limitations to moving with NextMover. It only works for local moves, and is less ideal for people with large houses who truly need full-size moving trucks and comprehensive service. “And we can’t move pianos,” says Kehaya. “You’re better off with somebody who has all the straps and equipment for that.” Let us finish his thought by saying that we are that somebody.

As new as NextMover is (they’ve only been operating since January, and only in Santa Barbara, CA) we can’t say with any certainty how their game plan will play out. They do have expansion plans in the works, however, in Austin, Texas among other cities. So should we keep an eye on this? Of course we should. Because we are willing to bet that at least some of those truck owners provide the truck but not the labor. You guys in the Santa Barbara area might want to get to know these newbies. The rest of us would do well to keep our eyes open for whatever new kids show up on our own block.


  1. Adam Haney

    I think there’s a huge opportunity for “sharing economy” moving services like this. There are tons of people who don’t need traditional, professional moving services but instead need “moving help”. I’d love to be able to help my neighbor and have my neighbor help me while moving.

    1. Kevin Kato


      Adam you hit on the exact reason we are here. So many people don’t want, don’t need and/or can’t afford a full-service mover. Yet the prospect of doing it all themselves is overwhelming, and the idea of having to plead with your friends and neighbors to give you a hand is not much more appealing. Even if your friends are willing to help, you are still left to hope they don’t damage your stuff, either while they are carrying everything or later as you ramble down the highway in the rented box truck that they may or may not have loaded properly. We aim to be the neighbor you wish you had, just with the expertise your stuff needs.

  2. elf moving supplies

    I’d be interested to see how this plays out too. Right now the space between full service mover and DIY is filled by PODs and companies like that, with the price still being closer to the full service price. This seems like it would shift the market closer to the prices charged by the DIY movers.

  3. August Movers

    They may have a hard time battling state regulations. For instance, in Oregon any mover needs a Motor Carrier License to either own or even rent a truck for a household goods move. The state of Oregon even sets up sting operations about twice a year to bust people without the proper licensing.

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