How a Long-Distance Move Differs from a Local Move

A long-distance move is any relocation to another state or one that involves moving a significant distance, even if within the same state. While all relocations share specific characteristics, long-distance moves are different from local ones. Knowing the peculiarities of a long-distance move can help you better prepare for yours.

Schedule Early

Scheduling your move as early as possible is always important, but even more so for a long-distance move. Ideally, you should begin calling movers for estimates 12 weeks before you plan to move and schedule no later than eight weeks before and longer than that in the summer. If your move is international, you will want to schedule at least three months in advance. The sooner you book, the more options you will have, including price.

Budget Carefully

Long-distance moves are often priced differently than local moves. Local moves may be priced by the amount of labor required, but long-distance moves are determined based on distance, the number of objects to be moved, and their weight. In a long-distance move, you also have fewer options for moving some items yourself.

To keep costs as low as possible, obtain estimates from several movers, and be sure you understand what assumptions are behind each estimate. Allow plenty of time for downsizing. Measure the rooms in your new home to be sure large items, such as king-sized beds, will fit into the new space and sell or donate them if they don’t. The less you have to move, the less the cost will be.

Pack for the Long-Haul

With a local move, your possessions will be in the truck for a few hours. With a long-distance move, they could be in the truck for several days. If you pack yourself, put extra bubble wrap, clothing, or quilts around fragile items and mark those boxes clearly. Obtain estimates from the mover for professionally packing your possessions and consider carefully that this option may well be worth the cost.

Label boxes with your last name as well as content and room designation. In long-distance moves, movers may place boxes from several families together on the same truck. The labels will ensure your belongings are dropped off at your new home rather than carried to another location and having to find their way back to you.

Choose an Experienced Long-Distance Mover

Not all movers can make long-distance moves. Many small, excellent local movers don’t have the resources; research to find movers who specialize in long-distance work.

Reliable long-distance movers also will have a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Look for movers with experience in the area you are moving to because familiarity with the site will help the mover do the best job possible. Check reviews of movers, as well.

Keep Some Things With You

Because you may not receive your belongings for several days, carefully consider what items you will need for basic cooking, washing, housekeeping, stress relief, and clothing during that time. Pack those items separately in an “essentials box” and take them with you.

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