How Long-Distance Movers Are Different From Local Movers

Are you getting ready for an upcoming move that will involve traveling very far away? If so, you'll likely want to look into hiring long-distance movers to get the job done. If you have only used local movers in the past, you may be unfamiliar with how long-distance movers are different. Here is what you need to know about using long-distance movers for your upcoming move.

Billing Differences

The primary way that long-distance movers are going to be different from local movers is how they bill you for the work. 

Local movers are known for charging by the hour, with the hourly rate being based on how many people are helping with all the heavy lifting. This means that the cost of a move depends on how long it takes to move your belongings rather than the quantity of stuff you have. If you are packed and ready to go when the movers arrive, the job will take fewer hours to accomplish and be cheaper overall. Local movers can provide an estimate of the total cost, but the final bill is always based on the total hours. 

Long-distance movers are going to charge you based on the weight of your items rather than the hours it takes to perform the move. This can be harder for you to estimate the cost of a move since you are unsure of the total weight of your belongings. This means you can cut down on the cost of your move by selling things that you do not want to take with you, or donating very heavy items that you plan on replacing at your new home.

Auto Transportation Differences

With a local move, you typically follow behind the moving truck on your way to your new home. The distance is short enough that this is possible and practical for you to do. 

However, getting to your destination with a long-distance move can be quite different. Since you may be traveling across the country, it's possible to arrange your vehicles to be transported as well. Instead of making a long cross-country trip in your car, you can fly to your destination and meet your movers at your new home. This will make the entire experience much more enjoyable since you can relax on the flight instead of being focused on the road. 

These are just a few differences between local and long-distance moves. For more information, contact a long-distance moving company to receive a price quote for their services.