3 Tips For Making Your Long Distance Move A Success

By Frank Coutinho | Sep 03, 2018

If you're one of the millions of Americans who have moved residence or businesses in recent years, then you are aware of the stresses and pressures that come with relocation. Those stresses are only increased when you make a long distance move, which is any relocation that covers more than one hundred miles. Long distance moves require patience, perseverance, and a partnership with a great moving company. This article provides three tips for simplifying a long distance move.


The first tip for simplifying a long distance move is to understand the various accessorial fees you can and may be charged during your relocation. Long distance moves are subject to costs that include stair fees, elevator fees, extended carry fees, shuttle fees, storage fees, extra stop fees, and substantial article fees, in addition to differing from local moves in that weight or size charge them instead of labor hours. Stair and elevator fees apply if the movers must carry items up eight or more stairs, or if they must use an elevator. Extended carry fees apply when the moving company must carry items further than seventy-five feet when traveling from the unload or loading destination to the truck. This fee increases with each additional fifty-foot increment. Shuttle fees are incurred when the moving company must use a smaller vehicle to transport your items from the truck to the final unload destination (this occurs when the truck cannot fit at or near the last location). Storage fees and extra stop fees are a result of the moving company having to store your items for any period, or from having to unload at multiple destinations. Having a better understanding of what you have to pay for on a long distance move, you can make a rough estimate of what your move may cost, and you can prepare for any issues that may increase the total price.


The second tip for simplifying a long distance move is to get a dedicated personal truck. This service will cost an additional fee. However, it will add a level of convenience to your move that makes it worth the cost. In the moving industry, the term dedicated truck refers to a truck that is used for just one shipment. This will offer you the exclusivity of having your items travel alone, and the convenience of having the truck makes no other stops or deliveries. Often with long distance moves, different shipments are loaded into the same truck, so that the moving company can take care of multiple moves on the same trip. But, with a dedicated truck, there is only one shipment transported by at that time.


The final tip for simplifying a long distance move is to plan correctly, and if you're with a good moving company that should include help from a moving consultant. The goal is to handle the logistics in a way that allows your move to work with maximum efficiency. From picking the perfect date to choosing the right services (like a dedicated truck or expedited delivery) the moving consultant will make sure that the planning and preparation phase of the move is simple and effective.  A proper plan is the best way to simplify a long distance move, so make sure that you have lots of time to plan and prepare (at least two months).


Now that you have these five tips, your long distance move will be much more straightforward and practical. All that's left is to find a mover that can provide the services you need at a rate that fits your budget.

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