Moving type


Short Haul (Local) Moves

Short haul or local moves generally take place within your state and within a 100-mile radius. The cost will be lower than it would if you were going further and the entire process should be less complicated. The key to making it all easy to handle is preparation. This comes down to being fully packed and ready for the movers on the day they arrive; making access to your property as easy as you can and whether you are going to do the packing or contract the movers to do it. You should also consider whether or not you plan to ask the movers to put all the boxes and furniture in place at the other end, keeping in mind that the more they do and the more time it takes, the costlier it will be.

It’s a good idea to provide the moving company you select with all the information they need right from the start. This will allow them to know just how many men to provide and also about any materials they need to bring along. The price you pay will be considerably lower if you have everything packed, labeled and set close to the door so all the movers have to do is pick it up, load it on the truck and unload it at your destination.

The cost you’re going to end up paying will be dependent upon how many moving men are used, how much time the move takes, the drive time from the old house to the new one and certain insurance considerations which we’ll discuss later on. There will be a questionnaire at the end of this article which, when properly completed, will provide your movers with all the data they need to know.

Moving to another Country

In most cases, a family who makes long Distance move does so for business reasons and all or most of the transfer cost is covered by an employer. However, regardless of who foots the bill, you can reasonably expect a long distance move to be more complex as well as considerably more expensive. They are best carried out by professionals who specialize in this type of moving and understand all the intricate details that are involved.

These details are very-much involved with national and international custom laws and this is a specialty in and of itself. These professionals at long distance moving companies stand ready to help you choose whether to use air cargo (the fastest way) or steamship and whether you should utilize lift vans and wrap pallets or wooden crates to hold your belongings.

The total price for an long distance move is determined by how much you ship (volume) measured either in weight or cubic feet of volume, the packing services you require, insurance valuation, any storage services you might need, special containerization and whether it is feasible for your goods to be sent as part of another, larger shipment.

Will You Need Storage?

Some people elect to store their property in advance of the actual move so that it is easily accessible when the time comes. This can be done in a traditional way by storing it in the mover’s warehouse, or by storing the goods in a self-storage facility.

Self-storage facilities are now easily found just about anywhere and most are located at ground level for easy loading and unloading. Hand carts and forklifts are usually available to move heavy items at nominal extra cost. Multi-story storage facilities feature large elevators to lift goods to upper levels.

If storage is an option you are considering, make certain you can store goods so that they are easy to get to in case you need something prior to moving day. Also, shop for prices carefully and look at the facility well in advance of securing the necessary space. Above all, thoroughly discuss the safety and security of your stored belongings and, if necessary, secure insurance against fire, theft, water damage and other unexpected losses.

A Serious Word of Caution :Be advised that off loading and storage in the warehouse facility of a moving company can represent a serious risk in the event of a catastrophic event like fire or flood while your property is in storage. Even though you may have selected the mover based upon the name and reputation of a major firm, and even if that firm’s name and logo is prominently displayed on the moving van and packing materials, you may not be adequately protected during this storage period. There have been numerous cases where people have off loaded and stored their property in the facility of a mover who is an agent for the well-known company only to discover that the agent had less-than-adequate insurance coverage. In some of these cases, the agent demanded and received full payment and then delivered property to another state after it was damaged or destroyed by fire or water without ever informing the owners of the damage. The agent subsequently filed bankruptcy and even appeals to the Interstate Commerce Commission failed to gain compensation for the loss from the well-known company. Be absolutely sure that your property is adequately insured by the large company’s agent while it is in storage. It is also highly advisable to inspect the property in the warehouse prior to making payment for the storage and transport

Interstate Automobile Transport

Some long distance moving companies can handle transporting your car from state to state, but this normally requires the services of people who have the specialized equipment necessary. You can usually locate these auto transport specialists by checking on the Internet or even looking them up in the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory. Or, perhaps you have a friend or business associate who has recently done this and can provide you with a referral. Keep in mind that asking moving companies who handle household goods to also transport your car may not be the best idea and could even prove more expensive.

When researching companies for interstate automobile transport, be certain that they have an MC and USDOT number that is still active. It is absolutely necessary that a company in this business is officially registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. MC numbers only are required for brokers and forwarders who need not have USDOT registration. Just be sure that the auto transporter you select has all the necessary papers and credentials for interstate automobile transport. Be sure to check these facts out by logging on to and doing a search either by their USDOT number or the company’s name.

You will want to be assured that the auto transport company selected carries the liability and cargo insurance that is required as well. Get this in writing as this coverage may vary from company to company. Without it, an accident en route can make you car free. You might also be wise to ask the insurance company that covers your automobile if your policy provides any protection while being transported interstate. If the transporter’s coverage is inadequate, ask them if you can purchase additional coverage.

It’s also a good idea to investigate the auto transport firm by checking for prior complaints with the local Better Business Bureau in the area they are operating. This can tell you what the specific complaints were and, more importantly, how they were finally resolved. This is one moving tip that should not be overlooked by anyone.

Finally, learn all you can from the company you choose about their pickup procedures, timelines, inspection and delivery policies. Check out any and all restrictions and carefully review the written contract carefully before you sign it.