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Things to Know Before Making Long-Distance Moving

What are the rates for interstate (long-distance) movers?

Movers will charge by the heaviness of your items, the distance traveled, and any additional or accessorial charges that may occur when moving long-distance, over 100 miles, or state to state.

Note that some interstate moving companies will charge strictly based on the things mentioned above based on their tariff rates. In contrast, others will charge a flat amount for your relocation depending on the goods mentioned above.

The mover will provide you with a Bill of Lading that will detail everything charged to the consumer.

When traveling vast distances, weight and distance are the two most essential cost concerns. The more stuff you have or, the farther they must be transferred, the more money you will spend.

Because the customer isn’t charged by the hour, the moving firm will charge for items that take longer, such as stair charges, long carry, and shuttle services.

There are a few possible supplementary and accessorial charges to check for your Bill of Lading when traveling long distances.

Advanced Charges: Any third-party services that a moving firm will pay for in advance and then bill the customer once the task is finished. Suppose a mover needs to employ a particular rigging business to move anything heavy, for example. In that case, the mover will pay for the service and add it to the customer’s cost.

Packing Services: When relocating long distances, it’s typical to have your fragile items packed by the moving company. Because the things are being transported over a long distance, it is in the consumer’s best interest to have a competent company pack them for you to avoid damage.

Packing Materials: The customer will be charged with packing materials used by the movers, such as boxes, tape, and packing paper.

Lengthy Carries: If your apartment building or home has a long corridor and the moving truck can’t get close to the front door, you’ll need this service.

Stair Charges: Because lugging stuff up and down the stairs takes more time, stair charges will likely be added to the bill.

Elevator Fees: Taking an elevator with furniture up and down will take a little longer than if the destination is on the first floor, so it will cost extra.

Shuttle Services: If you have a long driveway or a situation where the moving truck can’t get near the front door but another smaller truck can, shuttle services are an option. From the moving truck to the front door of the house, the furniture would be shuttled.

Parking Permits: If the moving business requires parking permits for the moving truck at the origin or destination, the customer is typically responsible for such fees.

Compared to local moving, where most things are charged by the hour, long-distance moving rates are based on listed services or criteria.

In a long-distance move, what Happens During The Estimate?

Moving companies will provide three types of estimates. There are three types of assessments: binding, non-binding, and not-to-exceed. It’s critical to understand which estimations are available and what they all mean. More information on these three sorts of movement estimations can be found here.

Is there an insurance fee charged by movers? What kind of insurance does my move include?

In theory, movers do not provide or sell insurance. Instead, they provide Valuation Coverage, which functions similarly to insurance.

Valuation refers to how much your shipment is worth before it is moved, and it is established by you, the customer.

Consumers are entitled to free coverage that includes 60 cents per pound per item if they choose not to purchase valuation coverage.

Additional value coverage from your moving company may be available to protect your belongings.

Here’s how valuation coverage works in a nutshell:

First, you, the customer, indicate the total value of your shipment. You must take out valuation coverage on all of your valuables if you choose to safeguard them. If you have high-value things (things worth $100 per pound or more), such as fine artwork, you must disclose each of those goods separately from your total amount; valuation coverage can only cover one item.

You must declare it ahead of time and individually so that the movers are aware of their responsibilities and can appropriately pack and secure the item to avoid damage during transit. Extra packaging materials or protection may be charged by the mover to properly transport that item.

The movers will next provide you an estimate for covering those things. You can select from the following options:

Full Value Coverage: This option covers the total cost of the item.

Actual Value Coverage: Pays for what the item is worth right now.

You’ll also get to choose between a $0 deductible and a larger deductible.

Like buying insurance, the cost of coverage is determined by how much you need to be insured and how high your deductible. The cost of valuation coverage will be determined by the level of coverage you select from the moving firm.

Actual insurance can also be purchased through third-party companies such as movinginsurance.com.

What Is the Cost of Storage for a Moving Company?

Moving firms will charge you based on the weight of your belongings and the length of time they will be in storage.

If you’re moving locally, you’ll be charged hourly for transporting your belongings into and out of storage, as well as for the time they’re there.

Suppose you’re relocating great distances and your home isn’t ready yet. In that case, your moving company may offer short-term storage in a nearby facility until it is. This is referred to as “storage-in-transit.”

If this is the case, the moving company will charge for the movers to unload at the storage facility, you will be charged for warehouse labor to inventory your items and place them in storage vaults, you will also be charged for the storage time, and you will be charged for the move back to your home.