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The Difference between Local Moving and Long Distance Moving

Moving requires a lot of preparation, and the sad part is that not a lot of homeowners actually take the time to prep for their move. The number one moving tip from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) when it comes down to hiring a moving company is doing your research. The FMCSA receives roughly 3,000 moving complaints each year, and that number is steadily increasing. However, recent efforts to decrease that number includes educating homeowners and home buyers on the moving process, terminology, and how to go about finding a professional moving company that you can trust.

First, you should assess your move and what kind of mover you need to hire. How far are you moving? Are you moving within 50 miles, 100 miles, or 450 miles of your home? A general rule of thumb for Boulder moving companies is that if a move is over 400 miles, it is considered long distance. A long distance move can also be called long haul moving or interstate moving if you are moving out of one state and into another. If you are moving to Boulder from less than 100 miles away, your move will most likely be considered a local move, short haul move or intrastate move because you are relocating to another city within the same state.

Now that you have assessed how far you are moving, thus determining if you need to hire a local Boulder moving company or a long distance one, you can do your research on movers in your city and state. The BBB and FMCSA urge you to read reviews and try to get a “word-of-mouth” recommendation for movers in your area. Narrow your choices down to three or four moving companies and have them visit your home in order to assess your move and give you a rough estimate. Make sure that the mover gives you a written estimate for your records. If a moving company tells you on the phone that they do not do in-home estimates, then do not consider hiring them.  A reputable mover will come to your home in order to give you a more accurate estimate. This way, you are more likely to not be misquoted and end up having to pay significantly more money than promised.

Quite naturally, the difference between local moving and long distance moving is going to be the amount of preparation that is needed to properly carry out the move. However, it is important to keep in mind that regardless of how short a distance you are moving, always give yourself ample time to prepare.  Another obvious aspect to moving locally or long distance is the amount of money that your move will cost. Local moving can be fairly inexpensive if done right, but moving long distance can cost you thousands.

If you are moving long distance, one way that you can alleviate a portion of the moving cost is by downsizing the items that you have to move as much as possible. Why? Because of linehaul charges. Linehaul charge is a term that you may see on your moving estimate (and if you don’t you should make sure that you ask about it), and it is a basic charge for long distance moves. Linehaul charges are calculated by the mileage and weight of your shipment. A rough example is a cost per mile that is set by the moving company (typically a standard for the area), added to the weight per pound of your belongings. A long distance moving company in Boulder will weigh your moving truck while it is completely empty and then weigh it once it is packed with all of your belongings. Since the price per pound averages around $0.50, downsizing your belongings is the best way to save on long distance moving costs. If you have multiple heavy objects, you will want to weigh the cost of moving it versus what it is actually worth. Another tip from Boulder movers is to try to be present at the initial truck weigh-in so that you know the loaded weight and price is accurate.