If you’ve ever borrowed a friend’s pickup and packed up all your belongings, you probably think you know everything there is to know about moving. While we agree that moving isn’t exactly rocket science, it’s a little more complicated than you might imagine.
What Makes Moving Complicated?
A lot of training goes into moving. Good movers should know how to move anything that comes up, and that includes antiques, fine art, pianos, and pretty much anything else you can think of. But that’s not what we’re talking about in this blog post. What makes professional moving a bit more complicated is government regulations, and how local and long-distance moves are actually very different, despite the fact that both require transporting your household goods from Point A to Point B.
What is a Local Move?
A local move is generally considered any move that doesn’t cross state lines, and can be completed in a day. Local moves are charged by the hour, plus packing. Some local moves might go past the one day limit, but usually only because of packing, or if the customer needs a day or two of storage.
What is a Short Haul?
Short hauls are a little more confusing. They are generally moves within a certain radius, which can be completed within about two days. How you’re charged for short hauls may vary, but typically, it’s a pre-determined formula of hours and packing. If the short-haul crosses state lines, the mover will likely charge you by either weight and distance, or cubic feet.
What is a Long-Distance Move?
In the simplest terms, a long-distance move is any out of state move. If you’re moving more than a couple hundred miles away, though, it’s far more cost effective to share the truck with another family or two. They keep track of everything by inventorying and labeling items as they’re loaded, and once again as they’re unloaded.
Long-distance moves are charged by a formula of weight/distance/packing, or cubic feet/distance/packing. Unless you live in a very large home, you’ll share a semi truck, so delivery can take days or weeks. If you need faster delivery, you can get it, but you’ll pay as if your items take up the entire truck.