How much does it cost to move Long-Distance?
Long Distance Moving
A. Are you looking to get more information about moving long distance? Coordinating your cross country move can be a daunting task. Securing a new home, moving to a new job, and transferring the kids to new schools are some of the things that must be completed. Add moving your entire home on top, and it might be too stressful.
B. This is where Hulk Haulers VA comes in. Let us take the extra weight off of your shoulders. We will take the necessary steps to get your items moved safely and timely. Here are a few things that you should consider when moving long distance.
C. WHAT IS CONSIDERED LONG DISTANCE?
D. Every moving or hauling company establishes their own measure of how far long distance actually is. From our standpoint, cross country moving or long distance moving is any move that is over 100 miles in distance. This means that from our location in Virginia, this can be to or from as close as Virginia Beach and the North Carolina border and Pennsylvania, or as far as Malibu, California, Maine, Miami, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, Washington, Texas and many more states. It is very important to hire professional movers who are licensed and insured on your long distance journey because you want your items to stay safe. Going a long distance can be rough for you and your items. Professionals movers will properly secure your belongings to safeguard against highway traffic. The dangers of being on the highway can be monumental and you increase those dangers even more when travelling over a 100 miles. Spending more time on the highway than you normally would on an average day simply means a greater risk for delays.
E. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY LONG DISTANCE MOVE?
F. Preparing for a long distance move can be a large task. First things first, it is most important to establish your exact destination address as soon as possible, as some moving companies may up charge to cover any extra mileage that may happen. The next most important task is to establish an exact move date so that your movers are able to confirm and coordinate their schedules.
G. Another important way to prepare for your long distance move include getting junk hauled and removed. When you have lived in a home for awhile, it is easy to collect various items like furniture and appliances that fail to serve their purposes. Moving to a new home is one of those things that points out all the items we no longer need. Getting your movers or haulers to take these items BEFORE your move, helps to speed the moving process and helps you to de-clutter both your old home and new home.
H. Preparing your financials is another crucial step in preparing for a long distance move. Most companies require final payments due at the completion of moving services. Most banks and credit cards companies impose limits on how much can be taken out or approved for a given day. The last thing you want is to come up short on the payment. We usually recommend either bringing a cash payment or setting the authorization up with your bank ahead of time. We also recommend finding out if your bank has nearby locations to your new home in case their are any approval issues or documents that need to be signed.
I. Lastly, another important step is being realistic about your move as a whole service. What we mean by this is, it is important to understand the balance between hiring a professional moving service but also understanding your budget. We understand that your items are valuable and will take the time to pack (if required) and load correctly so that no items are broken while being transported. We also employ skillful drivers who know how to maneuver large and heavy truck loads across the highways. Getting someone you know or family members to help you will be cheaper than hiring professional movers, but you also run the risk of damaging important and valuable items that may be irreplaceable. Hiring movers may cost you more, but you are also guaranteed to have the peace of mind over your valuables.
J. Speaking of your budget, you must understand that the cost of moving long distance will vary based on the distance between the two locations and the size & style of your home/amount of items, among other things. Moving long distance is considerably more work and moving companies must block their schedules for days at a time.
K. In the moving business, there are a lot of different ways that companies come up with their quotes. Most times quotes are based on details including (but not limited to): locations, the actual and amount of work that needs to be done, and the amount of workers needed to complete the job in a timely manner, among other details.
Let's start with some questions that movers may ask you in order to establish an estimate:
#1. Location - So, usually companies will ask where your current location is and they will ask about the location at which your items will be moved to. This helps movers factor in the mileage and what is needed in gas to get to the second location.
#2. Inventory - They will ask about the items you have in your home, whether the home is fully furnished and if an item is over 400 pounds. In the moving world, lifting a single item over 400 pounds is a whole other job. The inventory will usually determine how many movers are needed for the job.
#3. Home Layout - Usually most companies ask how many stairs there are in and outside of the home, and they may also ask if they are able to back a truck to the front/exit door of the home. Stairs can add more time to a move and exerts more energy for movers. This includes elevators in large homes, multiple resident buildings and storage facilities. Even though elevators may not exert as much energy as stairs, it is time consuming, so prices may be more elevated depending on the inventory and home layout. Most companies try to be fair, because most homes do have stairs.
#4. Date - The more notice you give moving companies, the more likely it is for them to give you a fair price. Sometimes, short notice moves result in companies having to rearrange schedules. This could cause some issues, but most companies want your business so they will try to accommodate you with options to make it work. If you are set on a short notice time frame then the price of your quote could increase.
There may be more questions a company will ask you, but these are the basic questions that companies may ask. For now, we will move on to questions that you (the customer) should ask.
L. (The order of the questions do not matter. As long as the questions are asked, you will have peace of mind that you are getting an honest and reliable quote).
#1. Are you licensed and insured? Usually if moving companies are licensed and insured, you can feel better about them moving your items. If a mistake were to happen, you will know if they could cover damages to your personal items.
#2. Will there be experienced or trained movers on my move? Most companies try not to make mistakes. Experienced movers are less likely to make mistakes that cause delays in time or damage to personal items. New movers, as long as they are trained properly, can be efficient. However, you'd want at least one experienced mover on your job.
#3. Is a copy of the contract available to me? Not every company's policies are the same, so you want a copy of the moving agreement. If they cannot provide you with a copy, I do not recommend you use them for your move. Read your contract thoroughly, taking your time to read information about what their policies are. If they are reasonable terms for you, you may feel more comfortable about using that company.
#4. Are you hourly or flat-rate? Hourly rates can always be a risk. Anything can happen during your move. Traffic, weather, and customer emergencies to name a few, can all extend the time frame of your move. Also, if you are not going with a reliable company, their movers may move slower and take breaks. Depending on their policies in the contract, you could be paying for their breaks or downtime. Your hourly rate based quote will always sound smaller or better in the beginning, but nine times our of ten, you will end up with a much larger bill by the time your job is completed. My personal opinion is to always go with a flat-rate based quote. This way, your quote is most likely not going to increase once you receive your initial estimate, given there are no major additions to the move.
M. PROS AND CONS
N.There are pros and cons to every decision you make when choosing a company to work with. Using the barber example above, maybe your favorite stylist uses a flat rate for the entire service, or a rate for each individual service. Perhaps the hourly stylist is running a sale that gets you extra services. You will have to take into account what you actually need, as well as how much you are willing to pay
Hourly rates sound good. A company that quotes you $150 an hour for all supplies could be giving you a good deal. Say you just need help moving your first level one bedroom apartment to a ground floor storage facility. Chances are, it won't take that long to be completed. If the workers move fast, it could be finished in three hours and you've spent less that $500 for a professional moving company to move all your belongings.
2. FLAT - RATE
Flat rates are good because there is no guess work on neither the customer's part or the company's part. Every piece of the service that costs money can be explicitly dealt with in the contract and you won't be left wondering if you should've went with someone else. You will know upfront how much you will be paying, rather than not knowing until the end of the job. No matter how much time it takes for your movers to complete the job, you will not be charged more money. Plus, it gives your movers an incentive to compete the job quicker.
3. HOURLY/FLAT - RATE COMBO
P. The benefit of going with w company that uses this type of rate calculate is that you could save money depending on how many items you have an their weight. Say you do have a lot of items that need to be moved, but they are all lightweight boxes. You know that it will take your movers some time to load and unload, so the company's minimum seems more realistic or fair because you know upfront the least amount you will be spending.
These are the most important things to know when deciding on a moving company. Questions are good! Never let companies make you feel like you are an inconvenience for asking any questions you may have. If you have other questions for me, please leave them in the comment section and I will get to you as best I can.
Winchester Virginia to Colorado
The cost range of a long distance move
The price will vary depending on three different aspects of the move. The first factor that the movers have to consider is the distance from the moving companies location to the new address typically if its over 100 miles its considered long distance and you will start in the price range of $1000 to $1500 any thing over 100 miles but less then 500 miles will be in the $2000 to $6000 range and any thing over that can be in the range of $6000 to $15,000. You have to also consider how much labor it will take to complete your move. Another factor is time. Time is very valuable so if your move is going to take a long time you should budget to spend the appropriate amount. Every company differs in price there are more aspects to the cost and it all depends on the services you want such as packing and assembly and disassembly, these are specialty services and can cost a significant amount but you get what you pay for so remember if you want quality you have to pay for it. I advise that you shop around ask the right questions and that should help determine the best movers for you.