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Long-Distance Moving Tips

The reputation of moving companies is one of the biggest factors in selecting a mover, but for long distance moves, it should be the biggest factor. Consider the care and effort that movers must apply. Experience and capability should take precedence over price.

Long distance movers charges are based mainly on the weight of your items and the distance. It just makes sense that moving a sparsely furnished four-room house from Atlanta to Baltimore will be cheaper than moving a twenty-room house packed with furniture from Boston to Seattle.

Because weight is the biggest factor in the price of a long distance move, here is something you must know:

Before the move, the weight of the truck without your goods is measured. This is called "empty weight". The scales are usually located at the nearest truck stop or at the moving companies' facilities. You are allowed to accompany the driver to the scale during the weigh-in to ensure that everything is in order. Make sure that your mover provides you with an "empty weight" receipt.

In order to avoid additional charges during your long-distance move, you must:

    • Know the layout of your new community or apartment complex.
    • Know if the area will accommodate huge 18-wheelers. If not the moving company will have to rent a smaller truck which will cost more money.
    • Know the building restrictions beforehand. If the truck cannot unload and has to wait another day to unload, then they will charge you extra for downtime.
    • Know about walkway/elevator access. Some long-distance moving companies charge extra if they have to use the stairs or elevator.

The moving company will have no knowledge of this information, so it is up to you to provide it to the best of your knowledge.

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