If you plan on moving over 50 miles away, then this is considered a long distance move. However, long distance moves can be viewed as a little less than that, or it can be regarded as hundreds of miles. Regardless of how many miles you’re moving, you’re probably wondering how much do long distance movers cost? With that said, there are factors that play a role in costs.
Volume Or weight
The main factor is the volume or weight of the items the movers have to handle. Many movers charge their customers based on how many cubic feet of items they require to move. Not many companies charge based on the size of an apartment or house because a very large house can have a few belongings that need to be packed, while a tiny studio apartment can be packed to the brim with belongings. Calculating costs based on cubic feet/volume makes more sense.
If a moving company doesn’t charge by volume, then they will charge by weight. The more your belongings weigh in total, the more you will pay. Keep in mind not all long distance movers charge based on weight, but there are many that do.
Another major factor that affects the price is whether or not there are stairs involved. Stairs can pose a serious safety risk to the movers, as they are more at risk of injuring themselves by accident. Generally speaking, long distance or national movers will usually charge more if there are stairs.
Also, different movers have different ways of charging if there are stairs involved with the move. For example, one mover might charge a flat rate, regardless of how many stairs there are. Another moving company might charge based on how many stairs there are, including how many are at the pickup location and the destination. As a general rule of thumb, the more stairs involved with the move, the more it will probably cost you.
Do you have to move very far because the farther your destination is, the more you will pay. A move that is 100 miles in total will cost far less than a move that is 1,000 miles in total. In other words, the farther the movers have to travel, the more they will charge.
Again, different movers charge differently when it comes to this. You might find a mover that doesn’t take distance into consideration, but most movers do. When the time comes to hire a national moving company, make sure you ask the ones you’re researching whether or not they charge by the mile or if the distance they need to travel even factors into their price.
Many long distance and national moving companies can pack your belongings, but this is in addition to their moving services. There are companies that include this in their total price, but the chances are their rates will be expensive, to begin with. If you do decide to have the company pack your belongings, then they may charge a flat rate, or they may factor in how long it takes them to pack everything and whether or not you have specialty items that need to be packed a certain way.
When it comes to a long distance move, sometimes it is necessary to temporarily store your belongings. This is why some moving companies charge extra if they are required to store your belongings, which is often the case if the move is a cross-country move or if you are moving halfway across the country. However, many companies do offer storage for free, but it is a good idea to ask whether or not storage is included in the price.
Number Of Movers
The number of movers involved with the move might factor into the cost. The more workers who have to help, the more it will cost. For example, a two-man job will cost less than a move that requires the help of four or more workers.
Exclusive Moves And Consolidated Moves
Some long distance movers offer exclusive moves and/or consolidated moves, and if they do, then this will be factored into their price. With consolidated moves, the company might store their customer’s belongings, but only for a short period. They may also deliver your belongings to your destination within a time frame and not on an exact date. For example, a moving company might give you a delivery window of 14 days instead of telling you what date you can expect your belongings to arrive on.
An exclusive move can be expensive because you won’t have to wait due to other schedules being accommodated for by the company. Generally speaking, exclusive moves are usually reserved for larger jobs or to protect luxury or high-end items. It is worth pointing out that many companies will not charge you based on volume or weight of your belongings with this type of move.
Your Current Location
Where you are currently located can impact costs. For example, if you live in a major city, then you will likely pay more than if you lived in a small town. This isn’t always the case, but usually, it is. This is why it’s important to research numerous movers in your area.
The Company Itself
The actual company itself plays a major role, and this is because not all movers charge the same rates. Some companies may charge an hourly rate and offer discounts, while other movers charge a flat rate, but they don’t offer additional discounts. Movers take in many things into consideration when determining how much they will charge their customers and if they are a very well known company and has a good reputation, then the chances are they will charge more than a company that is new and doesn’t have a stellar reputation.
Generally speaking, you can easily pay around $2,000 for a long distant move. Keep in mind that the above factors, as well as a few other things, can determine costs too. In other words, you could end up paying far less than $2,000 or even more. The best thing is to request quotes from multiple long distance moving companies before choosing the most affordable one.