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If you’re planning to move houses, you might be wondering what else you need to worry about aside from packing your stuff and transporting it to your new home. It should be easy peasy, right? Unfortunately, seeing all the things you need to fix and paperworks you might have to file might make you think that there’s more to a house move than you can handle, especially if you plan on moving long distance. In turn, you might be thinking of communicating or reaching out to professionals such as a moving company for a long distance move. However, there’s that – what exactly is considered long distance moving?

At its core, long distance moving primarily involves having to travel long distances in order to move from an old house to a new place of residence. However, a lot of moving companies actually have more things to consider before labelling a client as one that needs long distance moving assistance. Here are other things you need to consider:
If you’re planning to move houses, you might be wondering what else you need to worry about aside from packing your stuff and transporting it to your new home. It should be easy peasy, right? Unfortunately, seeing all the things you need to fix and paperworks you might have to file might make you think that there’s more to a house move than you can handle, especially if you plan on moving long distance. In turn, you might be thinking of communicating or reaching out to professionals such as a moving company for a long distance move. However, there’s that – what exactly is considered long distance moving?

At its core, long distance moving primarily involves having to travel long distances in order to move from an old house to a new place of residence. However, a lot of moving companies actually have more things to consider before labelling a client as one that needs long distance moving assistance. Here are other things you need to consider:

  • Understand the terminology first. One of the most essential aspects of differentiating local moves from long distance moving lies in the terminology used in the process. Essentially, potential clients need to understand these two primary elements first, especially when differentiating moving locally or long distance. At its core, moving companies and other professionals will likely consider your move as one of two things, which you need to take note of:
      • A local move is also referred to as an intrastate move.
      • A long distance move is referred to as interstate moving.
  • Distance differentiates local and long distance services. Aside from terminology, distance also matters when it comes to differentiating a local move and a long distance move. Clients who plan on travelling a bit far to their new home should consider the overall distance before hiring a professional team to meet their needs. After all, base costs and other charges might differ depending if they’re actually doing a local move or a long distance move. In turn, clients need to consider how the terminology changes when it comes to distance:
      • Moves are considered local intrastate moves if they fall less than 400 miles – be it 50 miles or somewhere within that range. This is usually the distance that still fits inside a small state, or just within the purview of another one.
      • Moves are considered interstate moves if they fall more than 400 miles, which usually entails having to transfer and move belongings from one state deep inside another state, or to a place a few states away. Charges differ due to the distance, special regulations, and other specific things that might change between these two locations.
  • Base costs also differ when it comes to a long distance move. If you’re planning to move long distance, it’s important to remember that new types of charges may apply, especially now that you have to bring over multiple objects across a long distance, instead of simply being a local move. On average, long-distance moves might cost around USD 4,500 to USD 8,500, depending on various factors. These range from how many things you’re moving and how much their weight, as well as the overall distance from your old house to your new home. Moreover, things may also differ depending on the type of move you want – be it a house move or a commercial move – and if your chosen long distance movers charge based on hourly rate.
  • Charges also differ when it comes to long distance moving experiences. If you’re planning to move long distance and hire a long distance moving company, remember that you have other factors you have to consider. As per Motor Carrier Safety Administration policies, moving companies need to follow specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety procedures to ensure the security of things you’re transporting to your new home. In turn, aside from these companies having a USDOT Number, you also have to consider things such as extra charges to your move. Here are some elements that might change your moving cost:
    • Fuel charges might not change much, as they might still be based on the distance travelled by the movers. However, your interstate movers might have specific circumstances here that you might want to review.
    • Linehaul charges depend on the price per pound of the things you want to bring over to your new home. Essentially, the moving company will weigh their moving trucks as empty containers, and then weigh them again with your belongings. The subtracted weight will become the basis of the line haul charge.

Moving Long Distance: A Long Way From Home

With the above tips in mind, it’s important to remember that long distance moves might immediately give the impression of “moving” to a long distance location. However, if you’re put in the position of having to hire movers for a long distance move, it’s best to know whether you might be qualified for a long distance move or not before calling them for their service. Moreover, this also lets you identify exactly what you might need for your move, especially if you learn that you might have to start moving a long distance.


Tom Philips

Thomas Philips is a writer and content marketer with a keen interest in the moving industry. As a travel enthusiast and logistics expert by training, Thomas has been working with various moving companies for the past 16 years. He currently writes for Roadway Moving and applies his expertise through his written works. Thomas makes it a point to give practical moving advice to both clients and readers to help transform their moving experience into an unforgettable one