Long Vs. Short Distance Moving

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about moving out of your current home, but you don’t know exactly where you want to go. You and your family might have several factors that can influence the decision on where to go. Finances, school districts, home values, job offers, and more can all place a heavy emphasis on the move. Many people believe that short distance moving is easier, cheaper, and more advantageous than long distance moving. However, this is not always the case. By weighing the pros and cons of long vs. short distance moving, you can decide which option is best for you.

Long Vs. Short Distance Moving

Long Distance Moving

First, let’s take a look at what long distance moving has to offer. Perhaps you want to experience a new town, or your job is relocating you to a new city. This guide can help ease your fears about what a long distance move might cost. View the pros of a long distance move:

  • You will receive a written estimate of moving costs. Many short distance movers are not required to provide a written statement, and can give a price orally. But long distance movers are required to provide you with a written cost so you know exactly what you are paying before you plan the move.
  • The cost by size and weight can be cheaper. A long distance move allows for bigger trucks and haulers, which can help reduce costs. Instead of taking multiple trips or requiring more than one truck, a large truck can safely haul your items to your long distance location.
  • You will experience a new city with new neighbors and new experiences. Sometimes, we just need to find a new place to call home. A long distance move might give you the breath of fresh air needed to start anew and find opportunities for you and your family.

Long distance moving can also be risky, however. It is a big deal to upheave your home and move to a completely new location. Review the cons of long distance moving before setting any plans in stone:

  • Moving costs can become more expensive. If the mover charges by distance, this is sure to add up. Plus, crossing interstate or provincial lines may garner an extra charge as well.
  • Not all companies provide long haul moving estimates, or are willing to travel that far. Make sure to do your research and determine who can travel for the best price.

Short Distance Moving

Short distance moving does not require as much time or shipping as long distance moving, and it might be easier for both you and the movers since you’re working in familiar territory. There are plenty advantages to a short distance move:

  • Cheaper distance costs. Some movers charge by mileage or time, which will reduce the amount on your quote. And, if you are moving fewer than 724 kilometers, you won’t accrue an extra charge for out-of-zone moving.
  • Stay in a familiar location. You are already familiar with the area in which you live, and it will be easier for you to relocate to a new neighborhood or neighboring town. Keep the same schools and workplaces while navigating the same streets you already know.

Some moving companies may have difficulty with a short move, however. Make sure to understand the limitations of certain movers if the move is very short. Some restrictions may apply:

  • A shorter move might mean a bigger truck, which can increase the cost per volume. A short distance with a lot of weight can accrue just as much as a long distance with average weight.
  • You may only receive an oral quote. Short distance movers are not required to give a written estimate like long distance movers are. However, you will never be denied a written quote if you request it. Make sure to build trust with your movers to ensure a safe move, no matter the distance.

Ultimately, it is best not to worry about breaking the bank, regardless of the distance of your move. There may be other factors contributing to your move, and you may not have a choice between long or short distance moving. Since there are pros and cons to both, you can still achieve a stress-free move either way.

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Moving Tip

  • Get rid of the junk! Get rid of anything you don’t need or want, it will make packing that much easier and save you money.The more stuff you have will increase the time and or weight of the move and will cost you more money!
  • Do not move jewelry, money, coin collections, etc. Keep these items in your possession.
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