If you are moving to another state or more than 100 miles away, the move is considered a long distance or interstate moving. That is important to know, because different federal standards can apply and there are guidelines every professional moving company must follow.
For example, it is hard to give you a flat rate moving
quotes on a long distance move, especially if you are crossing state borders. By law, loads must be weighed. Moving trucks traveling interstate routes must adhere to weight limits and cannot be overloaded or the company may face hefty fines and the possible impounding of their trucks. You definitely wouldn't want that to happen to your stuff!
What this means is the movers listed on MovinGood, or any other ones you contact, can only give you an estimate of what the move will cost. Since moving companies
who list on MovinGood are prohibited from any hidden costs, you can have confidence that the estimate will be close to accurate. However, you need to be aware that until the truck is loaded and weighed, a true price cannot be ascertained.
Another consideration when planning a long distance move is that, if you have less than four bedrooms worth of stuff, the company will most likely combine your belongings with someone else's traveling the same route. Don't let that freak you out. It actually saves you money. There is absolutely no reason to be concerned about another family getting your grandmother's china or you getting their three years old's toys. Each move is carefully inventoried and labeled with brightly colored and numbered stickers. They are attached to all items to be moved, furniture included. They peel off fairly easily, so nothing will be damaged. Upon loading and unloading, the supervisor will go over each and every numbered sticker to make sure you get only your things, and all of your things. Another thing—do not be surprised if the long distance movers who load you are not the ones who unload you.
In order to help you with your bidding process on this site, here are some average weights by living space. Of course, if you have extra heavy exercise equipment, workshop machinery, piano, sleeper sofas, antiques, or ten bookshelves full of books, let the movers know.
One bedroom apartment (700-1000 sq ft): 1500-2500 lbs
Two bedroom apartment (900-1300 sq ft): 2500-4000 lbs
Two bedroom house (1000-1500 sq ft): 2000-5000 lbs
Three bedroom house (1300-2000 sq ft): 6500-8500 lbs
Four-five bedroom house (2200-4000 sq ft): 12500 plus
Please understand that there are regulations about transporting and storing items such as open cartons, liquids, valuables and hazardous materials. All batteries need to be removed. Drawers may be required to be emptied. Your interstate moving company agent will explain all of these things to you.
When moving long distance, do not be surprised if it takes more than a day for the van to show up at your place. There are also regulations about how long movers can work, how many hours they can spend on the road, etc. The farther away you move, the longer it will take to get your things to you. Three to six days is common.
Therefore, take plenty of clothes and essentials in your car and plan to stay with family or in a motel if you do not want to camp out in a vacant place. Pack a few boxes with essentials such as toilet paper, box cutters or scissors, paper towels, paper plates, coffee supplies and pot, flashlight, light bulbs, a few picture hangers and nails, pencils, paper, phone book, radio, electronic games, batteries and an ice cooler. Have these in your car so they will be handy during and immediately after the move.
To locate a long distance movers in your area, just enter your zip code in the box and click . You'll see a list of reliable professional moving companies ready to assist you in your interstate move.