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Long Distance Moving – whether from state to state or more than 100 miles away – can be complex and confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. Wherever you’re going, an understanding of the ground rules will prepare you and your family properly for the move. This article does just that: gives you the basics, ensuring that long distance moving is smoother, easier and less problematical than ever.

What is long distance moving?

Long Distance Moving refers to a move from one state to another state, or a move of over 100 miles within the same state. This type of moving is priced differently from local moving: the cost is based on both the distance to be covered and the official weight of the goods being moved (the movers will provide an estimate of the latter based on the information you provide).

The cost of long distance moving can also be heavily affected by specific characteristics, including: whether the movers assist with packing; the time it takes the movers to unload the goods at the destination; construction of the destination (e.g. stairs vs. elevators); the insured value of the property; and storage of the goods by the movers for an interim period before delivery.

Guide to successful long distance moving – Understand your estimates

Binding Estimates of Total Cost

A binding long distance moving estimate of total cost in includes a thorough description of the shipment and all services to be provided by the movers, and the movers may charge you a nominal amount to prepare the estimate. Unless there are unanticipated changes in the services to be provided, the estimated amount is all you’ll have to pay. Factors that could result in additional charges in long distance moving include unanticipated charges for the movers at the destination, such as long carries, additional stairs to climb, and charges for elevator/shuttle use. Binding estimates of total cost must be written and signed by you and the movers in order to be legally binding. You should get a copy before moving.

By accepting a binding moving estimate, you are committed to pay in full once the property has been delivered (unless, prior to moving, the movers agree to extend credit). If for some reason you can’t or won’t pay at the time of delivery, the movers are at liberty to place all the property in storage at your expense until all charges are fully paid up.

Non-binding Moving Estimates of Approximate Costs

These estimates are always provided free of charge, and simply provide a rough idea of your anticipated moving costs. The moving estimate is not a guarantee of what you’ll ultimately pay, and in no way commits the movers to the estimated amount. The actual amount will be based on the fees published by the movers, regardless of any non-binding moving estimates provided.

Non-binding moving estimates should include details of the shipment and all the services to be provided by the movers. These moving estimates must be provided in writing and the final cost cannot be more than ten percent over the estimated total following delivery of your property to its destination (remaining charges can be paid up to thirty days after the delivery). Of course, if you utilize more services than those detailed in the moving estimate, the movers are entitled to expect full payment at the time of the delivery.

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