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What Goes into Your Long-Distance Moving Costs?

 Moving across the country is very different from moving across town.  If you’re doing a local move, you’ll likely pay your movers based on an hourly rate.  But when your stuff has to travel long-distance, there are a variety of factors that determine your Moving Costs, like:


–  The weight of your belongings

This one makes sense.  After all, the heavier your stuff is, the more it’s going to cost to move it!

But let’s take things one step further so that you know exactly what to expect…

Your movers will start by weighing their empty truck on a certified scale. The number they come up with is the “tare weight”.  Once all your stuff is onboard, they’ll weigh the truck again.  The number they come up with this time is the “gross weight”.  When you subtract the tare weight from the gross weight, you get the “net weight” — or, the weight of your belongings.  Then, you’ll pay a set fee per pound of your net weight.


–  The distance you’re traveling

The further your stuff has to travel, the more you’re going to pay in moving costs.  After all, your movers will have to spend their time out on the open road and paying for gas as they go!  That’s why you’ll have to provide the zip codes you’re moving to and from before you can get a moving estimate.


–  “Extras”

If you want your movers to pack up your stuff for you — in addition to just moving it — plan on paying more.  These charges are done piecemeal, so make sure they’re worth it before you sign on the dotted line.  Of course, if you’re afraid to pack your giant, expensive TV all by yourself, paying your movers to do it with their professional tools and techniques is well worth the added expense!