If you’re planning a relocation, preparation is key. However, the manner in which you prepare for your upcoming move depends heavily on where you plan to go. If you’re thinking about hiring a professional moving company, one of the first things you’ll need to determine is whether you need local or long-distance movers.


Though most relocators assume there’s little difference between the two, the scope of your move ultimately determines each step in the relocation process. Below, our Ed’s Moving & Storage team discusses what to expect with local and long-distance relocations.


What Constitutes a Local Move?

By most moving company standards, a local move falls within a 50-mile radius of your current location. Relocations outside of that radius, but that fall within state borders, are considered intrastate moves.


When hiring a moving company, the difference between a local move and an intrastate move ultimately determines the charges you’ll pay. Typically, local movers charge a set hourly rate, with additional fees based on the scope of the services you require.


What Constitutes a Long-Distance Move?

If you’re moving across state lines or internationally, you’re conducting a long-distance move. Long-distance movers operate using a different cost scheme, since charging by the hour is unrealistic.


Typically, long-distance movers set fees according to the weight of the goods you plan to move, as well as the distance to your destination. If international moves require logistics assistance, that will also factor into the final cost.


Local Moves Require Less Planning

If you’re moving within an easily accessible distance, the planning and execution process typically requires far less preparation — but that’s not always the case. If you’re buying or selling a home, occasionally, issues with contract timing and move dates can necessitate temporary storage solutions, making the process more complicated. That said, for most relocators, local moves are quick and largely uncomplicated.


During a local relocation, the quantity of stuff you plan to move generally determines how much planning you’ll need to conduct. If you’re getting ready for a local move, heed these helpful tips:


●        Pack early. If you’re looking to save on hourly moving costs, DIY packing can help. Though, if you're unsure how to safely pack valuables or breakable items, hiring professional movers and packers may be a better choice.


●        Get rid of what you don’t need. Another way to shave a few hours off the moving day process is to declutter your space. There’s no sense in paying to transport useless household items, so sort your things, determine which items you no longer use, and create a donate or sell pile. Decluttering doesn’t just save you time on moving day; it makes the unpacking process less tedious, too.


●        Hire a reputable moving company. Though local relocations are usually less involved than long-distance moves, hiring a reputable moving company can make the process considerably less stressful. One distinct benefit provided by professional moving companies is liability coverage, which can offer additional peace of mind when transporting breakable or valuable items. Too, if you plan to transport large, bulky furniture or heavy appliances, professional appliance movers can take that burden off your shoulders — literally.


Long-Distance Moves Require Considerable Preparation

When it comes to planning a long-distance move, you’ll need to start preparing months in advance. The vast majority of long-distance moves require professional expertise and resources, so as soon as you determine your move date, start looking for a long-distance moving company. Traits to look for in a reputable interstate or international moving crew include:


●        Valid, up-to-date licensing from the United States Department of Transportation

●        Adherence to federal regulations, including registration through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

●        For international moves, registration with the Federal Maritime Commission, to ensure safe transport of your goods

●        Properly maintained moving trucks and equipment

●        Multiple moving insurance options


Because long-distance movers charge according to the total weight of your goods, it’s also a smart idea to downsize prior to the move, if possible. Whether you decide to donate or sell unused items or find a long-term storage solution, taking the time to declutter can help lower your moving costs.


Speaking of decluttering, appliances and furniture items typically constitute the bulk of the weight during any move. Not to mention, they can be awkward to pack and transport. If you’re not strongly attached to your furniture and appliances, it may benefit you to leave them behind. In some cases (depending on where you plan to move) purchasing new items when you reach your destination can prove more cost effective.


Looking for a Reputable Seattle Moving Company? Contact Ed’s Moving & Storage Today

Whether you’re getting ready for a local or long-distance move, you need a reliable moving company you can trust. At Ed’s Moving & Storage, we’re the team you’re looking for! From full packing services to climate-controlled storage solutions, and furniture moving to international logistics assistance, we provide a full suite of professional moving services to make your move as easy and stress free as possible.


To learn more about how we can facilitate your relocation, or to request your moving quote, give our team a call at 253-581-2449. You can also get in touch with us by filling out our contact form, and a member of our team will be in contact with you promptly.