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Denver Moving Companies Explain: Differences Between Local and Long Distance Relocation


May 11, 2016

The type of moving company you select often depends upon whether you are making a local or long distance move. There are some standard differences that anyone who is changing residences should know. Denver moving companies want buyers and sellers of homes to be informed regarding their decisions as to who will haul their precious belongings from one place to another.

Local Moves

“Local” doesn’t mean “across the street” or “across town” in moving company parlance. It means a move within state lines, whether your state is tiny like Rhode Island or expansive like Texas.

Local movers must obtain licenses from the state’s moving authority in which they operate. Local movers in Colorado are required to carry a household goods number and a property carrier number. Before hiring a mover, verify that that the company’s registration is up to date.

Local movers generally charge by the hour for their services, with a minimum number of hours that the client will be billed. If you’re moving your household just fifty miles away, that’s not such a burden; but if you’re moving your household two hundred miles away, be sure to factor that into the expense incurred.

Long Distance Moves

If your household is crossing state lines, you can safely assume that this is a long distance move, even if your old home and your new home are just a few miles apart across the state border.

Long distance movers are regulated and must be licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCAS monitors and ensures compliance with regulations governing both safety (all carriers) and commerce (for-hire carriers). Unless your mover is hauling tender human cargo--and they likely won’t--then the USDOT number is the one you’re looking for. Registered carriers are required to purchase specific insurance based on the type of registration(s). The FMCSA shows that a BMC-34 or BMC-83 carrier (household good motor carrier and/or household goods freight forwarder) must carry a minimum of $5,000 cargo insurance per vehicle and $10,000 per occurrence.

Long distance moves are billed by the weight/volume of goods being moved and the distance traveled, even if the move is actually only a few miles, for instance if you were moving from Julesburg, CO to Big Springs, NE. Long distance movers must provide you with a written estimate for the long distance move. Sign no contract unless you have that written estimate.

Scheduling requirements for long distance moves also differ from local moves. The long distance move generally takes more time and covers a greater distance. It will also involve more stringent packing requirements. Check with your mover to verify. Long distance movers may also use satellite tracking so customers and dispatchers can keep tabs on delivery progress.

Eden’s Moving Services offers reliable local and long distance moving services, whether you’re relocating across the street or across the country. Call toll free at 1 (877) 887-8248 for a free quote today!