Interstate vs. In-Town Moves
When preparing for your move to a new state, here are some things to keep in mind on how your move will differ from a short distance move.
More Secure Packing Required
It may seem obvious, but it is important to keep in mind. The more time your household items spend on the road, the more time your belongings spend on the road, the more opportunity there is for damage. If you are packing your own boxes, be sure to include extra packing paper, and pack the boxes tight to avoid shifting. If it is fragile, label it as “fragile” or “do not stack”. This will ensure your movers take extra care of these items when loading it onto the truck. Extra fragile items, such as glassware, should also use special corrugated boxes to provide additional protection. If it is an extremely valuable item, consider moving the item yourself in your back seat or trunk.
More Secure Loading Required
The same concept applies to how your items are loaded onto the truck. Extra moving pads should be used to protect your furniture from scratches. The load should also be packed as tightly as possible in horizontal tiers to avoid shifting of the items during transit. After every 4-5 tiers of items, they should be secured with tight-fitting ratchet straps to hold the load in place during transit.
Additional Regulations for Moving Companies
As an interstate mover, you are incurring a certain degree of risk. All of your belongings are loaded onto one truck with one company, and traveling a long distance. Government regulations exist to help protect you from some of these risks. Interstate moving companies are required to have a valid DOT number, be registered with the FMCSA to transport household items interstate, and have the proper insurance.
Additional Mileage Fees
Every company is different, but typically your moving company will bill you hourly for packing/loading/unloading, but when they are in transit with your goods that will be a separate fee based on the weight of your goods and the distance travelled. The average national rate is 50 cents per pound and 75 cents per mile. This rate will usually decrease with longer cross country moves.