One of the first questions any Birmingham, AL, moving company asks a customer calling in for information about a move is if it is local or long distance. While different moving companies may have different options in services, the local and long distance moving options are standard across the industry.
For most moving companies, local moves are those that are within the state and do not require crossing a state line. However, some local movers set more specific guidelines and include a specific geographic range. For example, they may consider a local move as anything within a 100, 150 or 200 or any other set mileage distance from Birmingham, AL.
Local moves are charged by the hour or on a flat rate in most cases. Depending on the size of the move and the specifics of the move, this is typically completed using one truck and one moving crew. The same crew that loads the truck at your current residence will unload at your new home.
Long Distance Moves
Long distance moves are outside of the geographic range for the moving company, or they are interstate moves. Most moving companies offering long distance moves have national offices, but this is not always the case for all areas of the country.
A critical difference between local and long distance moving is that there is typically more than one household on each truck, and the same crew that loads your truck will not be the same crew that unloads at the destination.
By selecting a national moving service, you have the benefit of knowing professionally trained movers will be handling your possessions at both ends of the trip. It also means faster delivery in most cases as the big movers have more loads and are regularly driving into all areas of the country.
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