When people think about moving, there tends to be a misconception that all moves are essentially the same. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though. Moving services are not all the same, and if you’re facing a big transition, it’s essential to know what kind of moving help you need. In this blog, we will break down the difference between local and long-distance household moves and discuss how to find a reliable moving team to help you with each. Let’s dive in. What are Local Household Moves? Local moves are the most common kind of move in the US. According to research conducted by Harvard University, about 40 million people move each year. That breaks down to about 13% of the US population! The vast majority of those moves are considered local, meaning they’re within the same county or state. In fact, local moves accounted for 65% of all moves in 2019, while only 14% of moves in 2019 were considered long-distance. Today, most moving companies consider “local moves” as those within 50 miles. Since these moves are so short, they can generally be completed within a day or two. Are you considering hiring a moving company for your local move? Most moving teams charge an hourly rate for local moving services, along with a fuel surcharge to cover the cost of distance traveled. Today, most companies include the cost of materials, including moving blankets, tape, shrink wrap, and more, in the price of their moving services. Still, we recommend reading a moving estimate closely to determine what the cost of the move covers. Looking for even more help with your local move? Many companies also offer these services for customers pursuing local household moves: Packing/unpacking services Moving supply sales Short-term storage And more Not sure you want a full-service move? Most local moving companies allow people to handle some or all of the move independently to cut costs and take a more active role in the process. What are Long-Distance Moves? As the name indicates, long-distance moves are longer than local moves. Usually defined as moves of 50 miles or longer, long-distance moves account for one-fifth of all moves in the US. Even though they’re less common than local moves, they’re no less important. Because long-distance moves can be long and complex, they require more professional assistance than local moves. This is where moving companies come in. During a long-distance move, a moving company may help a client plan for the logistics of the move, pack boxes, arrange for short- and long-term storage, and secure unpacking or haul-away services. While many services offered during a local move are similar to those offered during a long-distance move, moving companies tend to play a more significant role in long-distance moves for many people. How to Find a Reliable Moving Company to Help With Your Relocation Hiring a skilled moving company can streamline and simplify the process – no matter where your upcoming move takes you. With that in mind, here are a few things we recommend looking for as you interview and hire your moving team: Comprehensive services. A good moving company should meet all your moving needs in one place. With this in mind, look for a company that offers local- and long-distance moving services, packing, unpacking, corporate relocations, and anything else you may need. Upfront pricing. Moving can be expensive, and you deserve to work with a moving company that will make it easy to budget your relocation. Ensure the moving team you’re interested in working with provides a quote upfront, and never work with a moving crew that asks for a deposit. Professional reputation. As unfortunate as it is, moving company scams are common, and they take advantage of people during a very stressful period of their lives. To avoid these scammers, look for a moving company with a professional reputation and a history of happy customers. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or read a company’s online reviews. Looking for a moving company to help you with your upcoming location? Gallo Moving and Storage is here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our team or begin your free, self-service moving estimate with our convenient moving app.