Understanding Your Move-Four Commonly Asked Questions

When it comes to relocation, it’s typical to have a few questions. There are a lot of terms used that can be confusing, and it’s important to understand the lingo that movers and others use.

Here are four commonly asked questions that can help you understand different concepts regarding your relocation.

1) What Do LTL Companies Do? I’ve Seen This Phrase in Reference to Moving.

LTL means “less than truckload.” This term is typically used when there is a shipment of some sort that is bigger than the maximum size that FedEx, UPS or another shipping company can process, but is smaller than the size of a truck full of freight.

Often, this phrase can be used in conjunction with relocation if you have a lot of items that you want shipped all together. Items transported in this way are typically shrink wrapped or otherwise secured into one or more large parcels and transported with forklifts and pallets/jacks.

If you have a business that needs to move (or an extra-large household), it can be a good idea to look into these sorts of services.


2) How Do Companies Determine the Cost of My Relocation?


Although the process varies slightly by company, there is a basic formula used by professionals to help determine your costs.

Typically, you will pay based on the total weight of everything that needs to be brought along by the movers. Your items are usually loaded onto a truck or van and then weighed.

The distance you are going also figures into costs, as traveling adds up in terms of gas and toll prices, among others things. If you require any auxiliary services (like packing, cleaning, etc.) these fees will also be added to the total.


3) If the Cost of My Relocation Depends on Weight, Why Get an Estimate?


An estimate will help you figure out what the ballpark cost of services will be. This can help you determine if it’s economical and feasible to hire assistance, or if it would make sense to take a different avenue.

Having a representative come to your house and survey the items that need to come along can help make an estimate more precise. The more inclusive you are with your possessions, the closer the resulting figure should be to the actual cost.


4) When Should I Move?


If you have a choice, the best time is during spring, late fall or winter, in the beginning or middle of a month. Try to give the company a month’s notice with reservations if possible for maximum convenience.


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Unigroup Worldwide is an example of a company that deals with LTL freight and shipping concerns. Go online to learn more about how they can help you with your commercial moving needs.

One of Mary’s favorite things to write about is moving. For more information regarding LTL companies, please visit http://www.unigrouplogistics.com/

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