Household Moving FAQ: Are Expedited Moving Services Available?
When you’re looking to move from one part of the country to another, you have to understand and accept that it’s going to take time. From start to finish, you’re looking at a process that can take weeks or even months and it can be a real hassle if it’s not something you’ve done before or don’t know what to expect. You need to give yourself the time necessary, at least four to six weeks, to start finding household movers and getting everything arranged. You want to use the initial time to find different household movers, get some prices and quotes, and compare those companies’ services and prices to determine which company you ultimately want to book with. But what if you don’t have the time to arrange everything – last-minute moves happen, after all, so isn’t there someone that can handle expedited household moving?
Yes. However, it’s a bit more difficult to arrange, and this usually translates as “more expensive for you.” Expedited household moving has to be done fast, and this can be hard from a logistics standpoint, especially if you’re moving across the country. Most of the time, household moving companies schedule things weeks and months in advance to avoid deadhead, maximize their routes and make the most they can per run. This is a common thing in any transportation industry, and it ultimately saves you money. Household movers usually transport three or four different loads at a time, separated within the trailer by huge foldable walls or heavy curtains, and they’re usually on the truck for weeks at a time.
An expedited order that’s shipped on a nationwide, coast-to-coast hauler is going to have to squeeze in with the rest of their loads, which means doing a lot more work than that moving company was anticipating to get your stuff onto the truck. This is part of the reason why it’s more expensive; the premium, higher price is used to entice carriers to actually do all that extra work, and without it most shippers would scoff if you tried to offer them the same rate as loads that had been on the truck for days or weeks, while telling them they need to pick it up, load it and get all your stuff out of your home within just a few days.
We try to recommend against expedited household moving services for precisely this reason; while it may be nice to have the option, you’re going to end up paying a lot more than you would if you had booked your shipment further out and allowed the process to develop naturally. Of course, hindsight’s 20/20; if it’s too late to turn back the clock, the most important thing you can do is get as many quotes for expedited shipping as you can and do your best to budget accordingly. Expedited shipping doesn’t just put strain on the shipper, but on you as well, since it means rushing to get all the loose ends associated with moving out of a home tied up before you actually vacate.
If you need a quote for household moving services, make sure to visit our Household Moving Articles page. On it you’ll find our dedicated household moving quote request form. Not only that, but you also gain access to our useful and informative household moving articles, which break down the industry and the process so you can familiarize yourself with how it works and avoid nasty surprises down the road. If you need to ship a vehicle along with your household items, fill out the free form to the left and select “yes” under where it asks if you need to ship household goods. If you do, and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen. If you have questions still, or need some help navigating our site or getting the right quote for your needs, give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents today.