When you start looking for moving companies online, you will quickly realize that there are two types of movers: local movers and big national moving companies. What is the difference and which is better for your move?
Local vs. National Moving Companies
Local movers are smaller, locally-based moving companies. They are often cheaper than the big national companies, and the customer service will probably be a lot better. However, moving equipment isn’t cheap. So, not as many small local moving companies are going to have the same resources as the national companies – such as hydraulic lifts, various sizes of trucks, and dollies.
There are a lot of major names in national moving companies (a quick google search for moving companies will reveal the top ones). Be warned that, just because a national mover has a good reputation, it doesn’t always mean that the local chapter is just as reputable. Many of the local branches of the big moving companies are franchises and their level of service may not be as great.
Which Should You Choose?
Not surprisingly, it is usually best to hire a local moving company when you are moving locally. The local movers can offer better rates for the move, and they are familiar with the area so you don’t have to worry about trivial issues like them getting lost. However, do make sure to do your research. Check that they are licensed and insured, because many states don’t even require USDOT licensing for local moves.
When moving long distance, there are a lot of variables to consider. In these cases, it may be better to choose a big national moving company. The long distance move will probably be a lot cheaper with these companies because they can offer freighting services. They will load up your belongings with belongings from other people going in that direction. Since the cost of the truck, drivers, and fuel is shared between multiple customers, the costs are lower. This is not something that local moving companies can offer.