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Moving Out of State — What is a Shuttle Fee and Will I Be Charged?

What is a Shuttle Fee and Will I Be Charged During my Out of State Move?

Shuttle fees – one of the biggest moving scams in the world – can cost owners hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Most of the time shuttle fees are completely made up and unneeded and the most expensive of all of the “additional charges” moving companies and van lines can hit you with.

What is a shuttle fee?

A shuttle fee is a fee that a long distance moving company or van line will charge to put your shipment on a smaller truck to take it to a larger tractor trailer.  It is usually an hourly rate ( expect approximately $150/hour).  A normal three bedroom will take 6 hours or so.  Out of state movers and van lines will charge these fees if:

  • they think your residence is too far to walk from
  • they cannot park on your road or in your city
  • bad weather
  •  they are scamming you into paying more money – this is legal
  • narrow/unpaved roads
  • sharp turns
  • steep driveway or roads
  • overhead power lines
shuttle fee
What is a shuttle fee?

Here is a typical shuttle scenario involving a van line:

At the pick-up address, the driver will park his truck as close to the pickup address somewhere nearby.  A van line will hire a local origin agent to move the shipment with a  smaller truck and a two man crew to help load the items out of the origin residence onto the smaller truck at an insane rate around $150/hour. The smaller truck will than transport the goods to the over the road van. The driver and his crew of the over the road van will than transfer the household goods from the smaller truck to the over the road van. Depending upon the size of the shipment, this process could take several trips with the small truck. At destination, the process is reversed if there is a need for a shuttle.  Make no doubt about it, van lines want to charge shuttle fees because they make 20-30% off of each of these moves.

This is an opportune time for an out of state moving company or van line to increase their fees for your move.  These days there are private out of state movers that use smaller trucks for efficiency and you will never have to worry last minute that you will be charged a shuttle fee. Please note – even if you have a moving estimate, shuttle fees aren’t known until the driver actually arrives.  Check your paperwork, shuttle fees are legal to charge anytime!

Shuttle Fees for Out of State Moves – Be Aware

Most movers have impractical operation (or shuttle) provisions in their tariff which allow them to legally apply additional equipment and manpower charges to your bill of lading.

Most of the time, your driver will assess the situation but he can charge the shuttle fee at any given point. Even if the charges are not included on the original cost estimate.  Your out of state mover cannot charge a customer for shuttle service if they didn’t use any other equipment or manpower to perform your move.

Cities That Have the Most Shuttle Fees

In these cities you will find movers will charge shuttle fees in most cases:

  •  Boston
  • New York City
  • Denver/Vail/many places in Colorado
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Washington, DC
  • Philadelphia
  • Arlington, VA
  • Providence, RI
  • Portland, ME
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Atlanta, GA

Many smaller, walkable cities like Boston and NYC have laws preventing tractor trailers in many areas.  In NYC,  tractor trailers are not even allowed in Manhattan. Your best bet is to hire long distance movers that won’t charge these unnecessary fees.

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Canada

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Canada

 

Were you one of the people that vowed to move to Canada if Trump was elected president?  Well, it’s not your imagination – it really happened.  Now the real questions about finding movers and how much it actually costs to move to Canada.

Cost to Move to Canada
Cost of Long Distance Moving

 

Canada is a huuuuge country.  It’s true.  The moving costs to move from Boston to British Columbia Canada will be much different than moving from Seattle to BC.  Even BC is a large area so whether you are moving to southern BC or northern BC – this makes a big difference.  Essentially, moving from the United States to Canada is charged per pound.  The rates per pound will range from $.50 ( Seattle to Vancouver) to $2.00 per pound ( Los Angeles to Montreal). To make things easier – I have picked the most popular moving destinations in Canada: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Winnipeg to give you an idea of cost of moving to Canada:

Moving to Boston to Vancouver  $1.70-$2.05/pound

Moving from Los Angeles to Vancouver  $.90-$1.20/pound

Moving Boston to Toronto $.90-$1.15/pound

Moving Boston to Montreal $.60-$.90/lb

Moving Boston to Calgary $1.50-$2.00/lb

Moving Boston to Winnipeg $1.15-$1.55/lb

Factors that will effect the overall moving costs to Canada are:

  • time of year of move
  • availability of long distance moving companies
  • flexibility of moving dates
  • actual weight you are moving ( generally the weight per pound and cost per pound have a direct relationship – the more you move the less per pound it will cost)
  • quality of service

Another helpful article regarding long distance moving in general is our Not So Quick Long Distance Moving Tips which includes the pertinent questions to ask your US to Canada Movers.

Costs to Move to Canada
Long Distance Moving To Canada

When researching long distance moving companies to move you to Canada – you need to make sure they don’t have any additional international fees on top of their rate per pound – this can increase your move by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  Some larger van lines charge interstate rates up to $.40 more per pound – so make sure all fees and costs are in writing!  A good place to start is finding an online long distance moving estimate  to get an idea of your shipment weight.

Other Minor Details of moving to Canada will be outlined in the Canadian immigration website or http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp .

 

Not So Quick Tips for Long Distance Moving and Storage

Long Distance Moving and Storage

My top tips for long distance and moving and storage – this is a complete list of what you need to consider during your long distance move that requires storage.  If you don’t need storage – you are in the wrong place – try this

long distance moving and storage
Long Distance Moving and Storage

Long distance moving when you need storage sucks.  Sorry, but anyone who tells you different is most likely an extreme optimist ( do those still exist? ) or fibbing you so they don’t have to help you.  Okay, so now that you understand that LDMandS is a pain, here are some tips to help you get through it:

  1. There is greater chance that your things will be missing/damaged when you need long distance moving and storage in the interim.  Here is why – most movers buy/sell/transfer your move and there are so many hands that touch your shipment.  Let me put it this way – it would be really hard to prove where your things ended up missing/damaged. What can you do to protect your items?  Hire a long distance mover who doesn’t sell/trade/buy shipments. Also the best long distance movers will make sure the same crew that loaded your shipment delivers after storage.
  2. Do your research.  I really hate this cliche – like you don’t already know – check reviews blah blah blah…  Here is the insight I can provide about long distance moving and storage research.  You have to feel comfortable with them.  A nice voice on the phone isn’t the only reason to book with your mover.  And a FYI – BBB, Yelp, HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List are all PAID services.  I suggest finding long distance moving company reviews that are from third -party, verified sites like customer lobby.
  3. Make sure you store your items in the state you are moving to.  A lot of customers store items in their pick-up state they are moving from.  This gives the customer absolutely no leverage if the first move stinks.  Also, the price could change drastically – especially when using containerized storage. Hire long distance movers with flat rate long distance moving fees.
  4. Don’t use containerized storage for long distance moving and storage . First of all, per month storage fees are very high and the units are/can: easy to break into, fall apart, a nice home for insects/rodents, notorious for uncharges, billing issues, and in general horrible customer service.
  5. If you are using long distance moving and storage to move to a new climate say – from NY to FL – you should consider opting for humidity controlled storage unit or FL to NY – heated storage.  This isn’t for everyone… if the most expensive piece of furniture you own is a desk from IKEA – any type of storage should do fine.
  6. Pro-rated storage for your long distance move can save you hundreds.  Most van lines and larger moving operations will charge you for a full month of storage even if you move out on the 5th of the month.
  7. If you are moving long distance and need storage for six months or more – you will need to sign storage documents every six months and if you fail to – your coverage may be voided.  This should be the responsibility of your move to remind you of but it’s always good to be aware.

You can find the best long distance moving and storage operations along the east coast by doing a search for your local Monster Movers.

Moving From State to State

Moving From State to State

It is common knowledge that moving from state to state can be taxing.  When looking for an out of state mover, this simple advice can shave hours off of your search as well as keep some dollars in your pocket.

1.  Below is a simple state to state relocation pattern – granted this is for 2011 but similar trends are said to continue for the next 10-15 years.    The moving flow into a state  means more people are moving there.  If you are moving from a state where many move out of and to a state where a lot of people are moving to – expect to pay higher rates per pound.  I am sure you remember this “supply/demand” concept from your middle/high school economics course.  To put this into perspective:

moving from state to state
Moving From State to State

 

Moving from Boston to Florida is a very popular for those moving from state to state.  Therefore, you can expect to spend a little more money for your state to state relocation.

On the flip side, if you are moving from Florida to Rhode Island – not as popular, and not as expensive per pound.

2.  Long Distance Moving is least expensive during off peak times of the year.  If you can plan your state to state move in say February or March, this will greatly reduce your moving fees by up to 20%!

3.  Another kernel of advice is figure out if all of your furniture is “worth” the out of state moving fees.  Sure, some items are sentimental and can’t be given a declared value per se.   You can expect on average of $.50/lb for an interstate move.  So, you have an ikea table that you have had for 3 years – scratched.  At $.50/lb x the tables weight say 150lbs. That equates to $75.  You have to decide if the table is actually worth $75.  Thanks to various outlets like craigslist and the Salvation Army, donating furniture is easier and may be a better option than moving everything from state to state.

4.  Packing for your state to state move is extremely important.  Here are some state to state packing tips.  Remember to ask you long distance mover if they provide complimentary materials to help you start packing.

5.  Finding the best moving company for your state to state move starts with comparing movers.  This is a quick link to a printable spreadsheet to compare movers for your state to state move.

6.  Organizing your state to state move is incredibly important.  A helpful tool is a moving state to state checklist to assist in the organization.  Of course, everyone will have their specifics to add to this list but it is a great start.

Long Distance Moving – What you Need to Know

Long Distance Moving – What You Need to Know

Long Distance Moving Help
Long Distance Moving Help

Pricing 

How does a long distance moving provider price moves?  This is a loaded question so I will throughly explain this.   Legally, a long distance mover must weigh your move.  Period.  There are movers who claim they don’t “weigh” customers’ shipments and they will provide a total based on square footage that the long distance moving truck after it is loaded.  I suggest not using movers who go by “square foot, here’s why:

1.  If you hire a long distance moving company going by square foot, they may not load your shipment “high and tight” instead they can essentially load the shipment to take up more space if they need to fill a truck…  I am sure you understand this concept.

2.  It is really quite hard to estimate a shipment that is charged by square foot simply because of whoever is loading your shipment.  Remember that Atari game from the 80’s called Tetris.  Some people have a good eye for seeing empty spots and some don’t.  When your shipment is priced by weight, it is an indisputable number.  There is no confusion whether or not the people loading the truck did a good job or not.

Guaranteed Dates for Long Distance Move Delivery

At this time there are only a handful of movers that can actually guarantee delivery dates.  These are the best movers to use.  This means they have great logistics and services.  Find one of these movers near you.

Laws, Rules Regulations for Long Distance Movers

Long distance  moving companies must cooperate with DOT regulations and laws regarding licensing and weigh stations.You see, when a moving company is traveling across state lines/past weigh stations, they have to make sure the truck isn’t overweight ( or there are huge fines enforced).  Good long distance moving companies will have their licensing numbers clearly on the door of their truck.  Their drivers also need health forms and log books at all times.  I suggest making sure your long distance mover has full time labor and drivers that stay with the shipment.  The last thing you want is a poor crew on the offload of your shipment in your new home.  Make sure your mover has full time labor and experienced drivers.

Coverage aka. Insurance for Long Distance Moving

There are no moving companies that provide insurance.  They only provide coverage which is bound by their insurance company.  Please, make sure your mover is insured – ask them to provide proof of insurance.  I love to support mom and pop businesses but, honestly – this is not the industry that I would suggest trusting anything anyone says over the phone.  Ask for proof, ask for paperwork.  If they want your business this should be easy to provide.  Here’s how long distance moving company coverage works –  every moving company, by law must cover good for $.60/lb/article.  I always chuckle when movers add “basic coverage included” in their estimates – it’s required by law and movers cannot charge an additional fee for this basic coverage.  Some, great movers offer full replacement value coverage.  Choose a long distance mover who does.  Even if you don’t opt for the full replacement which is always an additional fee – you know they have quality movers that will do a great job. The additional fee for full replacement coverage for long distance moves is based on weight.  Some moving companies charge an exorbitant amount for full replacement coverage.  Also, some have a deductible.  Get all of these fees in writing.  Some movers make you choose this coverage before the move.  I kind of steer clear of movers who do this unless you plan on taking the coverage.  It’s kind of like saying okay – if you pay extra, we’ll send you a good crew.  I would suggest movers that let you choose on the day of the move.

Long Distance Moving Resources to Make it an Easy Move:

Long Distance Moving with Kids

Long Distance Moving with Pets

Long Distance Moving Checklist

Long Distance Moving Packing and Unpacking

Long Distance Moving for Senior Citizens

Flat Rate Long Distance Movers

Compare Long Distance Movers

Long Distance Moving Estimate

 

 

 

 

Long Distance Moving Help

Long Distance Moving Help 

Things to consider when you are moving long distance – or out of state are much different than trying to find a local mover.

First, if you are moving locally and there is an “issue,” taking your  mover to court is pretty easy.  What happens if there are issues for long distance moves?  Well, the law states that you must take the company to court in the state that the move started in.  Yeah, its a horrid law.  Essentially, you are at the mercy of your interstate mover when they have all of your possessions in their truck.  Unless you feel like flying back to your old state for court dates.  And that’s just insane.

I don’t mean to scare you but I want people moving out of state to realize that choosing a long distance mover is an important decision.

Of course I could offer all kinds of tips and advice for hiring movers for your out of state move but I will go over the three most important items to help with your research:

1.  Choose movers that have door to door service and don’t take your things off of a truck – called truck swapping.  Large van lines claim they can handle offloading shipments, sticking them in a warehouse, putting them with another shipment, offloading and repeat.  The more your items get shifted around, the better the chance of broken or missing items.  The least amount of times a shipment is transferred, the better.

2.  Make sure your movers are experienced.   There are only a handful of movers between a huge van line and a “craigslist mover.”  These are the moving companies that are large enough to offer great rates and have all licensing required by the DOT and keep your things on the truck without offloading.

3.  Try not to wait until the last minute.  Many movers will see this as an opportunity to charge the highest amount possible while they think you may not find any reasonable movers at the last minute.  If you do need last minute or emergency movers for an out of state move, call Monster Movers.  The rates are always flat rate moves for long distance shipments and do not change based on any dates.

Some other useful tools for your long distance move:

Long Distance Moving Checklist

Compare Movers Worksheet