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Birmingham, AL Long Distance Movers

Published by Chris Townsend

Birmingham, AL Long Distance Movers
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What are the advantages of moving to Birmingham, Alabama?

Moving to Birmingham Alabama, can be an exciting prospect. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, just below the top 100 in the US, but is known as both a livable and affordable place to live. After declining during the late 20th century, Birmingham has enjoyed a modest resurgence in recent years and is emerging as an industrial and financial powerhouse in the South. Known for ethnic and religious diversity, Birmingham boasts a progressive business climate, devotion to social justice, and more green space per capita than any other city of its size. It has high homeownership (46%) and is affordable for first-time homeowners and renters. If you are moving there for work or personal reasons, you may benefit from a more affordable housing cost.

How much will it cost to move to Birmingham, AL?

According to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), the average long distance moving cost is approximately $4,300 for a move distance of 1,225 miles. That assessment is based on a weight of 7,400 pounds. We estimate that moving the contents of a four-bedroom house from San Francisco Bay Area to Birmingham, AL (approximately 2300 miles) in October would cost between $4700 and $7800. That’s a wide range and is due to a greater distance than the 1225 average and a larger home, which means more weight. Peak summer season moves usually cost more than winter or fall moves since families prefer to move during the summer to avoid disrupting school schedules.

How can I lower the cost of moving to Birmingham, AL?

Remember, you can’t change the distance of the move, but you can reduce the weight, and perhaps the timing. Movers can help you get the most for your money by giving you tips on packing efficiently or packing for you (at an additional cost, almost always charged hourly.) The best way to save money is the carefully review what you are moving. It is worth making a disciplined appraisal of your possessions before deciding what to take with you.

Any move which crosses over a state line (interstate) is subject to regulations made and enforced by the Department of Transportation as interstate commerce. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, within the DOT, supervises the industry and publishes guidance for movers, brokers, and consumers. FMCSA requires a written estimate for every customer. If the customer is within 50 miles of the mover’s business, the assessment must be based on a visual inspection of the items to be moved, unless the customer waives that requirement. The written estimate must be dated and signed by the mover and the customer.

The long distance moving estimate can be binding, in which case the price does not change (unless the scope of work changes; for example, if you add items to the shipment or request packing services) or non-binding, which is subject to change once the actual weight of the shipment is determined after loading. It can also be a “not-to-exceed” estimate, which means it can go down, but not up. Make sure you understand the type you are getting and receive a copy of the mover’s tariff, which spells out what services they charge for. These charges include “impracticable operations,” which are unforeseen obstacles at the destination that add to the move’s complexity. Usually, these are issues with staging the moving truck close to the new residence (in the case of a high rise apartment or a steep driveway), which causes the mover to unload into a smaller vehicle for the last bit of the journey, increasing the labor cost.

Besides the weight and distance, other pricing elements will include ancillary services like packing, which may or may not be worth adding to your move, depending on your circumstances. Storage can be an added expense if you are moving into temporary housing at the destination for any reason. You will have to pay for the time in storage and will incur labor charges for the unloading of the truck into the storage unit and then back into the truck when you are ready to accept the delivery at your new home.

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Whether to pack your possessions yourself or have the long distance movers do it will influence the cost and will affect the way you approach the move. Packing services will likely add between $1,000 to $2,000 to the cost of the move. For most people, if the relocation is being paid for by a company, it makes sense to let the professionals handle the details, but if that money is coming out of your pocket, the labor might be a better choice. Another factor to consider is that the movers won’t be able to determine what should go and what should be left behind, donated, or discarded. Moving can be an ideal opportunity to “go Marie Kondo” on your possessions and move a lot less.

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How do I choose the right company for my move to Birmingham?

  • Check references. Don’t just read the glowing remarks highlighted on the moving company website—you have no way to ascertain if they are legitimate. Ask them to provide you with real, recent customers with whom you can confer. While they aren’t going to give you their dissatisfied customers, even the happy ones may share issues that arose. If you know people who have moved recently, ask about their experiences. They may have positive referrals or advice on who to avoid.
  • Check with your state and local Better Business Bureau and other agencies to validate licensing and absence of complaints. For the long-distance, interstate moves, check with both the state of origin and at the destination. If you are using a moving broker for hire, make sure that you check their record as well as the mover they will be contracting the work to.
  • Be wary of “too good to be true” estimates. If the estimate is unrealistic, trust your gut. Similarly, if the company pressures you into waiving the requirement for visual inspection or signing anything you haven’t fully read, that is a red flag. You shouldn’t trust them. Never sign a blank document, and make sure you read the fine print. If you don’t understand it, don’t sign it. Don’t accept a verbal promise that “it’s just the standard contract; you don’t have to worry about it”—if you sign, you are responsible for what you have agreed.
  • Don’t pay too much upfront. If the company wants a large deposit, be suspicious.
  • Don’t let them substitute an unknown subcontractor. If you hire “XYZ” moving company, expect the work to be done by a representative of XYZ company, not someone showing up in a rented truck, telling you that XYZ hired them.

Cost Examples For Birmingham Long Distance Movers

To / From Birmingham Distance 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR
Birmingham, AL to San Francisco, CA 2007 miles $4,730 – $6,020 $7,167 – $9,599 $9,599 – $14,081
Birmingham, AL to Portland, OR 2059 miles $4,724 – $6,012 $7,157 – $9,585 $9,585 – $14,059
Birmingham, AL to Fort Worth, TX 613 miles $3,607 – $4,577 $5,467 – $7,332 $7,332 – $10,818
Birmingham, AL to Columbus, OH 494 miles $3,382 – $4,283 $5,113 – $6,850 $6,850 – $10,097
Greenbelt, MD to Birmingham, AL 756 Miles $1360.8 – $1663.2 $1814.4 – $2041.2 $2419.2 – $2797.2
Las Vegas, NV to Birmingham, AL 1697 miles $4,993 – $6,386 $7,651 – $10,306 $10,306 – $15,272
Middletown, NJ to Birmingham, AL 961 Miles $1729.8 – $2114.2 $2306.4 – $2594.7 $3075.2 – $3555.7
Birmingham, AL to Grand Island, NE 815 miles $3,297 – $4,147 $4,903 – $6,512 $6,512 – $9,453
Atlanta, GA to Birmingham, AL 79 miles $2,775 – $3,493 $4,160 – $5,555 $5,555 – $8,164
Galloway, NJ to Birmingham, AL 921 Miles $1657.8 – $2026.2 $2210.4 – $2486.7 $2947.2 – $3407.7
Kansas City, MO to Birmingham, AL 665 miles $3,535 – $4,483 $5,353 – $7,178 $7,178 – $10,588
New York, NY to Birmingham, AL 827 miles $4,173 – $5,321 $6,375 – $8,580 $8,580 – $12,718
Birmingham, AL to Sacramento, CA 1954 miles $5,296 – $6,778 $8,121 – $10,942 $10,942 – $16,212
Riverside, CA to Birmingham, AL 1835 miles $5,120 – $6,550 $7,850 – $10,578 $10,578 – $15,679
Birmingham, AL to Colorado Springs, CO 1054 miles $3,635 – $4,587 $5,433 – $7,234 $7,234 – $10,533

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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