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Questions to Ask Before Moving

What’s the Difference Between a Vanliner and a Local Moving Company?

By Rob Rimeris

When you’re considering a long-distance move, it’s essential to understand the distinction between a vanliner or dedicated long-distance company and a regional moving company like us, primarily known for hourly local moves but also capable of handling long-distance moves. This understanding is crucial for making an informed decision about your move.

The first thing we ask when someone calls us for a long-distance quote is whether they grasp the difference between these two options. Instead of immediately gathering their details and providing a price, we believe it’s essential for customers to decide which direction they want to take. Let’s explore some of the key differences between the two:

1. Vanliner or Dedicated Long-Distance Companies:

  • These are large national companies, such as Atlas, Mayflower, and United, which specialize in long-distance moves.
  • Generally, your belongings will be loaded onto a semi-truck, even if you’re moving from a small apartment.
  • They operate specific East-West and North-South routes.
  • For instance, if you’re moving from the East Coast, they will pick up your belongings and transport them on a semi-truck across the country.
  • They often use a technique called “piggybacking,” where they combine multiple loads on the same truck to optimize efficiency.

2. Local Moving Companies (like us):

  • These companies primarily focus on local moves charged by the hour, but they also offer long-distance moving services.
  • They tend to use smaller trucks suitable for local moves.
  • Long-distance moves with local companies may involve transferring your belongings to a dedicated long-distance carrier for the cross-country portion of the journey.
  • The advantage here is that you have the option to work with a local company that knows your area well and can provide a more personalized service.

Understanding these differences helps you make an informed choice based on your specific needs and preferences. If you decide to go with a dedicated long-distance company like a vanliner, you can benefit from their nationwide infrastructure and expertise in long-haul moves. On the other hand, choosing a local moving company might offer more flexibility and a more tailored experience, particularly if you’re moving a short distance within your region.

Ultimately, the choice between a vanliner and a local moving company depends on your priorities and the unique requirements of your long-distance move. Both options have their advantages, so it’s crucial to consider what matters most to you when planning your relocation.