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The most expensive part of any long distance move is usually the cost of travel for the moving crew. The travel cost is the portion of the overall moving cost that pays for the movers, truck, fuel, motel, downtime, and any other costs that the moving company may incur during the trip. Different moving companies have different ways of passing on this cost to the customer. With most small and medium-sized local moving companies, the customer will be charged a flat rate or by the hour for ‘travel time’. Larger companies, such as van lines and inter-provincial movers usually incorporate this cost into their overall charge based on weight. There are a few companies, usually freight forwarders, that incorporate this cost into their overall charge based on space used in the truck (cubic or linear feet).
When paying a flat rate for travel time, the customer can save money by sharing the cost with others. If the customer can be flexible on timing, the moving company can usually manage to book other moves with similar destinations that can be loaded on the same truck. Depending on the size of the other moves and their locations, customers may realize substantial savings on their travel charge.