How Do Overnight Services Work?

Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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Whether you are moving your home or business belongings, hiring professional movers in Connecticut is one of the keys to a successful move. Connecticut movers with years of experience will be well versed in some of the intricacies of the business such as overnight services.

Depending on the company you hire, "overnight" might mean two different things. For some professional moving companies, it means moving "at the last-minute." You can book their services "overnight," so to speak. To another moving company it might mean completing a move where the workers stay "overnight" with the truck and belongings. This is generally something that is done for long-distance moves. Here is a look at what overnight moving entails.

Last-Minute Moving

Whether you procrastinated or something in life suddenly sprung up where you suddenly need to move, some moving companies advertise that they specialize in overnight moves.

Generally, the movers and packers operate the same way as a traditional move with the only difference being that you're booking them at the last minute. You might end up paying a little extra per hour to a company that offers such a service because you won't have time to shop around for price. Additionally, the company may be calling extra workers in at the last minute to complete the job. If possible, try and plan ahead so you take advantage of the best price.

Long-Distance Moves

Headed from Connecticut to California? Looking to leave the nutmeg state for the sunshine of Florida? Then you'll find yourself looking for local movers that complete overnight moves. The moving company will most likely offer assistance with packing. This includes a number of workers coming to your house and literally packing up all of your belongings into boxes with proper packing material. This service is usually optional and may have an additional day or days set aside to simply complete that task depending on the size of your home or office.

Next, workers will load the truck and drive away to toward the destination. Moving companies sometimes drive to satellite locations where the truck and your belongings are stored for the evening between the two locations. Additionally, some moving companies unload the truck and reload your belongings onto another truck headed toward your final destination. They do this to complete several smaller moving jobs over the course of a few days.

Other times, movers will spend the night at secure hotels or motels across the country. If you're hiring a moving company for an overnight move, ask them to disclose how they operate. Also, you want to make sure the moving company is fully insured so that if your belongings happen to be stolen en route, they are covered. The moving company workers drive during the day and rest at night, until they reach the final destination, where your belongings are brought into your new home or office.

Key Takeaways:

  • "Overnight" moves sometimes simply refers to moving at the last-minute.
  • "Overnight" moves refers to moves that take more than one to complete. Belongings are stored at secure facilities owned by the moving company; or the belongings are kept in the truck at a hotel or motel until the drivers begin work the next morning.
  • Make sure how the overnight move will be completed is disclosed to you prior. Check to make sure the company has insurance.

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