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Personalized long distance small moves

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Long distance small moves are our specialty

TSI defines a “small move” as any move less than 3,500 pounds. That means anything from 1-2 pieces of furniture and a few boxes up to the contents of an average 2+ bedroom home. Our specialty is long distance small moves travelling over 150 miles.

With our nationwide network of professional shippers, TSI can offer personalized long-distance small move shipping services at lower rates than large van line movers, whether you’re moving to the next state or across the country. Our small load specialists will coordinate the logistics of your move, ensuring a smooth process from pickup to delivery.

About TSI

Since 1989, TSI has focused on building solutions and serving customer needs for small moves and specialty shipments. 

  • TSI manages an average of 7,500 small moves each year nationally.
  • The average small move for TSI weighs 1,000 pounds.
  • The average miles of a long distance move with TSI is 1,200 miles.
  • There is a team of logistics experts at TSI that works to understand your needs and put together the best solution. A team of operations experts picks it up from there and oversees the safe and timely transport of your items.

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Drew and Connie's TSI Success Story

Challenge accepted
Drew and Connie S. were moving from a large 5 bedroom home in Pennsylvania to a 2 bedroom rancher in North Carolina. After downsizing, they didn’t have enough things to fill an entire truck so they turned to TSI.

Problem solved
Our logistics specialist Kathy scheduled a video survey with Drew and Connie in order to get an accurate estimate for their move. Kathy determined how many boxes they would need and let them know their grandfather clock would need to be crated. She matched them with the right carrier and managed the moving parts. On move-in day, a two-person moving team brought all their boxes and furniture inside.

FAQs

What is a small move?

TSI considers any move under 3,500 pounds to be a small move. This could be a small as a single item of furniture or a few boxes, or as much as a 2+ bedroom home.

What do you consider a “long distance move”?

We consider any move over 150 miles a long distance move. Moves under 150 miles are typically considered “local moves”, and can usually be handled by local moving companies.

What is less-than-truckload shipping?

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping refers to shipments that don’t fill an entire truck. When you ship household goods using LTL shipping, your cargo will share space on the back of the truck with other goods heading in the same direction. This helps keep your costs low.

Why should I use less-than-truckload shipping for a long distance small move?

Long distance small moves typically don’t fill the back of an entire truck. Regardless of how much you’re moving, large van line movers will price your move using a minimum weight threshold—typically 3,500 pounds in the summer and 2,500 pounds in the winter. That means you’ll pay for space you are not using. 

TSI works with freight providers who specialize in something called “less-than-truckload shipping”. Most less-than-truckload freight providers won’t pick up cargo from private residences, but with our nationwide network of professional shippers, you can get personalized long distance small move shipping services, and you’ll only pay for the space your belongings take up on the truck.

How much does a small move cost?

With TSI, the cost of your move is typically based on weight and distance. Every job is different, but here are 2 examples to give you an idea:
- 1,000 lbs travelling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles with no special requirements (such as crating or indoor delivery) would cost about $2,900.
- 2,000 lbs travelling from Chicago to Orlando with no special requirements would cost about $3,394.

How long will it take to transport my belongings across the country?

If you are moving both furniture and boxes and are using a company like TSI that consolidates items going in the same direction onto the same truck, you can expect it to take 1-3 weeks for pickup and up to 4 additional weeks for delivery. If your pickup and destination locations are in well-traveled areas, this timeline could be much quicker. TSI also offers priority pickup options if you are moving on a short timeline.

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