According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 million Americans have moved annually over the last decade. Of those people who have moved in the United States, 84.5% of them have moved within their own state, 12.5% have moved to another state and 2.3% have moved to another country.
In the US and Canada the cost, for long distance moves, is typically
determined by the weight of the items needing to be moved, the distance,
how quickly the items are to be moved, and the time of the year or
month which the move occurs. In the UK and Australia the standard
forming the price is the volume of the items, instead of the weight.
Some movers may offer flat rate pricing.
The use of truck rental services, or simply borrowing similar hardware, is referred to as DIY moving in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The parties moving borrow or rent a truck or trailer
large enough to carry the load of household goods to be relocated and,
if necessary, obtaining moving equipment such as dollies, furniture pads
and cargo belts to protect the furniture and make things easier to
It also involves finding or buying materials such as boxes, paper, tape
and bubble wrap with which to pack boxable and/or fragile household
goods for their protection and for compact carrying and stacking on
moving day. Self-service moving companies offer another viable option:
The person moving buys space on one or more trailers or shipping containers.
These large containers, often up to 53' feet in length, are driven by
professionals to the new location. The renters of the trailer or truck
often sell or lease accessories such as furniture blankets, tie down
straps, packing material, dollies and ramps.
According to a research
made by a London-based moving company, an average person in London and
the surrounding boroughs moves 2 times per year and an average moving
company in the city covers 120,000 kilometres (75,000 miles) per year.