Know the difference between a local
and an intrastate move.
Local and Intrastate Moving
Local and intrastate moves are both moves that are done within the same state; however, a local move takes place within the same city, or within 100 miles of your current city. An intrastate move is a move that takes place within the boundaries of the one state. Knowing the difference between the two can be key when contacting moving companies, or budgeting for a do it yourself move. Understanding the two types of moves can help determine the time frame and costs that will be associated with your move.
Using Professional Movers
When hiring a professional moving company for a local move, it is typically done on the same day; dependent on size of the home and if packing is a service you will have the moving company provide. It is common to be charged a minimum set of hours, ranging from 3 – 7, depending on the distance of the move. Additional time is normally priced per hour.
Intrastate moves generally have a delivery window of 2 - 7 days. Dependent on size of move, pick up can typically be done in 1 day. Intrastate moves are charged differently than a local move. However, most moving companies also have a minimum price. Always confirm with the moving company how they charge for an intrastate move. Each company might have a different method for charging. A written quote will be provided to you based on the inventory of your items. An on-site estimate may be scheduled, this is a service provided by the moving company. It also gives you an opportunity to meet with a representative of that company.
Licensing requirements for local and intrastate moving vary across the states, unlike long distance movers that are required to be registered with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). You can see here at relocation.com requirements by state.
Insuring your items against potential damage or loss is recommended, for both do it yourself moves, and when hiring a professional moving company, even if you’re only moving a short distance.
If you’re doing your own local or intrastate move, like professional moving companies, pricing can differ. Truck rental companies will charge a base fee for the truck, plus a mileage fee for a set amount of hours. Some companies include a certain number of miles in the rental price. You will also need to include in your budget, cost of gas and hired help should you need assistance with loading and unloading of your items.
Rental coverage can be purchased and is advised. Choose what is right for your move. It’s always better to have insurance and not need it.
Moving yourself can be simple, but should not to be underestimated. Advanced planning and organization is key to a smooth and stress free move.
Whether your hiring professional movers to do the packing, or packing yourself, make sure to check out our Packing videos and Packing Supplies and Materials for tips.