Moving In-State or Locally: What You Need to Know
Any move less than 50 miles is generally considered a local move, while relocating beyond that distance in the same state is an intrastate move. A local moving company is commonly charged at an hourly rate and includes charges for additional services. Longer intrastate moves are generally priced on the weight of your shipment. (Always check with your local moving company about how you will charge.) A move out of state is an interstate move, also called a long-distance move.
Local Moving Company Pricing:
Determining a price for a local move is not as complicated. The size of your current home will determine the number of people needed on a local moving company crew; here’s a rule of thumb:
- 1 bedroom: two movers
- 2-3 bedrooms: up to three movers
- 4 bedrooms: up to four movers
- More than 4 bedrooms: four or more movers.
Your local moving company will have rates for each crew size. Rates are usually on file at the local moving company for your review.
What you need to know to moving in state or locally: (general hints)
- You have to desire where will you go.
- Choose a place where will you move.
- Choose a right way to move, it can be airlines, car, or etc. you should choose a easy way to move.
- You must have rent a truck or van to take your goods with you.
- You can pay a renting office because of your move.
Choosing when to move:
Picking the time of year, month and day of the week can be very crucial in your move. Most people choose to move during the summer months when their kids are out of school or during vacation. Local Moving companies need to hire seasonal help to meet this increase in moving. This means that inexperienced movers are often hired during these busy months. This problem also exists during the end and beginning of each month when everybody’s lease is up, and on Fridays when people take off work. Also, if your move should only take about half a day, hiring local moving company for first thing in the morning is recommended.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the middle of the month are the best days to move if you have not planned ahead. By Thursday, the best movers are getting tired from the last three days of tough jobs and on Fridays, all the good movers are usually allocated to the customers that planned ahead.
- Make sure you always have someone watching the movers while they are packing and loading your items.
- Make sure you are familiar with the neighborhood before the day of the move. You want to make sure there is room for the truck in front of your new home.
- Make sure you have warned the movers of any stairs they will have to climb, or if there is an available elevator.
- Let the mover know if there are time restrictions on when you are allowed to move. Many apartment buildings will not allow you to be moving after 5 PM.
- The building owner may ask the mover to see insurance certificates in case any damage is done to the building. Make sure they have these papers.
- Make sure you have all supplies that will be needed for the move. If the mover has to go get more, your price will go up and time will be wasted.
- Make sure all of the packing you are doing yourself is complete prior to the day of the move. You don’t want to have the local moving company wait for you to finish.
- Make sure you have thoroughly planned out the whole move. Have you checked all closets and storage units for items that need to be moved? The less surprises for the mover the better.