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Moving In-State or Locally: What You Need to Know

If you've moving in-state, you will mostly likely be charged differently than if you were moving between states.

Any move under 50 miles is generally considered a local move, while relocating beyond that distance in the same state is an intrastate move. A local move 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 moving companies about how you will charged.) A move out of state is an interstate move, also called a long-distance move.

For a move based on weight, the moving truck is weighed before it's loaded and then after it's loaded with its cargo to determine a net weight for your items. Your charges are then based on that weight, multiplied by the rates that the mover has set.

Other charges listed in the mover's tariff are determined by the types of service your shipment will need: packing and unpacking services are usually charged at a per-carton rate; bulky items such as pianos, big-screen televisions, motorcycles, riding lawn mowers, large outdoor swings and exercise equipment which require extra labor, will incur an extra charge (normally flat rate). The mover's tariff (the list of costs) also includes charges for valuation, fuel and other items.

Pricing for a Local Move:  

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 moving 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 mover will have rates for each crew size. Rates are usually on file at the moving company for your review.

This can vary, though, and shouldn't affect the moving price: The more men you have working on your move, the faster the move can be completed. It's a good idea to compare the differences between moving companies to determine what's best. The higher rates of some companies usually reflect the experience and training that they provide to their crew.

Depending on your budget and the value of your items, this premium may be justified.
Be sure you understand the estimate for your move.

Verify that the estimated charges include all of the services promised to you.

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