Whether you are making a Local or Long Distance move will affect the type of mover you need and how your move is charged.
Here is the basic breakdown:
A Local move is a move that does not cross state lines. It is also known as an Intrastate move – a move that happens within one state. Local movers needs to obtain a license from the moving authority in the state they perform moves in. To make matters a little more complicated, each state has different requirements for their movers. Unfortunately, some states do not even require their Local movers to have a license. Local moves are typically charged by an hourly rate, with a minimum number of hours that you are billed for. It’s important to note that moves that travel long distances but never leave the state (think Tallahassee, FL to Miami, FL) are still considered Local moves.
Long Distance Moves
A Long Distance move is a move that crosses state (or country) lines. It is also known as an Interstate move – a move that happens between at least 2 states. Long Distance movers are regulated by and need to obtain a license from the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Long Distance moves are typically charged on the weight/volume being moved and the distance being traveled. Even if a move is traveling a short distance but does cross state lines (think NYC to anywhere in NJ) it is still considered a Long Distance move. It’s important to note that your movers must give you a written estimate for your Long Distance move. Don’t sign any contracts until you see that written estimate. Now that you know the key differences between a Local and Long Distance move, you are better prepared to find a mover that fits your needs.