What is considered a Local Move?
A local move is any move that does not cross state lines. Local moves are typically contained to neighboring cities or a single county. Local moves are based on an hourly rate set by your moving company. Local moves are usually loaded, transported, and unloaded in a single day.
Any local move over 40 miles is considered an intrastate move. Intrastate moves are priced based on the weight of your shipment. These moves do not cross state lines and pricing is set in accordance to each state’s moving tariff. Intrastate moves are usually more expensive than local moves, but less than long distance moves.
Long distance moving, also referred to as interstate moves, are moves that cross state lines.
Moving Calculator considers pricing based on local rates, intrastate, and interstate moves when calculating your estimated move costs. We also connect you with quality movers in your area.
How do I Find a Local Moving Company?
When finding a quality moving company in your area you should consider referrals and reviews. Family and friends who have moved in the past are a great resource when it comes to recommending a local moving company. Also, real estate agents and property managers often have a list of preferred local movers whom they trust.
The next step is to compare online reviews of the movers you were referred. Reviews found on Yelp, Facebook, and Google+ tend to be more accurate than selective reviews posted on a moving company’s website. Avoid companies with low reviews or none at all.
Once you have found at least three local moving companies give them a call and ask to speak to a moving consultant. The moving consultant will be able to answer any questions you have regarding your move.
Some common questions to ask your moving consultant include:
- Do you have a physical address?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- How long have you been in business?
- Can you provide references?
- How much do you charge by the hour?
- Are there any additional costs that are not covered by your hourly rate?
After you feel confident with the information provided by the moving consultant, it is important to set up an in-home estimate.
An in-home estimate should be offered FOR FREE by the moving company.
A free in-home estimate benefits both you and the moving company. You will perform a walkthrough of your home and show the moving consultant everything you would like moved. The moving consultant can build an accurate move quote based on the time the move will take and the number of movers required. You will receive an accurate price based on the items you want moved to your new home. An in-home estimate will ensure that there are no hidden fees and you will get exactly what you expect from your movers.
Moving Calculator’s Recommended Local Moving Companies
When using Moving Calculator’s move cost estimator, Moving Calculator will recommend local moving companies in your area. We only recommend movers from our network of trusted moving companies. Our goal is provide a positive move experience from the planning stage of your move until your last box is unloaded. Moving Calculator makes this possible by only endorsing quality local moving companies.
You can also find movers by city. We include our recommended local movers on each city page. We also provide related city move information. If you do not find your city, don’t worry. We are always updating our most common cities. You can always use the Moving Calculator to receive recommended local moving companies.