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Intrastate/Interstate Moving

By Staff

As you're preparing for your upcoming move, you will find that how far you're moving will be factors in how the moving companies arrive at their estimates.

If you're moving within the state where you currently reside, you will mostly likely be charged differently than if you were moving between states. Also, your move will be governed by different entities: if moving in-state, your own state has jurisdiction; between states, it's the federal government.

So How Far Are You Going?

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 usually 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 be charged.) A move out of state is an interstate move, often called a long-distance move.

Pricing for a Local Move

Determining a price for moving locally is relatively simple compared with long-distance moves. 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 people you have working on your move, the faster the move can be completed. 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.

For a local move, check out your moving company's registration, or if you must file a complaint, check out the regulations for that state. Here's a list of the state moving associations that can help you locate the proper moving authority for you to contact:

Pricing for a Long-Distance Move

This is an entirely different matter. Costs will be determined by the amount of goods you're moving, the combined weight of all of these items , and the mileage from origin to destination.

It's also important to consider the costs on both ends of your move. For example, if you're moving from Kansas to New York, well, "you're not in Kansas anymore." The New York end of the journey will cost more because of the difference in labor costs between the two states. Ask the moving companies how this will influence your costs.

Reducing the price tag on your long-distance move is simple: move less stuff (especially less of the heavy stuff). If you have heavier items that you have not used for a long time, it may be better to dispose of them before moving.

Legal Tips

Make sure the interstate mover you select has been assigned a USDOT number; is registered with FMCSA to transport household goods between states; and has the proper level of insurance.

You can determine if a mover is registered with FMCSA by visiting, or calling FMCSA at (202) 366-9805 for licensing and (202) 385-2423 for insurance.

For an interstate move, FMCSA has no authority to resolve claims. You can file a complaint against the moving company by calling FMCSA's 24-hour toll-free hotline at (888) 368-7238, or go to FMCSA's Web site. This complaint may prompt a Federal enforcement investigation against the mover.

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