Moving Classifications

In the moving industry there are basically 5 types of moves. When calling to line up estimates from various companies, it’s good to know how your move will be classified.

A local move is one that remains within one state. Talk to the various movers you are considering. Some may have limitations on distance in what they are terming a ‘local’ move. Most companies consider a move to be local if it is less than 100 miles of travel between the two residences.

A long distance move is generally any move that is within the same state, but over the company’s set limit for ‘local’ moves.

An interstate move is defined as a move that takes the customer from one state to another. Oddly enough, some interstate moves are not particularly long in distance, they simply involve crossing a state line.

International moves involve leaving the country. For this type of move, consumers are generally referred to companies who specialize in international moves. These companies are fully prepared to deal with the intricacies of rules and regulations surrounding the movement of a household or business between countries.

A small move is basically a local move that involves minimal furnishings. Students moving into a dorm or an apartment are a good example. Most companies deem a move a ‘small’ move if it is local and if the weight of goods being moved is under 2000 pounds.

Regardless of the type of move, a consumer can choose to have the moving company do all the work, or a portion of the work. A full service move would involve the moving company doing the work of packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking. A self-service move would involve the consumer doing some of these services without assistance from the professional movers.

In general, pricing for moves is based on the distance of the move, the weight or volume of goods being moved and how much of the work is to be done by the moving company.

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