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Types of Moves


Any move less than 50 miles is generally considered a local move, while relocating beyond that distance in the same state is an intrastate move. Any move outside of 15 miles is subject to a mileage charge.


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.


Pricing for a Local Move 


Determining a price for a local move is not so 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 with 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 move in-state, check out your moving company's registration, or if you must file a complaint, check out the regulations for that state.


Moving Interstate (Out of State)


This is an entirely different matter.


Costs will be dictated by how much stuff you're moving, how heavy it is, and the number of miles the shipment will be traveling to your new home.


Cutting the costs for a long-distance move is simple: move less stuff (or less 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.


One other factor affecting your move: if you're moving from Bloomington to New York, well, you're not in Bloomington 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 affects the costs.


Piano Moves


Make sure you are moving with a company that has moved pianos before.  Your Piano is usually your pride and joy.  Make sure they are reputable company.  Piano‚Äôs are heavy and cost more to insure then other furniture.  Expect to have a high cost when going with a better company.  You will get what you pay for with a piano mover.


Different Pianos will have different cost.  Smaller pianos usually only take two men and will be cheaper then the larger pianos which take more men and more time.  


Make sure that you what type of piano you have.  Each type of piano has a different cost.  So not knowing your piano type can cost you money.


Please be sure to notify the mover before time about stairs, tight entryways, or long walks.


Apartment/ Student Moves


Apartment moves can be really simple or really messy.  It depends on the location of your apartment, what floor you are on, ability to use an elevator, and if you are in a high move-out time of year. 


Movers will vary on how many men they send depending on the above circumstances.


Office Moves

These are a lot like Apartment moves and most of the same variables come into play.  The biggest is how much stuff you have in the office and how far of a walk back the the moving truck the movers will have.  


The above circumstances will determine the price of the move and how many movers will make it the most efficient.



Legal Stuff


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

www.protectyourmove.gov 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 spark a Federal enforcement investigation against the mover.