When it comes to moving, understanding your rights and moving terminology can make the whole process move smoothly. Regardless if you’re moving from Houston to Austin, Houston to Louisiana, or just across town, there are significant differences between long distance and local moving companies. Understanding these different types of moves is the first step to a stress-free move.
A local move — also known as an intrastate move — is any move that takes place within state lines. Think Houston to Dallas or Baton Rouge to New Orleans. State law requires moving companies moving anywhere in Texas to obtain a license through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Local movers typically charge by the hour with a two-hour minimum, plus an upfront trip charge. You should also inquire if the company charges any additional fees as to not suffer from sticker shock at the end of your move.
Long Distance Moving
Interstate, or long distance moving, is any move that crosses state or country lines, and generally exceeds 450 miles. The Federal Government regulates long distance moves, therefore, a license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is required. Unlike local movers that charge by the hour, long distance movers charge based on the weight of the move and distance traveled. With all of this in mind, you can imagine the significant difference in costs compared to a local move. Be sure to get an estimate in writing, and do not sign anything until you have looked over the agreement with a finetooth comb.
Hiring Local Moving Companies
You have access to a truck and great friends who would do anything for you. Quite naturally you’d consider skipping the movers to cut back on moving costs. But, not so fast. Hiring local moving professionals has many advantages and could save you a whole lot of heartache down the line.
How hard is it to box up your own items? It depends. But moving professionals are trained to pack efficiently and quickly. What could take you weeks to pack would normally take professionals a few days. Moving professionals have easy access to boxes and are knowledgeable about which boxes to use for different purposes.
Using Proper Equipment
Your truck may be big enough, but it probably lacks the proper moving equipment. Professional trucks are loaded with the proper gadgets to ensure a safer move. They have access to dollies, ramps, and hoisting straps. After all, these custom-built trucks are made specifically for transporting your goods.
To avoid traffic and ensure a safe move, moving professionals conduct local area checks to familiarize themselves with routes and the neighborhood. If you’re moving to a new place, you probably don’t know your way around yet. Fortunately, we do!
If you're trying to choose between the local moving companies, Ameritex Movers is the one for you. We specialize in making moving stress-free and do all that we can to take all move-day burdens off your shoulders. Fill out the form on the right for a free quote.