Planning a local move nearby? Behind every good move is a great mover, so here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing your mover.
Most intrastate and local moves are priced by the hour. A common complaint is that some movers quote low prices up front, but forget to mention other fees on the back end. Inquire about these fees before you contract to avoid any surprises:
- Fuel surcharges
- Trip charges
- TV handling fees
- Tape and packing fees (If the mover requires an item be packed, pack it yourself)
- You are not charged while the loaders are on break
- Hourly charges are not rounded up to the nearest hour or half hour
- That the clock starts when they arrive, not when they leave the prior job
- Any other fees
- You can consider requesting a “binding” quote.
Make sure you can pay the final bill by credit card, which will protect you in case you must dispute the charges. In rare cases, the mover has claimed to accept credit cards, but then demanded cash before unloading.
It may be good to know what the damage/lost item procedure is beforehand.
It is standard to pay before the truck is unloaded, but remember to hold off on signing a damage waiver until you have inspected your items.
Do not pay more than a small deposit by credit card before the move, as your furniture will act as the deposit.
Inquire about the procedure to cancel if: The mover breaks the agreement; a different company shows up; Or for any other unexpected reason.
Did you know?
26 states require intrastate movers to also register a federal USDOT number. A link to this registration is included for all listings in this directory that require one. The page provides safety, inspection and insurance verification.
It is possible a mover is operating legally even if they do not have an intrastate license by only operating under a city or county license. No intrastate license is required if a mover only performs interstate or international moves.